Jon Bonné is an American wine writer, and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle since 2006. He previously was a wine columnist for msnbc.com and Seattle Magazine, and has written for publications such as Food & Wine, The New York Times, The Art of Eating, Saveur and Decanter. Prior to his engagement as San Francisco Chronicle wine editor, Bonné published the wine and food blog amuse-bouche.net since 2004. He received awards from the James Beard Foundation for his Chronicle work in 2011 and 2007, and was a Beard finalist for his wine writing in 2011 and 2009, as well as receiving several awards from the Association of Food Journalists.
He published his first book, The New California Wine, in November 2013. The book is based in part on a 2010 article he wrote for Saveur and reflects his years of work at the Chronicle, as a transplant from the East Coast in 2006, confronting what at the time he found to be "the shortfalls of California wine: a ubiquity of oaky, uninspired bottles and a presumption that bigger was indeed better." The book defines a new generation of California winemakers as those with "an enthusiasm for lessons learned from the Old World, but not the desire to replicate its wines; a mandate to seek out new grape varieties and regions; and, perhaps most important, an ardent belief that place matters."
The New California Wine was generally well received. The New York Times wrote that "“Mr. Bonné has been positioned perfectly to observe the profound pendulum swing in style and attitude that has occurred among California winemakers over the last decade." In December 2013, it was shortlisted for the Andre Simon awards for food and drink books.
Also in 2013, Bonné began writing a column for Decanter, and was named the USA Regional Chair for the Decanter World Wine Awards.
- Jon Bonné bio San Francisco Chronicle
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- Kauffman, Jonathan, Seattle Weekly: Voracious (November 20, 2008). Bo-jo-lay New-vo, Here at Last (Again)
- Washington Wine Commission Jon Bonne
- Saveur, "The New California Wine," Nov. 2010.
- Asimov, Eric, The New York Times (December 2, 2013). Five Wine Books Worth Noting
- Decanter.com. Meet the Judges: Jon Bonne