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Paradise Rescued – the inspiring story that is our brand.

By | 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

Bordeaux Vintage 2017 – explaining Heterogeneous

By | July 16th, 2017|Cabernet Franc, Learning, Marketing & Media, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine, Wine making|

Paradise Rescued talented organic vigneronne will be tested to the max with 'heterogeneous' Bordeaux Vintage 2017. Bordeaux Vintage 2017 is very challenging. This season Mother Nature is absolutely in control and has delivered some pretty nasty weather shocks along the way so far. Which may explain why the media and blog pages from

Why Failure is NOT an Option

By | July 8th, 2017|Its Not About the Dirt, Learning, Learning & Leadership, Sustainability|

Nature consistently refuses to acknowledge failure. There is always a way forward When I first published this blog, I was just starting to write the first chapter of my second book "It's Not About the Dirt". Although now this book is seen much more as a small business leaders book rather than a

Tough-minded Optimism

By | July 1st, 2017|Learning, Learning & Leadership|

The Paradise Rescued story is a case study in tough-minded optimism I was reminded in the week by another great blog from the Pacific Institute about the issue of (overdoing) optimism. I am not sure that I was exactly born an optimist or whether it has become my learned response to a number of

Trifecta for Success – Mission Vision Passion

By | 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

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

“It’s Not About the Dirt” – Set your Goals in Concrete

By | May 28th, 2017|Its Not About the Dirt, Learning & Leadership, Marketing & Media, Mission Vision Passion, Organic Viticulture|

This week's blog article is entitled Set your Goals in Concrete which is one of our #LeaderTips from Chapter 2 in my second book "It's Not About the Dirt". Here are some story excerpts from the book together with our first formally blogged #LeaderTips.... At the winery house in Cardan, when you are sitting on the small

#GrapeMoments: Welcome to the Future – Cabernet Franc

By | May 14th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Grape Moments, Learning, Marketing & Media|

Cabernet Franc ready for harvest at Paradise Rescued in Bordeaux. Increasingly popular. Despite being one of the world’s top twenty most planted and drunk wine varieties, Cabernet Franc is relatively unknown compared to the “other” Cabernet, namely Cabernet Sauvignon. What is more ironic is that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the genetic child of

#Vine2Wine – Paradise Rescued sidesteps Bordeaux frost disaster

By | April 30th, 2017|Bordeaux Wine, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Organic Viticulture, Vine2Wine|

Last week's big Bordeaux frost thankfully sidestepped the Paradise Rescued Bordeaux vineyards. No matter which way you look at it, this week’s Bordeaux frost disaster has been a tragedy. Putting pay to many people’s dreams before they really got started and inflicting deeper financial pain on many. And somehow – don’t ask me for

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