Change - the bad and the good
Let’s get straight to it: keykegs are becoming popular and people ask why we do not have them. Don’t we hold eco values? But those values are the reason we don’t have them: recycling. Key kegs, for those who do not know, are plastic barrels for wine or beer on draft. Salesmen of product packaged in this way are somewhat, well, diffident on the subject as they push their product. So here are the facts: they are only recyclable through one company currently in the UK, who take payment to take them away, and who undertake this as a "marketing exercise”...
This is St. JOHN’s winery, Boulevard Napoleon, in the Languedoc village of La Livinière.
In a twist of perfect porcine serendipity, the building is an old pig sty, making Trevor’s local nickname (The Pig) particularly apt – as you can imagine, he spends rather a lot of time here.
St. JOHN has always had a cautious attitude to fashion. As Fergus says, “Cooking is constant; trends come and go.” Trevor takes much the same approach to wine, his all-French list favouring the timelessly delicious over what he suspects might be faddish.
Words by Mina Holland, photography by Elena Heatherwick
“A berry from schiste is like a diamond from the soil,” says Roussillon winemaker Olivier Pithon. At first glance, this it doesn’t look so precious: schiste terrain is like pale broken pottery, weathered fragments of compressed clay that would suggest an unwelcome home for vines.
Words by Mina Holland, Photographs by Elena Heatherwick