Blog

The heat is (full) on in Bordeaux

By | 2018-09-23T15:19:50+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments, Merlot, Organic Viticulture|

Europe is having a (really) hot summer. Tragic fires have torched parts of Greece. Many parts of southern Europe are starting to resemble Australia in prolonged heat and temperature. The global warm-up continues. And in the vineyards? The heat is (full) on in Bordeaux! Young Paradise Rescued Bordeaux Cabernet Franc grapes pictured in late

Trifecta for Success – Mission Vision Passion

By | 2018-08-12T20:46:07+00:00 August 12th, 2018|Cabernet Franc, Its Not About the Dirt, Learning & Leadership, Mission Vision Passion, Sustainability|

In discussions and presentations that I make, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is “David, what’s the key to your Paradise Rescued success?” That’s not an easy question to answer since, in reality, there are many many factors that have played a role. But when pushed to get right down to the

Bordeaux Vineyard Summer Solstice

By | 2018-07-22T09:59:13+00:00 July 22nd, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Grape Moments, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

I can't think of a better time of year than the summer solstice in a Bordeaux vineyard. And right now, I am completely jealous of some friends now who are holidaying at the Paradise Rescued property and winery in Cardan Bordeaux. And who keep sending me lots of lovely photos taken from the kitchen terrace

Cabernet Franc – a true Bordeaux wine varietal.

By | 2018-06-17T14:51:41+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments|

Cabernet Franc is a successful true Bordeaux wine varietal. Bordeaux red wine is strongly dominated by blends of three wonderful grape varieties – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Since much of the ‘old wine’ world chooses not to list on its labels the varietals contained inside the bottle, it can be hard

Bordeaux Vintage 2018 – the Paradise Rescued interview

By | 2018-06-11T09:11:00+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Its Not About the Dirt, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture|

As we approach the middle of Bordeaux Vintage 2018 with the longest days and light, we thought it would be a good idea to update our fans and readers with the news about the vintage so far. And what better way to do that, than to invite Paradise Rescued Founder Director David Stannard to tell

Vision: What YOU see, is what YOU get!

By | 2018-05-13T13:11:27+00:00 May 13th, 2018|Its Not About the Dirt, Learning & Leadership, Mission Vision Passion|

What you see is what you get! That’s right. It sounds like a corny line from a family quiz show doesn’t it? But it actually hides a very important life lesson for us all. Either as individuals or as part of an organisation. Paradise Rescued owner David Stannard in the Cardan organic vineyard during

Paradise Rescued – an accidental CabFranc legacy

By | 2018-04-22T14:20:38+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media|

When we purchased our first small Paradise Rescued vineyard block, we had been led to believe right up until the last moment that the grape variety was Merlot. That made a lot of sense seeing as Bordeaux Right Bank is world famous for its high-quality Merlot blends and with our project having its roots as

#Vine2Wine- Wet Wet Wet! The Bordeaux Wine Spring 2017 report

By | 2018-04-09T22:20:15+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

Wet spring weather in the Bordeaux vineyards 2018 I am just back from a rapid ten days in our vineyard / winery in beautiful Cardan, Bordeaux. I like one liners to describe a current status or situation. In the vineyards of Bordeaux, there is one word (expressed three times for emphasis) that best

Terroir – there is a fourth dimension

By | 2018-03-12T03:32:09+00:00 March 12th, 2018|Paradise Rescued|

The French language and culture has a special word called < Terroir >. Most frequently in France it is associated with a vineyard or wine although it can (and is) applicable to any piece of land that produces an agricultural product from a particular piece of land. The Cabernet Franc block that started Paradise

What is Cabernet Franc?

By | 2018-02-10T20:59:41+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc, Learning|

There is a lot to clear up in this little blog post! What is Cabernet Franc? Of course, it’s a wine type or grape varietal. But what are its’ characteristics? Where are its’ origins? What does it taste like? Where is it grown? What’s its’ popularity. Cabernet Franc fruit ripening in the Bordeaux vineyards