How nature makes nutrients available to plants in healthy soil

http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/roots-health-elaine-ingham-science-soil/ Elaine Ingham  http://www.soilfoodweb.com/ Plants use sunlight to make sugars; they then send most of these to their roots as exudates (substances that ooze out from plant tissue) – or, as Ingham puts it, they deliver ‘cakes and cookies’ to the soil for aerobic bacteria and fungi to feed on, encouraging them to amass around … Continue reading How nature makes nutrients available to plants in healthy soil

Keeping it in the Family in St Emilion

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For 400 years one of the oldest wine families in St Emilion have managed to continue to make wine at their estate despite increasing pressures from all sides. Today it is the 13th and 14th generation of the David Beaulieu family that run the  12 hectare property of Château Coutet St Emilion Grand Cru  located on the prestigious limestone plateau and its south-western slope. Not a drop of synthetic chemicals has ever been sprayed in its history. Botanists and Naturalists from around the world come to study the rare plants and wildlife that have been able to survive in this forgotten corner of St Emilion – a valley that literally ‘the ravages of time’ has left behind.

Today one of Bordeaux’s most famous villages is being overtaken by famous luxury brands such as Chanel (Château Canon), Louis Vuiton (Château Cheval Blanc) and Dassault (Château Dassault) the aeroplane manufacturers. Land on the prestigious…

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How to Cook like a Pro in a Bordeaux Wine Château

Fancy yourself as a chef? Learn the techniques of French cusine in the kitchen with your own private chef. Château Siaurac is the venue with its 15 hectare gardens and stunning interiors packed full of antiques. It is still a family home and they are happy to open their doors and let the apprentis cooks … Continue reading How to Cook like a Pro in a Bordeaux Wine Château

The Soil is Sick – bring it back to life

Wood eating fungal diseases and nematodes (microscopic worms) have existed in the soil of vineyards since the beginning of the vine, 1000s of years ago. In the past they lived off dead wood, today they are gaining ground and vines all over France are literally  'being eaten alive' and dieing. At first they become weaker … Continue reading The Soil is Sick – bring it back to life