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
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
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
Cabernet Franc ready for harvest at Paradise Rescued in Bordeaux. Increasingly popular. Despite being one of the world’s top twenty most planted and drunk wine varieties, Cabernet Franc is relatively unknown compared to the “other” Cabernet, namely Cabernet Sauvignon. What is more ironic is that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the genetic child of
A bunch of young green CabFranc grape berries in the Hourcat Sud vineyard It has been a remarkable two plus weeks here in Cardan and I thought we would take a couple or more blog posts to explain what's happening in each if the vineyards. Miracles do happen and vintage 2013 may be
WineTips #20 - Biodynamic The philosophy of biodynamic farming was developed by Rudolph Steiner in the early 1920s. Biodynamic agriculture is a method of organic farming that emphasizes the holistic development and interrelationships of the soil, plants and animals as a self-sustaining system. The Biodynamic approach also embraces the interrelationship between lunar and
Cloud9 revisits his origins...in the CabFranc vineyard Hourcat Sud. You have heard us talk several times previously about the need for a vision and the critical role it plays in any organisation and its future. When well communicated, deployed and maintained it is the beacon which draws an organisation forward towards the successful
John C Maxwell - The Difference Maker Since the next three weeks are shaping up to be a series of Vine2Wine reports from Cardan, Bordeaux for our fans, and seeing as I am travelling for 29 hours before I arrive there, it seems reasonable to talk this week on personal development and leadership.
Hand picking B1ockOne CabFranc grapes in Cardan Bordeaux One of the success keys to producing great wine is to start with the best fruit possible. That makes sense! In a typical vineyard due to microclimatic variations, different flower set times and dissimilar grape and bunch health, not all the fruit is evenly ripe nor healthy
View from the Hourcat Sud vineyard towards the 12th Century Cardan church It’s an amazing time to get back to Cardan, as we approach the longest day of the year. Long warm days, short nights and masses of time to make things happen! In short, we can’t wait to be back in Bordeaux.