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A Visit to Trier & Luxembourg

After ProWein, I took the train to visit some family friends in Trier. Here are photos of the Mosel River Valley with vineyards along the way: Meet Anders Wannborg, my host in Trier, who’s married to my stepmother’s childhood friend, … Continue reading

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Off to ProWein, Wine Buying Trip — Spring 2017

Since 2011, I make a pilgrimage to ProWein every March. It’s the biggest wine fair in the world (put on for wholesalers and retailers – not open to the public), and it’s a great way for me to efficiently find … Continue reading

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Bodegas Casto Pequeño – Spain’s “Oldest” & “Funniest” Winemakers

This winery has two experienced winemakers (pictured below). I had the pleasure of meeting the very entertaining Alberto Gutierrez on my first buying trip to Europe, and the Cotoval Tempranillo has been in our book ever since. Over the last years, … Continue reading

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La Fleur Chazal

In 2013 the US market began to flood with small Bordeaux producers.  A lot of these families has for many years produced product for their community for immediate consumption. Once the opportunity arose, they began selling to the US.  The … Continue reading

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Zuazo Gaston – A Family Estate in Rioja

Selling wine from Rioja these days is tricky business. Rioja, often called the Bordeaux of Spain, the market has been flooded over the last years with lots of lower priced, mediocre product. There are outstanding wines still there, though, and this … Continue reading

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Bodegas Maset del Lleó … delicious Cava from Penedés!

On my first trip to Europe for J. Strecker in the spring of 2011, I didn’t have any luck finding Cava, so I had a couple contacts in Spain on the lookout for me. Literally a couple weeks before the … Continue reading

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About J. Strecker Selections

J. Strecker Selections is a wine import & distribution business founded by Portalis Wines owners Jens Strecker & Julie Howe.  Drawing upon Jens’ vast wine knowledge, his European heritage, and his long history of world travel, they seek to revisit … Continue reading

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