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Category Archive: New World Wine

South African Wine Promotion

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With a number of great South African wine makers travelling over to the UK for WineFest South Africa this weekend, we thought it only right to join in and celebrate with a South African promotion in store and online. For three days we will be discounting South African wines by 15% on selected ranges. Pop […]

Independence Day at Ridge Vineyards

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Thursday was a great celebration for the American nation, and my visit to see Paul Draper and his charming wife Maureen invoked such wonderful memories of the time we have spent together over the past 30 years.  Paul has made an enormous contribution not only to Ridge but to the world of wine, one of […]

Felton Road Visit by Jane Boyce MW

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Last month I had the pleasure of spending a day at Felton Road with their talented winemaker Blair Walter. Blair has worked at Felton Road since 1996 and has overseen the transformation of this special place in the Bannockburn area of Central Otago. You need to be there to take in the location and the […]

Our Changing Climate and the Wine Industry

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Regardless of one’s position on the influence of (or lack thereof) anthropogenic climate change on global temperature and sea level rise and associated weather patterns, it is undeniable – according to a March 2018 report by the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) – that weather has become more volatile and more extreme in the […]

Furmint February

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Furmint February: It’s time to celebrate Hungary’s versatile flagship white grape! “Wine of Kings, King of Wines” was how the wines of Hungary’s were described, if you can believe it, by a Frenchman! And not just any Frenchman might we add, but ‘The Sun King’ himself, Louis the XIV of France.   That’s quite a […]

Producer Profile: Finca Sophenia

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Finca Sophenia, the producer of everyone’s favourite Altosur Malbec have been producing premium estate wines for over 20 years, many of which are sold here at JN Wine. While most of us are familiar with what’s inside the bottle, we decided it was time to introduce you to the people who create and care for […]

Celebrate New Zealand

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New Zealand Tasting Join us on Saturday 17th November as we celebrate wine of New Zealand.  We will have a large selection of red and white wines open for tasting in the Tasting Room in Crossgar from three of our finest producers including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Just call in between 12 and […]

Why wait? Wines for drinking now

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Many of us wine lovers have romantic notions of large collections, full of classic Bordeaux, Burgundy, Hermitage, Champagne, Barolo…the list can go on and on and on. The reality is, for the vast majority of us, the fancy cellar, full of perfectly aged wines is nothing more than a dream. But that definitely doesn’t mean […]

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 […]

Celebrate National White Wine Day

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To celebrate National White Wine day on Saturday 4th August here are a few of our top picks of slightly lesser known varieties that you may want to try. After all, the white wine category is much wider than just Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc!   Quinta Soalheiro Alvarinho 2017 One of the top properties producing […]

Wine & Food Matches

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We are continually asked what to drink with this dish and that dish.  We have put together a handy guide to help you make the most of your menu.  We are always happy to help in store as all our staff are fully trained and ready to guide you whether it is for a midweek […]

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, […]