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The Future of Wine Forum – Nov 4, London

Good morning all. Over the last few years it's been a fun journey learning about how sustainability has changed the wine sector over the last few years and hearing some of the leading winemakers speculate on what may lie ahead. So now I've decided to turn it into a business. Together with my friend Agatha…
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What does sustainability mean in Montalcino?

Q&A with Cristina Mariani-May, family proprietor of Castello Banfi estate in Montalcino and president and CEO of Banfi Vintners. Agatha Pereira recently interviewed her at the Climate Change Leadership conference in Porto, Portugal. AP: Everyone's talking about sustainability in wine these days but definitions vary a lot. What is your definition? CMM: My definition is really to be…
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Morgane Fleury on making Champagne sustainable

I recently met with the delightful and charming Morgane Fleury in London. We spent half an hour or so discussing sustainable champagne. How you define it, how you make it, and how you can sell it at 22-25 Euros a bottle and still make a living. She and her family are biodynamic and sustainable pioneers…
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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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Some of the best Bandols you can buy

I had a conversation with a fellow Bandol fan last night, at 67 Pall Mall in London. We exchanged ideas on the great wines of Bandol and the incredible differences between the wines, particularly interesting given the AOC is not large. We talked soil, and producers and years, decanting times and how wonderful Mourvedre is.…
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Anna Chilton on sustainability in wine, soil health and more

Here's a recent interview I did with Anna Chilton, who is studying to be a master of wine, and works for an agricultural producer, Camellia. In the podcast we discuss what sustainability means in wine today, soil health and better practices, and what other industries, particularly in agriculture, might learn from the studies and practices…
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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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