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Bordeaux You Can Afford

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Bordeaux’s reputation as a wine for status seekers and showoffs, backed by slick marketing campaigns to attract buyers with more cash than caution, may be a bit of an old chestnut, but therein lies a grain of truth – at least when applied to the huge prices commanded by the Le Pins and Lafites of […]

New to JN – Quartet Californian Sparkling

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In 1981, Jean-Claude Rouzaud (the then president of Champagne Louise Roederer & fifth generation of the founder) acquired the 580 acre Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California vineyard and winery. Building on a 200-year tradition of fine wine making, Rouzand identified the area as being perfect for the production of top sparkling wines. Roederer Estate’s vineyard has been […]

Bordeaux 2011, The Verdict

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Let us start by saying that, without doubt, 2011 has produced some very fine wines. While some wines are, we feel, over extracted, excessively tannic efforts, many growers have nonetheless managed to work the fruit intelligently. As always James Nicholson travelled to Bordeaux for the En Primeur week in April and has tasted all the […]

Bodegas Paco Garcia

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Bodegas Paco García is an R&D&I (Innovation Research Development) project begun in 2008 at the hands of Juan Bautista García, a young man born in 1980. After working for more than 6 years in the family winery (founded in 2001), Juan Bautista wondered about the reasons behind the generational decline in wine consumption.  “Why don’t […]

The Californian that trumps Bordeaux

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Monte Bello Cabernet, from the original vineyards on Monte Bello ridge, is recognised as one of the great Bordeaux-style wines of California, frequently beating its French competitors in blind tastings. THERE IS AN intellectual strain running through Ridge winery in California. Originally founded by a doctor, then revived, first by a theologian and more recently […]

Bordeaux 2011 En Primeur

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Unquestionably, 2011 has produced some very fine wines. There are many overextracted, excessively tannic efforts but many growers have managed to work the fruit intelligently – but I stress every wine has to be tasted and our final list will contain only those we are happy to endorse. Pricing is crucial and we expect to […]

Loire Wines for Summer – JSS Thursday June 14

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The crisp, fresh zesty wines of the Loire Valley in France are the perfect solution for summer picnics, barbecues, beach outings or just lazy, hazy days. To introduce you to the variety of wines available from this fascinating, historic area of France, who better than our “Man in the Loire”, Charles Sydney. Few know the […]

Top 10 value wines at JN

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Our Top 10 Wines Under £10 features ridiculously affordable and quaffable wines. Take advantage of the prices below before the latest duty increase and annual price review is implemented in mid May! Reds: Secateurs Red Blend 2009, South Africa £9.75 per bottle Full on, succulent wine which is full of energy & character – a […]

New to JN Wine, Chateau d’Agel

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Two new wines from the foot of the Montagne Noire and the Saint Jean de Minervois Plateau in the little commune of Agel. The white is a blend of Maccabeu,Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Muscat which produces a deliciously elegant, fruity and rich wine. The red is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah and […]

Ten Euro Gift Voucher for you..

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Have a tenner from us – no strings attached. Simply shop online with us and enter the code “MAY12” in the Gift Voucher Code area of the payment screen at the checkout process and receive €10 off as well as our 10% case discount. Offer valid until May 31, 2012 for a single purchase of […]

Forthcoming Tastings at James Street South

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Along the banks of the Mediterranean Friday May 18th Come with us on a food and wine odyssey of the Med as we cruise from the mouth of the Rhone river eastwards to the vineyards of the Lebanon in the company of Sami Ghosn from Massaya vineyards in the Lebanon. We will be showing 6 […]

James Nicholson Reports From Bordeaux

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It’s primeur time again in Bordeaux and Sunday’s arrival is greeted with a sunny 22˚C and the promise of a warm week ahead. There are three visits on the agenda tonight with the first at the Grand Theatre in the centre of Bordeaux, surely one of the most stunning cities in Europe, a tasting with […]