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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...

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Hi, today I am in the Hunter Valley attending the “Wine Media Conference” (formerly known as the “Wine Bloggers Conference”) –which is very exciting, as this is the first time in its 12 year history that it has been held outside of North America. It has a high speed, power packed agenda which will have kicked off with the inaugural speech by the iconic James Halliday. Read More...