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Category Archive: Wine in the Spotlight

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Top Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we have some excellent gifts to make her feel extra special. We can even gift wrap your item and deliver it with a personalised message.   A ticket to “A Taste of Spring with Susy Atkins” £35.00pp Why not take Mum out for the evening to meet […]

Champagne Trip: Louis Roederer March 2019

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Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Champagne Louis Roederer, producers of one of the world’s finest wines, Cristal. If I am going to be perfectly honest, Champagne has never been a wine that I have drank a lot of. However, the opportunity to visit this historic region was just too good to pass […]

Furmint February

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Furmint February: It’s time to celebrate Hungary’s versatile flagship white grape! “Wine of Kings, King of Wines” was how the wines of Hungary’s were described, if you can believe it, by a Frenchman! And not just any Frenchman might we add, but ‘The Sun King’ himself, Louis the XIV of France.   That’s quite a […]

JN Wine on Tour: Burgundy & Rhône – Wednesday by Richard

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Richard from JN Wine has put together his account of day three in Burgundy & Rhône.  Read about snow in France, the fantastic producers and most importantly; the wine.   Tuesday evening 22nd January – 11pm. …….sure, all this snow will be gone by morning.     Wednesday morning 23rd January – 7am. The pretty […]

JN Wine on Tour: Burgundy & Rhone – Tuesday by Darren

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Tuesday by Darren Rafferty This is a series of blog posts about the wine producers that we visited and the wines we tasted in Burgundy & Rhone in January 2019. After a quick croissant and coffee for breakfast in a lovely boutique hotel in the centre of Beaune the team set of on a 15km journey […]

Producer Profile: Finca Sophenia

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Finca Sophenia, the producer of everyone’s favourite Altosur Malbec have been producing premium estate wines for over 20 years, many of which are sold here at JN Wine. While most of us are familiar with what’s inside the bottle, we decided it was time to introduce you to the people who create and care for […]

Staff Picks Winter 2019

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Christmas and New Year are now but a distant memory and it really is back to porridge.  As 2019 sets in here are our Staff Picks to get you through those long evenings.  We recommend that these are paired with some delicious food and good friends.   Aidan Pask Small Batch Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 A […]