La Bastide Blanche, biodynamic Bandol that’s truly worth exploring

Like many other properties in Bandol, there's not much about La Bastide Blanche in English on the web. That's a real shame given the quality of the wines and the biodynamic/organic approach that Stephane Bourret takes in making superb reds and some rose wines. I visited with a friend, last month and Stephane, like so many Bandol…
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Sustainable wine in California: Podcast with Bob Lindquist of Qupé

As the harvest was in full swing, I was lucky enough to find myself just north of Los Angeles, in Ventura, for some sustainability advisory work with a leading company. On Saturday September 17th I had kept a day free and had been frantically emailing all the sustainably-minded winemakers I could, in order to try…
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Domaine Gros’Noré and sustainable wine making in Bandol

Here's another post in my series about sustainable wine making in Bandol, France. This time, Domaine Gros’Noré, a wine hard to spell and even harder to pronounce, at least in English. I visited in March this year and interviewed Pascale Parodi, manager at Domaine Gros’Noré. I met the wine maker Alain Pascal, briefly, but he wanted to get…
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Château de Bellet, organic winemaking in Bellet, near Nice

After a recent visit to Château de Bellet in the hills above Nice, here's a quick post about this unusual little mice-appellation and a podcast with Château de Bellet about their wines below. Bellet as a mini-region covers around 650 hectares, although with only about 70 of these under vine. There are around fifteen family vineyards and…
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