Been Doon So Long, by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard, has been named the 2010 Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year at a ceremony today in New York City. The award was established in 1997 to recognize authors whose books help promote and advance wine appreciation and education.
A panel of wine writers selected Grahm’s book from among seven finalists, including another UC Press title, The Finest Wines of Champagne by Michael Edwards. This is the first time that a University of California Press publication has won the Georges Duboeuf Award.
Georges Duboeuf is co-proprietor with his son, Franck, of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, a leading exporter of French wine to the United States focusing on wines from Beaujolais, Maconnais, and southern France. In describing the award-winning book, Georges Duboeuf said, “Been Doon So Long is truly an original approach to the subject of wine. It is full of wit, wisdom, passion, and parody. This book is destined to become a classic.”
From London, where he is traveling on business, Grahm wrote, “I am greatly honored to receive the Georges Duboeuf Wine Book of the Year award, and indeed rather amazed (and delighted) that you have chosen to select a book that is a genre-bender, eclectic, you might say charitably – generally considered to be the kiss of death in a world always searching for neat and tidy categories.”