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What to drink at Christmas?

Oooh, but it's a bit chilly out there now, isn't it?! Taking the kids to school in the morning requires another 10 minutes preparation just to get the necessary layers, gloves, hats and scarves on, although the glorious sunshine we have now means we really can't complain.December is but days away now, and Jaded Palates is really getting in the festive mood. Decorations are going up, special gift boxe are being assembled, and the first of the gift boxes are being sent out to lucky recipients acro...

November 29, 2017

Cocktails galore

Wow, that was pretty sudden wasn't it? I seem to remember it was only a week ago that I was happily sitting out in the garden in the sunshine in a t-shirt, and now look at it? We've had a decent amount of sunshine at least, and I never complain about the change of seasons really, as it does change the scenery and of course, what we eat and drink. We love summer for rosés, crisp whites, light reds and BBQs, but we love autumn even more for richer, spicier wines... and spirits! Of course, cocktai...

October 7, 2017

P-Rhone to Misunderstanding

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. Phew. But this blog is really about filling everyone in on some of the info we shared during our Rhone tastings over the past couple of weeks. It's such a crazy region, that we thought we'd boil it down to just 6 facts th...

September 15, 2017

Gin-spirational

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 quintessentially English spirit is really worth exploring further. Is it just clever marketing, riding a wave as Vodka did before it? Is interest therefore due to plateau and then wane whilst the next craze (rum?) takes off? Whils...

May 6, 2017

A huge welcome to Gill Mann!

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 strong point and therefore being in two places at once was looking tricky. So, finding someone to run the store was critical. But we needed more than just that. This was our second shop in under a year, and we weren't so esta...

April 26, 2017

We've got a new baby!

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 Ashburton, site of the existing Best Cellars that has been in situ for over 25 years, and begin the transformation to create our second Jaded Palates Wines. If you've not been, Ashburton is a cracking town, and really on the...

April 21, 2017

Annual Tasting Profile: Domaine Touzot

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 in particular (I'm looking at you California and Australia) produced vast quantities of YUGE "oak bomb" Chardonnays, which had more in common with sucking on newly-cut wood than they did with fruit. I'm not going to go into t...

March 31, 2017

Annual Tasting Profile: Michel Gassier

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 Chateauneuf, and the much larger effect of the Med on Costiere) and of course, very much the same grape varieties. The other advantage that this most Southern of Rhone appellations has going for it is it's almost entirely unk...

March 23, 2017

2016: Hot, hot, hot.

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 wines from Europe here. Great! I love that old-school style. Tell me more... In general, 2016 was a pretty good year for European wines. That's it? So what is "good"? In essence, there was enough sun to ripen the grapes ...

March 15, 2017

A new way to choose your wine

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 you and helping guide you towards a wine you will love. So much so, in fact, that we've been thinking long and hard about how the store itself, and online, can help with this. Right from the very beginning we've been aim...

February 11, 2017

Wine and Breakfast, er, Brexit

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 talking politics I will make up front is in regards the stats for the wine industry as a whole: perhaps it's unsurprising that the official trade body for the wine industry in the UK the Wine and Spirits Trade Association was ...

January 28, 2017

How does a wine-shop choose its wines?

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 1,000 different wines in stock like other retailers (apart from anything else, where would we put them!), for two main reasons: We don't see our job just as buying wines and putting them on display. Otherwise we'd simply be ...

November 28, 2016

Using the right glass

Riedel, the Austrian kings of glassware, were with us last week to tell us and show us just how much choosing your wine glass makes a difference to your appreciation of wine. This post will summarise what our attendees learned, as well as a few more general wine tasting principles. Firstly, many thanks to Matt Knight from Riedel, who drove all the way down from Essex to be with us last Thursday evening. It's a long way to come for a small gathering, but it just goes to show the level of commitm...

November 21, 2016

A huge honour

So I did let out a little yelp. It wasn't particularly becoming, and luckily there was no-one in store at the time, but it was pretty involuntary. It truly wasn't expected at all, and even if it goes nowhere else, I am still delighted. What on earth am I talking about? Many of you will have heard of Jancis Robinson, probably the world's leading authority on wine. She started writing about wine in 1975, before people even thought it was a possible career, and since then she: has appeared on...

November 7, 2016

What is wine flavour? 8 steps to choosing your wine.

