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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

Trifecta for Success – Mission Vision Passion

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:04+00:00 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

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

#Vine2Wine – Good wine is made in the vineyard!

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:07+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Learning, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine making|

Producing good fruit precedes making good wine I was reading a blog article recently where the author had interviewed a number of seasoned winemakers about what they predicted was coming next in the Australian wine production business. As I read the article, a common theme was emerging. A theme that had me worried

“Its Not About the Dirt”: From a Thought to a Clear Picture

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:07+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Its Not About the Dirt, Learning, Learning & Leadership, Marketing & Media, Mission Vision Passion|

This week I released my new (second) book entitled “It’s Not About the Dirt”. In the book, the Paradise Rescued continues but with a difference. This time the book – one of the few leadership / business / entrepreneurial books to be written in Australia - has a slightly different focus. Yes, the Paradise Rescued

Cardan Bordeaux – it all starts in the vineyard

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:08+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Wine making|

“Aaah Monsieur Stannard bonjour” beamed a Councillor as I entered into the Secretary of the Mayor’s office – the seat of power in our small commune of Cardan, Bordeaux. I certainly appreciate being treated as an equal local member of the community. It feels special and not something I guess that every other business locally

#WineTips36 – Micro-Climate

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:08+00:00 January 15th, 2017|#WineTips, Learning, Organic Viticulture, Wine making|

Micro-climate is the local atmospheric or weather conditions that exist in and around a particular block of vines or other geographic area. Micro-climates can vary even within a few tens of meters. In a vineyard, conditions in the middle of even a single vineyard block depend on different vegetation bordering the block, water drainage conditions

Chill Australia! No hot red wine thank you!

By | 2017-10-12T11:42:08+00:00 December 18th, 2016|#WineTips, Grape Moments, Marketing & Media|

#B1ockOne Bordeaux Cabernet Franc. Paradise in a glass. There are only seven more sleeps until Christmas Day and I am just taking a quick look at my smartphone weather outlook across Australia. Most places look like having a nice day with temperatures in the high twenties – Celsius that is. In the Northern