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He is among the most interesting people in the wine business I have met. Randall Grahm provides a beacon of creativity in a world of wine that can sometimes be stale and moribund. He is part mad scientist (though he really isn’t angry) and part funky bard, transmitting cheeky messages to his rapt followers. Behind the curtain of bombast and manifesto, however; the wizard is a serious wine grower, fearlessly moving to his own rhythm. He is also a firm believer in biodynamic farming. What does that entail you ask?

Let’s go to Wikipedia for a workable response to your question:
“Biodynamics has much in common with other organic approaches – it emphasizes the use of manures and composts and excludes the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants. Methods unique to the biodynamic approach include its treatment of animals, crops, and soil as a single system; an emphasis from its beginnings on local production and distribution systems; its use of traditional and development of new local breeds and varieties; and the use of an astrological sowing and planting calendar.”

That sounds pretty simple and it is deceptively so. With regards to the “animals, crops, and soil as a single system”, the animals would be raised on the property eating organically raised feed grown on the property and then depositing their organic fertilizer on the property for use in the vineyards. Using a solar calendar or astrologic chart to time farming activities has been practiced for eternity. Farmers Almanacs are an example of the innate wisdom of the folks tending the earth.

Whatever your thoughts on all this the results are the creation and maintenance of heathy vineyards bearing healthy fruit. The saying “great wine is made in the vineyard” is gospel. These wines reflect the holistic love Randall and his crew are giving the vines in all their holdings.

For a fascinating read on wine follow Randall Grahm’s blog: http://www.beendoonsolong.com/blog/

For a fun bottle of wine try these:

-Bill the Wine Guy

 


 

A Proper Claret
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“This creative blend offers roasted red-bell pepper, black gravel, black plums, chocolate cake, and caramelized beef on the umami-driven nose. The palate is tighter, with elderberries, cranberries, and decent tannic grip, proving tasty.” – MK, December 2015 90 points Wine Enthusiast
Regular Price $17.99
Sale Price $13.97 750ml
Prices good thru May 19th, 2016

 


 

Gravitas
bonny_doon_gravitas_mv_750[1] 2014 “Gravitas” is the companion wine to “A Proper Claret” 90 POINTS, Wine Review Online: “For something different, it’s always wise to turn to Bonny Doon and see what tricks winemaker Randall Grahm has up his sleeve. Gravitas is pretty much a white Bordeaux-style blend, except for the small splash of Orange Muscat (2.5 percent) that lends a floral note. The majority of the composition is Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is crafted in a soft, round, approachable style that emphasizes the fig and melon character of the Semillon. The Sauvignon delivers aromas of grapefruit and citrus as well as a bit of minerality and acid backbone. Delicious and delightful; a superb summer sipper.” – Robert Whitley
Regular Price $17.99
Sale Price $13.97 750ml
Prices good thru May 19th, 2016

 


 

Clos de Gilroy
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“Although Syrah and Mourvedre are in the mix, Grenache is really the star of the show, and exhibits all the hallmarks of exceptional cool climate viticulture—bright raspberries, red fruit, a strong suggestion of black pepper and mint, a whiff of dark earth, and a supple, lingering finish.” Randall Grahm- Owner and winemaker
Regular Price $17.99
Sale Price $13.97 750ml
Prices good thru May 19th, 2016

 


 

A Proper Pink
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“A Blend of 69% Tannat, 31% Cabernet Franc, the nose shows the sensuality of a fully ripened lychee, pink peppercorn, with a suggestion of the scent of the hard candies. The palate is full-bodied and slightly fleshy. Flavors of cherry, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and black raspberry abound. The finish is savory, mentally taking us back to Asia and the faintest suggestion of crispy pork skin. Serve well chilled to preserve brightness and acidity.” Head Honcho, Randall Grahm
Regular Price $14.99
Sale Price $11.97 750ml
Prices good thru May 19th, 2016

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