Introspective Tasting Tour with Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon 6/8
at City Vineyard at Pier 26
- 7:00 PM
- 7:00 PM
- 9:00 PM
Join City Vineyard for an amazing tasting opportunity!
The legendary, enigmatic winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard will join us to host a comprehensive seminar and wine tasting. The ambitious tasting array includes a comparative tasting of rosé, an élevage comparative tasting of the white wine, and a very rare vertical tasting of Le Cigare Volant from 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007.
2016 Vin Gris de Cigare
2013 Vin Gris Tuilé (aged al fresco for 9 months)
2013 Le Cigare Blanc
2013 Le Cigare Blanc Réserve
2012 Le Cigare Volant
2012 Le Cigare Volant Réserve
2001 Le Cigare Volant
2003 Le Cigare Volant
2005 Le Cigare Volant
2007 Le Cigare Volant
Randall was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he was a permanent Liberal Arts major. Some time later he found himself working at the Wine Merchant in Beverly Hills sweeping floors. By dint of exceptionally good karma he was given the opportunity to taste an ungodly number of great French wines and this singular experience turned him into a complete and insufferable wine fanatic. He returned to the University of California at Davis to complete a degree in Plant Sciences in 1979, where owing to his single-minded obsession with Pinot Noir he was regarded as a bit of a holy terroir in the hallowed halls of the sober and sedate Department of Viticulture and Enology.
With his family’s assistance, Randall purchased property in the Santa Cruz Mountains in a quaint eponymous hamlet 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, and he has been a tireless champion of the grapes of the Rhône since the inaugural vintage of Le Cigare Volant. In 1989 Randall appeared on the cover of the Wine Spectator, clad in blue polyester, as “The Rhône Ranger.”
In 1991 Randall was inducted into the Who’s Who of Cooking in America by Cook’s and in the same year was honored to have the “Rhoneranger” asteroid named in his honor. He was proclaimed the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 1994. His idiosyncratic newsletters and articles have been collected, carefully redacted, and with the inclusion of some timely new material, published as the award-winning book, “Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology” in 2009. In 2010 the Culinary Institute of America inducted him into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was incredibly fortunate to have been able to purchase an extraordinary 400-acre property near San Juan Bautista, which he calls “Popelouchum,” (the Mutsun word for “paradise”), and has very ambitious plans to breed 10,000 new grape varieties there and perhaps produce a true vin de terroir in the New World. He lives in Santa Cruz with his muse Chinshu, their daughter, Amélie, and his thesaurus.
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