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“Georges and Franck Dubœuf Name Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology by Randall Grahm
2010 Wine Book of the Year” ….full storyimages from Le Vins Georges Dubœuf award ceremony

“The Curtain has Risen on the James Beard James Beard Media & Book Awards”…and the winner in the beverage category is: Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology by Randall Grahm….full story
~Anna Mowry, The James Beard Foundation

Listen In!  to Special Guest, Randall Grahm, Winemaker and James Beard Award Winning Author of Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology.
~Laura Lawson, The Wine Crush Radio

“Randall Grahm on Bonny Doon | As with many of us, Randall Grahm’s journey began innocently enough.  Mix in a little Beverly Hills upbringing, a UC Santa Cruz education in philosophy and literature – and viola, you have a man convinced that if you can conceive growing the great American Pinot Noir, you can do it!..” listen to interview
~ Brian Clark, Eric Anderson & Jay Selman,

“The James Beard Foundation is proud to announce the final nominees for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards, the nation’s most prestigous recognition program honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries.”  The nominees announced at the acclaimed Palace Cafe in New Orleans include…Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology…full story
~The James Beard Foundation

“KQED Forum with Michael Krasny podcast interview with winemaker, author & punster Randall Grahm
~ Michael Krasny, KQED

“A Wine Journey: Podcast with author and winemaker Randall Grahm…”
~ University of California Press

“Randall Grahm… is an original thinker [with] warmth and a sense of humor. They are on full display in Been Doon So Long… an anthology… of several decades worth of literary satires, reveries, incessant yet clever puns and gnomic prognostications. Mr. Grahm’s thoughts are brilliantly observed and beautifully rendered.”
~ Eric Asimov, The New York Times

“Raise your glass to Randall Grahm. Long may he tickle our fancy.”
~ Kermit Lynch, author of Adventures on the Wine Route

“Randall Grahm’s Been Doon So Long is what was once called a chrestomathy — a collection of essays, poems, arcana, and humor… I know of no other compendium of wine lit so erudite, witty, and straightforward as Grahm’s remarkable book.”
~ John Mariani, Bloomberg

“This is a book for those of us who were precocious children or wish we were, and grew up to sneak cases of wine into the apartment. I found myself happy for the opportunity to crawl into his psyche and experience how it tinkers and toys.”
~ Alice Feiring, Veritas in Vino

“Grahm… remains one of the most prolific, voluminous and outrageous writing winemakers we have. His great gift is for parody, whether it’s of the works of James Joyce, J.D. Salinger, Basho or Coleridge… Perhaps the most illuminating segments are the author’s annotations of his work, which reveal a thoughtful, self-critical, frank devotee of all things vinous.”
~ Patrick Comiskey, LA Times

“Randall Grahm’s erudite writing is best sipped slowly, but collectively the pieces in this book offer a most entertaining course in oenology and an honest portrayal of one man’s search for true originality and terroir.”
~ Fine Cooking

“Grahm loves the written word with almost the same degree of passion that he reserves for great wine. Put the two together along with a crusading conscience and sharp eye for irony and — bang! — you’ve got a collection of essays, epic poems and even a comic strip.”
~ Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune

“Grahm’s tributes to literature mostly illuminate his brilliant excesses of biochemical creativity. But move past that and find there’s also a serious side in Grahm’s repertoire. It’s here that Grahm’s talents truly shine… When he’s on, Grahm manages the sort of wine writing that rarely finds a place in print anymore: rhapsodic, smart and frank, if not for the beginner.”
~ Jon Bonné, Wine Editor at San Francisco Chronicle

“Long a fan of Bonny Doon, it cheered me to find Randall Grahm’s writing just as irreverent and delicious as his approach to wine.”
~ Kathleen Flinn, author of The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry

“Randall Grahm is the Willy Wonka of the wine world, and Been Doon So Long is intelligent, insightful, and mischievous. It’s a work of genius.”
~ Jamie Goode, author of The Science of Wine

“If Donald Barthelme had studied philosophy and oenology he might have written like Randall Grahm. He’s a provocateur, a punster, a philosopher, and jester. As entertaining as Grahm is, he also manages to edify, ultimately surprising us with contrarian common sense and a flamboyant defense of tradition.”
~ Jay McInerney, author of Bacchus and Me and A Hedonist in the Cellar

“…Satire, parody and punning blend with more serious takes on winemaking in this collection from the visionary vintner behind California’s Bonny Doon Vineyards…”
~ Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times

“Randall Grahm, celebrated winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyards, is betting the farm on one big, beautiful idea: terroir. In his new book, Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology, he shares his witty, irreverent, and thoroughly refreshing take on the making of truly great wine. Read more…
~ Meg Houston Maker, Palate Press

“Are you kidding? Ever read the Bonny Doon Newsletter. Plus, it has a forward by Hugh Johnson. This Book is rated “A BIG BUY.””
~ Tom Wark, Fermentation: The Daily Wine Blog

“Randall Grahm’s anthology, Been Doon So Long, looks like the pinnacle moment in wine book publishing this year…Read more
~ The Changing Meaning of Wine Book Publishing, Good Grape, A Wine Manifesto September 27, 2009

“If you’re curious at all about Randall Grahm (and, if you’re not, you should be), this book retraces his life and the writings of that journey, delivering a vinthology for which there is no comparison… It’s a brilliant masterpiece, Zen thing from the master himself.”
~ Jo Diaz, Wine Blog: Juicy Tales by Jo Diaz

Been Doon So Long is, at times, a masterstroke; it’s just as interesting, funny, poignant, and acerbic as any wine that California has ever had to offer… and while it might not be the kind of book that you’d expect from the world of wine, it’s probably the book that the wine world deserves right now.”
~ Joe Roberts, One Wine Dude blog

“One of the most marvelous wine books I have ever seen! Grahm is… perhaps one of the most irreverent members of the wine industry. He plays with words and pictures and his labels are extraordinary. I was unable to put the book down!”
~ Narsai David, Restauranteur, Author, National Radio and Television Personality

“Grahm has added a piece of literature to the world of wine that is most unusual. He combined his talents and knowledge into a 300 plus page book that will delight the wine aficionado and word enthusiast who also enjoy humor, parody and music.”
~ Kathleen Sullivan, Wine Trail Traveler

Been Doon So Long… is probably my favorite wine book of the year; certainly the most articulate… this tome is so erudite and funny that you will even be checking the footnotes for further insight. Randall Grahm is certainly the philosopher king of the winemaking world.”
~ Dennis Schaefer, Santa Barbara News-Press

“If you never heard of Randall Grahm, this is a pretty good introduction to this humorously complex (complexly human?) man. If you’re familiar with Randall Grahm, then you’ll understand that this is book is just totally Randall.”
~ Gil Kulers, Wine Kulers blog

Purchase a signed copy of Been Doon So Long.




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.



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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