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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, […]

Badenhorst Family Wine

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I’m having pheasant for dinner tonight. The shooting season has started with a bang (sorry couldn’t resist) and to celebrate we’re drinking a tasty Rhône-esque South African red. Not one to begrudge the southern hemisphere and it’s offerings I was pleasantly impressed with the massive quality in Adi Badenhorst’s Family Red 2006. This morning was […]

Gayda’s Road to Moscow

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Congratulations to all at Domaine Gayda; 94/100 for their ‘Chemin de Moscou’ 2008! Voted 4th best Red wine in the Languedoc Roussillon and 37th best in France in the SIAL 2010 Best Buy Awards. The JN Taste Team visited Domaine Gayda back in March 2010; welcomed warmly by Gayda’s charismatic wine maker, Vincent Chansault. We […]

Port

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Woe is me. I have just spent a busy morning’s work tasting Louis Roederer Champagne followed by Ramos Pinto Tawny Ports with MW Mark Bingley as our entertaining personal sommelier. Prior to the tasting I couldn’t claim to be the world’s most educated port drinker, I tend to stick to pudding wines for that after-dinner […]

Beauregard Library

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When we were visiting Château de Beauregard, Bértrand showed us the small part of their cellar where they keep a library of past vintages. These bottles are reserved for periodic tastings to chart the maturation and development of the wines. The ageing of wines is a really interesting subject, and in true oenological style, quite […]

Louis Roederer Cristal

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Founded in Riems in 1776, the same year that saw the birth of the United States of America, Louis Roederer is still an independent family-owned business. Although best known for the iconic Cristal, synonymous with indulgence and hype, courtesy of the likes of Jay Z, P Diddy and Posh and Becks, the big seller with […]

Coudoulet de Beaucastel

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A couple of years ago I was flush enough to buy a case of Coudoulet de Beaucastel en primeur (an arrangement where you buy wine before it is bottled and postpone Vat and Duty payment until you receive the wine). The 2007 vintage in the Rhône had been widely flagged as exceptional, being described by […]

Louis Roederer Champagne – Value for money?

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Louis Roederer Champagne, Value for Money I am just back from 24 hours in Champagne and have to say I am now a believer that champagne is actually good value for money. Did you know most of the Champagne houses have to buy in their grapes? This year the price is €6.00 per kilo.. Louis […]