I get told almost every day "I don't know very much about wine, but I know what I like". And that really is a great place to start. But do you know how to describe what it is you like (or, just as importantly, dislike), and do you know what it is in wine that makes those flavours? This blog is all about what contributes to flavour in wine, and how to use that knowledge to pick the wines you will love. 1) Let's start by going back to basics: what actually is flavour? This seems like a stupid qu...

October 18, 2016

Wine-bar coming soon..!

Some of you will have read the newsletter, others will have seen the notice in the window, and more still will have heard about it... I'm referring to our planned variation of license. Currently, Jaded Palates trades as an off-license; we can only sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, the opposite of pubs or restaurants, where you're not allowed to take alcohol purchased away. The licensing laws were relaxed a decade or so ago, allowing for "hybrids": venues that could sell for consump...

September 17, 2016

Our Tasting Thursday schedule

Here is a list of the tastings we will be holding on alternative Thursdays up until the end of October. One or two are likely to be very popular, so we'd ask you to contact us to reserve a place and guarantee your spot. 8th September - Value at any price: great wines for under £10 What makes a wine more expensive than another? Is a £30 wine really three times better than a £10 one? What goes into the cost of a bottle, and how much goes back to the producer? We'll be looking at all those...

August 30, 2016

Top wines under £20

For those of you who aren't complete wine geeks (and really, why is that..?) take a look at this inclusion by Decanter magazine, the world's leading wine magazine, under their "Great wines under £20" section. I love this Riesling, actually I love most Rieslings, but this one in particular is fabulous value. Dry, crisp, fruit and a beautiful refreshing finish to it. Perfect before dinner. Not only that, but we have it cheaper than in Oddbins - fabulous! Also on that list you may notice another...

August 20, 2016

Organic and Biodynamic

The organic food movement has been building momentum since the 70s, but didn't really come into its own until the 2000s. The wine market is no different, although some regions have been quicker to espouse these principles than others. France, in particular, has long seen the benefits both economic and ecological of organic status, whereas some of the new world countries seem to be less enthusiastic. During this tasting, we'll be trying some of the organic and biodynamic wines we have in stock, ...

August 20, 2016

CHAGFORD SHOW

Please note that the shop will be closed this coming Thursday because of the Chagford Show - we will be taking a stand there and showing off a small selection of our great wines. Of course, we can still talk to you about anything wine-related on the day too, so do come down!...

August 12, 2016

Almost there...

Today we invited a few local businesses and some press to come down and give the store a bit of a test-run to make sure we were in the best possible shape for you all on Saturday. Needless to say that it was just as well we were all ready to shift, since it was pretty full on! The last coat of paint was still drying, and the bottle still wobbling from being hastily added to the shelf when we welcomed our first visitor. I am incredibly pleased with how the store turned out, and I am massively gr...

July 28, 2016

So what makes us different?

OK, so with one week to go, I think it's time I let everyone in on what it is you might expect from Jaded Palates once we are open. There are definitely a few very important criteria I came up with when I thought about what kind of wine shop I wanted to visit myself: 1) Not just a place to buy wine This actually touches on one of my main reasons for wanting to learn more about wine in the first place. It seems to me that most places where you buy wine kind of expect the buyer to know all there ...

July 22, 2016

Official Invitation!

The builders are still doing their thing in store, but I can now, extremely excitingly, announce the line-up of our fantastic launch event to take place on Saturday 30th July. It will be a lot of fun throughout the day, with lots of different activities and tastings to take part in. So, without further ado, here is what is coming to Chagford: 09:30 - Our Grand Opening! We open our doors to the public. Come on down and see what Jaded Palates has to offer. I'll be on on hand to answer any quest...

July 17, 2016

Goodbye vines...

So it's a bittersweet feeling currently. On the one hand, I'm about to be finishing up in France, taking my winemaking exams (gulp!) and rejoining my family in Chagford and plunging head long into running the store. On the other, though, I'm leaving a workplace and group of people I've spent the last two years with. My colleagues gave me so many leaving gifts, I don't know where to begin, but the signed Jeroboam of the wine I helped make this year, with a lovely picture of us all, is really a ...

June 17, 2016

WHAT IS THAT NAME ALL ABOUT?

Even if it were, I hope I'd be able to help! So, the idea behind the company started when I was working in my previous corporate life in Hong Kong. In 2008, the Chief Executive (the equivalent to the PM in Hong Kong) at the time was a very keen oenophile. He decided in his wisdom that what Hong Kong really needed to do, was become the Asian centre of the wine trade. So, pretty much overnight, Hong Kong reduced all tarifs and tax on importing wine. To 0%. From 40%. That's quite a loss of revenu...

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