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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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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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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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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