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#GrapeMoments: Bordeaux Sustainability promise delivered

By | August 12th, 2017|Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Mission Vision Passion, Sustainability|

Since our very first moment of operation, January 1st 2010, our commitment and Mission has been to Sustain our rural community in Cardan, Bordeaux. We are proud to report the amazing story that our Bordeaux Sustainability promise has been delivered. And will continue to be delivered. The Hourcat Sud Cabernet Franc vineyard in January

Paradise Rescued – the inspiring story that is our brand.

By | July 29th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc, Its Not About the Dirt, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture, Sustainability|

“Trois maisons, Monsieur Stannard! trois Maisons!” (Three houses, Mr Stannard, three houses!) exclaimed Monsieur Dados dramatically as he welcomed me into his home. And all before I could barely say “Bonjour” or shake his hand. The Dados family were our westerly neighbours separated by a 50 year old block of vines, living in the old

Why Failure is NOT an Option

By | July 8th, 2017|Its Not About the Dirt, Learning, Learning & Leadership, Sustainability|

Nature consistently refuses to acknowledge failure. There is always a way forward When I first published this blog, I was just starting to write the first chapter of my second book "It's Not About the Dirt". Although now this book is seen much more as a small business leaders book rather than a

Tough-minded Optimism

By | July 1st, 2017|Learning, Learning & Leadership|

The Paradise Rescued story is a case study in tough-minded optimism I was reminded in the week by another great blog from the Pacific Institute about the issue of (overdoing) optimism. I am not sure that I was exactly born an optimist or whether it has become my learned response to a number of

The 5 Why’s of Cabernet Franc

By | June 11th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Learning, Marketing & Media|

It is becoming easier and easier to understand why Cabernet Franc is starting to gain more recognition in the wine world. But why has it taken so long, why, why? So in this blog article, let’s answer the top 5 Why’s of Cabernet Franc. Then you will see why this varietal is destined for an

“It’s Not About the Dirt” – Set your Goals in Concrete

By | May 28th, 2017|Its Not About the Dirt, Learning & Leadership, Marketing & Media, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture|

This week's blog article is entitled Set your Goals in Concrete which is one of our #LeaderTips from Chapter 2 in my second book "It's Not About the Dirt". Here are some story excerpts from the book together with our first formally blogged #LeaderTips.... At the winery house in Cardan, when you are sitting on the small

Visualisation – create your future with a (picture)Vision

By | May 7th, 2017|Learning & Leadership, Marketing & Media, Mission Vision Passion, Sustainability|

Most of us would be millionaires overnight if we received a dollar for every time we heard someone else say “Wouldn’t it be nice to see into the future?” We normally laugh and reply with trite comments – “Oh, I wish! That would be great!” But the reality is you can see into the future

#Vine2Wine – Paradise Rescued sidesteps Bordeaux frost disaster

By | April 30th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

Last week's big Bordeaux frost thankfully sidestepped the Paradise Rescued Bordeaux vineyards. No matter which way you look at it, this week’s Bordeaux frost disaster has been a tragedy. Putting pay to many people’s dreams before they really got started and inflicting deeper financial pain on many. And somehow – don’t ask me for

Passion – the third secret ingredient

By | April 23rd, 2017|Cabernet Franc, Its Not About the Dirt, Learning & Leadership, Mission Vision Passion, Sustainability|

This week for our blog, we are publishing a guest blog post that our Founder Director David Stannard wrote for the amazing team at Dracaena Wines, Paso Robles, California in their monthly article featuring people's Passion, very often and notably in the wine business. We thought we would share it here for you. At Paradise Rescued, Passion

Vine2Wine: Bordeaux vintage 2016 – Time to “lift the lid”

By | April 9th, 2017|Grape Moments, Marketing & Media, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

In a famous and celebrated top wine region such as Bordeaux, almost every change in the weather, property sale or first insect arrival of the year is reported with zeal. Many leading wine sales companies and media have their “on the ground” newshound sharing news, rumours and perceptions about almost everything. But then there was