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Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology

Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology

Paperback University of California Press

By (author) Randall Grahm, Foreword by Hugh Johnson

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 246mm x 25mm | 1,066g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520272676
  • ISBN 13: 9780520272675
  • Illustrations note: 26 color illustrations, 35 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 833,616

Product description

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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Author information

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.

Review quote

"There's witness to one of California's most magnetizing winemakers coming to terms with his more mature self." San Francisco Chronicle 20091018 "Sharp, irreverent musings on wine-everything from literary spoofs to serious essays. All are assembled here." Food & Wine 20091101 "I know of no other compendium of wine lit so erudite, witty, and straightforward as Grahm's remarkable book. " -- John Mariani Bloomberg News 20091115 "Brilliantly observed and beautifully rendered." New York Times 20091118 "A most entertaining course in oenology and an honest portrayal of one man's search for true originality and terroir." Fine Cooking 20100301 "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 20100101 "Gorgeous volume...Packed with some of his best work." Wine & Spirits Magazine 20091201

Table of contents

Foreword by Hugh Johnson Acknowledgments Introduction [I] How to Tell a Book by Its Cover The Etiquette (and History) of the Bonny Doon Etiquette [II] Ficciones (Viterature) [1] How I Spent My Summer Vacation [2] Spenser's Last Case: Le Mystere d'Ail, Ail, Ail [3] A Wan Hunter Had Yourself Solid, Dude [4] B" [5] The Fining Trial [6] Cheninagin's Wake: James Juice Takes the Wine Train [7] Don Quijones, the Man for Garnacha, or A Confederacy of Doonces [8] The pHs of Romanee County [9] Kacher in the Ribes [10] A Clockwork Orange Muscat [11] Trotanoy's Complaint [12] A Perfect Day for Barberafish [III] Poesy Galore [13] The Love Song of J. Alfred Rootstock [14] Howlbarino [15] The Rimeshot of the Ancient Marsanner [16] Bash_ Does Beltramo's [17] A Holiday Message [18] Da Vino Commedia: The Vinferno [IV] Taking It Doon-Tune [19] Don Giovese in Bakersfield: An Opera Giacosa [20] Born to Rhone: Selections from a Rock (and Gravel) Opera [V] Enough Rope: Extracts from the Nooseletter [21] Manichean Rules, or The Continental Divide [22] Podea, or Unhand the Maiden, Sirrah! [23] Reductio ad Sulfatum, or A Penny for Your Thoughts [24] The Almost Pleasanton Years, or In the Belly of the Republikaner Beast [25] Up the Yin/Yang without a Paddle [26] Ca' del Solo, or Home Alone [27] Revenge [VI] Connerie (Schtick) [28] Preface to Unwritten Book [29] Why French Wine No Longer Matters, or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Long-Chain Tannins [30] Totally Screwed: Three (3x) Top Ten Lists [31] The Heartbreak of Wine Geekdom: Ten Ways You Know You've Met a Real Wine Geek [32] Good Morning, Swedes [33] Le Cigare of the Future [34] Making the List at Elka's [35] Preface to Wines of Italy [36] Are You Experienced? [37] Doon to Earth [VII] Earnest Speeches and Sober Essays [38] Sustainability [39] Bungle in the Jungle: How Does a Wine Mean?" or A Season in Wine Hell [40] How I Overcame my UC Davis Education [41] Six Feet Under: A Meditation on Roots, Minerals, and Vinous Immortality [42] Great" Wine in the Postmodernist World [43] In Search of a Great Growth in the New World [44] Terroir and Going Home [45] A Meditation on Terroir: The Return Glossary