Being sustainable “pays off”, apparently

It seems like a misnomer in many ways. The idea that being more sustainable pays. Of course it must, or your organisation, or winery, won't be around in 5, 10, 20 years time. But in a narrower context, the question about how environmental and social improvement to business operations contribute to the bottom line, and…
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Lovely, affordable sustainable wine from Friuli: Radical methods from, er, Radikon

Radikon is apparently a name well known amongst discerning, sustainably-minded winemakers and appreciators. I discovered it today at lunch in a lovely restaurant in Ventimiglia, on the border with France, called Il Giardino del Gusto. Having eaten there today if someone had told me it had a Michelin star I probably wouldn't have been surprised.  Browsing…
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Great article on climate change and wine

This article from Andrew Jefford on Decanter.com is well worth a read. He discusses some of the predictions and possible trends around wine and climate change. Well worth a read. Despite the potential doom and gloom around this subject, (it's really really not a good thing, let's face it)he does have some positive-ish predictions which I…
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Giacomo Conterno of Poderi Aldo Conterno wines on sustainability in Piedmont

On a recent tour of Barolo, Barbaresco and Alba, amongst other fabulous places in Piedmont, I interviewed Giacomo Conterno of Poderi Aldo Conterno wines, at his sprawling and elegant HQ in the midst of classical Northern Italian countryside. Put it this way, I've had worse days. Here's the interview on soundcloud, and it's embedded below.…
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Sustainable wine market trends

Here's a recent Q&A I did with Rostislav Petrov of Clos & Cru fine wine and champagne merchants in London. I asked Rosti for his views on what sustainability means in wine, and some of the trends taking hold. TW: What’s your story with regard to wine, how did you get into the trade? RP: In the…
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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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