Daily Wine News: Bonny Doon Sold

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Randall Grahm.

Randall Grahm has sold Bonny Doon Vineyard to WarRoom Ventures, the parent company of Lapis Luna Wines. Gram, who founded Bonny Doon in 1981, will remain a partner in the company and continue to oversee winemaking. He talks to Esther Mobley about the acquisition in the San Francisco Chronicle. “I’m deeply ambivalent about selling Bonny Doon,” Grahm said. “It’s my opus. But the point is I’m not particularly good at all the aspects of running a winery, mostly the finance aspect of it.”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov pens an obituary for Georges Duboeuf. “While Beaujolais Nouveau made up a big part of Mr. Duboeuf’s business, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, it was far from all of it. With a deep-seated, almost microscopic knowledge of the landscape of Beaujolais farmers and producers, a passion for communicating the singular, joyous nature of Beaujolais and a reputation as a great wine taster, Mr. Duboeuf was able to identify and purchase top-quality grapes and wines. He eventually bought vineyards as well.”

Robert Joseph also looks back at the life of Georges Duboeuf in Meininger’s.

Elsewhere in Meiniger’s, Roger Morris writes in defense of industrial wines: “In short, if there is a winemaking practice that is environmentally harmful, unhealthy for drinkers or just plain deceitful, condemn the practice. But just broadly criticizing “industrial winemaking” is both intellectually lazy – and somewhat priggish.”

Neal Martin offers his thoughts on the 2018 Burgundy vintage in Vinous.

Sherry deserves a place at your table, says Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post.

Jancis Robinson profiles Carlo Ferrini, “one of the most celebrated of the winemaking consultants that have been so vital to the Italian wine scene – possibly the most famous.”

In Philadelphia Magazine, Alex Tewfix highlights the women who are a driving force behind Philly’s wine renaissance.

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