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Category Archive: Wine in the Spotlight

Bordeaux 2019: The Lockdown Vintage

By JN Wine |

Normally I have the great joy of travelling the roads of Bordeaux in early April. I think this is only the second vintage I have missed since 1983. It’s one of the most exciting tasting experiences annually travelling from Right to Left bank, sometimes tasting up to 150 wines each day, usually an 8.30am start […]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Sunday 22nd March Champagne Forget-Brimont Brut Premier Cru Rosé NV Spoil her with this elegant Rosé Champagne from a sixth-generation champagne producing family. This delicious champagne has juicy red berry fruit but with an ample mouth feel and great finish. Rosé Saint Jacques Chapelle En Rose 2017 We love the story; a special limited edition […]

Our Top 10 Wines for Spring

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Spring is just around the corner, time to relax and enjoy the lighter evenings. Spend more time in the garden or take long evening walks as the countryside around you changes. I cannot think of a better way to finish that perfect day than knowing there is a glass of beautiful wine waiting for you. […]

Top 5 Wines for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s day is fast approaching and we have put together our Top 5 gifts to put a smile on the face of your loved one this year. 1.Forget-Brimont Brut Premier Cru NV What is Valentine’s Day if not a celebration of love and togetherness? With this in mind, consensus would dictate that nothing quite signifies […]

My Week in the Rhône Valley by Sam Povey

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Over the past few years, the wines of the Rhône have graduated from the closely guarded secret of wine anoraks to a staple of shop shelves and restaurant by-the-glass lists. I’ve always had a soft spot for the region, so it was with great excitement that I caught the red eye to Lyon to join […]

Classic French wines decrypted – Burgundy

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I could sit here and wax lyrical about the wonders of Burgundy, but a man much more experienced than I has already said it best, so I will quote him instead; “Only with Burgundy do the details matter so passionately…so horribly when you have a great one and there is no way to know what […]

New arrivals – Leitz Alcohol-Free Wines

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We are thrilled to have new arrivals Leitz Alcohol- Free wines now available in store. Times have changed and so have our lifestyles; whether you’re committed to being more health conscious, needing to be the designated driver, calorie counting or an expectant mother, now we have a great alternative drink – EINS-ZWEI-ZERO range of alcohol-free […]

An Introduction to Germany by Alex Johnson

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An Introduction to Germany by Alex Johnson The wines of Germany have been unfairly maligned and often ignored altogether by some wine drinkers in the UK and Ireland in recent decades. The hangover of cheap, uninspiring, semi-sweet plonk that proliferated in the 1970s and 80s has left a somewhat sickly taste in the mouth of […]

Dönnhoff Visit: Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th June 2019

By JN Wine |

About this time two weeks ago I was fast asleep aboard a minibus headed for the village of Oberhausen; a languid, bucolic settlement nestled between rocky outcrops and steep hillsides on a forested bend of the river Nahe – slap bang in the middle of the small but well-renowned German wine region of the same […]

Treat Dad this Father’s Day

By JN Wine |

Treat Dad to his favourite tipple on Sunday 16th June 2019. We have put together a selection of gifts to put a smile on his face and help him enjoy his day. All wines are available to order online or call into our shop in Crossgar for a browse where one of our wine advisors […]

Just Chill

By JN Wine |

The idea that red wine has to be served at room temperature is dated and out of fashion. Wine lovers in this country routinely serve their red wines far too warm (and their whites far, far too cold!). In the 17th century French chateaux, where the rules and conventions of wine were discussed and decided […]

Felton Road Visit by Jane Boyce MW

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Last month I had the pleasure of spending a day at Felton Road with their talented winemaker Blair Walter. Blair has worked at Felton Road since 1996 and has overseen the transformation of this special place in the Bannockburn area of Central Otago. You need to be there to take in the location and the […]