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…

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...

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...

Reflections on the 35th Vintage: The Oily Burgundian Days (Part 1)

I’ve had recent occasion to meet up with a number of “old-timers” in the wine biz, guys (mostly) I’ve known in some capacity over the years and with whom I’ve chanced lately to become reacquainted, bumping into them typically at industry trade shows, and even at times in far-flung vineyards I’m sniffing out. (They, sly […] Read more and join the conversation...

BATAAN DEATH MARCH

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18th Annual Rhone Rangers San Francisco Bay Area Weekend Celebration of American Rhones

March 27 & 28
The Winemakers Dinner on Friday night, March 27 will kick off the weekend at The Golden Gate Club in the Presidio.  Join us for a magical evening hosted by fourteen Rhone Rangers winemakers including Randall Grahm.
Catering by The Girl & The Fig.

Saturday March 28, at the Craneway Pavilion & Conference Center is the Seminar Series and Grand Tasting. Randall Grahm will be on the panel of the first seminar: "Rose made from American Rhone Grape Varieties," showcasing the new releases of rose, perfectly timed for your summer ahead.

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