I am a daydreamer. I often spend too much time pondering what could be and playing out scenarios in my head over and over.
Today, we are thrilled to announce that one of those scenarios is coming to fruition.
Over the course of our voyages, we have met many fine and wonderful winemakers, but few more so than Mr. Randall Grahm, the Great Pontificator and President for Life of Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz, California. We’ve had the grand privilege of sharing some wonderful moments with him, such as the dedication of Popelouchum, his new organic (bio-dynamic, bio-charred, bio-charged) vineyard in San Juan Bautista.
But Randall is still a son of Santa Barbara in a way, sourcing fruit for some of his Rhone (Ranger) wines from some of the County’s best vineyards. Around these parts, like anywhere in California you find honest people laboring at Rhone based wines, you will find many who say, “oh Randall Grahm? I like that guy!”
Well…we like Randall too.
So we started to plot and to scheme, to devise plans to get him down to Santa Barbara for a chat with some of these fans and admirers. Through many months of schedule conflicts and planning and thought, Wes Hagen, of Clos Pepe, has been absolutely dedicated to bringing Randall down to Santa Barbara County.
For those of you who know Wes and what he does at Clos Pepe you will know it is a natural fit, a strong pairing of philosophy and style. Wes is one of the clearest voices in the Sta. Rita Hills.
So, on May 11th, for 50 lucky people, the two great minds (and wines) will meet for an event we are calling Doon on the Clos.
Tickets are available at Clos Pepe’s site for $75 each and will include two bottles, a 2007 Le Cigare Volant from Bonny Doon, and either a Clos Pepe 2010 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay or Axis Mundi Grenache/Syrah. Light food will be provided and ample conversation, after all, this is Randall Grahm and Wes Hagen.
On behalf of Damaris and I, thank you Randall and Wes for being committed to this and allowing us to play our small roll. You are both an inspiration to us and our work.
See you all Doon on the Clos!