Category Archives: Climate change

How can climate models and forecasting help winemakers beat climate change?

Albert Soret Miravet and Marta Terrado from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center recently discussed with me, how computer-based climate and weather modelling and predictions can help agriculture tackle volatile weather patterns and manage against climate change. The audio interview with them is below, and there's a short video on what they are doing for grape growers in…
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Chatizvariti: Making (more) sustainable wine in Greece

Any readers who know me will know when I'm in London, ten days a month or so, I am usually found propping up the bar at 67 Pall Mall, the wine lovers club that has transformed the London wine experience, at least for folks like me. One of the head sommeliers there is Klearhos Kanellakis, who…
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Richard Bampfield MW, on why radical transparency might be risky in wine

Here's a recent interview I taped with Richard, where we discussed sustainability in wine. From attitudes and work of major retailers, to sustainability standards and definitions in wine, to why radical transparency might have unforeseen risks, it was a wide ranging and fascinating chat. Enjoy. Highlights include: A brief chat about the Master of Wine qualification…
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Meeting the mad professor of far-north winemaking

If you want to make wine north either Copenhagen or Edinburgh, you should speak with Martins Barkans. He is the man who makes wine on the 57th parallel. That's 57 degrees north. Yes, 57 degrees north. He's spent eight years experimenting with 40 varietals, to make a drinkable wine from his three and a half hectare…
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Thomas Duroux, CEO, Chateau Palmer, on making Bordeaux sustainable

A few months back I flew to Bordeaux to interview Thomas Duroux, CEO of Chateau Palmer, an iconic Bordeaux property famous for its history, wines (more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon, rare on the left bank) and influence in the region. I'll provide a proper write up of my 30 minute interview with Thomas soon but…
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Making sustainable wine in Wales, with Ancre Hill’s David Morris

David Morris, winemaker at the Ancre Hill, talks about sustainable winemaking in Wales, the wines they make, and how easy it is - or otherwise - to avoid using chemicals and pesticides in UK agricultural conditions. Listen here. We also discussed the unique micro-climate surrounding his vineyard, the history of Ancre Hill, the wines he…
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Andrea Felluga on the wines of Friuli, changing weather and sustainability

Here's an interview with Andrea Felluga, a leading winemaker in north east Italy for his family business Livio Felluga. We talked about the wines they make at Livio Felluga, the weather, the 2017 harvest, what sustainable wine actually means, climate change and adaptation (old vines adapt much better to volatile weather, he says) and his views…
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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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