Category Archives: France

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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Climate change “has fundamentally altered French wine harvests”

The above makes a worrying headline on WineSpectator.com a few days ago. The news, they say, comes according to NASA and Harvard. According to Dana Nigro, writing on the site: "After looking at more than 400 years of harvest and climate data from France and Switzerland, researchers from Harvard University and NASA have concluded that…
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Sustainable wine market trends

Here's a recent Q&A I did with Rostislav Petrov of Clos & Cru fine wine and champagne merchants in London. I asked Rosti for his views on what sustainability means in wine, and some of the trends taking hold. TW: What’s your story with regard to wine, how did you get into the trade? RP: In the…
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Domaine La Sarabande, organic winemaking in the Languedoc

I've been to Domaine La Sarabande near Faugeres, down in the Languedoc region of France, a couple of times since 2012. The extremely hospitable and knowledgeable owners Paul and Isla Gordon have done a really impressive job creating some lovely wines in the last six years. I sent Paul and few questions about where they've come from…
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