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Category Archive: Old World Wine

Bodegas Paco García Riojas – Open for tasting this Saturday!

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Bodegas Paco Garcia winery is located about 10 miles from Logrono, the main town in the region. Situated roughly 400 metres above sea level in the village of Murillo de Río Leza, the wines are made for drinking, not thinking. The message of the winery is to enjoy the moment, glass of wine in hand, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Staff Picks Spring 2018

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Spring is just around the corner so our staff have chosen some new wines to reflect the change in the season.   Jane Macon Charnay, Les Chenes, 2015,  Manciat Poncet 75cl, £14.95 Coming into the Spring, this is the perfect wine to enliven the senses. Floral notes combine with citrus and peach on the nose. […]

Cabernet is King – But please, try the “other” one

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Cabernet Sauvignon; king of wine grapes. Core foundation of Bordeaux’s greatest estates, the main contributor to the great cult wines of California’s Napa Valley and of major importance to the “Super Tuscans” of Bolgheri on Italy’s Etruscan coast. We all love Cabernet Sauvignon; it is to wine what Frank Sinatra is to music; timeless, full […]

Spanish Whites to Try in 2018!

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Spain has always been a great place to look for high quality red wines at an affordable price point. But what about Spanish whites? Having played second fiddle to the full-bodied reds of Rioja and the Duero, Spanish whites are starting to take their rightful place centre stage. From the consistently fresh Albariño’s of Galicia […]