Bonny Doon Vineyards "Contra" Carignan
Bonny Doon Vineyards "Contra" Carignan - 750ml is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.
Like Columbus who sought a trade route to Asia, Randall Grahm set sail in 1979 for the Great American Pinot Noir, foundered on the shoals of astringency and finesselessness and ended up running aground in the utterly unexpected New World of Rhône and Italian grape varieties.
With his family's assistance, Randall purchased property in the Santa Cruz Mountains in a magically quaint area known as Bonny Doon, intent on producing the Great American Pinot Noir. The GAPN proved to be systematically elusive but he was greatly encouraged by experimental batches of Rhône varieties. The late great Bonny Doon Estate Vineyard (1981 – 1994, a tragic victim to Pierce’s Disease) was eventually planted to syrah, “roussanne,” marsanne and viognier and produced achingly beautiful wines confirming that California's temperate climate is well suited to the sun-loving grapes of the Mediterranean. In 1986 Bonny Doon Vineyard released the inaugural vintage (1984) of Le Cigare Volant, an homage to Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
He was proclaimed Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 1994. Randall lectures frequently to wine societies and technical groups, and occasionally contributes quixotically sincere articles to wine journals. In 2010 the Culinary Institute of America inducted him into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame.
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