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Monday, April 16, 2018

16 April, 2018 - Australian Wine 101; Bonny Doon Winery

Tonight Slow Living Radio's host, Sally James, brings you an Australian wine tour, with a taste of each region and the iconic varietals. Click here for a wonderful overivew by The Wine Society.  Next Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Winery, will bring us his story and  their new sparkling pink wine - in a can!

Randall Grahm

Like Columbus who sought a trade route to Asia, Randall Grahm set sail in 1979 for the Great American Pinot Noir, foundered on the shoals of astringency and finesselessness and ended up running aground in the utterly unexpected New World of Rhône and Italian grape varieties.

Randall was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz where he was a permanent Liberal Arts major. Some time later he found himself working at the Wine Merchant in Beverly Hills sweeping floors. By dint of exceptionally good karma he was given the opportunity to taste an ungodly number of great French wines and this singular experience turned him into a complete and insufferable wine fanatic. He returned to the University of California at Davis to complete a degree in Plant Sciences in 1979, where owing to his single-minded obsession with Pinot Noir he was regarded as a bit of a holy terroir in the hallowed halls of the sober and sedate Department of Viticulture and Enology.
With his family’s assistance, Randall purchased property in the Santa Cruz Mountains in a quaint eponymous hamlet known as Bonny Doon, intent on producing the Great American Pinot Noir. The GAPN proved to be systematically elusive but he was greatly encouraged by experimental batches of Rhône varieties, and he has been a tireless champion of the grapes of the Rhône since the inaugural vintage of Le Cigare Volant. 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. 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.  He lives in Santa Cruz with his muse Chinshu, their daughter, Amélie, and his thesaurus.

2017 La Bulle-Moose de Cigare
Sonorous announcer’s voice: It was in the early years of the 1950s, the Cold War Era, when, in North America and in Europe, were reported a number of sightings of strange objects in the sky, UFOs, as they were called. Many individuals, including the mayor of a small village in southern France, sought legislation to prohibit the landing of these flying objects in the vineyards of the area.
Bonny Doon Vineyard1 is pleased to announce the inaugural release of the 2017 La Bulle-Moose de Cigare,2 a fizzy pink wine of the earth, and the first wine it has packaged en canette.3 This quite dry, fizzy (but rather elegant) pink, is composed of Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Carignane and Cinsaut, (a blend remarkably similar to the winery’s celebrated Vin Gris de Cigare). The approximate retail price is $7.99 for a 375 ml. can; approximately 5700 cases were produced.
While the winery has in recent years made a sincere effort to eschew marketing schtick, the release of this wine represents an effort to provide a very sophisticated, elegant and so intelligent alternative in the canned fizzy wine category. That wines of this genre are believed to be attractive to that elusive, (perhaps mythical) millennial population has not been altogether lost on the marketing team of Bonny Doon Vineyard.4
Initial reception of this wine has been rather encouraging, so much so, in fact, that there are plans afoot to launch rather soon a fizzy white and red analogue to La Bulle-Moose de Cigare.5

Monday, April 9, 2018

9 April, 2018 - The Flying Winemaker; Trashfish.

Tonight we welcome Eddie McDougall, winemaker, educator and host of The Flying Winemaker, revolutionising the way Asian's embrace wine, and Ren Ostry, founder of Trashfish Box, bringing a regular sustainable supply of lesser known fish to southern Californian consumers.

Eddie McDougall

Eddie McDougall is the award-winning winemaker, chairman of the Asian Wine Review, wine critic, columnist and TV personality behind The Flying Winemaker, one of Asia-Pacific’s most dynamic wine brands.

Passionate about bringing good wine to the masses, Eddie strongly believes in the power of wine as the social glue.

With in-depth knowledge of cultural trends and linguistic abilities stemming from his cross-cultured upbringing in Hong Kong and Australia, Eddie is able to connect and empower wine drinkers from all walks of life.

Eddie holds a Bachelor of International Business from Griffith University, Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma of Wine Technology and Viticulture from the University of Melbourne. In 2013, Eddie was one of only 12 elite wine professionals selected for the Len Evans Tutorial, regarded as the world’s most esteemed wine judging program.

With over a decade of winemaking experience, Eddie has worked with some of the most influential wineries in the New and Old World including the likes of Vietti, Mas de Daumas Gassac, Giant Steps, Deep Woods Estate and Silver Heights. In 2010, the young winemaker took his first step as a young entrepreneur, creating his Australian wine brand, Eddie McDougall Wines. Eddie’s wine brand has been awarded a 4.5 star rating from James Halliday whilst his collection of wines continue to score 90+ points from international critics.

When not spending time hanging out with his lovely wife Freddie and sons Hugo and Benji, Eddie is madly obsessed with rugby union and spreading the gospel of Rosé Revolution.

About the Flying Winemaker

The Flying Winemaker is an international wine and travel show that premiered in September 2014 on TLC Asia. The program is hosted by Australian winemaker Eddie McDougall. The show focuses on the way food and wine is consumed and enjoyed across Asia. Eddie sheds the light on unorthodox and unique methods for growing quality grapes in new environments and teach local communities the secrets to pairing wines with local dishes. From markets and food stalls to restaurants and even in people’s homes, Eddie reveals combinations that can be replicated in kitchens around the globe.
The show takes place in China, India, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Bali and Australia in search of unique wine production and top-class varieties that the world has yet to discover.


Ren Ostry


Ren Ostry is the director and owner of Trashfish. Ostry brings to Trashfish a prominent industry following thanks to years of experience in sustainable food practices and seafood distribution across the US. She's been featured in L.A. Weekly, Vice, and was recently nominated for 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Food & Wine. Ostry is committed to a triple bottom line approach in sustainability, making sure people and the environment are never left out of the economic equation. Her favorite seafood dish is whole fried rockfish with lots of market fresh veggies.

About Trashfish

Trashfish is a sustainable seafood meal kit with the mission of expanding peoples' seafood palates.

Almost 80% of the seafood americans eat is made up of just three types of fish! So we work with California fishermen to make a better market for their underloved seafood.

Every week, members receive their share of underloved seafood paired with a local pantry item and recipe.

Trashfish deconstructs the global industrial food system by offering 100% traceable, sustainable, and affordable seafood. Our mission is to provide seafood that you can trust–from your personal fishmonger! ​ Accountability can only come from traceability, and we are committed to ensuring that the fisheries we source from are sustainable. ​ Our definition of “sustainable” uses the triple bottom line approach, one that considers economic, social, and financial impacts. This means that the fishery population must be healthy, that the catch method must cause minimal harm to the ecosystem, and that the fishermen must be paid a fair wage.