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.

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, 2016

Location: 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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Bonny Doon’s very own Randall Grahm makes a special guest appearance as part of the Wine Scholar Guild’s 2016 Rhône Master-Level Study & Certificate Program on May 2nd!

The Wine Scholar Guild, world leader in French wine education, launched its Rhône Master-Level program April 5th with the first of 11 live webinars.

Endorsed by Inter-Rhône, this program is designed for the wine trade, committed students of wine and anyone who wants to master the wines ofthe Rhône.

The good news is…you can still sign up for the program! All webinars are recorded for on-demand replay so it would be easy to catch up!

Programming runs through May 19th, 2016.

Right now, the Wine Scholar Guild would like to offer our readers and followers an exclusive discount of $50 if you signup using the coupon GRAHMR50

Randall will be interviewed by Elizabeth Gabay MW as part of this Rhône Master-Level Program on May 2nd in a webinar titled: Rhône vs. Rhône Rangers: An Old World/New World Comparison. If you wonder what are the differences in style for wine made from Rhône grapes and produced in France and in the USA, this webinar is for you.

By way of background, the Wine Scholar Guild provides their students with a unique and dynamic learning experience via web-based teaching technology coupled with a comprehensive study manual, instructor Q&A forum and an optional immersion trip to the region itself.

This program offers a unique learning experience that you won’t find elsewhere. Discover why Rhône is one of the greatest wine regions in the world!

To register for this webinar here.





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.




Join us for the second annual CIA Sommelier Summit!

Randall Grahm will be presenting at the Tuesday, April 25th (10-11:15 a.m.)

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

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