One of the most anticipated and enjoyable events of the year for James Nicholson Wine Merchants’ staff is their annual tasting, an informal, walk-around tasting, no knowledge required, no lectures to attend. You don’t need to be a wine expert to enjoy it – interest and a bit of enthusiasm will suffice! All about sharing and enjoying wine with like-minded people, this year it takes place in Dublin on Friday 6th November in the Banquet Hall in Smock Alley from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Open to the public, and costing €15 per ticket, it is the perfect, relaxed and friendly opportunity to broaden your wine drinking horizons as well as your wine knowledge while you familiarise yourself with the JN Wine range. Come by yourself, in twos or as part of a group, the JN team will be on hand to guide you around and answer any queries.
Current holders of the International Wine Challenge Regional Wine Merchant of the Year award – an award they have won over 20 times! – the staff at JN Wine wear their expertise lightly, but each member of the team is a professionally trained, educated, passionate wine drinker and is delighted to share their enthusiasm along with their independent and totally personal selection of excellent wines.
Bringing the vineyards to you, their job is to source the best, most enjoyable wines from around the world and share them with customers. They travel. They taste. They sip. They deliberate. And then they buy for your drinking pleasure.
The annual tasting is the ideal opportunity to meet some of the JN Wine partners and try the wines for yourself – with over 20 winemakers and 100+ wines to try, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get around. Some producers confirmed to date include from France, Billecart-Salmon Champagne, Domaine Gayda, Languedoc and Roc des Anges, Roussillon and Agnès Paquet and Domaine Jean Fournier, both from Burgundy. From Italy, Sartarelli, Marche, and Morisfarms Estate, Tuscany. From New Zealand, Pask Winery, Hawke’s Bay. From Spain, Pesquera Group, Ribera del Duero, Paco García, Rioja, and Familia Martínez Bujanda, along with Massaya from Lebanon, Quinta da Falorca, Dao from Portugal, Boekenhoutskloof from South Africa, Viña Casablanca from Chile and Shortcross Gin.
Smock Alley’s impressive Banquet Hall makes a backdrop rich with character – the ideal setting for a selection of wines full of character and many wine producers who are characters too!
Tickets are €15 per person and must be purchased in advance from James Nicholson Wine Merchant on www.jnwine.com or by calling Lo-Call 1890 667799. Places at the JN Wine tasting at Smock Alley, 6-7 Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8, are limited.