Tag: Au Bon Climat

Easy as ABC: Jim Clendenen

Au Bon Climat’s Jim Clendenen is one of the most colourful characters in wine. As the wine he has made for our own-label range lands on the shelves, Sophie Thorpe sits down with the man himself

Under the spotlight: Californian Chardonnay

We put two greats of Californian wine – David Ramey and Jim Clendenen – together to talk all things Chardonnay. Here Sophie McLean shares a little of their conversation On the 24th May 1976, Steven Spurrier revealed to an awe-struck “Parisian” panel, that California – a region traditionally considered as one full of bright, ripe fruit, […]

How California got cool

There’s something going on out west: California is leaving behind its super-charged turbo-strength reputation, with a new generation striving for poise in their wines. Here, Sophie Thorpe traces the state’s exciting evolution California is unbelievably hip right now. As long as it’s the right California – the New California. In circles of natural-wine nuts, off-beat […]

The wildest winemaker in the West

Jim Clendenen, the shaggy-haired, famously renegade wine personality behind California’s Au Bon Climat, is still courting controversy three decades after founding his legendary winery. Here, Sophie Thorpe comes face to face with the Wildman of wine. “I don’t know how I went straight from Wild Boy to Wild Grandpa, I never got a wild middle […]