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Award-winning Wine Merchant Celebrates Four Decades of Excellence

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Award-winning Wine Merchant Celebrates Four Decades of Excellence

Award-winning Wine Merchant Celebrates Four Decades of Excellence
June 07
09:12 2017

Leading Northern Ireland wine merchant, JN Wine, is celebrating 40 years in business supplying selected wines to Northern Ireland’s best restaurants with a £300,000 investment in the company.

Widely recognised as one of the most experienced wine merchants on the island of Ireland, the Crossgar-based company has recently developed and implemented a bespoke online ordering and delivery service, enabling the 30-strong team of highly trained staff to service wine connoisseurs and hospitality clients across the UK and Ireland.

Established in 1977, James Nicholson (pictured) started business delivering wines to restaurants in his Ford Cortina. In the days before a wine drinking culture had been fully embraced, James was selling bottles from personally selected vineyards, making recommendations on wine purchases and sourcing new suppliers.

Identifying a gap in the market from the outset, James focussed his attention on the wholesale side of the business, and his unique approach to the business in personally visiting vineyards across the world and carefully selecting wines, has been replicated over the years.

40 years on and the company is widely acknowledged as a market leader in the wine industry, scooping the prestigious International Wine Challenge ‘Regional Merchant of the Year’ award for Northern Ireland a record 24 times.

Now based in a state-of-the-art headquarters, JN Wines employs 30 staff, including Jane Boyce, the only Master of Wine working in Northern Ireland and the first female Master of Wine in Ireland.

The company supplies selected wine to hundreds of restaurants, bars and hotels across Ireland and offers wine tasting events, wine courses, a wine club and a range of Fine Wine services individually tailored for private clients.

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