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Staff Picks for Autumn 2018

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For each new season we pick a wine to reflect the change in temperature.  As autumn sets in it is time to start moving from chilled whites to fuller body whites and warming reds. Here are our recommendations.   Taryn St John’s Road, The Prophet Shiraz 2016, £22.50 I’ve found a wine that will get […]

Top 10 tips for buying and enjoying wine from Jane Boyce MW

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Get to know grape varieties and regions rather than brand names which are often made up by marketing people and produced in bulk with the objective of being consistent. Look out for new grape varieties and blends which offer something new and interesting. Good examples include:  Michele Biancardi Solo Fiano 2016 and  Hesketh Small Parcels Negroamaro 2016   […]

Summer Reds : thinking beyond White and Rosé

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As we revel in the most welcome yet uncharacteristic sizzle of a summer heatwave in this part of the world many would be forgiven for thinking that the only suitable candidates for an accompanying tipple come in the form of light, fresh whites and rosés across the board (not to mention bubbles). There are, however, […]

Wine and Winemakers – Human intervention versus the “hands-off” approach.

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The two main schools of thought when it comes to wine making:  minimal intervention (mostly organic or biodynamic producers) and interventionist, where the winemaker adds certain elements to the winemaking process in order to add his or her own individual “stamp”. Both styles have their merits and in search of balance, the JN Retail team […]

Massaya Celebrate 20 years of Lebanese Wine Making

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Wine making in Lebanon has recently transformed the countryside and opened the way for attractive business opportunities. Long established wineries and a host of newcomers have helped cement Lebanon’s reputation as a centre of excellence. We at Massaya are neither an old name nor an eager novice and we are proud that during the past […]

Pikes Wines Ultrasonic Cleaning Innovation

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Pikes was delighted recently to welcome back the men from Vinsonus, a truly innovative and successful South Australian company. Vinsonus’s High Power Ultrasonic (HPU) barrel cleaning technology has been an invaluable tool in helping Pikes not only improve wine quality but also significantly reduce its spending on new oak products, one of the costliest aspects […]

Cabernet is King – But please, try the “other” one

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Cabernet Sauvignon; king of wine grapes. Core foundation of Bordeaux’s greatest estates, the main contributor to the great cult wines of California’s Napa Valley and of major importance to the “Super Tuscans” of Bolgheri on Italy’s Etruscan coast. We all love Cabernet Sauvignon; it is to wine what Frank Sinatra is to music; timeless, full […]

Spanish Whites to Try in 2018!

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Spain has always been a great place to look for high quality red wines at an affordable price point. But what about Spanish whites? Having played second fiddle to the full-bodied reds of Rioja and the Duero, Spanish whites are starting to take their rightful place centre stage. From the consistently fresh Albariño’s of Galicia […]

Rejecting the norms: Introducing “Les Dissidents”

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The wine industry has long been governed by strict laws that have influenced the nature of the final product that we decant from the bottle or sip from the glass. These laws (known as Geographical Indications or Appellation Laws) are relevant to the specific and wider wine-growing regions of the world and can restrict growers […]

“Double Decanting” – what it is, when to do it and why

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As wine merchants, we are asked regularly “should I decant this wine?”, “How long does this wine need decanted for?” and various other queries about the age old tradition of transferring your wine from bottle to decanter before serving. Decanting serves two key purposes; one is to remove the sediment from an old or unfiltered […]

Low Tannin Wine

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Tannins occur naturally in the skins of wine grapes and are the compound that creates a drying sensation in your mouth as you drink.  People that are sensitive (or even allergic) to this sensation as well as that of bitterness can be put off red wines entirely for fear of encountering these tannins.  However, there […]