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Pour and Taste

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It never ceases to amaze me how many people fill their wine glass to the top. This is not a rant just an observation that is a shame not to be able to swirl the wine in the glass and enjoy the aromas of the wine as the smell is 90% of the taste. The […]

Wines That Go Well With Game

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Now we are coming into the season for winter fires, robust wines and game which work perfectly with pinot and syrah/shiraz. Even better if the wines have a few years’ bottle age and whose bright youthful fruit flavours have been replaced by subtle more mellow flavours and sometimes the farmyard aromas of Pinot Noir is […]

JN Taste Team – Burgundy

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A few lucky members of the JN taste team are just back from a whirl wind trip in Burgundy. It was a great chance to catch up with suppliers all be it briefly as they were just commencing the harvest. Burgundy is one of the most picturesque parts of France, small villages with numerous tiny […]

Bodegas Artadi

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On the 3rd September we visited Juan Carlos Lopez de Lacalle, founder of Artadi, one of the groundbreaking winemakers currently making waves in Rioja. His premises in Laguardia are state of the art, ultra clean and attention is paid to every detail. Even the small trays used to bring in the harvest so that there […]

Ivan Sutherland of Dog Point Vineyard Chats with Averil

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Recently arrived at JN is the small range of wines from New Zealand’s Dog Point Vineyard, an emerging star in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley founded by Ivan Sutherland and James Healy, formerly viticulturalist and winemaker at iconic Cloudy Bay. After leaving Cloudy Bay, the team began making wines from Sutherland’s own vineyards, originally planted in the […]

Bordeaux 2009 Alcohol vs Tannin

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This year sees the gradual release of the 2009 vintage from Bordeaux. This vintage is reputed to be the finest since 1982, the legendary vintage that got Bordeaux back on its feet after a terrible few decades and barely a decent vintage in the 1970s. 1982 was the beginning of Bordeaux crafting wines from fully […]

How a Wine Makes It Into Our Portfolio

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We are always on the look out for new wines and tend to do a lot of travelling at the beginning of the year. The best way to source a new wine is to do the research at home and then make contact with the wineries and go out and visit the area thereby getting […]

An Evening with Olivier Humbrecht

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We were fortunate enough to welcome Olivier Humbrecht to Crossgar at the start of June for a tasting of just some of the Zind Humbrecht wines we have in stock. This was the first time I have met the man widely acknowledged to be the king of Alsace winemaking, as well as my first opportunity […]

Wine for Investment

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There is a lot of interest in wine investment at the moment. With banks offering low interest rates on savings and uncertainty in the world markets, people are looking to find alternative places to put their money. Wine has preformed especially well in recent years and even with experiencing a correction in late 2008, it […]

The Power of the Consumer

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Recently we have asked one of our suppliers to produce a wine just for our customers. Domaine Sainte Rose in Languedoc, France produce a number of wines and we take a selection of them for our portfolio. It came to our notice that no one was producing a French unoaked Chardonnay at an every day […]

Le Roc des Anges

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The highlight of a recent trip to the Languedoc was a visit to Domaine Le Roc des Anges. This was the last visit after a long day of driving the length and breadth of the Languedoc and tasting over 80 wines; we arrived late for our appointment feeling hot, tired and, if the truth be […]

Clos des Fées

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Having recently done a whirl wind tour of some of our producers in Languedoc Roussilon I continue to be amazed by the passion of many of our producers. I have chosen Clos des Fées to highlight this passion and the complete lack of glamour in producing wine. Former sommelier, caviste and wine journalist Hervé Bizeuil […]