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Category Archive: Old World Wine

Making Wine Not War

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Winemaking involves many challenges, most of which are presented by the vagaries of nature – weather, pests, diseases, wildlife. But in Lebanon, bombs and bullets have been an all too frequent threat to the winemaker’s craft. One of JN’s Lebanese wine partners is Massaya, run since the 1990s by courageous brothers, Sami and Ramzi Ghosn. […]

Rocca Delle Macie

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Recently the JN wine team made a visit to one of our amazing producers, Rocca Delle Macie in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. On a warm and beautiful night we arrived at the Riserva di Fizzano, a retreat reconstructed from a medieval village in the heart of Chianti Classico and surrounded by the vineyards […]

31 Days Of German Riesling – Meet the Wines

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To celebrate 31 days of German Riesling we have a selection of wines available with 15% off until the end of this month. For maximum enjoyment, have a look at our recipes for the ideal matches to these sensational wines. The JN Wine Team put their thinking caps on and created some recipes, just for […]

Making a Case for French, Italian and Iberian Wines – Shop Now!

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Ever feel like you are buying the same wine time and time again? Don’t worry, you are not alone! It is easy to fall into a pattern of buying something you know and love – we all have a comfort zone. Sometimes it pays to be a little more adventurous and that’s where our mixed […]

A Flavour of the Roussillon at OX Cave

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Visiting wine producing regions, drinking the local wines, sampling the local cuisine and generally soaking up the culture (and probably enjoying considerably better weather) is one of the joys of travel and of having an interest in wine.  Capturing a little of that joy without the hassle and expense of travelling must surely turn an […]

Bienvenido a Carmelo Rodero

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North of Madrid and east of Vallodolid is where you will find the Ribera del Duero appellation. This vineyard land is high in altitude (around 2,000 feet), with hot summer days but chilly nights and cold winters. The river Duero flows west from here into Portugal where it is known as the Douro, port grape […]

European Classics

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A wine tour of Europe, highlighting some of the best wines it has to offer. The case is made up of a mix of established JN favourites and a batch of relative newcomers. The classic regions are represented with Spain’s Rioja, France’s Rhône and Loire, Italy’s Marches and Valpolicella regions and Portugal’s Alentejo all presenting […]

It’s Back! Chocolate Block 2012!

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Please form an orderly queue ladies and gentlemen; the latest vintage of the Chocolate Block has just arrived at JN Wine!  We know how many of you can’t get enough of this smooth as silk, chocolately red wine and there was a predictable buzz around the Boekenhoutskloof table at the Merchant tasting earlier this month. […]

Billecart-Salmon Champagne

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Billecart-Salmon 6 Bottles in Wood I imagine that for most of us mere mortals, drinking champagne is still a special treat and not something we indulge in every day (unless your name is Lily Bollinger). For me, champagne is the epitome of all the enduring romantic ideas of wine drinking: the sense of occasion, of […]

ARTADI Awarded Best Cellar of the Year by Guia Penin 2014

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As exclusive agents for Artadi in Ireland, our congratulations go out to them on their most recent accolade. Bodegas Artadi has been chosen as the best Spanish cellar of the year in the new edition of the prestigious Guia Penin. According to the tasting committee, ARTADI is responsible for some truly  “exceptional wines”. Among the […]

Italy – The Land of Plenty

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You could be forgiven for thinking there were about a dozen grape varieties in the world. The so-called ‘international varieties’ (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and their cronies) seem to dominate the shelves and it is this handful of grape varieties we are all very used to seeing on wine labels. However, if you […]

The Intriguing Wines of Domaine Modat

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Wines like they used to be… From here and there… No need to wait any longer… Intrigued? We were too. These are the names of the wines from Domaine Modat and these quirky phrases on their labels certainly pricked our interest. Domaine Modat Le Petit Mod’Amour 2011 Domaine Modat Comme Avant 2010 Domaine Modat Sans […]