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“Its Not About the Dirt”: The Value of Failing….

By | March 4th, 2017|Its Not About the Dirt, Learning & Leadership, Mission Vision Passion, Sustainability|

In my recently released book "It's Not About the Dirt", I have opened in a strong manner. Not controversially, but reasonably full on. Chapter One is entitled "Success is Built on Failures". No matter how well we plan or implement a project, challenges and failures occur. It's how we respond to those events that will determine our

Proud to be Bordeaux Cabernet Franc

By | February 12th, 2017|#CabernetDay, Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Its Not About the Dirt, Marketing & Media, Sustainability|

There are only a handful of 100% varietal Bordeaux Cabernet Franc producers. And Paradise Rescued is proud to be one of them. And despite our very strategic Vision focussed approach to our wine business, becoming a leading promoter for the amazing wine varietal Cabernet Franc wasn’t in that picture. Where it all began -

Releasing soon: From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc

By | February 21st, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc, Learning & Leadership, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture|

We are very close now to publishing my first book: Paradise Rescued – From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc. So we thought that we would share a picture of the front cover together with the contents of the back cover:- “In 1992 when English born and educated David Stannard purchased a small holiday villa in

Vine2Wine – Our verdict on Bordeaux vintage 2015

By | February 10th, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine making|

From what I can see and hear, there are some pretty big smiles around the Bordeaux vineyards at present as winemakers and wineries start to appreciate their successes from the 2015 season. For many Bordeaux wine businesses, this has been their first big success since 2010, with each intervening season having presented its own series

Vine2Wine – Magic Merlot Miracle

By | July 21st, 2013|Sustainability, Vine2Wine|

Last week we brought you the update on Cloud9 Cabernet Franc. This week we will look at Merlot! The Hourcat Centre story is a modern Magical Merlot Miracle! It is less than two years ago that we were lucky enough to be able to purchase the Hourcat Centre block comprising a 1/10th hectare block of

Vine2Wine – Cloud9 2013 Bouncing forward now..

By | July 15th, 2013|Sustainability, Vine2Wine|

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

By | July 6th, 2013|#WineTips|

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

A Bordeaux Glass: well more than half full!

By | June 29th, 2013|Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media, Sustainability, Vine2Wine|

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

#WineTips16 – Hand Picking

By | June 20th, 2013|#WineTips, Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media|

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

Bags bulging for Bordeaux!

By | June 16th, 2013|Cabernet Franc|

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.