Randall Grahm, author, founder & winemaker Bonny Doon VineyardJust a quick heads-up/disaster preparedness warning: My first book, “Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology,” has been published by the generally sober and presumably reputable University of California Press. The book is a compendium of the choicest bits of Dooniana from the newsletters over the last twenty years, as well as some work that has been published in sundry journals, magazines, reviews and revistas, in addition to some new bespoke pieces.

 New Book Excerpt!  Doon to Earth
In 2009, two years after the sale of Big House and Cardinal Zin brands, there is still considerable confusion about what precisely has been sold and exactly who or what constitutes Bonny Doon in its current incarnation.  Most disturbingly, it now appears to be karmic payback time after my years of pushing the envelope, marketing- and promotion-wise.  The wines we are now producing are much better and more “serious” – if by that we mean as winegrowers we are more focused and attentive – but I fear my reputation as a jocular marketeer may forever-doom (or doon) my chances of the world ever taking the wines themselves seriously.  Read more…

More Questions for Andy Walker

I’m very interested in the work you are doing to breed disease resistance into vinifera grapes, and understand that it takes multiple generations of breeding to breed out the off- flavor characteristics. Tell me again how many crosses you typically need to do to breed out the undesirable flavors. (I seem to recall reading that you need […] Read more and join the conversation...

How Might the New World Really Matter?

When I first started in the wine business almost thirty-five year ago it seemed like a perfectly reasonable idea to pursue the varietal wine of one’s dreams. Broadly speaking, you were either a Cab guy or a Zin guy or a Pinot guy. (There were a few outliers like the eccentric Charbono Society of Inglenook […] Read more and join the conversation...

Born to Rhone: (Part 1)

I grow tedious in continuing to reiterate that the great conundrum in the wine business – at least for those among us who think of ourselves as serious – is that you really need to grow your own grapes to make a truly special and distinctive wine, but if you fail to properly identify a […] Read more and join the conversation...

Reflections on the 35th Vintage: The Oily Burgundy Days (Part 2)

I may have mentioned once or twice that it was during my tenure at the Wine Merchant in Beverly Hills that I had became obsessed with pinot noir, and this mania achieved full-flower when I was a student at UC Davis.1 I didn’t have a chance to taste so many Burgundies when I worked at […] Read more and join the conversation...

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Wine Styles Virtual Winemaker Tasting

Saturday, April 18
6:30pm est

Join Randall Grahm for a LIVE virtual wine tasting event hosted by WineStyles.  In real time, taste 5 wines along side Randall and ask him your questions online.  Seating is limited – call your local WineStyles to RSVP.
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