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Randall Grahm to receive first Rhone Ranger "Lifetime Achievement" award

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zin1953 Mar 19, 2013 07:12 AM

http://www.decanter.com/news/wine-new...

  1. Bill Hunt Mar 21, 2013 07:07 PM

    That ought to be a very "interesting" event.

    Hunt

    PS - I think that I would have gone with Bob Lindquist, but what do I know?

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    1. re: Bill Hunt
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      zin1953 Mar 22, 2013 05:19 AM

      No, I think Randall deserves to "go first." He *is* the one who made the biggest splash, got everyone else to take a look, etc., etc. People like Bob Lundquist (next year), Adam Tolmach -- even Bill Easton and Steve Edmunds -- have all been around a long time, but Randall was the primary driving force.

      Besides, Bob is a Dodger fan! ;^)

      1. re: zin1953
        Fowler Mar 22, 2013 09:17 AM

        I agree Zin and I hope Steve Edmunds receives that award soon as well. It has bugged me over the years to read reviews and tasting notes of ESJ wines and the person says something along the lines of how the wine is just as good as a Southern Rhone. His wines in my opinion are often better than many wines coming out of the Southern Rhone and can stand on their own as very good wines without the presumption that they should somehow try to measure up.

        1. re: Fowler
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          zin1953 Mar 23, 2013 06:11 AM

          Steve Edmunds makes outstanding wines. His problem is that he isn't the marketing force that Randall is -- well, who is? -- and as a result, many people have either never heard of Edmunds St. John, or they overlook his wines as they are drawn to the louder, flashier, "what's new, what's hot" buzzzzzz.

          Steve lets all fly by while, quietly, year after year, he goes about making some of the finest "Rhone-ish" wines in the US.

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            jock Mar 23, 2013 08:08 AM

            "Steve lets all fly by while, quietly, year after year, he goes about making some of the finest "Rhone-ish" wines in the US."

            True. Which simply goes to prove that if you make really good wine you can sell it all without the marketing hype.

            1. re: jock
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              zin1953 Mar 24, 2013 03:39 PM

              I said "make."

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