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More Of The Pleasure, Less Of The Pain

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Helmut Dönnhoff – Dönnhoff Schlossbockelheimer Spätlese 8.5% ABV For anyone sensitive to the alcohol levels in their favourite beverage (and I suppose now and again it happens to even the most avid vinophile) there are some guidelines you can follow that may help avoid scr21utinising every bottle on the shelf or resorting to the usually […]

Cline Wine, Fine Wine

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Carneros Vineyard in the Spring In 1991, Fred Cline and his wife Nancy relocated their winery from Oakley in Contra Costa County to the Carneros region of Sonoma County on a historic 350-acre estate with new vineyards and facilities. While much of the cool Carneros region is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot, Fred […]

Domaine de Sainte Rose Les Derniers Cépages 2009

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New season wine discoveries / John Wilson The Irish Times Saturday 2nd April “Domaine de Sainte Rose Les Derniers Cépages 2009,14%, Charles and Ruth Simpson, who are based in the Languedoc, aim to produce clean-cut modern wines using New World methods, and succeed admirably. All of the wines are vin de pays (now called IGP, or […]

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 […]