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Christmas Tasting with Mark Bingley MW and Jane Boyce MW – Nov 23rd

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas …..without wine. Join us for this seasonal tasting of delicious and interesting festive wines perfect for enjoying on Christmas Day or as an enjoyable gift for someone special. This tasting will kick off with a selection of Champagnes from Louis Roederer, one of the few remaining completely independent family owned, great […]

Christmas Tasting at the Merchant Hotel

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14 winemakers from all over the world will be joining the JN TasteTeam to show you over 100 wines from our Christmas wine portfolio at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast. A great opportunity to come along to taste as many of the wines we are recommending for Christmas 2012 as you like at this relaxed […]

Recommended in Decanter – Great Value Wines Under £15

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Newton-Johnson, Chardonnay, Western Cape, South Africa 2009 Family owned and founded as recently as 1997, nonetheless this producer has forged a fine reputation for its wines. This is a rich, complex example, creamy in texture, bolstered by ripe apple and tropical fruit, integrated oak, and cleansing, refreshing acidity. 17pts/20 (90/100) Finca Sophenia, Reserve Malbec, Tupungato, […]

Jancis Robinson’s Wine of the Week – Leitz Riesling Eins Zwei Dry 2011

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The Leitz Riesling Eins Zwei Dry 2011 is Jancis Robinson’s latest wine of the week. The producers of this wine visited london last month to present their lastest vintage,2011. There was one wine from the Rheingau that really impressed Jancis. This is what she had to say: “There was one wine I was captivated by: […]

New to JN – Foradori Wines from Italy

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We love wines with a great story behind them and so want to share with you the background to our very latest new arrivals at JNwine. This particular story begins in the foothills of the Dolomites – a world heritage site and one of the most picturesque regions of Europe. Nestled between Trentino and the […]

The Best Winery in Australia!

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Congratulations to Kilikanoon on being named James Halliday’s Australian winery of the year 2013.  James Halliday is author of the Australian Wine Companion and is a well respected writer, author, judge, ex-winemaker and general promoter of Australian wines.  We’re long term fans of these fabulous wines too so to celebrate their success we’re offering 12.5% […]

Stylish Summer Reds

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When it comes to choosing red wines for summer drinking it helps to consider what the wine is for, i.e. who will be drinking it and when and with what.  Not wishing to overcomplicate the situation (at the end of the day we are of course talking about having something to drink, not brain surgery) […]

2011 at Artadi

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The winds of change are blowing gently through the Artadi vineyards. 2011 was the first year they strictly adhered to organic agricultural principles in all their plots. On top of this, they have started to apply biodynamic agricultural principles to some of their plots. The Artadi family have always had a deep respect for their […]

Stylish Summer Whites

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My taste in wine has evolved somewhat over the years and it seems to follow a particular pattern.  I stumble across a wine that I love then I drink around it – I look for wines made from the same grape(s) or from the same area to try to really understand what it is that […]

Albariño – Spain’s Galician gem

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We have long been extolling the virtues of this fabulous grape, but it’s always reassuring to know that other professionals are of the same opinion.  This month’s Decanter Magazine contains the results of a panel tasting of Rías Baixas Albariño and the results are seriously impressive. It used to be thought that the wine was […]

New to JN – Biberius Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

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The wines of the Ribera del Duero region of Spain are relative newcomers to the Spanish wine scene, but they have quickly established a reputation for excellence.  When Ribera del Duero was granted its DO in 1982 there were only nine bodegas operating there, but today it has over 170 wineries and over 18,000 ha […]