Recent Posts by Tobias Webb

How sustainability practices in wine offer useful insights to others

Josh Prigge, CEO of Sustridge and most recently sustainability head at Fetzer Vineyards, says there's no doubt that studying sustainable wine has benefits for other business sectors. Josh has spoken at a couple of Innovation Forum conferences in the last few years. I found what he had to say highly interesting, and I was curious about the…
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‘Forgotten grapes’ and sustainable winemaking at Gravner in Friuli

Lots has been written about the wines of Gravner, and I won't try to repeat that here. For good short histories of this cult vineyard on the Italian / Slovenian border, where Josko Gravner makes innovative and intriguing wines focused now entirely on local varieties, you can't do much better than taking a look at…
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Wine buying and drinking tips for non wine geeks

A friend of mine asked me for some wine buying tips. He is someone who likes wine, but doesn't spend the kind of time on it that I do. So I wrote the below. It's entirely subjective and based on my tastes and experiences. I hope some readers find it useful. All very subjective, but…
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Sustainable winemaking at Claiborne & Churchill, Edna Valley, California

Back in June this year I was lucky enough to meet a few more wine folks in California and record a few interviews about the history of wine in the region in modern times, how approaches have evolved and sustainability issues. Meeting Clay Thompson and Fredericka Churchill Thompson of Claiborne & Churchill for a tasting, tour and…
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Chateau Vignelaure, unusual, superb organic Cabernet/Syrah in Provence

A few months back I drove from Nice, where I live, a couple of hours west to meet Philippe Bru, winemaker at Chateau Vignelaure, just east of Aix-en-Provence. At 400 meters in altitude, he makes Vignelaure's red, white, and late harvest wines in a cool climate, with cold nights, on 55 hectares of land. Given the…
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Three ways the wine industry can become more sustainable

A writer penning a piece on sustainable wine asked me for some thoughts on what the wine industry can do to be more sustainable. Here's my list of three below. There's a lot more one could say about these, and other issues, of course, but I wanted to keep it fairly short. So here's my…
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