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Randall Grahm sinks the knife into Australian wine

A Bonny Doon wine label: Le Pousseur

The ignorant are at it again. This time it’s someone who you’d think would know better, American Randall Grahm. Grahm is a big name in Californian wine. He’s famous for his Bonny Doon wines – complete with cartoon caricature labels – slick marketing, and biodynamic practices. You can’t say his name without mentioning the words “Rhone Ranger”, because he was at the start of the push for “Rhone grape varietals” into California. Bonny Doon wines have no presence in Australia, but a couple of years ago it was noted that the winery produces a whopping 450,000 cases of wine per year (five million bottles). So he’s a big bulk player in American wine – or was. More recently he’s sold off the bulk brands and has “a big idea to get small” (line courtesy of the New York Times).

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