P-Rhone to Misunderstanding

September 15, 2017

Vast, various, value.

Wow - it's been a few months since our last blog. Sorry! It's certainly been a busy few months since our last post in June. We've had the opening of our shop in Ashburton in July, 2 new team members join us, 9 separate tasting events and of course the summer holidays. P...
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Gin-spirational

May 6, 2017

How we've all gone mad for it

Here we go then: our first non-wine blog. It seems apt, though, that if we're going to talk about anything that isn't produced from a grape, we should talk about a product whose sales seems to show no signs of abating. Now the UK's second-most exported beverage, this quinte...
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A perfect fit

Back in November 2016, when we were very seriously thinking about taking on the shop in Ashburton, it became clear very quickly that there was only one really major obstacle in our way. Ian is great at doing lots of different things, but sadly, quantum physics is not his str...
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We've got a new baby!

April 21, 2017

Thankfully, we already have a name

Oh my goodness, this is so exciting! Perhaps I'm just a little nervous too, but we are delighted to announce that WE ARE OPENING A SECOND SHOP! Yes, we will then be closing it again straight away for refitting, but on Monday we take the keys to our new premises in A...
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Macon: The "Friendly" Burgundy

We all know someone who is an "ABC" - "Anything But Chardonnay", right? It does get a bad rap, which is very sad in my opinion, as well-made Chardonnay is frankly unbeatable. The reputation is, however, not entirely unmerited. For a good number of years, new world producers ...
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Costieres de Nimes - baby Chateauneuf?

OK, maybe that's slightly unfair, but not entirely an entirely far-fetched comparison. The soil-types are similar, with the big "rolled pebbles" so typical of the Rhone valley very present in each; some kind of cooling influence (the minimal effect from the Rhone itself for ...
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2016: Hot, hot, hot.

March 15, 2017

Overall, good, but watch out for alcohol levels

Ahead of our Annual Vintage tasting on April 8th, I thought it an opportune moment to go through some of the news from last year's harvest, and what this might mean for how these wines might taste. I should point out that for the sake of simplicity I will be talking about wi...
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A new way to choose your wine

February 11, 2017

Help yourself...

Jaded Palates is all about helping you understand and appreciate wine more; education and information forms a huge part of the experience when you buy from us. We strongly believe that we are more than just a place from which to buy your wine; we love having discussions with...
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Don't panic...

I'm not going to get all political. This blog is going to neither wail and complain about the dire consequences of leaving our European family, nor smash a Champagne bottle on the prow of the good ship Britannia as she sails off to trade waters new. The only concession to t...
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A point of difference

It's a question I often get asked in store, by both customer and supplier alike. We like to think we have a pretty eclectic range of wares in shop, and we are confident that we've done a lot of the hard work of choosing for you. We aren't really interested in having 600 or 1...
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