Randall Grahm

@RandallGrahm

Founder, Winemaker, Terroirist/Vinarchist and Prez-for-Life @BonnyDoonVineyd, Defender of Misunderstood and Underappreciated Doon-trodden C├ępages of the Earth

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You meet the most interesting people at airports. Just passing through Dulles

Au revoir, Boston. Bonjour, mes amis canadiens. Le cigare est presque atterri.

I am feeling completely guilty for what I have wrought. Welcome to brave new world of wine.

Pouring at WineRiot in Boston in a sea of very frivolous labels. Have been sent to wineHell for my zins

Hopping on water taxi to Boston Harbor Hotel. Vague fantasies of Bond-like entrance

And of course crack cellar crew was on hand, or more accurately on foot to process small lot of Pinot.

Harvesting Pinot noir this a.m. with crackerjack picking crew. Yield was miniscule 1/2 ton/acre

Official release is in October but we've got books and are signing them and shipping

Those clever enough to order #beendoonsolong directly from winery will receive signed copies from the authorship

Daughter, Melie, hard at work, punching down mourvedre

Call me crazy but I'd personally prefer to not have a nuclear faciility adjacent to my vineyard, moi.

En route to Amador County to visit Mourvedre vyd. Lovely day to travel but gastronomy possibilities limited in Big Valley

It's back. My beloved Citroen DS-21 paroled from mechanic where it had reposed the better part if a year

Oakley Mouvedre 2009 The good, the bad and the raisinated.

The sorting table. Not for the arachnophobic, the epileptic nor those prone to repetitive stress disorder

Mourvedre grapes "on deck.". The procession of bins will eventually become nightmarish

Older vintages of Cigare Volant by the glass . This train is boarding as we speak

Kid friendly environment at our Cellar Door Cafe. Daughter favors veal cheeks.

Winemaking is essentially "making a mess then cleaning it up.". Bonny Doon Vyd at night.

Mourvedre grapes harvested from the Enea Vineyard in Oakley. Note the cool "smoke" effect. That's pelletized dry ice.