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Jaded Palates was born out of the ambition to make great wines more approachable.

No longer do we want to see stuffy, quiet and aloof wine merchants with a snooty air about them. Instead we want every single one of our customers to feel comfortable selecting the wines that they know they will love without having to know the in depth history and biology of a particular grape variety. We’ve devised a ”no-guff” Wine Style Guide with just four options for red wines and four options for white. All you need to know is what type of flavour you enjoy when drinking wine and you’ll be able to find many options available to you both in our shop and wine club.

White Wines

Light and Delicate:

These wines are all about the lightness, freshness and pleasant nature. Think about a Pinot Grigio and you’ll be on the right lines. There won’t be any dominant flavours, but there will be subtle notes of citrus, white fruits and flowers. A real gentle sipper.

Crisp and Bright:

There’s something more lively about these wines. They’ll have a tang or bite to them which makes them edgier, steelier and with more bracing acidity. Think Sancerre, Muscadet or Chablis. They will best be paired with seafood usually.

Aromatic and Fruity:

Stick your nose in a glass of one of these wines and you’ll generally be blown away by an array of aromas: tropical fruits, flowers, peaches, honey, cut grass or maybe even petrol. From Sauvignon Blanc to Riesling and Viognier, these wines pack a flavourful punch and work best with strong cheeses, creamy sauces or even curries.

Rich and Complex:

With these, you’ll usually find varying degrees of oak involved. Often Chardonnay, but also Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc or Viognier, these wines will taste of creaminess and buttery warmth to them. The flavours last for ages in the mouth, and work best with mushrooms, poultry, pork or even lamb dishes.

White Wines

Light and Delicate:

These wines are all about the lightness, freshness and pleasant nature. Think about a Pinot Grigio and you’ll be on the right lines. There won’t be any dominant flavours, but there will be subtle notes of citrus, white fruits and flowers. A real gentle sipper.


Crisp and Bright:

There’s something more lively about these wines. They’ll have a tang or bite to them which makes them edgier, steelier and with more bracing acidity. Think Sancerre, Muscadet or Chablis. They will best be paired with seafood usually.


Aromatic and Fruity:

Stick your nose in a glass of one of these wines and you’ll generally be blown away by an array of aromas: tropical fruits, flowers, peaches, honey, cut grass or maybe even petrol. From Sauvignon Blanc to Riesling and Viognier, these wines pack a flavourful punch and work best with strong cheeses, creamy sauces or even curries.


Rich and Complex:

With these, you’ll usually find varying degrees of oak involved. Often Chardonnay, but also Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc or Viognier, these wines will taste of creaminess and buttery warmth to them. The flavours last for ages in the mouth, and work best with mushrooms, poultry, pork or even lamb dishes.


Red Wines

Light and Delicate:

These wines are all about their freshness and lightness of touch. They’ll be lighter in tannins and body and have bright red fruit and floral flavours, like sour cherry, raspberry or violets. This category is dominated by Pinot Noir, but also features Cabernet Franc and Gamay. Amazing with duck, venison or even rich fish like turbot.

Bright and Spicy:

Differentiated from Light and Delicate by their fuller body, high acidity and their inherent earthiness or spiciness. You’ll find a lot of Syrah in this category, but also lighter Grenache, Pinotage and Central European varieties like Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch. Really good with a variety of food as the wines can often have a savoury, smoky, meaty edge to them.

Soft and Fruity:

Probably the easiest category of reds to describe. These are fruity, soft and medium-bodied reds that are very drinkable by themselves. Lots of Merlot, Malbec and unoaked Cabernet in this section, dominated by New World styles.

Bold and Rich:

Here you’ll find wines that have some real punch to them. Often oaked, and dominated by Old World styles like Bordeaux, Rioja and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, they are high in tannins, high in body and often high in alcohol. Best served with flavourful foods like casseroles and other meat-dominant dishes and need decanting to give them time to open up.

Red Wines

Light and Delicate:

These wines are all about their freshness and lightness of touch. They’ll be lighter in tannins and body and have bright red fruit and floral flavours, like sour cherry, raspberry or violets. This category is dominated by Pinot Noir, but also features Cabernet Franc and Gamay. Amazing with duck, venison or even rich fish like turbot.


Bright and Spicy:

Differentiated from Light and Delicate by their fuller body, high acidity and their inherent earthiness or spiciness. You’ll find a lot of Syrah in this category, but also lighter Grenache, Pinotage and Central European varieties like Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch. Really good with a variety of food as the wines can often have a savoury, smoky, meaty edge to them.


Soft and Fruity:

Probably the easiest category of reds to describe. These are fruity, soft and medium-bodied reds that are very drinkable by themselves. Lots of Merlot, Malbec and unoaked Cabernet in this section, dominated by New World styles.


Bold and Rich:

Here you’ll find wines that have some real punch to them. Often oaked, and dominated by Old World styles like Bordeaux, Rioja and Chateauneuf-du-Pape, they are high in tannins, high in body and often high in alcohol. Best served with flavourful foods like casseroles and other meat-dominant dishes and need decanting to give them time to open up.


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