Category Archives: Organic

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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Five questions about sustainable wine for Monty Waldin, wine writer

After our recent sustainable drinks conference in London on March 15, where Monty and Chris Scott (recent podcast/post on that here) had a spirited debate about sustainable wine and particularly organics and biodynamics, I sent Monty a few questions for the blog. His responses are below. Well worth a read, given he is one of…
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More on sulphur in wine, now the negatives

Following up from the last post, here's the counter-point to the summary I added in the previous post about sulphur from the Berry Brothers and Rudd blog, from the same source. Again in quote and bullet point form, the author argues against using any more sulphur in wine, than naturally occurs. Here are his counter…
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A few myths about sulphur

[caption id="attachment_231" align="alignright" width="250"] Sulphur, in all its glory[/caption] The blog run by wine merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd is often a useful source of insight into various aspects of the wine sector. They are hosting some different perspectives on the blog around sustainable/natural/organic wine at the moment. Here's one in particular that I thought…
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Wine and sulphites, a solution looms

One of my stock questions when I meet winemakers is about sulphites. Unlike yeasts, or climate change concerns, or organics, they don't like to talk about sulphites. Almost all will gloss over the topic and move on as fast as they can. I can guess why. It's not that sulphites are bad for most people,…
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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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