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#369449 - 07-11-2011 21:29:32 Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington
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David's new book is out. Not yet read it, but David is an extraordinary writer and I'm confident it will be a good one.

David's doing a signing this Wed (7/13) in Berkeley and Susan & I plan to be there for it.
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This is (potentially) a nifty coincidence, because on Wednesday night I have a discussion/signing of my new book at Moe's in Berkeley -- 2476 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, between Dwight Way and Haste Street, 7:30 p.m. There will be at least some Bonny Doon wine there for tasting, hopefully alongside one of Leo McCloskey's Napa Cabernet clients (Chappellet, Hess, etc.) for purposes of stark comparison. I don't know your plans for that evening, but it would be great to have you there! I'll forward you the Moe's announcement.



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In the 1970s, a group of idealistic baby boomers was attracted to the seemingly romantic world of winemaking. Over the course of nearly forty years, however-as competition from abroad increased, wine eclipsed beer and spirits as American adults' beverage of choice, critics came to control the marketplace, and corporatization took over the industry-these young aesthetes would learn that wine is an unforgiving business. They would have to be clever to survive in an increasingly cutthroat atmosphere, and no one was more innovative than Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard-the court jester and bleeding conscience of California wine, its most original and amusing figure. But Grahm is only one of the restless visionaries who, having chosen wine as the vehicle through which to fulfill their dreams, ended up changing the rules of the industry by adapting to its demands. From high technology to hardball entrepreneurship, from handicapping scores to holistic farming, each vintner operates by his or her own definition of an ideal wine.

In this lively, sweeping account that spans the early seventies to the present day, David Darlington employs a sharp journalistic eye to profile a group of wine pioneers. A tale of vision and disillusion, brinksmanship and pragmatism, nature and business, politics and culture, An Ideal Wine is a fascinating look at an ever-evolving industry that reflects the values of our society and our civilization.



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#369450 - 07-11-2011 22:07:52 Re: Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington [Re: TomHill]
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Thanks for the heads-up, Tom. I may see if I can make to Moe's on Wednesday.

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#369516 - 07-15-2011 02:45:39 Re: Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington [Re: Ken Zinns]
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David Darlington is a great talent. I'm sure this is going to be something special. Hope he sells a ton of these.


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#369517 - 07-15-2011 03:50:06 Re: Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington [Re: Casey Hartlip]
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Ended up having to work Wednesday evening so I missed the book signing at Moe's. I will be sure to pick up a copy of the book though.

And for those who missed it, here's David Darlington writing about Casey and Eaglepoint Ranch (he also wrote about many others in this article, including Carole Meredith) in an article about Petite Sirah in wine & Spirits Magazine a few years ago:
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#369680 - 07-24-2011 22:26:08 RussParsons Weighs In.... [Re: TomHill]
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RussParsons, one of my favorite wine/food writers in the Nation, weighs in w/ a review of David's book:
LATimes:RussParson's Review

I'm about half way thru the book and pretty much agree w/ his review. David walks a fine line in contrasting RandallGrahm and LeoMcClosky w/o buying into the schtick of either one. David's even-handed/non-judgemental take on the subject of NaturalWine is in stark contrast to Alice's polemic-laden/whiney/preachy book on that subject.
David has some mighty fine stories to spin and does it very/very well. His depiction of Alan & Ruthie Grahm is priceless.
This book is one I'd highly recommend. Russ seems to agree.
Tom

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#369809 - 08-01-2011 01:52:05 WashPost Weighs In.... [Re: TomHill]
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The WashPost has a review:
WashPost:Review

A rather simple grasp of the book, I think. He gives way to much credit to McCloskey for the success of Ridge. It should go to Draper.
Tom


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#371947 - 01-19-2012 13:22:56 Re: Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington [Re: TomHill]
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Got a copy for Christmas. I'm about halfway. I thinks it's a very interesting book and I like the way he seems to be pretty objective about the two main characters. Most wine books put me to sleep but this one's different.

Although McCloskey and Grahm appear to be at oppisite ends of the winemaking spectrum I don't think their philosphies are really too far apart.
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#371962 - 01-22-2012 00:39:03 Re: Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington [Re: Bob Davis]
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I don't think of myself as a fast reader but read this (while on vacation in Mexico) in three days. Couldn't put it down. It helped that I know or know of most of the folks, but what a great book to read if you have even a casual interest in wine.

Glad to see how much acclaim he's getting for this fine work.
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#371963 - 01-22-2012 00:56:20 And...And.... [Re: Casey Hartlip]
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Do we know exactly how many btls of Tequila went down the hatch in this read, Casey???
My take exactly. A read that was hard to put down.
Tom

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#372075 - 01-30-2012 20:48:54 Re: Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington [Re: TomHill]
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Finished the book this morning. Probably the best wine book I've ever read. Lots of interesting history and insights to the business.

Randall was here in Baltimore a few months ago pouring at my favorite store. A nice guy and enthusiastic about his wines. I liked his whites more than the reds. The reds all seem like they need a fair amount of time calm down. Loved the Blanc and Albarino. The Cigare red and the Carignon were a bit on the rustic side, for lack of a better word.

Was the assertion that (I think) 1/3 of all small wineries in CA are possibly in trouble financially or is that number too old to be reliable?


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#372080 - 01-31-2012 04:06:55 Re: Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington [Re: Bob Davis]
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Some folks think that 25-30% of current wine labels could be gone in 4-5 years. Don't quite know what to think of that. Sure glad I don't make wine anymore. Make that, sure glad I don't SELL wine anymore! I miss making wine.
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#372081 - 01-31-2012 13:14:19 Re: Not A BR/Just Shillin' : Ideal Wine by DavidDarlington [Re: Casey Hartlip]
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You don't make a little on the side?

I've read several places how the Rhone craze never really took off. Assuming that's true I'm surprised how many small producers there still are in the Central Coast.
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