Wine

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

The heat is (full) on in Bordeaux

By | 2018-09-23T15:19:50+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments, Merlot, Organic Viticulture|

Europe is having a (really) hot summer. Tragic fires have torched parts of Greece. Many parts of southern Europe are starting to resemble Australia in prolonged heat and temperature. The global warm-up continues. And in the vineyards? The heat is (full) on in Bordeaux! Young Paradise Rescued Bordeaux Cabernet Franc grapes pictured in late

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

Let’s forget those NYE Resolutions

By | 2017-12-31T15:47:29+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Paradise Rescued|

Team Paradise Rescued wishes everyone a happy healthy prosperous New Year. So we all did the family thing and behaved ourselves over the Christmas festival! Well done. And now it’s the end of the year and time to really let ourselves go, drown away whatever happened in 2017 and get merry with the

Many thanks – Merry Christmas

By | 2017-12-25T08:24:20+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Marketing & Media, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

I have just had the pleasure of writing our final end of year letter to our Club Paradise Rescued members around the world. We are truly very fortunate to have such a kind group of people who want to support our mission and love our wine plus what we do. Bordeaux winter vineyard panorama

Bordeaux Wine boss positive on Vintage 2017

By | 2017-12-16T19:35:59+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Sustainability|

Paradise Rescued owner David Stannard in the Cardan organic vineyard during harvest time. The European grape growing season that was 2017 has now carved itself into history. And generally it wasn’t a great write-up! The weather was challenging (late frosts, hail and mini heat waves) and overall wine volumes were down. Bordeaux was

Five Fast Facts for #CabFrancDay

By | 2017-12-03T21:26:30+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Cab Franc Day, Cabernet Franc, Marketing & Media|

The sun shines on ripe Bordeaux Cabernet Franc fruit Monday 4th December is global Cabernet Franc day - aka #CabFrancDay on the social media circuit. This is the day that Cabernet Franc lovers celebrate one of the world's greatest wine grape varieties. In the words of legendary Master of Wine and famous wine