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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 […]

Wine Prices Explained

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It’s natural for us as consumers to look for the highest quality of produce for the best possible price. In our increasingly globalised world it has become easier than ever for us to buy wine from all corners of the globe for little over £5 a bottle, as supermarkets and other retailers compete for our […]

Drinking Windows Explained

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What is a ‘drinking window’? A fine wine will have an optimum period of time when it is judged to be at the peak of maturity and therefore ideal for drinking.  This is known as the wine’s drinking window. What is wrong with drinking a wine outside of this window? Fine wines, particularly the red […]

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 […]

Low Alcohol Wines

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What are low alcohol wines? We are seeing a small but growing trend of people seeking wines lower in alcohol. If you are trying to ease off on the alcohol consumption for health reasons, looking for something light to bring to the lunch-time table, or just want to lower the chances of a sore head […]

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 […]