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OPEN THAT BOTTLE

Friday, February 28, 2020

Let’s start this week’s blog with a gentle reminder – tomorrow, February 29, is the annual, “OPEN THAT BOTTLE DAY”, when we should rummage around the cellar or cupboard and find an old bottle of wine that we have been putting off opening – and then open it. There are a number of reasons that we put off opening a particular bottle of wine, it could be that we don’t think it is quite “ready” yet, or that “it is probably well past it”, or “I am saving that for a special occasion” – which never seems to come. Read More...

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...