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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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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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Consumers and sustainable wine, the Sommelier’s view

Raymonds Thomsons, manager at Vincents, Riga's most famous restaurant, is also European Sommelier of the year 2017. In this interview we discuss his views on sustainable wine, consumer trends, demands and a few other issues. Listen and enjoy. Here's some the things we talked about: What being a Sommelier means in Europe today. The wine…
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El Grifo, great photos of a Lanzarote vineyard

"Against the odds" is one of the first few words you see on the El Grifo website. And they are not kidding. It's fair to say their vineyard faces some challenging conditions. A friend of mine visited Lanzarote recently and sent this pictures. Water is a big sustainability challenge for the vineyard, looking at their…
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