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Category Archive: Wine in the Spotlight

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 […]

Massaya Celebrate 20 years of Lebanese Wine Making

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Wine making in Lebanon has recently transformed the countryside and opened the way for attractive business opportunities. Long established wineries and a host of newcomers have helped cement Lebanon’s reputation as a centre of excellence. We at Massaya are neither an old name nor an eager novice and we are proud that during the past […]

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. […]

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 […]

Staff Picks Winter 2018

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With every change of the season we all pick a new wine to reflect the time of year.  For Winter 2018 we have chosen a selection of old favourites and new discoveries. Aidan Rustenberg John X Merriman 2013 £14.69 A great example of a New-World, Merlot-dominant blend that does an excellent job emulating the style […]

Vineyard Showcase -St Jacques D’Albas

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Château St. Jacques d’Albas is situated in the Minervois, within the Languedoc region in the South of France.  Nestled in the hills behind the medieval city of Carcassonne. To the North are the Black mountains, to the Southeast the Mediterranean ocean, and the snow peaked Pyrénées rise to the South. St. Jacques’ rich history stretches […]

So, what’s the deal with Chablis?

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“I don’t like Chardonnay…do you have any Chablis?” This is a phase that many wine merchants have probably heard a million times or more, and many people are both amazed and puzzled when we inform them that Chablis is, in fact made from Chardonnay. This is not an uncommon occurrence; many people claim to love […]

Low Alcohol Wines

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What are low alcohol wines? We are seeing a small but growing trend of people seeking wines lower in alcohol. If you are trying to ease off on the alcohol consumption for health reasons, looking for something light to bring to the lunch-time table, or just want to lower the chances of a sore head […]

Tokaji’s time to shine

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Tokaji is one of those wine styles you learn about on wine courses and read about in books but perhaps have never encountered face to face. Well, now’s your chance as this month’s newest arrival is a Hungarian classic with a modern twist. Up until now the JN taste team have barely ventured further east […]

Love Chateauneuf? Don’t miss our new kid on the block, Gadagne!

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If you love the full, bold flavours of Chateauneuf du Pape but consider it beyond your budget for the average  wet weekend, then meet our new arrival, Gadagne (pronounced Gad-an-ye). The similarities abound: region? Southern Rhone, Grape varieties? Mainly Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre, Terroir? Large pebbles known as “galets”. Even the name – Chateauneuf […]

Domaine Gayda’s Flying Solo Collection

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Recently arrived at JN Wine, and the perfect accompaniment to a dreary Winter weekend; the flying solo range from Domaine Gayda is sure to impress. As with all of the Domaine’s wines, they deliver extraordinary value for money, and an interesting story to boot. The team at Domaine Gayda introduced the Flying Solo collection to celebrate […]

Domaine Gaujal’s Picpoul de Pinet 2015

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From a family estate established since 1744, altogether 30 ha of vineyards, 12 ha devoted to the Picpoul. 100% Picpoul grape grows on soils containing a max of 54% pure limestone, the rest being calcareous clay. The vines are on average 45 years old, cared for the traditional way. Domaine Gaujal’s Picpoul de Pinet 2015 […]