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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Biodynamics in Bordeaux

You wouldn't usually associate the Wall Street Journal with progressive environmental thinking. Their comment and opinion pages often read like King Canute trying to hold back the waves when it comes to climate science or any kind of environmental regulation. (Although the Canute 'legend' is fairly well understood, it's veracity is disputed). Canute aside, it's good…
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Wine and climate change

I've been to at least 30, maybe 50 vineyards since 2012. At every one, I've asked the winemaker about climate change and temperature rises. All of them, bar none, have noticed higher temperatures than in the past. This is because, as you will likely know, alcohol levels are going up. More sugar in the grapes…
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