JJ Buckley Fine Wines Blog

 

Sirens and Sundials Led This JJB Buyer to JJ Prum

by Chuck Hayward

The Rheingau is the most prestigious of German wine areas, thanks to the backing of the church to push their cause. But for both the wine lover and the casual tourist, the Mosel sounds the Siren’s call, enticing with breathtaking natural beauty and charming little villages, all washed down with the most delightful local wines.

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The Roots & Shoots of Johannisberg Riesling

by Chuck Hayward

Riesling comes in many forms with just as many names. White riesling, grey riesling and the famous Johannisberg version. The last originates from the highly regarded Schloss Johannisberg in the very heart of the Rheingau region.

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It Is Easy Being Green For Helene Garcin-Leveque

by Chuck Hayward

It was our third day of 'official' en primeur activities, and I couldn't have been more excited about our visit with the ever-lovely and always gracious Helene Garcin-Leveque, who, along with her mother Sylviane Garcin-Cathiard, are the proprietors of Chateau Barde-Haut.

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Day 2 in Germany: Frankfurters & Franconia

by Chuck Hayward

After a hearty breakfast of cured meats (everything but the squeal), sausages (a game of name that animal) cheeses, breads and other German diet food, it was on the bus to Franconia. Many people, upon hearing this name, picture the special wine bottle that looks almost like an upside down heart.

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All For One, and Pomerol For All

by Chuck Hayward

While in Bordeaux, a few of my colleagues and I were fortunate enough to visit one of my favorite Pomerol estates, Chateau Clinet. Quintessential Pomerol, the grapes show a high proportion of merlot (85% in 2010 from super low yielding old vines) and are hand harvested and hand sorted.

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