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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 When it comes to pairing wine with steak, the two most important things to keep in mind are fat and tannin. The higher the fat content in the steak, the more tannin you need to help break down the protein. If you pair a low tannin red with a fatty […]

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 […]

Guilty Pleasures: Fine Wine and Fast Food by the JN Staff

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How nice would it be to eat out every night of the week, sipping on fine wine and over indulging on expertly prepared food? Unfortunately, for the majority of us, this is not an option. Sometimes, life gets in the way and plans fall through and most of us have to make do. Fear not, […]

Which Rosé Wine?

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Food and Wine Pairings to celebrate National Rosé Day on the 10th of June. This is a great time of year to explore the exciting world of Rosé wine. And by Rosé wine, I mean “proper” Rosé wine; the clean, crisp and, most importantly, dry styles of Rosé that pair wonderfully with so many types […]

Art, Wine & Food Event

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2016 Pourings From KC Fine Art and JN Wine Kathryn Callaghan lives and works in Co Down and creates work inspired by the beautiful world around her. Her work is created with a honey-like mix of ink and gel, which is poured freestyle onto the image surface.  Free from pencil marks, she intends to evoke […]

Wine Pairing With Fruit Puddings? #AskJN

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Since over-indulgence is a recurring theme over the Christmas period, it is highly likely that most of us will not be content with one pudding on Christmas day but will offer a second with the rather limp excuse that it is to satisfy those who don’t like the traditional plum pudding!! The golden rule when […]

What Should I Pair With Christmas Pudding? #AskJN

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It’s the 25th December and it’s that time of the day, when you couldn’t possibly eat another morsel or drink another drop, and someone puts in front of you a plate of warm Christmas pudding with a big dollop of brandy butter. Oh go on. And while you’re at it you may as well wash […]