8/28 - Virtual Tasting with Randall Grahm, founder and winemaker of Bonny Doon Vineyard

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To join us, please email brooks@andersonllp.com with your name, phone number, which Tablas Creek wines you'd like, and any add-ons. Details below!
Veritas Wine Room is incredibly excited to announce its next WineMaker Zoom Tasting! Randall Grahm, founder of and winemaker for Bonny Doon Vineyards, will lead us in tasting 4 of the wines that he himself makes. Randall is, without a doubt, one of the most important figures in the world of American Wine.
In 1989 Randall appeared on the cover of the Wine Spectator, clad in blue polyester, as “The Rhône Ranger.”In 1991 Randall was inducted into the Who’s Who of Cooking in America by Cook’s and in the same year was honored to have the “Rhoneranger” asteroid named in his honor. He was proclaimed the Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 1994. Randall lectures frequently to wine societies and technical groups, and occasionally contributes "quixotically sincere" articles to wine journals. His idiosyncratic newsletters and articles have been collected, carefully redacted, and with the inclusion of some timely new material, published as the award-winning book, “Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology” in 2009. In 2010 the Culinary Institute of America inducted him into the Vintner’s Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was incredibly fortunate to have been able to purchase an extraordinary 400-acre property near San Juan Bautista, which he calls “Popelouchum,” (the Mutsun word for “paradise”), and has very ambitious plans to breed 10,000 new grape varieties there and perhaps produce a true vin de terroir in the New World. 
You can here read here the plethora of fantastic reviews for all of Randall's wines. 
To RSVP, please email brooks@andersonllp.com with your order. 
On Friday, August 28 at 6 pm, Randall will lead us in tasting the following 4 wines, and a purchase of any 2 or more of the below bottles will get you the Zoom invite!:
Wine #1: 2019 Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare Rosé - $19
Wine Enthusiast 92 Points. Light raspberry, delicate cotton candy, brisk melon and a hint of citrus show on the nose of this pale rosé. There's a great zip and tense texture to the sip, where ash and talc flavors meet with rounded red plum, strawberry and watermelon, all sliced by strong acidity. Best Buy.
Wine #2: 2019 Bonny Doon Picpoul Beeswax Vineyard 2019 - $19
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com 92 Points. The 2019 Bonny Doon Vineyard Picpoul is attractive and a pleasing wine to just imbibe. This wine is exotic with aromas and flavors of ripe fruit and earth. Serve it with pan-fried Petrale sole with capers.
Wine #3: 2019 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc - $19
While the blend features Grenache Blanc in the majority, it is really the Vermentino character that shines through in this wine - pineapple, lime, mango, and pine tree, herbal under brush and wet stones. There is a lively acidity on the palate and the addition of Clairette Blanche to the blend adds sustained length to the palate. Alcohol well in hand and quite delicate in weight - just a delicious, refreshing gulp of wine. 
Wine #4: 2018 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant - $23
#19 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2019 93 Points. 2018 was a wonderfully cool vintage, providing us grapes with great natural acidity and a real vibrancy of flavor. The color is a deep, vivid violet-red, owing in part to the lower pH of the wine. On the nose, the wine has a haunting kirsch note (I suspect that’s the Cinsault), along with associated small red fruits (red and black currant) and perhaps a suggestion of blackberry. My colleague, Nicole Walsh, and I toil away at the Cigare blend every year, and while the blend changes (sometimes radically, as it has this year), we share an idea of the Platonic form of Cigare, and the ‘18 still certainly embodies that form. It goes something like this: juiciness, fruit (but not confected or overripe), brightness, exuberance, joy, and not least, a sense of savoriness. I realize I’m not speaking orthodox wine parlance. We look above all for balance and liveliness, for vinous qi. This wine is still incredibly young and just wants to jump out of its shoes. 52% Grenache, 35% Cinsault, 13% Syrah
All wine will be available for CURBSIDE PICKUP at Veritas Wine Room Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. In your wine bag you will receive the invitation code for the Zoom tasting. Just let us know which pickup day works best for you.
Do you want to add Cheese, Charcuterie, Spanish Conserva, Berkshire pork, locally-sourced Wagyu NY Strips & Wagyu Flat Irons, Wiseman House Chocolates, and more ... ? Just let us know!
Here is my favorite Cheese Board!:
The Take Home Frenchie $32
~ Bleu d’Auvergne
~ Petit Basque
~ Pâté
~ Cornichons
~ Grain Mustard
Cheeseboard Add ons (optional):
Dried Figs $3.5
Marcona Almonds $6
Mixed Olives $4
Auricchio Truffle Pecorino $6
Prosciutto di Parma $9
Coppa Italiana $6
Here are some of our Pantry Selections of incredibly high-quality proteins:
Heritage Berkshire Pork Chops - $18 each
Heritage Berkshire Pork Ribs - $9.75 per lb (2 per pack)
A Bar N Ranch Wagyu New York Strips - $45 each
A Bar N Ranch Wagyu Flat Irons - $20 per lb (approx 1.5 lbs)
Crown Toro Hamachi Kama - $40 (approximately 2.2 lbs /$18ish per lb)

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