JJ Buckley Fine Wines Blog

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Australia's Independent Wine Shops

by Chuck Hayward

Wine enthusiasts often seem drawn to browse through wine stores on their travels, as if they were answering a magnet’s pull. They do this partly out of curiosity, as visiting a wine store in another country reveals a bit about their wine culture, and partly for comparative purposes.

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Realizing What Rockford Is All About

by Chuck Hayward

When I first began to promote boutique estates from Australia, I asked around to see which wines I just had to try: iconic wines that were rare and hard to find.

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Welcome Home

by Chuck Hayward

Over the past 15 years, I have probably visited Australia 25 times. The purpose of almost every trip has been to visit wineries or attend wine conferences or tastings. As things happen in the wine business, you get to know a few people over the years. Nowadays, visiting Australia is becoming less about the business of the wine industry and more about catching up with friends.

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Chuck Is Off to Oz!

by Chuck Hayward

Just like JJ Buckley's recent trip to Bordeaux, my upcoming journey to Australia is to gather more information about the wines there. Nothing beats traveling and talking firsthand with winemakers, sommeliers, and writers to learn more about the many facets of a country's wine business. Previous trips have been instrumental in boosting my understanding of Australia's wine regions and the industry's history, along with discerning future trends. As a bonus, it's also pretty fun.

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From The Front: On Trophy Wines & Purple Teeth

by Chuck Hayward

The Australian wine industry is famous for its system of wine shows which hand out gold, silver, and bronze medals for top rated wines as well as trophies for those wines deemed to be the best of class or best of exposition. In many cases, winning a trophy can bring increased wine sales. But what really counts is the publicity for those winners and more importantly, the recognition from their peers in producing a top quality wine.

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