Speech presented at the Food + Enterprise Conference

I’d like to share with you some of the things I have learned in lo, these many years in the wine business. When I entered the business I was just a naïve kid who wanted to make great Pinot noir, because, well, you know…. (If you don’t know, Pinot is incredibly difficult to do well […] 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...

Terroir and Meaning: An Interim Recap

What do you do with your life to make it as meaningful as it can be? It has been a while now that I’ve realized that I was not cut out for a brilliant career as a medical researcher, who might potentially find the cure for a dire disease, nor, has it turned out that […] Read more and join the conversation...

Digital Wine Communications Conference Speech, Izmir, Turkey

Sources I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to a group of wine bloggers in Portland, OR recently – some of you may have been there – in which I reflected somewhat pensively on the state of the wine business in the U.S., mostly lamenting a certain palpable loss of innocence and idealism. The gist […] Read more and join the conversation...

DOMAINE DES BLOGGEURS

DOMAINE DES BLOGGEURS1 I find it more or less ironic to be standing in front of you, talking about anything pertaining to the business side of the wine business, because, in spite of my notoriety as a clever marketer (or marketeer as my detractors would have it),2 I feel that these days I hardly understand […] Read more and join the conversation...

Waiting for Godello: Bringing an Alternative Variety to Market

I’ve been a partisan of “alternative varieties” for a long time, partially because I am a non-conformist by nature, but also for two significant reasons: 1) I am convinced that so much of what has been planted in the New World is a result of an historical accident1 and/or a function of commercial expediency, not […] Read more and join the conversation...

Why Terroir Matters: Can Its Pursuit Also Help Us Save the Planet?

Terroir’s self-evident truth carries with it a deep, almost elemental, psychic force and resonance, and in a very real sense, terroir cannot exist without human beings to discover it, express it, and in the end, to appreciate it. Read more and join the conversation...

Red Wine, White Wine, Blue Ocean

Real success in the wine business simply may lie in making real wine, and of course having the ability to communicate about this real wine you have somehow achieved. Read more and join the conversation...

At the Grenache Symposium (An Alternative Drinking Party)

There are some problems in pursuing anything approaching a consensus about what constitutes “good” or “great” Grenache. It seems to suffer a bit from the perception that it is a second class citizen, a supporting actor rather than the star cépage. In an age of the cult of personality, of the superstar chef, superstar everything, how is Grenache to comport itself? Read more and join the conversation...

Bearded In One’s Lair

I’ve been asked by my colleagues to write about the recent James Beard award for Been Doon So Long, presumably to not so discreetly draw attention to this highly creditable third party endorsement. I presume they are hoping to get from me something like a sincere lump-in-the-throat profession of pride; maybe a gracious conveyance of thanks to the legions of supporters of the book would also go over well. Don’t they know with whom they’re dealing? Read more and join the conversation...

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Where Art Meets Science

If you are an artisan vintner who wants to reach new customers, the solution is a simple as C, B, E.

At CBExpo, you’ll take a scientific approach to reaching new customers and converting them to ambassadors for your label. That approach begins with learning proven business strategies and post-production secrets from industry luminaries…

Including Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Randall Grahm, who will be a closing speaker at the Expo’s General Session on May 20th, 2016.

Date: May 18-20th, 2016

Location: The Oakland Convention Center

For more information about this event, click here.

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CIA Sommelier Summit

Join us for the second annual CIA Sommelier Summit! Building upon the momentum of last year’s inaugural summit, this three-day conference once again brings together the most dynamic group of wine professionals in one place. Don’t miss this great chance to network with peers and industry leaders all while deeply expanding your knowledge of the fast-paced and ever-changing beverage industry

Bonny Doon Vineyard’s Randall Grahm will be presenting at the Tuesday, April 25th (10-11:15 a.m.) Breakout Session:

Natural Wines: WTF? (What’s the fuss?)

Moderator: Christie Dufault, Associate Professor – Wine & Beverage Studies, CIA at Greystone

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.

Date: April 24-26

Time:  CIA at Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena, CA 94574

For the complete summit schedule and to register, please visit the CIA Sommelier website here.

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