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Randall Grahm

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Randall Grahm

The Grape Nation

Hailing out of Los Angeles, Randall Grahm attended college in Santa Cruz. A stint at a wine shop in Beverly Hills woke Randall to the allure and magic of wine, sending him to UC Davis to study Plant Science, and an itching obsession with Pinot Noir. Randall made his way back to Santa Cruz and, as they say, the rest is history. He started Bonny Doon Vineyard in the early ‘80’s and made a sharp turn from Pinot Noir to becoming a California pioneer of Rhone varietals with his iconic Le Cigare Volant. Randall recently sold Bonny Doon and launched a new project called the Language of Yes with none other than the Gallo Family. Randall’s other obsession is his interest and work in the expansion and expression of new varietals in California. Randall approaches the whole wine thing with a bit of wit, as a bad boy sometimes, a dreamer and a true genius. Heritage Radio Network is a listener supported nonprofit podcast network. Support The Grape Nation by becoming a member!The Grape Nation is Powered by Simplecast.

1hr 26mins

22 Jun 2022

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Next Round: Randall Grahm Explores His New Collaboration with Gallo

VinePair Podcast

Adam is joined by VinePair tastings director Keith Beavers to interview legendary winemaker Randall Grahm about his new project, The Language of Yes, a collaboration with E&J Gallo focusing on Languedoc varieties grown in California. Please remember to subscribe to, rate, and review VinePair on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts, and send any questions, comments, critiques, or suggestions to podcast@vinepair.com. Thanks for listening, and be well. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

21mins

27 Aug 2021

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95: 'Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People' Episode 89: Randall Grahm

Matt Talks Wine & Stuff with Interesting People

My interview with one of the true pioneers of California wine, Bonny Doon Vineyard founder and winemaker Randall Grahm.This interview is packed!!!More important: The expression of the terroir vs. the grape?Eating a Filet-O-Fish with Jancis Robinson Failed Pinot Noir Not getting the “Oprah Bounce” Posing as a Rhone Ranger for Wine Spectator Throwing a funeral for cork

42mins

12 Apr 2021

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Producer Profile: Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon and Popelouchum California

Looking Into Wine

Randall Grahm, one of California's most innovative vintners, founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard and Popelouchum is the guest of Looking Into wine.We started by talking about his early days. After three years studying philosophy at Santa Cruz University, and completing a winemaking degree at UC Davis, Grahm acquired a vineyard site at Bonny Doon in the Santa Cruz mountains. His first dream was to make Pinot Noir, but he soon realised that it was too warm on the mountain. He then moved to Syrah with a great deal of success. Grahm recalls how it was to work with the grape in the 70s, and how difficult it was to find good cuttings.Continuing with Rhône varieties Grahm started to grow Grenache and Mourvedre. ‘I thought that if I blended those grapes maybe something good would be produced’, his beliefs were well-founded. In 1984 he produced the first vintage of the wine with which he will forever be associated, Le Cigare Volant (the story of the name features in the interview). Cigare, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre (Since 2017 changed to Cinsault), Syrah, and other classic Châteauneuf grapes. During his high time, Randall produced more than 30 wines on any given vintage. I ask which wine he was most proud of and impressed by the quality. His writings constantly return to the concept that has dominated his life: the search for a true vin de terroir, not a vin d’effort.Randall's accolades are as numerous as the risks that he took over the years, including producing one of the first dry roses of California in the 90s, staging the "funeral" of Mr Bouchon aka Cork, using Demijohns (all the reasons are discussed in the interview) and he even managed to be interviewed by Oprah. We then discussed his latest project Popelouchum (Poh-puh-loo-shoom), a "New World grand cru" experimental vineyard in which Grahm hopes to breed 10,000 new grape varieties. He explains how he's using natural cross-breeding to find a variety that is 100% suited to the growing condition of the site. The project will take generations and so the restless experimentation continues. We will have to wait a long time to see the results of the San Juan Bautista project but whatever sort of wine it produces it will be nothing less than interesting. And Grahm will be that much closer to his goal of creating a true vin de terroir.Randall Grahm is truly a maverick winemaker that has inspired many others in California.

33mins

2 Apr 2021

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The Grapes, with Randall Grahm

Real Business of Wine.

All grapes were not created equal. Some are commercially successful. Others have been unjustly forgotten. Some are more popular than they deserve to be. Others may not survive in their current regions as temperatures rise. And then, of course, there are new vinifera crosses like Marselan, hybrids and labrusca – not forgetting genetic modification. And we’ll be looking at them all!

