It isn’t any secret that we love Bonny Doon Vineyard wines. One reason: their winemaker, Randall Grahm is one of the most innovative around (more on that coming soon). But the main reason is that their wines are seriously delicious. When we are looking to get out of a wine rut, there is no better winery to look to for interesting, yet approachable wines.
Look no further.
Bonny Doon Vineyard's Tasting Room in Davenport, CA
The Floral White: Bonny Doon Gravitas
Enjoy the soft side of Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, you’ll find those fresh herbal and citrus flavors, but the addition of Semillon adds softness and the hint of Orange Muscat adds a floral perfume. Aromatic, fresh yet smooth, this wine features and exotic mix of peaches, pear, lavender honey and jasmine. You’ll love this alongside seafood and lighter dishes.
Drink if: you love floral wines, like softer-style Sauvignon Blancs
Pair with: Oysters, Baked White Fish, BLT Sandwich, Jambalaya
The Rich White: Bonny Doon Viognier
This new addition to the Kuvée wine portfolio is a soft, full bodied white wine, that is more interesting than your average Chardonnay. One of the most mysterious grapes of France, Viognier produces a hauntingly aromatic wine, fragrant of violets and honeysuckles. You’ll enjoy notes of tropical fruits like pineapple, as well as peach and white flowers.
Drink if: you love rich whites, like Chardonnay
Pair with: Grilled Oysters, Pan Roasted Halibut, Mahi Mahi with Pineapple, Chicken Stew
The Exotic White: Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc
If you’ve classified white wines as boring or lacking in complexity, this wine is here to prove you wrong. It is full bodied, but not overwhelmingly so. The fresh minerality makes it both rich and aromatic. Soft fruit notes of melon, lemon blossom and lime meet nuttiness in this exotic, food-loving, savory white wine.
Drink if: you love white wines with complexity
Pair with: Sauteed Chicken Breast, Chicken Piccata, Shrimp Gumbo, Fish Tacos
The Elegant Rosé: Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare
This is a wine-lover’s rosé. Incredibly food-friendly and boasting a range of balanced and subtle flavors from floral, to mineral, to bright fruit, like cassis and red plum. This rosé is far elevated from your everyday “summer water.”
Drink if: you love a flavorful, but subtle rosé
Pair with: Ahi Tuna Steak, Chicken Salad, Sauteed Greens, Sorbet
The Lean Cab Blend: Bonny Doon A Proper Claret
We like to think of this as the non-Cab-Drinkers’-Cab. Here you’ll find more floral and earthy tones over fruit and baking spices, making it the perfect for those that prefer lighter reds or whites.
Drink if: you love lighter reds like Pinot, but are trying to branch out
Pair with: Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Steak Tips, Pasta Marinara with Meatballs, Baked Salmon
The Four Seasons Red: Bonny Doon Clos de Gilroy
A mix of Grenache and Mourvedre, this savory wine packs a punch, while being light enough to enjoy on even the hottest days, with a bit of pepperiness to warm you in the winter months. Deep fruity notes like plums and strawberry jam are contrasted with floral notes and savory herbs. Fresh, floral, a little fruity and savory? Yes, this one hits all the notes.
Drink if: you love fresh, but still savory reds
Pair with: Parmesan and Hard Cheeses, Braised Pork, Broiled Lobster, Roasted Turkey
The Earthy Red: Bonny Doon Cigare Volant
Francophiles, this is for you. This blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault tastes like a tribute to the great wines of the Rhône Valley in France. Intermingling dark plum with earthy and herbal notes gives this sultry wine a bit of savoriness. Perfect for those with a taste for earthy or French-style wines. After a sip you’ll understand why it is a Bonny Doon flagship wine.
Drink if: you love earthy wines, like Syrah and Rhône blends
Pair with: Lamb Shank, Grilled Beef Kebabs, Chinese Beef with Broccoli, Prosciutto Pizza
Want more from Bonny Doon Vineyard? Find 5 reasons why you'll love their wine here. Stay tuned, next week we will introduce you to their winemaker, Randall Grahm, and his unique flair for the bold and innovative.