Been Doon So Long

Been Doon So Long : A Randall Grahm Vinthology

By (author) Randall Grahm , Foreword by Hugh Johnson


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This eclectic collection at last brings to a wide audience the irreverent, zany voice of Randall Grahm, visionary California winemaker and founder of Bonny Doon Vineyard. An iconoclastic send-up of the wine industry and a celebration of unsung grape varieties, the book features, among other things, Grahm's hilarious literary parodies - Joyce, Kafka, Pynchon, Salinger, and others - together with song lyrics, other snarky satires, poems, lectures, and more. Subtle undertones of gravitas with faint suggestions of earnestness lie beneath the humor, however, as Grahm passionately addresses the state of wine today: Where in wine does "greatness" truly repose? How might true originality in New World wines be found? Do New World winemakers have the integrity and courage to unreservedly embrace terroir? This trove includes a very personal take on Dante's "Inferno" (Grahm's own vision of Wine Hell) and a collection of tunes from the rock opera "Born to Rhone." Other pieces offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Rhone Ranger wine movement and of Bonny Doon itself, told through the story of its adventurous wine labels. "Been Doon So Long" is a highly entertaining journey to find the "truth of all things that may be found in the unlikely medium of a wineglass."

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 208.28 x 246.38 x 25.4mm | 1,065.94g
  • 24 Jan 2012
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • 26 color illustrations, 35 line illustrations
  • 0520272676
  • 9780520272675
  • 666,299

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Randall Grahm's writing appears in the World of Fine Wine magazine. He has been inducted into Who's Who of Cooking in America and named Wine & Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation.

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"There's witness to one of California's most magnetizing winemakers coming to terms with his more mature self." San Francisco Chronicle "Sharp, irreverent musings on wine-everything from literary spoofs to serious essays. All are assembled here." Food & Wine "I know of no other compendium of wine lit so erudite, witty, and straightforward as Grahm's remarkable book. " -- John Mariani Bloomberg News "Brilliantly observed and beautifully rendered." New York Times "A most entertaining course in oenology and an honest portrayal of one man's search for true originality and terroir." Fine Cooking "Like a fine diamond. Every time you look at it from a different angle, you find a brilliant side you haven't seen before." California Grapevine "Gorgeous volume...Packed with some of his best work." Wine & Spirits Magazine

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"Raise your glass to Randall Grahm. Long may he tickle our fancy."Kermit Lynch, author of "Adventures on the Wine Route" Long a fan of Bonny Doon, it cheered me to find Randall Grahm's writing just as irreverent and delicious as his approach to wine. Kathleen Flinn, author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry" Randall Grahm is the Willy Wonka of the wine world, and "Been Doon So Long" is intelligent, insightful, and mischievous. It's a work of genius. Jamie Goode, author of "The Science of Wine" "If Donald Barthelme had studied philosophy and oenology he might have written like Randall Grahm. He's a provocateur, a punster, a philosopher, and jester. As entertaining as Grahm is, he also manages to edify, ultimately surprising us with contrarian common sense and a flamboyant defense of tradition."Jay McInerney, author of "Bacchus and Me" and "A Hedonist in the Cellar""

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