By First Scoop

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I was brought up on a small, polycultural farm where my family grew grapes for the Cognac industry and had a small distillery on site. We also grew grain, kept sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, and basically grew and made everything that we ate (including butter!). As a child, I was expected to work on the farm when I wasn’t at school. When other kids were headed off to watch a movie, I would be in the vines or helping make sausages or jams. Or in the woods foraging for mushrooms or herbs for teas. Or in the vines collecting snails for our ducks. As a kid, I did not appreciate how valuable my upbringing was (indeed I thought I hated it) but being so close to nature in such a real way, gave me a very deeply seeded respect for plants and animals which, looking back, has definitely shaped my life and wine career in particular.

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