JJ Buckley Fine Wines Blog

 

You've Come a Long Way, Baby!

by Chuck Hayward

During my recent trip several people inquired if I had been to Germany before. "About a lifetime ago," I replied. My answer was both a reference to the number of years, as many of my fellow travelers were not even born then, and also how modern today's wines are compared to those antiques of yesteryear.

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Rolling on the Ruwer

by Chuck Hayward

There was a time when the wines were labeled "Mosel-Saar-Ruwer." Today, to make things simpler, they are lumped together as just "Mosel." In my humble opinion, this is a mistake... as each river has its own soils, weather, and identity.

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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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