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JN Taste Team – Burgundy

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A few lucky members of the JN taste team are just back from a whirl wind trip in Burgundy. It was a great chance to catch up with suppliers all be it briefly as they were just commencing the harvest. Burgundy is one of the most picturesque parts of France, small villages with numerous tiny […]

Bodegas Artadi

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On the 3rd September we visited Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle, founder of Artadi, one of the groundbreaking winemakers currently making waves in Rioja. His premises in Laguardia are state of the art, ultra clean and attention is paid to every detail. Even the small trays used to bring in the harvest so that there […]

Ivan Sutherland of Dog Point Vineyard Chats with Averil

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Recently arrived at JN is the small range of wines from New Zealand’s Dog Point Vineyard, an emerging star in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley founded by Ivan Sutherland and James Healy, formerly viticulturalist and winemaker at iconic Cloudy Bay. After leaving Cloudy Bay, the team began making wines from Sutherland’s own vineyards, originally planted in the […]

The Power of the Consumer

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Recently we have asked one of our suppliers to produce a wine just for our customers. Domaine Sainte Rose in Languedoc, France produce a number of wines and we take a selection of them for our portfolio. It came to our notice that no one was producing a French unoaked Chardonnay at an every day […]

Le Roc des Anges

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The highlight of a recent trip to the Languedoc was a visit to Domaine Le Roc des Anges. This was the last visit after a long day of driving the length and breadth of the Languedoc and tasting over 80 wines; we arrived late for our appointment feeling hot, tired and, if the truth be […]

The Origin of Champagne As We Know It

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A glass of Vintage Champagne – delicious, indeed; but not exactly every day drinking for us mere mortals. So what else is out there when you don’t want to settle for ‘more affordable’, but often mass produced acidic Champagne from the Supermarket? On a misty April morning this year the JN Taste Team descended upon […]

Lafite Rothschild 2009 on Liv-ex

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Pretty much every vintage of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, one of the original First Growths in the 1855 classification of Bordeaux, has increased hugely in price in the past couple of years. This has been driven primarily by huge demand from the Far East, and China in particular. The annual production of the Chateau wine is […]

Wines for Summer drinking

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The summer is upon us at last and we live in hope that the sun will actually shine. So the search for lighter, more refreshing styles of wine begins. The choices are endless but zesty, aromatic, refreshing whites , juicy fruit driven roses and chilled light reds are what you need. For whites light, steely, […]

Riesling Rhapsody – A German Odyssey

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Day 1 Morning After a 3am start for most of us, a weary band of wine trade stalwarts assemble at Frankfurt airport. Introductions completed, we await our lift to the Leitz winery in Rüdesheim. The stereotypical edifice of German efficiency begins to crumble as we wait, and wait, and wait for our driver to find […]