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#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

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

#WineTips32 – Noble Rot

By | February 13th, 2016|#WineTips, Bordeaux Wine, Vine2Wine|

Noble rot (Botyritis cinerea as it is known technically) or ‘Pourriture Noble’ (in French) is a special set of fungal conditions experienced by white wine grapes when they become infected by grey rot fungus as the grapes approach their maturity. When picked, pressed and the juice fermented, the resultant so-called “botyrised” wines have a distinctive