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Here's to 2017 and all the bottles we can enjoy together ...
We are halfway through January and as I write, it is according to the papers "Blue Monday".  As far as I can see from what the papers are writing most days are "Blue" what with the likes of Trump, Putin, Brexit, rail strikes, weather, Dry January - need I go on?
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Christmas Orders
We just wanted to let you know our opening hours over the Festive period.
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Hunters Wines Hunters Wines
James is the next generation in the Hunter family who will be taking this iconic winery to its next stage under the watchful eye of his Aunt Jane, who is still very much hands on ensuring everything is as it should be.
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Michael Jobling Wines Blog Archive 2013

Tuesday 24th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Christmas

Festive Greetings

We would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
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Friday 20th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Christmas

What I will be drinking this Christmas

As in every Christmas bubbles will feature! As you may have realised from previous scribblings I am very fond of Joseph Perrier Champagne and over the festive season I will be enjoying a glass or two.
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Tuesday 17th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Christmas

Christmas Drinks Party Wines

Selecting wines for festive parties can be a bit of a mine field as there is so much to take into consideration. So to take the stress out of the situation and to quote Baldric from Blackadder "I have a cunning plan".
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Friday 13th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Christmas

Top 10 Reds for Christmas

Here are some special red wines for Christmas, like the top 10 white wines, they do not necessarily have to be expensive, but they must have the quality and individuality that help make Christmas special:-
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Tuesday 10th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Christmas

Top 10 Whites for Christmas

Here are some special whites for Christmas, they do not necessarily have to be expensive, but they must have the quality and individuality that helps make Christmas special:-
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Friday 6th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Christmas

Sparkling Wines for Chrstmas

Bubbles at Christmas. Bubbles tend to go hand in hand during the festive season.
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Friday 6th December 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Christmas

Stocking up for Christmas

Thinking of stocking up for Christmas, whether it's for parties or general festive drinking
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Thursday 28th November 2013 | by Ken & Jill Rogers |  Christmas

Tis the Season to be Jolly!

Christmas is a great time for celebrating! Whether you choose to adore the whole thing - the giving of presents, the sparkle of the tree, the buzzing of the shops, watching children escalate to fever pitch with excitement, eating turkey and goose and pulling crackers, and of course drinking fabulous wines in rather generous amounts - as I do. Or to sulk as my husband does, enjoying the whole Scrooge approach!! He still manages to enjoy all the wines though!
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Tuesday 26th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Christmas

Christmas Gifts for the person who has everything

I have had great fun collating this list of wines and spirit gift ideas for Christmas.
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Friday 22th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Tastings

The Top 10 Wines from our Annual Christmas Wine Tasting

What a great night we had on Tuesday, meeting up with old friends and a few new ones, sorry if any of you couldn't join us, but here is what you missed.
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Monday 18th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Tastings

Ploughing through the wines to show you at our Christmas Wine Tasting.

I have been ploughing through bottles and bottles of samples, all to consider which wines we hope to show you at our tasting in November.
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Saturday 16th November 2013 | by Simon Powys Maurice |  Wine Tastings

Old Favouites - Hunters and some new ones to try.

Looking forward to you all getting the chance to try some old favourites along with the new wines Michael and Torie have selected for you to try on 19th November, see you soon.
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Friday 15th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Food and Wine Matching

Children in Need

Radio 2, Chris Evans, Children in Need and the Dine and Disco Extravaganza
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Wednesday 13th November 2013 | by Martin Gamman MW |  Wine Tastings

Joseph Perrier

Delighted to be able to join you all on 19 November at Michael's Christmas Wine tasting, here's what you will get the chance to taste
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Tuesday 12th November 2013 | by Lee Evans |  Wine Tastings

Wine with Altitude

When choosing a home ‘Location, Location’ is paramount, the same is true for wine, the vineyard location influences both the quality and style of wine.
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Monday 11th November 2013 | by Johnny Bingham |  Wine Tastings

Casa Silva Wines at our Christmas Wine Tasting

Casa Silva Microterroir Carmenere, the ultimate expression of Chile’s emblematic Grape Variety.
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Wednesday 6th November 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Tastings

Official Invitation

CHRISTMAS WINE TASTING
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Tuesday 29th October 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Food and Wine Matching

