Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology

Foreword by Hugh Johnson | ix
Acknowledgments | xi
Introduction | 1

The Etiquette (and History) of the Bonny Doon Etiquette | 11

FICCIONES | Viterature
How I Spent My Summer Vacation | 29
Spenser’s Last Case: Le Mystèred’ Ail, Ail, Ail | 30
A Wan Hunter Had Yourself Solid, Dude | 33
“B” | 35
The Fining Trial | 39
Cheninagin’s Wake: James Juice Takes the Wine Train | 43
Don Quijones, the Man for Garnacha, or A Confederacy of Doonces | 45
The pHs of Romanée County | 74
Kacher in the Ribes | 79
A Clockwork Orange Muscat | 84
Trotanoy’s Complaint | 91
A Perfect Day for Barberafish | 97

The Love Song of J. Alfred Rootstock | 107
Howlbariño | 110
The Rimeshot of the Ancient Marsanner | 115
Basho Does Beltramo’s | 121
A Holiday Message | 123
Da Vino Commedia: The Vinferno | 129

Don Giovese in Bakersfield: An Opera Giacosa | 191
Born to Rhône: Selections from a Rock (and Gravel) Opera | 195

ENOUGH ROPE | Extracts from the Nooseletter
Manichean Rules, or The Continental Divide | 211
Podea, or Unhand the Maiden, Sirrah! | 214
Reductio ad Sulfatum, or A Penny for Your Thoughts | 218
The Almost Pleasanton Years, or In the Belly of the Republikaner Beast | 225
Up the Yin/Yang without a Paddle | 230
Ca’ del Solo, or Home Alone | 234
Revenge | 237

CONNERIE | Schtick
Preface to Unwritten Book | 243
Why French Wine No Longer Matters, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Long-Chain Tannins | 244
Totally Screwed: Three (3x) Top Ten Lists | 247
The Heartbreak of Wine Geekdom: Ten Ways You Know You’ve Met a Real Wine Geek | 250
Good Morning, Swedes | 252
Le Cigare of the Future | 253
Making the List at Elka’s | 253
Preface to Wines of Italy | 256
Are You Experienced? | 259
Doon to Earth | 260

Sustainability | 267
Bungle in the Jungle: “How Does a Wine Mean?” or A Season in Wine Hell | 270
How I Overcame my UC Davis Education | 279
Six Feet Under: A Meditation on Roots, Minerals, and Vinous Immortality | 286
“Great” Wine in the Postmodernist World | 290
In Search of a Great Growth in the New World | 297
Terroir and Going Home | 303
A Meditation on Terroir: The Return | 306

Glossary | 310

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Presenters: Randall Grahm, Winemaker & Owner, Bonny Doon Vineyard and Abe Schoener, Winemaker & Owner, The Scholium Project

Is it in the yeast or the ideology? Organic, biodynamic, vegan, no added/low sulfite, foottrodden or simply wine made with minimal intervention by a brave, well-meaning purist? What does it all mean and what do we think about it? Are natural wines good for the earth, good for you, and good tasting? Join Vintner Hall of Fame member Randall Grahm, who seeks to make “naturally soulful, original wine,” as we determine if this current movement is new hype or new hope.

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