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Pairing Wines with Curry

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It’s probably fair to assume that most of us reach for a cold lager when we are having Indian, and there definitely isn’t anything wrong with that. However, there are a few tips and tricks if you do fancy enjoying a glass of wine with your curry. Drier wines pair better with milder dishes, off-dry […]

Autumn Drinking at JN Wine

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There’s no denying that we are already well within the thralls of Autumn. The evenings are darkening ever-earlier and the leaves are relenting to the impending chill, and all-too-quickly Summer appears just as a fading reflection in the rear-view mirror of the year hurtling on. In these times of transition from light to shade it […]

Generation Grenache International Grenache Day at JN Wine

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Grenache, Garnacha, Garnatxa, Cannonau… whichever synonym you wish to refer to it by, this is a grape variety that we’re all likely to have come across frequently in one form or another throughout our wine experience. Be it as a majority component in the dependably crunchy, spicy red blends of the southern Rhône, to its […]

Danbury Ridge

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Wines that will rock the world! See our full range of Danbury Ridge wines here

Gin-tastic Cocktails!

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Gin is an incredibly versatile spirit, and is the basis for some of the original, classic cocktails, and can be used for so much more than and G&T (we love those too, of course!) See below for some suggestions for your next get together. JN French 75 30ml of Shortcross Citrus Drizzle Teaspoon of sugar […]

We’re going to need a bigger bottle or Why size matters…

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From the charming little split or quarter bottle to the colossal Nebuchadnezzar, wine is bottled and transported in a dizzying array of sizes and shapes.  Though when it comes to browsing our aisles for that perfect bottle of wine, most of us veer towards for the standard 750ml bottle. However, sometimes going for that bigger […]

Christmas Wine Blog 2020

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Well, what a year. From Friday 13th March to date seems to have lasted a lot longer than 8 months. If ever we needed an excuse to treat ourselves at Christmas, this is the year to do it. I’ve chosen 3 reds, 3 whites, a sparkler and a Champagne which should cover all eventualities over […]

Celebrating Loire Valley Wine

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France’s Loire Valley has been, for many years, an underrepresented and underappreciated producer of some of France’s most unique wines. With the notable exception of Sancerre on the high end of the scale and Muscadet on the arguably, lower end, demand for wines from the Loire has never quite hit the peaks of Bordeaux, the […]

Bordeaux 2019: The Lockdown Vintage

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Normally I have the great joy of travelling the roads of Bordeaux in early April. I think this is only the second vintage I have missed since 1983. It’s one of the most exciting tasting experiences annually travelling from Right to Left bank, sometimes tasting up to 150 wines each day, usually an 8.30am start […]

A Harvest to remember at Dog Point Vineyard

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The 2020 harvest began on the 10th March starting with Pinot Noir from Dog Point Vineyard’s west ridge. Little did we know that in two weeks’ time we would be in a situation which we never thought possible. Like many other countries around the world, New Zealand went into full lockdown under Alert level 4 […]

Points, scores and wine criticism by Sean Hamill

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Arguably, one of the biggest developments in the history of the wine industry was in August 1978, when Robert M. Parker Jr., a lawyer from Baltimore, Maryland and amateur wine enthusiast released a bi—monthly consumer report about wines available in the U.S. The report included importer information and, most importantly, a score out of 100. […]

Wine experts to follow

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Now that many of us have more time on our hands it is a great opportunity to learn more about wine. We have put together a list of wine experts to follow to find out more. They range from education bodies to individuals who specialise in different topics of wine but all of them offer […]