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La Bastide Blanche, biodynamic Bandol that’s truly worth exploring

Like many other properties in Bandol, there's not much about La Bastide Blanche in English on the web. That's a real shame given the quality of the wines and the biodynamic/organic approach that Stephane Bourret takes in making superb reds and some rose wines. I visited with a friend, last month and Stephane, like so many Bandol…
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Domaine Gros’Noré and sustainable wine making in Bandol

Here's another post in my series about sustainable wine making in Bandol, France. This time, Domaine Gros’Noré, a wine hard to spell and even harder to pronounce, at least in English. I visited in March this year and interviewed Pascale Parodi, manager at Domaine Gros’Noré. I met the wine maker Alain Pascal, briefly, but he wanted to get…
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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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The ethics of “conflict wine”

In my main area of occupation, (aside from obsessing about wine) I've seen increasing numbers of 'things' labelled as 'conflict' in the last 15 years. It began with conflict minerals, firstly diamonds and then key ingredients of the electronics industry like Tantalum, Cobalt, Cassiterite and other rare/difficult to find minerals. (The move "Blood Diamond" focused…
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