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Cru 11: Randall Grahm, Owner/Winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyard

By June 27, 2018Podcast

Randall Grahm, a.k.a. The Rhône Ranger, is the famous wine-maker and owner of Bonny Doon Vineyard. He’s in the Vintner’s Hall of Fame and was named Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.


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When he started his quixotic quest to create the perfect Burgundian Pinot Noir in California some 30 plus years ago, young Randall had no idea that he was charging at windmills (winemills?). His own toughest critic, he soon discovered that there were grapes out there that were much better suited to the Santa Cruz Mountains than Pinot Noir. Was he shattered? Did he despair? (Spoiler) No! Viva the Rhône Revolution!

True Revolutionaries don’t rest on their laurels. In his quest for originality in wine, this mad scientist has set up a new polycultural lab in San Juan Bautista where he’s embarking on one of the biggest viticultural experiments in California’s history. Find out why Randall is taunting God, Jeff Goldblum from Jurassic Park, and any aspiring sommelier hoping to get a handle on the California grape scene by creating 10,000 new, funky, sterile grape varieties.