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Category Archive: New World Wine

So, what’s the deal with Chablis?

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“I don’t like Chardonnay…do you have any Chablis?” This is a phase that many wine merchants have probably heard a million times or more, and many people are both amazed and puzzled when we inform them that Chablis is, in fact made from Chardonnay. This is not an uncommon occurrence; many people claim to love […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2015, Central Otago, New Zealand

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My wine choices often vary according to my mood, the weather and what we are eating, but if  there is one grape variety I never tire of it has to be Pinot Noir. There’s something about the perfume and the texture that just keeps me coming back for more. So I would like to shine […]

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 […]