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The Best Wine For Chocolate Puddings? #AskJN

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Christmas pudding, mince pies and trifle are not for everyone when it comes to the sweet end of Christmas desert indulgence.  Surely everyone likes chocolate though, and surely chocolate versions of these classics could convert the hordes of naysayers. The usual candidates (Port, Sauternes etc.) this time of year will certainly work well with a […]

Going to a Christmas party and not sure what to bring? #AskJN

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Looking for something special to bring to the hosts of a Christmas party? Sparkling wine is celebratory and festive and joyful. A magnum of sparkling wine is exponentially more exciting and a fantastic way to kick off a party.  This one comes from a brilliant producer in the Loire Valley in France.  It’s dry, elegant, […]

Hunting for a gift for a Christmas engagement? #AskJN

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Champagne is always a well-received gift and an engagement is a celebratory event that merits something special. Give this to the happy couple to enjoy over a quiet dinner à deux.  This is gorgeous – it is proper champagne, well-balanced and smooth, not at all acidic and because it’s rosé it has very gentle, soft […]

Need an Impressive Gift for your Boss? #AskJN

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You’ll need something to impress for the boss.  It’s a good idea to choose a wine from a prestigious appellation so that she or he will know you’ve chosen quality even if they don’t know much about wine.  Our producers are all small scale, hands on, top quality growers that elevate the wines to the […]

Searching for teacher gifts? #AskJN

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Hunting for something lovely to thank the people responsible for shaping the minds of your precious charges?  They can relax over a glass of this warming wintry red whilst doing the marking in front of the fire and feel ever so grateful to you! Condado de Haza Crianza, Spain Bottle Price: €22.99 / £15.99 Case […]

Cheese & Wine

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Cheese and wine…cheese with wine…  One of the highlights of the festive food calender is cheese and wine. In 2015 we are privileged to have at the end of our knives a selection of cheese that our parents would never thought possible. With that comes the task of finding the right wine to complement. We […]

JN Wine in the Press

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So you want to collect fine wine? Jane Boyce – Sunday Business Post 6.12.15 Becoming a wine connoisseur is easy with Master of Wines Jane Boyce. James Nicholson Wine Host Tasting – ShelfLife.ie 30.10.15 ‘Informal and informative’ wine tasting event stresses that you don’t need to be an expert to attend!

What Wine should I pair with Nut Roast? #AskJN

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If there’s a vegetarian around your Christmas table there is most likely a nut roast too. And even if you’re a carnivore it’s not be overlooked, it can be a great accompaniment to your meal; it complements the meat and vegetables nicely, rich in flavour and texture. But what to wash it down with? Recipes […]

Christmas Survival Kit

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What do you get for the people who have everything? We think we have it cracked with our Christmas Survival Kit! Christmas Survival Kit Christmas Survival Kit w/ Dessert Wine £65 / €99 Christmas Survival Kit w/ Port £65 / €99 A mixed case of 6 wines – a delicious Portuguese sparkling, two bottles of […]

What Should I Drink At Christmas With Smoked Salmon? #AskJN

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You know what, you can keep your turkey and sprouts on Christmas day!  Leave me with a nice piece of smoked salmon, some fine, local wheaten bread and butter and a good bottle of Champagne and I am a very happy girl. Smoked salmon is a great food for wine matching. Needless to say it […]

James Nicholson Recommends

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James Nicholson Recommends 12 Bottle Case Price: £155.00 / €225.00 6 Bottle Case Price: £79.00 / €110.00 Jim spends several months every year visiting wineries in search of new, interesting and, most importantly, good value wines. Our new partners tend to be smallish enterprises, often family businesses, whose emphasis is on quality rather than quantity […]

What Wine should I drink with Turkey/Goose? #AskJN

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Christmas time, mistletoe and wine… as the song proclaims.  Though what would Sir Cliff be having with his festive turkey, well if he shopped with JN the choices would be abundant and lovingly paired. Tradition dictates that since Victorian times, Turkey is the festive favourite gracing the tables across the land.  But what is the […]