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Christmas Day Wines all wrapped up

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Things are beginning to heat up here at JN Wine. The festive season is approaching and to distract us from how cold it is in the warehouse, we’re starting to think about our own vinous requirements once the madness subsides and we can relax with our friends and family, a glass in hand . Great […]

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, […]

Wine & Food Matches

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We are continually asked what to drink with this dish and that dish.  We have put together a handy guide to help you make the most of your menu.  We are always happy to help in store as all our staff are fully trained and ready to guide you whether it is for a midweek […]

Christmas Wine

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Tradition dictates that since Victorian times, Turkey is the festive favourite gracing the tables across the land.  But what is the traditional wine to be served to accompany this feast? Like most poultry, turkey is middle-weight and not especially powerfully flavoured, with a low-fat content and prone to long cooking periods these factors are worth […]

The Smugglers Table Video Showcase

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If you want great locally produced food and drink in a place with an open fire and more than a nod to the nautical, then this is the place for you. Set on the banks of the Dibney River where it flows into Strangford Lough, a classic European restaurant with a modern twist serving lunch […]

Stunning Spanish Whites

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We are delighted to introduce three exciting new wines from Spain.  These white wines offer an interesting alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.  You may have seen these varietals on your summer holidays and now you can enjoy them at home.   Altos de Torona Albariño 2016 Aged 6 months on lees. A lovely young […]

Celebrate International Grenache Day with these JN Wine Selections!

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Often over shadowed by the more well-known grapes, such as Cabernet, Merlot and Pinot Noir, Grenache is a grape that is unjustifiably ignored by many, mostly newer, wine drinkers. This is a real shame, as Grenache makes some phenomenal wines. Also known as Garnacha in Spain (where it likely originated), Grenache is found in Rioja […]

Pouilly Fumé or Pouilly Fuissé?

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There is much confusion between these two wines. They sound a lot alike but are completely different. Both are white wines from France, but from different regions and made from different grape varieties, one from Sauvignon Blanc and the other from Chardonnay.   Pouilly Fumé (Pooay Foo-may) What is it? It is a white wine […]

Pairing Red Wines with Steak

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Pairing Red Wines with Steak In this blog, we will look at how the cut of steak you choose will influence your Red wine choice, and we will help to steer you in the right direction to ensure that your steak dinners are always a success. When it comes to pairing wine with steak, the […]

Three Best Alternatives to Champagne

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Nothing enlivens the palate or the soul quite as well as bubbles. A love of fizz is a love of effervescence, both in drinking and in life. We admit that there is something magical about Champagne, a sensation of elegance and indulgence that is a genuine treat. But there is a world of alternatives that […]

Wines with that Holiday Vibe

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Wine has a sense of place and has the ability to transport you to its origin, to the land on which the grapes grew and to the people who harvested the grapes, pressed them and saw the finished product through to its bottle. And then that bottle ends up in your kitchen here in sunny […]

Tokaji’s time to shine

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Tokaji is one of those wine styles you learn about on wine courses and read about in books but perhaps have never encountered face to face. Well, now’s your chance as this month’s newest arrival is a Hungarian classic with a modern twist. Up until now the JN taste team have barely ventured further east […]