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Category Archive: New World Wine

“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 […]

Staff Picks Winter 2018

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With every change of the season we all pick a new wine to reflect the time of year.  For Winter 2018 we have chosen a selection of old favourites and new discoveries. Aidan Rustenberg John X Merriman 2013 £14.69 A great example of a New-World, Merlot-dominant blend that does an excellent job emulating the style […]

New Year, New Wine Club

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Are you starting to think about a New Year’s Resolution?  Instead of giving something up why not try something new?  We recommend continuing your wine education by signing up to our Wine Club.  What could go wrong with having a selection of your favourite wine delivered direct to your door? We have 3 different Clubs […]

Christmas Wine

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Tradition dictates that since Victorian times, Turkey is the festive favourite gracing the tables across the land.  But what is the traditional wine to be served to accompany this feast? Like most poultry, turkey is middle-weight and not especially powerfully flavoured, with a low-fat content and prone to long cooking periods these factors are worth […]

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! […]