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Wine merchant produces Champagne brand for the Irish Open

By Claire Cromie

A Co Down wine merchant has produced its own brand of Champagne for the Irish Open.

Crossgar-based JN Wine will supply all the champagne for the event, which takes place this year at Royal County Down Golf Course.

Hundreds of thousands of glasses of JN Champagne will be raised to cheer on players as the event returns to the prestigious course after a 76-year absence.

The champagne, which is described as delicate and elegant with aromas of brioche and honey and a lemony finish, has been sourced from family run vineyards in Epernay area of Champagne.

JN Wine owner James Nicholson said: “It’s been a fantastic year for the champagne region and let’s hope it’s an equally good year for our home-grown players.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved at this level with an event like the Irish Open. Sourcing quality wine producers is our area of expertise and we’re thrilled that guests and the world-class players at this event will be drinking our champagne, as well as this year’s champion popping open a magnum at the winner’s ceremony at the 18th."

The company will also be directly supporting the Rory Foundation - the official host of this year’s event. The Foundation was established last year by Rory McIlroy to raise funds for children’s charities across the world, including the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children’s Daisy Lodge.

The DubaiDuty Free Irish Open takes place from May 28 to 31.

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