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WINE HEROES

Friday, February 07, 2020

Recently I read that one of my wine heroes, Randall Grahm, had sold his famous Bonny Doon Vineyard. Randall is one of my top wine heroes – although I have never met him and only had a few opportunities to taste his California icon wines, they have always been very impressive. He is a hero not only for making great wines, but for being “one out of left field” in a State fixated on Cabernet Sauvignon. Randall’s wines are centred around Rhône blends and in fact he was the original, “Rhône Ranger”. Being a full blown eccentric, not only does he still drive an ancient Citroen (the one that looks like a frog), but he also named his wines eccentrically too, such as “Le Cigare Volant”. He has planted a number of almost unknown oddball grape varieties which he turns into exceptional wines. Read More...

2019 WRAP-UP

Friday, December 13, 2019

This is the last Blog for the year so we would like to wish you and yours a very Merry and safe Christmas. We hope that 2020 (the Year of the Rat) will be a fabulous year for you, both personally and in the wine business, full of joy with a minimum of disappointments. Although that might be a bit more challenging than usual with most of the “world leaders” behaving like spoilt children/brats. Read More...