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Trip to Champagne by Richard Reeve

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Back in June Richard from the JN team travelled to Champagne, this is the diary of the vineyards he visited and the wines they tasted.   Wednesday 19th June 2019 Arriving at Paris Beauvais we were delighted to find the weather a distinct improvement to what we had left in Dublin. It was warm and […]

An Introduction to Germany by Alex Johnson

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An Introduction to Germany by Alex Johnson The wines of Germany have been unfairly maligned and often ignored altogether by some wine drinkers in the UK and Ireland in recent decades. The hangover of cheap, uninspiring, semi-sweet plonk that proliferated in the 1970s and 80s has left a somewhat sickly taste in the mouth of […]

Bordeaux Deconstructed by Jane Boyce MW

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Bordeaux: the name is synonymous with red wine and yet so many wine lovers would tell you they find it just too complicated, unpredictable and expensive and that they tend to look elsewhere when it comes to making their wine choices. So, let’s see if we can simplify things. Bordeaux is the name of a […]

JN Wine Expands Portfolio

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JN Wine Expands Growing UK & Ireland Portfolio with Acquisition of Independent London Wine Retailer   We are delighted to announce that we have acquired independent wine retailer, Highbury Vintners, in a move that will expand our award-winning company’s footprint in the UK and Ireland market. This carefully considered acquisition, based primarily on fit and a […]

South African Wine Promotion

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With a number of great South African wine makers travelling over to the UK for WineFest South Africa this weekend, we thought it only right to join in and celebrate with a South African promotion in store and online. For three days we will be discounting South African wines by 15% on selected ranges. Pop […]

Top 5 Tips for Making the Most of your Wine

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Enjoying your wine may seem simple but we’ve put together five top tips to help you make the most of your wine. These things can really make a difference and take your wine to the next level, why not give them a try?   1.Temperature It is a bit of a generalisation, but in the […]

Is there wine in Wine Gums?

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Before we answer the burning question, the question on everyone’s lips, or should that be in their mouth – do Wine Gums contain wine? We should add a little dusting of mystery to proceedings. In 2009 a shop in Cambridgeshire denied a schoolboy the right to purchase these delicious confectionery goods.  Supposedly he was ‘underage’, with the […]

Dönnhoff Visit: Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th June 2019

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About this time two weeks ago I was fast asleep aboard a minibus headed for the village of Oberhausen; a languid, bucolic settlement nestled between rocky outcrops and steep hillsides on a forested bend of the river Nahe – slap bang in the middle of the small but well-renowned German wine region of the same […]

BBQ Wines – The sublime matrimony of meat and fire

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We have heard a rumour that summer approaches, and with a bit of luck, Mother Nature will hear the same rumour and deliver us sunshine more frequently than one day out of five. Summer promises one of the world’s most simple, yet most joyous, gastronomic pleasures; the BBQ. The BBQ is a truly wondrous invention, […]

Independence Day at Ridge Vineyards

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Thursday was a great celebration for the American nation, and my visit to see Paul Draper and his charming wife Maureen invoked such wonderful memories of the time we have spent together over the past 30 years.  Paul has made an enormous contribution not only to Ridge but to the world of wine, one of […]

Treat Dad this Father’s Day

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Treat Dad to his favourite tipple on Sunday 16th June 2019. We have put together a selection of gifts to put a smile on his face and help him enjoy his day. All wines are available to order online or call into our shop in Crossgar for a browse where one of our wine advisors […]

Just Chill

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The idea that red wine has to be served at room temperature is dated and out of fashion. Wine lovers in this country routinely serve their red wines far too warm (and their whites far, far too cold!). In the 17th century French chateaux, where the rules and conventions of wine were discussed and decided […]