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A First Look at 2011 Vintage Ports: Part 1

by Chuck Hayward

2011 was the first broadly declared year for vintage ports since 2007. This is the first of a two-part blogpost on the new vintage and new developments in the world of vintage port.

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Welcome to the new JJ Buckley Fine Wines Website

by JJ Buckley Fine Wines

We are thrilled to present our newly re-branded website, complete with some great new features! Read through this blog post to get acquainted with our redesign, improvements and new functionality. We invite you all to take a look, and as always, provide feedback.

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Where to Wine & Dine: Bordeaux

by Chuck Hayward

For anyone traveling to the wine regions of France, it’s assumed (and rightly so), that an immersion into local cuisine should be part of the experience. After all, what is a trip to Burgundy without eating escargot or fine dining while visiting Champagne? So it goes without saying that a trip to Bordeaux will be incomplete unless you dip your toes into the local dining scene.

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In 2012, The Right Bank Gets it Right

by Chuck Hayward

Visiting en primeur is not only a test of mind and palate – it’s also a trial in organizational skills (or occasionally, lack thereof). With so many tastings and wineries to visit, all spread across the wide swath of land that makes up Bordeaux, it’s imperative that appointments are scheduled in such a way that one spends more time tasting than travelling. It can take an hour to go from Bordeaux to Chateau Calon Segur in St. Estephe. If your next appointment is at Chateau d’Issan in Margaux, you’ll need 40 minutes – more if you get stuck behind a tractor. A lesson learned the hard way…

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