Planet Bordeaux

5 degrees of separation make Bordeaux Wine success

By | 2018-10-20T13:45:19+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Vine2Wine|

Paradise Rescued Merlot grapes ready to be cut. I have heard all extremes here in the Bordeaux vineyards over the last three weeks ranging from very sad tales of back to back harvest failures to extremely small harvests and even exuberant social media postings of mega success. Making a Bordeaux Wine success in

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

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

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

Paradise Rescued to open Bordeaux Winery doors

By | 2018-01-20T11:49:31+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture|

Paradise Rescued will open its cellar doors to the public in March Innovative niche certified organic Bordeaux winery Paradise Rescued will open its doors in March this year. In partnership with winalist.co, this award winning winery will, for the first time ever, be open for visits and direct sales at its winery door

Vine2Wine – Cabernet Franc Harvest Day 2017

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:01+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine Making|

Most Saturday mornings in our village are quiet. They start quiet, they continue quiet and they finish in pretty much the same way. But jet lag wasn’t going to let me sleep in much either. It’s harvest day 2017. I don’t need an alarm. The clouds disappear; the fruit is beautiful. Let the Paradise

Paradise Rescued now certified organic

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:02+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Grape Moments, Marketing & Media, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture, Sustainability, Wine Making|

The architect and passionate engineer of the Organic project - Paradise Rescued vigneronne Pascale Bervas The news this week is big. And official! From this 2017 vintage onwards, Paradise Rescued has been certified organic. Our certificate is officially here and as soon as we have a suitable frame and the power drill organised,

Paradise Rescued – the inspiring story that is our brand.

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:02+00:00 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

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

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:06+00:00 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