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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, […]

South Africa: The Wines you should be drinking.

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South Africa is one of the world’s great wine producing countries. For a New World region, it has a surprisingly long history of grape growing and wine making, with the first vines being planted in the Constantia vineyard, near Cape Town, in 1655; that’s almost 100 years before the production of wine started in Australia! […]

Busting Wine Myths: Blends are bad

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Over a series of articles, we will be tackling common myths and misconceptions of wine, with the intention of helping you to get maximum enjoyment out of every glass.   Myth: Blended wines are inferior quality. We are delighted to able to confirm that this absolutely NOT true!  Variety is, after all, the spice of […]

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 […]

The Taste Languedoc-Roussillon Case

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The best way to know Languedoc-Roussillon is to try this alternative introductory case. Domaine Ventenac La Cuvée de Stephanie Merlot achieves the remarkable feat of being both sophisticated and approachable, giving this popular grape variety added kudos. The Cépage Grenache from Domaine Gayda is a beautifully rich and velvety red, smooth and full. Château de […]

An Introduction to Chardonnay

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Chardonnay is the most widely-planted grape variety in the world, yet, unfortunately, not always the most popular. Quite polarising in fact. For me personally, it up there as one of my favourites – extremely versatile, it comes in many guises – cool, crisp and lean; rich and ripe with juicy fruit, full of texture and […]

An Exclusive Gin Experience with Shortcross Gin

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We are so excited to have Shortcross gin joining us in the tasting room to teach us about the intricacies of gin production – and what makes a fabulous gin and tonic! Tickets are available to buy online here, in-store, or give us a call on 02844 830091.

What to try next if you love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has an enviable place in the market. From renowned names such as Cloudy Bay, Oyster Bay, Villa Maria and Brancott, the fresh, vibrant hits of gooseberries, passion fruit and grapefruit leap out of the glass offering instant gratification. It’s no wonder it is so popular at parties when it makes such […]

An Introduction to Malbec

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Malbec is a thick-skinned red wine grape that originated in France. It was primarily used for blending in the Bordeaux region but due to it’s poor resistance to bad weather and pests it never truly flourished. Grown in the Cahors region of France the grape has characteristics of being a savoury wine with good tannins, and flavours […]

Dominio de Tares – Godello La Sonrisa

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Ever since Dominio de Tares joined the JN Wine portfolio in 2013, they have been firm favourites with customers and staff alike. Situated in Bierzo – one of the most talked about wine regions of Spain – they are one of the area’s most widely respected producers. Using only traditional grape varieties, in tandem with […]