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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

Trifecta for Success – Mission Vision Passion

By | June 18th, 2017|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

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

#GrapeMoments: Welcome to the Future – Cabernet Franc

By | May 14th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments, Learning, Marketing & Media|

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

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

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

“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