On Thursday, November 5th,. Café Boulud Palm Beach’s Sommeliere Mariya Kovacheva will welcome Randall Grahm aka “the Rhone Ranger” of Bonny Doon Vineyard for a special wine pairing dinner .
More than 30 years ago, Grahm started out obsessed with Pinot Noir, but he greatly underestimated the “Pinot problem.“ The challenge of growing Pinot Noir grapes and turning them into the wine of his dreams were too great for California and he was frustrated, he said.
Grahm’s friend and wine importer, Kermit Lynch, suggested he check out Rhone varietals instead. At the time, there were only three Syrah vineyards in the entire state of California. Then in 1984, Grahm’s Le Cigare was first released and the very positive response encouraged him to continue to explore crafting Rhone blends while seeking wines that express terroir.
The wines that intrigue Randall most , he said, “are ones that provide a sense of place, which adds an emotional effect to the wine,” adding that “there is a continuum of wine that ranges from wines of effort to wines of terroir, which has minimal intervention.”
Over the last six years, this iconic winemaker has downsized and focused on the pursuit of finding terroir in California, and featured at the dinner will be a selection of Grahm’s signature wines. Executive chef Rick Mace will prepare a four-course pairing dinner. Reservations are required to the dinner that begins at 7PM and costs $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuities Reservations: 561.655.6060. Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach 33480.
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