SOURCE: W.J. Deutsch & Sons
June 02, 2010 16:23 ET
Georges and Franck Duboeuf Name "Been Doon So Long" 2010 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 2, 2010) - Been Doon So Long: A Randall Grahm Vinthology by Bonny Doon Vineyard's Randall Grahm, publisher University of California Press, is named the Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year for a book on the subject of wine written and published in 2009.
The Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year was established to recognize authors whose books help promote and advance wine appreciation and education. The award was announced June 2 at a trade lunch hosted by Georges Duboeuf, his son and co-proprietor, Franck Duboeuf, Bill Deutsch, chairman of W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., and son and chief executive officer Peter Deutsch. W.J. Deutsch & Sons is the exclusive U.S. importer for Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.
"Been Doon So Long is truly an original approach to the subject of wine. It is full of wit, wisdom, passion and parody," said Georges Duboeuf. "Grahm's lively twist and nod to the literary, intertwined with the subject of wine is simply brilliant. This book is destined to become a classic. It is a special honor to present this award to a colleague who, like me, shares a poetic passion for winemaking."
Randall Grahm is one of the most irreverent and respected winemakers in the United States -- a trail blazer who stands for terroir and who led the Rhône Ranger movement in California. He established Bonny Doon Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1981. He and his wines have received numerous industry accolades including James Beard Foundation Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional. He is a member of the Who's Who of Food & Beverage In America.
In his foreword for Been Doon So Long, esteemed wine writer Hugh Johnson says of Grahm, "His writing wouldn't be collected in an anthology now, though, if Mr. Grahm were not an instinctive, creative writer in the high satirical fashion. The wine business has not had an Alexander Pope or Jonathan Swift before."
Chairman Bill Deutsch says, "Pour yourself a glass of wine and settle in for a great read with Been Doon So Long. This book is highly entertaining and insightful; substituting wine satire for wine snobbery and parody over pontification. You can't help but smile and realize we cannot always take ourselves and this business too seriously."
Judges for this year's competition included: Anthony Dias Blue, Editor in Chief, Tasting Panel Magazine, Mark Oldham, wine writer, and Leslie Sbrocco, author, TV host.
Past winners of the Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year Award include WineWise: Your Complete Guide to Understanding, Selecting and Enjoying Wine by Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith and Michael A. Weiss; Hip Tastes: The Fresh Guide to Wine by Courtney Cochran, What to Drink with What You Eat by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg, Keys to the Cellar: Strategies and Secrets of Wine Collecting by Peter Meltzer, Wine Style: Using Your Senses to Explore and Enjoy Wine by Mary Ewing Mulligan and Ed McCarthy, Oldman's Guide to Outsmarting Wine by Mark Oldman, Wine for Women by Leslie Sbrocco, Decantations by Frank Prial, The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil, The Unofficial Guide to Selecting Wine by Felicia Sherbert, Champagne for Dummies by Ed McCarthy, Taste: One Palate's Journey Through the World's Greatest Dishes by David Rosengarten, Wine for Dummies by Mary Ewing-Mulligan and Ed McCarthy, The Windows on the World Wine Correspondence Course by Kevin Zraly, The Winemaker's Year by Michael Buller, and A Village in the Vineyards by Tom and Sara Matthews.