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Category Archive: New World Wine

Sunshine and Celebrations – our top wines for Summer

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Summertime makes living easy, with flowers blooming and long warm evenings, it’s the perfect time to entertain and enjoy the outdoors. Whether it’s having the neighbours round for an informal barbeque or the extended family round for afternoon tea in the garden. Summer gives us so much more reason to celebrate and do it with […]

Visiting some of our South African Producers

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Taryn, the newest member of our Retail team was in South Africa over Easter and got to visit Stellenbosch and the Swartland to catch up with two of our very popular wine producers, Journeys End and AA Badenhorst. Journey’s End is a producer that operates close to the ground, has a deep understanding of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]