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Category Archive: New World Wine

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, […]

Say hello to our new Aussie Range!

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Australia is the fourth biggest producer of wine in the world, with only around 40% being consumed locally, which explains why we can get such high quality, reasonably priced wine on our side of the world. Unfortunately, during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the Australian wine industry was plagued by large conglomerates, mass producing low […]

JN Gems under £15

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We have put together 12 bottles of our best value and most popular everyday drinking wines. Whether you are looking for a wine to enjoy by yourself, with friends or with food, this selection of 6 red and 6 white wines covers all your needs. That glass of wine at the end of the day […]

Top Picks for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is fast approaching and we have put together our Top Wines under £30.   If he is a wine connoisseur or an enthusiast you don’t need to break the bank to spoil Dad this Sunday with these great wines from across the globe.  We can even deliver the gift for you and can include […]

Staff Picks Summer 2018

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Who can believe that June is here?  As we enjoy the summer weather (long may it last) we have updated our picks to reflect the stretch in the evening and selected the wines that are best appreciated in the sunshine.  We hope you enjoy! Taryn Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2017, £17.59 Being a new world […]

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 […]