From Grahm’s Popelouchum estate, a rare white (and in limited quantity)

The 2021 Popelouchum Estate Blanc.
(Via Popelouchum)

There are only 200 cases of 2021 Popelouchum Estate Blanc, a blend of grenache blanc and grenache gris. It’s just the second white wine produced at Randall Grahm’s 415-acre vineyard in San Juan Bautista, and time is of the essence for fans of the Bonny Doon Vineyard terroirist.

This story was originally featured in this week’s Lily Belli on Food newsletter. Be first the first to hear about food and drink news in Santa Cruz County — sign up for Lily’s email newsletter here and text alerts here.

Winemaker Randall Grahm’s latest Popelouchum release is out — and with just 200 cases produced, it’s bound to go fast. The blend of grenache blanc and grenache gris is just the second white produced from the Popelouchum estate, a 415-acre vineyard in San Juan Bautista. That’s the ambitious project Grahm took on several years ago with a goal of breeding thousands of new grape varieties to create what he called in his IndieGoGo campaign “a truly, unique, superior and nuanced wine.”

Grahm is best known as the mastermind behind Bonny Doon Vineyard, which recently opened its new tasting room in conjunction with Ser Winery (run by BDV winemaker Nicole Walsh) in Aptos Station. Itching to try the new bottle? The 2021 Popelouchum Estate Blanc is available only in cases of six, which go for $270 and can be ordered online.