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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

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

By | 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 | 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

Cardan Bordeaux – it all starts in the vineyard

By | 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 | 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

#Vine2Wine: Bordeaux Vintage 2016 – our early view

By | November 5th, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

It may just be me but it seems that the Bordeaux wine media has been remarkably quiet on the prospective Bordeaux Vintage 2016 vintage. Maybe this is just a calmer reaction following a generally successful and much publicised 2015 vintage, which followed several less good overall vintages. Or perhaps after such a good hot summer, a

#WineTips34 – Chardonnay

By | May 8th, 2016|#WineTips, Learning & Leadership, Marketing & Media|

  Chardonnay is one the world’s most widely planted and best known white wine grape varietals, used to produce both still and sparkling white wines. Originating from the Burgundy region of France, where it even has a village of the same name, Chardonnay has spread across the world and is grown in all wine-making regions

#CP2CF – Paradise had to be Rescued

By | May 1st, 2016|Cabernet Franc, From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc, Learning & Leadership, Marketing & Media, Sustainability|

“The defining moment in the history of Paradise Rescued was about to arrive. I guess everybody’s life has one of these moments. A critical decision point arrives and we either take it in a way that leads to something significant or we discard it and never even notice that that was just a fork in

Grape Moments – Incredible Bordeaux Wine

By | April 23rd, 2016|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

Paradise Rescued B1ockOne Bordeaux Cabernet Franc 2010 Until now, we hadn’t really produced sufficient vintages to justify carrying out a proper “vertical” tasting of our Bordeaux wines – that is a tasting from one year to another of the same wine, brand or vineyard. As we come of age – 2015 was our

#WIneTips33 – Corked Wine

By | April 3rd, 2016|#WineTips, Learning & Leadership, Wine making|

There are a number of flaws or faults that can make a wine unpleasant to drink. A “corked” wine is a fault that we hear talked about a lot but one which is experienced less and less frequently with the greater use of capsule closures and significantly improved cork closure technology. What do we mean