1hr 4mins

25 Apr 2020

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188: Cider & Wine Safari w/Randall Grahm at Popelouchum

Cider Chat

Ciderville News kicks off this episode 188 Two New Cider Zines We begin with an overview of Graftwood and Full Juice, two new cider zines out of UK. Graftwood is a subscription based quarterly whereas Full Juice is a free grab and gone available only in the UK. Both are worthy reads and a great sign of #ciderGoingUP. New England Cider Tour October 31, 2019 One day cider tour launches from Greenfield, Massachusetts and heads north to Vermont and New Hampshire before returning back to Greenfield, Send an email to ria@ciderchat.com to get on the list for this tour. New Cider Chat Patron A big tip of the glass to Ambrosia who just became the newest patron of Cider Chat at the Cider Chat Patreon page. Ambrosia is the General Manager of The Northman, a Chicago based cider bar. Ambrosia will be presenting a presentation and tasting on Calvados on November 1 at the 25h Annual Franklin County CiderDays. This is a ticketed event so make sure to subscribe to the eCiderNews to get the most up to date info on this event. Featured Chat - Cider & Wine Safari w/Randall Grahm at Popelouchum Randall Grahm Popelouchum, the Bonny Doon Vineyard estate is located just outside of downtown San Juan Bautista, California. There are 280 acres or is it 400 acres? I’m not sure, nor do I think that it matters, at least not to this story. And there have been lots of stories about Popelouchum since Randall Grahm purchased this swath of land that rises from a low lying plain, bordered on one end by the San Andreas Fault, to a high mountain top back in 2011. This chat isn't so much about Popelouchum, though it provides a magnificent backdrop. This chat is an intimate conversation that covers at least 4 bottles drunk during this recording and the highs and lows of being in the business of both wine and cider. Perry Pears at Popelouchum I had asked to tour Popelouchum, because who wouldn't want to see Randall's vision for terroir based wine, and to share with him a bottle of 2017 Cormé made by French cidermaker, Eric Bordelet. This chat opens with us discussing Cormé which is also known as Sorbus Domestic a.k.a. Service Tree. Then we move onto discussing Bordelet’s cidermaking technique. Perhaps it was the Cormé that inspired Randall to announce that he thinks he may have cracked the secret to Bordelet’s technique for making such fine ciders. You won’t know if it is truly an unveiling of Bordelet's technique unless you try your hand at what Randall offers as a possibility of uncovering Bordelet's secrets. And that will take a whole lot of practice or as Eric says, “It took me 15 years to discover how to make cider and I am still learning.” Get this bottle now at the Bonny Doon Vineyard Tasting Room or via online store After the Cormé Randall opened three very special bottles of small batch wines. 2017 bottle of 1/2 Grenache Blanche and 1/2 Grenche Gris (only 30 gallons were made) 2014 Bien Nacido Sangria Reserve, made in 5 gallon glass carboys, on the lees and bottled without filtration. The conversation then moved onto branding and sustaining one's brand. This is an intimate and often humorous discussion with one of America’s premier winemakers and wine personalities, who also happens to like pommes and I hope will continue to work with both. Driving up and down Popelouchum Find Bonny Doon Vineyard products All the wines tasted during this recording can be purchased at the Tasting Room located in Davenport, CA or be bought via the online store. Address: 450 Highway 1, Davenport, CA 950 Telephone: (831) 471-8031 eMail: tastingroom@bonnydoonvineyard.com Website: https://www.bonnydoonvineyard.com/ Listen to my first interview with Randall Episode 12 Randall Grahm | Bonnydoon Vineyard, California

1hr 3mins

24 Jul 2019

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23: Randall Grahm: A Californian Blend of Wine, Wit and Wisdom

Unreserved Wine Talk

In today’s episode, we’re chatting with the rockstar Californian winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon winery who blends wit and wisdom unlike any other person in the wine world. He’s brilliant both in his insights and his metaphors. That’s why I chose to help him with the fall harvest for my second book “Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search for the World’s Best Bargain Wines.” His wines are also often favourites of the students of my online courses. Randall Grahm was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he was a permanent Liberal Arts major. Sometime 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. 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. To learn more about the resources mentioned in this episode, visit the show notes.

45mins

8 May 2019

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23: Randall Grahm: A Californian Blend of Wine, Wit and Wisdom

Unreserved Wine Talk

In today’s episode, we’re chatting with the rockstar Californian winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon winery who blends wit and wisdom unlike any other person in the wine world. He’s brilliant both in his insights and his metaphors. That’s why I chose to help him with the fall harvest for my second book “Unquenchable: A Tipsy Search for the World’s Best Bargain Wines.” His wines are also often favourites of the students of my online courses. Randall Grahm was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he was a permanent Liberal Arts major. Sometime 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. 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. To learn more about the resources mentioned in this episode, visit the show notes.

45mins

8 May 2019

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Place & Picasso in a Bottle – Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon - Farm To Table Talk

Farm To Table Talk

As Steve Martin once said, "those French have a word for everything!" That word for a "sense of place" or flavor of the soil is terroir. Terroir is the nature of a place, uniquely expressed in food, beer, coffee or wine.  Healthy soils that are rich in friendly bacteria and fungi, uniquely brand a sense of place that we can taste. Randall Grahm, the pioneer wine producer who created Bonny Doon Vineyards says  we are starved for meaning and we want our experiences to be more meaningful with a deep connection between us and earth.  He is on a journey to produce wines of place that are intrinsically more meaningful than wines of effort.  "If you can make a wine that somehow captures the uniqueness of nature itself, you are tapping in to a much larger intelligence  and system than anything that just comes from human imagination."  Randall joins Farm To Table Talk and reminds us of the significance of Place to Table.

41mins

5 May 2019

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Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm - Ep. 5

Sip Sip Hooray Podcast

Iconic. Pioneer. Rebel. Rule Breaker. Visionary. These words all describe the one and only Randall Grahm, winemaker and face of Bonny Doon Vineyard. The Marys had the honor of a visit by Randall to their Sip, Sip, Hooray! podcast studio.

37mins

3 Apr 2019

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