Been Doon So Long
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Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology
Foreword by Hugh Johnson
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, 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 Rhône." Other pieces offer a fascinating glimpse into the history of the Rhône 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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336 pages, 8.5 x 10 inches, 26 color illustrations, 35 line illustrations
“Randall Grahm… is an original thinker [with] warmth and a sense of humor. They are on full display in Been Doon So Long… an anthology… of several decades worth of literary satires, reveries, incessant yet clever puns and gnomic prognostications. Mr. Grahm’s thoughts are brilliantly observed and beautifully rendered.”
~ Eric Asimov, The New York Times
“Raise your glass to Randall Grahm. Long may he tickle our fancy.”
~ Kermit Lynch, author of Adventures on the Wine Route
“Randall Grahm’s Been Doon So Long is what was once called a chrestomathy — a collection of essays, poems, arcana, and humor… I know of no other compendium of wine lit so erudite, witty, and straightforward as Grahm’s remarkable book.”
~ John Mariani, Bloomberg
“This is a book for those of us who were precocious children or wish we were, and grew up to sneak cases of wine into the apartment. I found myself happy for the opportunity to crawl into his psyche and experience how it tinkers and toys.”
~ Alice Feiring, Veritas in Vino
“Grahm’s tributes to literature mostly illuminate his brilliant excesses of biochemical creativity. But move past that and find there’s also a serious side in Grahm’s repertoire. It’s here that Grahm’s talents truly shine… When he’s on, Grahm manages the sort of wine writing that rarely finds a place in print anymore: rhapsodic, smart and frank, if not for the beginner.”
~ Jon Bonné, Wine Editor at San Francisco Chronicle