The Great British Bake Off

So the Great British Bake Off has drawn to a close. The girl who I had backed failed to deliver, these things happen. But this means I can now concentrate on who is going to win Strictly.
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Tuesday 22th October 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Makers Dinners

James Burton @vallumcooking, Pop up Restaurant at the Rat Inn @ratales

Well we all had a great night at James Burton's pop up restaurant evening at the Rat Inn
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Friday 18th October 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Makers Dinners

Joseph Perrier Champagne Dinner

Joseph Perrier Champagne Dinner
I am getting excited and my gastric juices are begining to flow at the thought of it. What is causing this you may well ask?
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Thursday 10th October 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  White Wines

The Savoy and Sauvignon Blanc

I had a real treat recently, thanks to an old family friend who now lives in the United States.
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Thursday 26th September 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Tastings

The date is set

The date is set ..... 19 November is the date for our Annual Christmas Wine Tasting at the Biscuit Factory.
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Friday 20th September 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

The people you meet

One of the great things about the wine trade is the people you meet, whether it will be customers, fellow competitors or producers. The outcome is generally the same, you build up long term working realtionships and often friendships develop. The conduit for this is the love and appreciation of wine.
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Friday 13th September 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

It is surprising who you meet at a lunch party!

Recenty I was invited by friends to join them for Sunday Lunch and what a lunch it was..... Beef Wellington was the main course, a carnivors delight!
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Tuesday 13th August 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

Enjoying the lovely Weather

During this rather fine spell of weather we have been having I have been indulging in a bit of Alfresco dining
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Wednesday 24th July 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Makers Dinners

James Burton @ The Kitchen Garden

Last Friday night (19 July) was a memorable night! James Burton did a guest night at Emily Cookson's Kitchen Garden Cafe. Needless to say Jame's cooking was up to the mark, you can understand why he was a finalist in Masterchef last year.
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Thursday 11th July 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Offers

Tidying up the Cellar

We have been having a tidy up in our cellar and look what we have found!!
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Wednesday 3th July 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Producer Focus

Lets raise a glass to Hunters

When Jane Hunter's name comes up you always tend to associate her with award winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. However, you forget that she has also been making award winning Rieslings since 1982.
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Wednesday 26th June 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

Food, Wine & Sport

I have come to the conclusion that food, wine and sport unites nations.
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Wednesday 19th June 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Tastings

Drop in Tasting of Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France

Drop in Tasting of Wines from Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France at Cafe 21, Private Dining Room, Newcastle upon Tyne on Thursday 27th June 2013 18:30pm
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Friday 14th June 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

At long last our new Wine List

We think we have found some gems – as well as the odd quirky one!
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Wednesday 5th June 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

Addicted to Languedoc-Roussillon

I think I have become addicted to the wines from Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.
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Thursday 16th May 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Red Wines

In the rack Reds

Finally "in the rack reds". I will be using the same ground rules as the fridge door whites. However with reds I think you have to be more aware of seasonality, bigger heavier duty reds for winter, lighter fruitier reds for summer. Having said that the way our weather patterns seem to be these days that theory is more difficult to put into practise!
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Wednesday 27th March 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

EASTER

Ok, ok, ok, sorry I know this should be "in the rack reds" but Easter is looming and look at the weather - it's meant to be Spring for goodness sake!
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Wednesday 20th March 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  White Wines

Fridge Door Whites

It got me thinking, what selection I would have available to offer friends if they popped in and fancied a glass of something or I needed something to put in the cooking but could also enjoy a glass with the finished article.
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Friday 8th March 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

I think I must be a modern man

I think I must be a modern man.
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Wednesday 27th February 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Main Category

Survived Valentines day?

I had a text from a customer stating that her partner had opened a bottle of Joseph Perrier Rose and that had saved the day!
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Thursday 7th February 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Producer Focus

Banyuls Baillaury & Chateau Lasfons

Whilst tasting the new vintages of the wines I spotted a Muscat de Rivesaltes and a 5 year old Banyuls called Baillarury. Not only did these wines catch my eye but also my taste buds!
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Friday 18th January 2013 | by Michael Jobling |  Wine Tastings

Casa Silva Portfolio Tasting

A chance to taste the most exciting and rare examples of Chile’s signature variety, Carmenere, also, sublime blends from the country’s number one producer, Casa Silva.
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