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If you like Sauvignon Blanc, why not try…

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Sauvignon Blanc is an extremely popular wine and so easy to like – especially when first starting to drink wine. It’s crisp and fresh and zingy with a really appealing nose, the taste flows on seamlessly, there are no hard edges and you don’t have to wait for it to mature. Even at the cheaper […]

Maria Elena’s Tuscany Blog

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Meet Maria Elena Lugea – the new JN apprentice who beat more than 100 applicants to become the second person to secure a trainee position with James Nicholson Wine Merchant. Maria Elena who is 24, hails from Newcastle, Co Down and is a graduate from Queens University impressed us with her her palate and passion […]

Italian Evening at Ghan House, Wednesday 2 November

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Wednesday 2nd November 7.30 for 8.00 pm 5 courses & wine €60 pp Accommodation and breakfast at €55 per person (Booking recommended) Georgetta – from Rocca delle Macie vineyard, Chianti, Italy will guide you through a selection of wines carefully selected to compliment the fine foods served at Ghan House, Carlingford. Canapés on arrival James […]

Amongst the Best in the UK and Ireland

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James Nicholson Wine Merchant are delighted to have clinched the award for NI Regional Merchant the Year 2011 and a place as one of Britain and Ireland’s best independent specialists at the prestigious International Wine Challenge Awards ceremony which took place in London on 6 September. The competition, judged by a panel of international experts […]

Finca Montepedroso Rueda 2010 New to JN Wine

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Bodega Monte Pedroso is a small family bodega (winery) set up in 2000 which is dedicated to crafting wines of fine and high quality. The bodega is situated in a village called La Seca, located in the province of Valladolid within the Rueda Controlled Name of Origin. The Rueda name includes terrains spanning the provinces […]

Bordeaux 2010: A Modern Classic

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“The 2010 vintage IS an exceptional year for red, and harks back to such great years as 2000, 1990, 1986, 1961, and may be even 1929, but the wines are made with much more precision in the vineyard and cellar giving them a more polished character than historic vintages. The young wines have such beauty […]

If you like Pinot Grigio…why not try..

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Pinot Grigio is a classic Italian white wine. It’s delicate, light and dry and doesn’t have a strong flavour so it’s easy to like. So if you feel like trying something new what about one of these…? Safe Options: Soave E.g. Soave Classico Pra, Gavi E.g. Mauro Sebaste Gavi, Pinot Gris E.g.Forrest Pinot Gris or […]

Chateau Boutisse 2008

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Château Boutisse 2008, St Émilion Grand Cru The Milhade family acquired Château Boutisse in 1996 but for consumers 2005 is a more important date to remember. This was the year the quality of the wine began distinctly to improve. It was also the year Xavier Milhade took on sole ownership and his son, Marc, the […]

If you like Chardonnay..why not try…

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Chardonnay encompasses such a wide variety of styles and flavours that it’s hard to pin down a quintessential ‘Chardonnay-ness’ that you may want to emulate in other wines. The wine speaks of where it was grown – Chardonnay from Chablis is a world away from its Californian cousins but whether it’s the leaner more mineral […]

A South African With a Difference

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Probably my favourite thing about working in the wine industry is the people I get to meet. I love meeting winemakers and grape growers and hearing their stories and philosophies and discovering their passion for their craft. For exactly these reasons, it was a treat to meet Johan Reyneke at our Merchant Tasting in March. […]

Bags of Taste, Quality and Value!

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The JN Taste team are an optimistic bunch. This helps (a lot!) when it comes to the Irish summer season. Whether it be in our own gardens in the sunshine or at outdoor events huddled under an umbrella, one hobby we all partake in is leisurely summer drinking. Due to their popularity last year we […]

The Times, Shop Local

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James Nicholson Wine Merchant has been highlighted as one of 11 of the best in speciality shops the UK by The Times Shop Local Campaign! Buying food at local, independent stores isn’t a fad. It’s a great way to support your local community, get to know shopkeepers and learn more about the things that you eat. […]