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Prà – The New Italians

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Griaziano Pra, Owner and Winemaker We all enjoy it when new wines come on board here at JN. We all love the product we work with and it’s always good to try new things but now and again something comes along that surprises us and creates a bit of a stir. Dare I say it […]

JN Taste Team Find A New Beaujolais

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On our trip to Burgundy last year, part of our remit was to source a new Beaujolais Villages and to this end we made a few visits to producers we had not met before. Tough job, I know. Our penultimate visit was to Domaine Rochette. Typically enough, we were running a little late so our […]

Germany 2009

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The Nahe River Tributary to the Rhine Commentators and winemakers are in agreement that 2009 is an outstanding vintage in Germany. In truth, Germany hasn’t experienced a really poor vintage in the past 25 years or so. Mosel magician, Ernst Loosen, describes weather conditions for winemaking as “the new normal“, by which he means less […]

Cheap Wine: The Bargains That Cost Us Dear

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Our desire to find decent wines at knock-down prices has become a national obsession, says Victoria Moore 17th Feb 2011 A confession: question five of my New Year quiz was not set idly. I asked how much of the price of a bottle of wine on sale at £5 is swallowed by duty and VAT […]

Château Musar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2003

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The Sunday Business Post, Agenda (January 2011) Article by Tomás Clancy from James Nicholson Wine Merchant Crossgar, Co Down www.jnwine.com “Along with Georgia and Armenia, Lebanon can lay claim to the oldest wine heritage on the planet, with archaeological evidence for grape cultivation dating back between 4,000 and 6,000 years. This Rhône-style blend of cinsault […]

Top Marks for Billecart-Salmon Champagne

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La Revue Du Vin de France – Champagne December 2010 Having drawn a conclusion on this contest, one should praise the performance of the Billecart-Salmon champagnes. This family run House, located in Mareuil-sur-Ay, in the Marne valley, finds itself at the top of the white and rosé rankings! It is not just the quality of […]

Decanter Rhône 2009, Vintage Report

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Top ’09 Southern Rhônes Dacanter Magazine March 2011 Summary: This is a very good vintage. The key word is balance, since high alcohol, low acidity and robust tannins can be features. It was a great year for Grenache;top names have delivered classy pure fruit. The wines will live well. Value lies in the leading names […]

Adi Badenhorst – A Hands On Wine Rock Star…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uOMxtKKrUCA Thursday, 10 Februray in Swartland. – James Nicholson I spent a busy morning travelling from Cape Town to the rustic landscape of Swartland to visit Adi Badenhorst. Adi bought the farm a couple of years ago and with the minimum of wine making equipment and is producing super Chenin Blanc from 40 year old […]

John Forrest, Forrest Estate Wines, NZ

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    Thank you to Dr John Forrest,of Forrest Estate Wines NZ, who kindly joined us last night for the final night of our Intorductory Wine Course. Dr John took talked us through all his wines, from his ever popular Marlborough sauvignon to his delectable dessert wines. He told us what makes a good wine and […]

La Vieille Ferme

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Perrin La Vieille Ferme Ventoux 2009 Picked as her ‘Wine of the Week’ by Jancis Robinson, 18 Nov 2010: Here is a bargain way to enjoy the ripeness of Grenache in the southern Rhône, which resulted from the exceptionally warm, dry summer of 2009.This is made from grapes grown at cooler, higher altitudes than the […]

Shafer, Award Winning Winery

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Doug Shafer, Shafer Family Vineyards, talks with Debra Meiburg M.W. It was the lure of wine country farming that inspired John Shafer in 1972 to make a career change, leaving behind 23 years of corporate experience to begin work in a new field. And in the fields, or rather the vineyards, is exactly where John […]

Chi-Chi-Chi-le-le-le!

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The Casablanca Valley Chile I am going to CHILE! In three weeks to be precise. Here at JN Wine we were lucky to be able to take part in the Wines of Chile Independent Wine Merchants Competition. So during the month of September we pushed our Chilean wine range via fabulous shop displays, price promotions, […]