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Category Archive: Old World Wine

A Month of Rioja

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As the leaves change colour, the evenings get shorter and we are reaching for the woollies at the back of the cupboard, it’s time to get cosy in front of the fire – and to top it all off – a rich, warming bottle of Rioja! We are welcoming the onset of autumn with arms […]

New Wines From An Old Favourite

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Domaine Gayda With a free falling, skydiving figure on the label, these wines represent a total freedom from the constraints of convention and a fresh perspective, and entirely free and unhampered approach to winemaking.  They’re not making wine from bananas and ageing them in coconut shells to make something mad and out of the box. […]

A Tuscan Treasure

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Morisfarms Situated in the southwest corner of Tuscany, this family-run organic farm produces super wines from the Sangiovese grape.  Tuscany’s most famous wines such as Chianti, Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino and Vino Nobile de Montepulciano are all also made from various different strains of the Sangiovese grape which is ideally suited to their individual terroirs. […]

Our Hero in Alsace

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Olivier Humbrecht is a scientist and a Master of Wine so when a man with these credentials gets involved with biodynamics people tend to sit up and take notice.  Biodynamic farming could be considered a bit ‘out there’ to put it mildly.  Planting and farming according to lunar cycles doesn’t sit easily with some people […]

Introducing Jean Fournier

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Earlier this year James spent a few days in Burgundy foraging for new talent and this is one of the new growers we are really excited to start working with. “These are super wines from Marsannay; authentic Pinot Noir and top whites including a very good Aligoté unlike any other I have tasted.” James Nicholson Domaine […]

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 […]