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Staff Picks Summer 2018

Posted on 8th June 2018 by JN Wine

Staff Picks Summer 2018

Who can believe that June is here?  As we enjoy the summer weather (long may it last) we have updated our picks to reflect the stretch in the evening and selected the wines that are best appreciated in the sunshine.  We hope you enjoy!


Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2017, £17.59

Being a new world enthusiast I love this fresh, clean, aromatic white that just screams summertime. It has all a sauvignon blanc should have, lemony citrus notes, refreshing and well balanced, with slight flinty undertones.  Food match: Fresh, simple seafood dishes especially oysters. Also compliments goat’s cheese well.



Boedegas Katxina Txakoli 2016, £13.85

Difficult to pronounce (sha – co – lee!) but easy to drink, this is my perfect wine for Summer. Txakoli is a style rather than a grape variety. This Txakoli comes from the fishing village of Getaria on the Basque coast between San Sebastian and Bilbao. Spritzy and fresh, it is great well chilled as an aperitif or with light seafood. It’s also low in alcohol which, in my book, is a bonus!



Alejandro Fernandez Dehesa La Granja Cosecha 2011, £12.95

The wine is made from 100% old-vine Tempranillo and aged for 24 months in American Oak barrels, followed by 12 months in bottle before release. This full-bodied red boasts a nose of spice, vanilla, pipe tobacco and black fruit. The palate is rich and luscious, with a chocolate-like texture, the tannins are soft and in perfect balance with the fresh acidity. Pair it with Chorizo and Cheese platters decant for maximum enjoyment!



Saint Jacques La Chapelle en Rose 2017, £14.95

It is said to not judge a book by its cover.  However, what is to be said about judging a wine by its colour.  This is a dry refreshing rose with a beautiful salmon colour that displays notes of red summer fruits, think raspberry and strawberry, backed up by a touch of menthol.  This is a rather serious glass of wine, do not be afraid to serve it as an aperitif but also alongside seafood and summer salads.  A taste of the French summer via Crossgar!



Hesketh Small Parcels Negroamaro 2016, £13.99

An exciting new addition to our portfolio. This small parcels is made from an intensely dark grape that would mainly been seen in the Puglia region of southern Italy. Medium bodied wine with a real summer feel to it. Deep purple in colour with great depth of sweet herbs and raspberry’s with soft tannins that leads to a beautifully finessed finish.



Sartarelli Brut Spumante NV, £15.95

Fresh from receiving a Bronze medal at the recent IWC Awards in London, this 100% sparkling Verdicchio from the widely respected Sartarelli family is an excellent – and arguably more intriguing – alternative for the summer time Prosecco drinker. Made with strictly selected Verdicchio grapes this is a texturally rich sparkling wine that offers a fresh, enticing bouquet of Granny Smith apple, lemon verbena and ground almond along with flavours of yellow pear, apricot and white flowers; all backed up by a refreshing acidity and persistent effervescence.


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