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Developers vs grape-growers

By Tim King   May 2004

Pierre spent the summers of his childhood gazing over the gentle hills, covered with his family’s vines. His father was one of the few grape-growers in the village to have a winemaking cave (cellar). Pierre dreamed of the day when he would look after the vines himself. But his father, a banker, had other ideas. Pierre fought hard, but his father fought harder. Biding his time, Pierre took a job in a bank. Finally, stubborn to the end, his father died and, four years ago, Pierre became the vigneron he’d always wanted to be.

Pierre is a good friend; his…

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