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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...

DONT BE TOO PRECIOUS

Friday, January 18, 2019

DON'T BE TOO PRECIOUS!!: On the Sunday between Christmas and New Year I got together with my “drinking buddy” as we do each Sunday and as it was my turn, I dug out a bottle of Orlando 1977 Coonawarra Cabernet. The bottle was ullaged down to the mid-shoulder and when opened it presented itself as a nondescript, somewhat tired dry red rather than as a gem from the Coonawarra.  Read More...