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Category Archive: Wine in the Spotlight

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 […]

Producer profile – Herdade do Portocarro

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Herdade do Portocarro are a relatively recent addition to the JN portfolio but in the short time since their arrival they have become firm favourites of customers and staff alike looking both for quality, structured wines at an affordable price as well as some of the finest and most complex examples that Portugal has to […]

Introducing Shortcross Cask Finish Gin

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This strictly limited-edition Cask Finish gin has been distilled for JN Wine by the Rademon Estate.  We sourced and shipped the casks from premium Bordeaux property, Chateau Cantemerle.  Then the magic started. Quietly resting in Chateau Cantemerle casks for just three months, the flavours and characters from the oak barrel infused into the gin giving […]

Celebrate New Zealand

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New Zealand Tasting Join us on Saturday 17th November as we celebrate wine of New Zealand.  We will have a large selection of red and white wines open for tasting in the Tasting Room in Crossgar from three of our finest producers including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Just call in between 12 and […]

All things Rioja!

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As the leaves change colour, the evenings get shorter, it’s time to get cosy in front of the fire – and top it all off with a rich, warming bottle of Rioja! We are welcoming the onset of autumn with arms open wide, and armed with Spain’s finest offerings!  From the 15th until the 28th […]

Pinot Noir Day!

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This Saturday, 18th August, we will be celebrating one of the wine industries most prized, most loved grapes; Pinot Noir! Famous for thousands of years (it has been vinified since Roman times) for the red wines of Burgundy, Pinot went main stream in 2005 with the release of the Hollywood film “Sideways”. Pinot sales rocketed […]

Celebrate National White Wine Day

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To celebrate National White Wine day on Saturday 4th August here are a few of our top picks of slightly lesser known varieties that you may want to try. After all, the white wine category is much wider than just Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc!   Quinta Soalheiro Alvarinho 2017 One of the top properties producing […]

Say hello to our new Aussie Range!

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Australia is the fourth biggest producer of wine in the world, with only around 40% being consumed locally, which explains why we can get such high quality, reasonably priced wine on our side of the world. Unfortunately, during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the Australian wine industry was plagued by large conglomerates, mass producing low […]

JN Gems under £15

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We have put together 12 bottles of our best value and most popular everyday drinking wines. Whether you are looking for a wine to enjoy by yourself, with friends or with food, this selection of 6 red and 6 white wines covers all your needs. That glass of wine at the end of the day […]

Top Picks for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is fast approaching and we have put together our Top Wines under £30.   If he is a wine connoisseur or an enthusiast you don’t need to break the bank to spoil Dad this Sunday with these great wines from across the globe.  We can even deliver the gift for you and can include […]

Staff Picks Summer 2018

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Who can believe that June is here?  As we enjoy the summer weather (long may it last) we have updated our picks to reflect the stretch in the evening and selected the wines that are best appreciated in the sunshine.  We hope you enjoy! Taryn Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2017, £17.59 Being a new world […]

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 […]