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Bonny Doon’s honest labels

By Jessica Yadegaran
Monday, January 21st, 2008 at 12:51 pm in Uncategorized.

Bonny Doon

Leave it to Randall Grahm. His cork funeral is no much for what the eclectic winemaker has done this time. He’s put his money where his biodynamics are, making Santa Cruz-based Bonny Doon the first producer in the U.S. to list the ingredients of its wines on the back label.

It’s crazy, and I love it.

The initial wines with the new labels—the 2007 Ca’ del Solo Vineyard Albariño and Muscat, both from the Monterey County AVA—will be released next month. The Albariño will list biodynamic grapes and sulfur dioxide as the ingredients, and will also indicate that indigenous yeasts, organic yeast hulls and bentonite were used in the winemaking process.

Since going biodynamic in 2004, Grahm has spoken passionately about clean, green winemaking that’s low on additives. A marketing and trendsetting savant of sorts, I bet his move will encourage fellow winemakers to do the same.

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