Work

Jon Bonné has covered the world of wine and food extensively for nearly 15 years. Previously his career as a journalist spanned everything from the airline industry to national politics, beginning with an early and diligent career in public radio.

Currently, as the Senior Contributing Editor for PUNCH, he writes a semimonthly column, recommends wines from around the world and is responsible for the PUNCH Hot 25.

As the Wine Editor and Chief Wine Critic of The San Francisco Chronicle, he tasted thousands of bottles each year and selected  the Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines, as well as the paper’s Winemaker of the Year. His weekly column, Thirst, was widely read throughout the industry. In 2008, he created the Chronicle’s annual Bar Stars special to highlight the city’s cocktail talent. In April 2011, at his direction, the Chronicle became the first major newspaper to list alcohol levels for each of the wines it reviews.

Bonné regularly contributes to such publications as The Washington Post and Saveur, and for several years he served as the U.S. columnist for Decanter magazine.

Selected work:

PUNCH
“Can Wine Save Our Fading Love Affair With France?” Dec. 2016
“Australian Wine’s Return to Cool,” November 2016
“Alsace’s Tangled Path to the Avant-Garde,” October 2016
“Can a Wine List Help Narrow the Gender Gap?” Sept. 2016
“A New Era for White Wine,” Sept. 2016
“Can the Savoie Become the Rhône’s Rival Sister?” July 2016
“Why Burgundy Is Still the Greatest Place for Wine,” June 2016
“Is There Life in Provence Beyond Rosé?” May 2016
“An Unexpected Twist in California’s Culture Wars,” May 2016
“The Many Shades of Etna Rosso,” April 2016
“Is Oregon Wine’s Soulmate the Loire Valley?”
April 2016
“What Does It Mean for a Wine to Be Corsican?”
March 2016
“The Wiz vs. Kanye of White Wine,” March 2016
“France’s Most Underrated White Wine,” February 2016 (en Français)
“Wine Collecting Beyond the Bloodsport,” Dec. 2015
“Where Is America’s Cider Revival Headed?” Nov. 2015
“Long Island Wine’s Hunt for a New Identity,” Nov. 2015
“The Great Equalizing of Natural Wine,” Oct. 2015
“Who Will Decide the Future of Beaujolais?” Sept. 2015
“Will the Real Jura Please Stand Up?” Sept. 2015
“The Best Wine List in America?” Aug. 2015
“A Serious Case for Sweet, Fizzy Wine,” July 2015
“The Rise of Champagne’s Rebel South,” July 2015
“Where Have All the Other Summer Wines Gone?” June 2015
“The Jura Wines Nobody’s Telling You About,” June 2015
“Champagne’s Next Revolution Is Now,” May 2015
“So Long Seahaven: Wine’s New Mainstream,” May 2015

THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Top 100 Wines
2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

Winemakers of the Year
2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 20112010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

“A Return to His Roots,” March 2016
“California’s Once and Future Radical,” Nov. 2015
“Are California Wine Prices Too High?” Sept. 2015
“San Francisco’s Vineyard,” July 2015
“Is Proximity the Sin?” May 2015
“A Thirsty Pilgrim’s Trip,”
March 2015
“The Last Sommelier Standing,” March 2015
“A Surreal, Serene Upstairs Bar,” March 2015
“Finessing Cabernet, With Burgundy in Mind,” Feb. 2015
“Connecting California’s Past and Future,”
 Jan. 2015
“If You Carbonate Wine, Can It Be Good?” Jan. 2015
“The IPA Era Is Over,” Jan. 2015
“A Rarified Take on Japanese Drinking,” Dec. 2014
“Which Champagne Fits You Best?” Dec. 2014 [view in PDF]
“Bounty By the Glass: Our Thanksgiving Wine Wheel” Nov. 2014 [view in PDF]
“A Man Cave With a Higher Gear,” Sept. 2014
“An Era of Freestyle,” Sept. 2014
“A Proper Drink: The Hunt for Hotel Bars,” Sept. 2014
“The Return of California Cabernet,” Aug. 2014
“A Bar Dedicated to the Past and Future,” Aug. 2014
“Where the Ghosts of Wine Glory Linger,” June 2014
“Found in a Gorge, A Promising Paradise for Wine,” May 2014
“Is Pink the New White?” May 2014
“A Vineyard Wanderer Makes His Own Mark,” March 2014
“A New Napa Talent, With an Eye for the Past,” Feb. 2014
“Somewhere Between Dry and Sweet,” Jan. 2014
“Steve Matthiasson Digs for Napa’s Roots,” Jan. 2014
“Wine’s Brave New World is Vintage Lynch,” Dec. 2013
“Claiming a Family Legacy on a Storied Napa Spot,” Nov. 2013
“A California Journey,” Nov. 2013
“Arizona Takes Aim at Wine’s Big Leagues,” Sept. 2013
“In San Diego, Wine’s Promise Among the Palms,” Aug. 2013
“An Improbable Guardian Takes Over at Mayacamas,” Aug. 2013
“How John Kongsgaard Rewrote the Rules of White Wine,” July 2013
“Sherry’s Great Hopes, Found at Its Fringes,” July 2013
“Passover Flavors in a Glass,” May 2013
“Wine Criticism Faces Its Shifting Future,” Feb. 2013
“Vermentino’s Global Travels,” Jan. 2013
“Arnot-Roberts’ Homegrown Talents,” Jan. 2013
“Saving California’s Heritage, One Vine at a Time,” Oct. 2012
“Randy Dunn’s Cabernet Crusade,” Aug. 2012
“Austria’s New Era of Terroir,” Jun. 2012
“Restoring a Napa Legend,” May 2012
“Wine Country in SoMa,” Mar. 2012
“The Incredible Shrinking Wine Lists,” Mar. 2012
“Santa Rita Hills’ Bold New Era,” Mar. 2012
“A Native Son With An Eye for Vineyards,” Feb. 2012
“The False Promise of Cheap Wine,” Nov. 2011
“How Less Power Led to Staying Power,” Sept. 2011
“A New Age for White Wines,” Aug. 2011
“A List to Match a Legacy,” Aug. 2011
“A Fruit Innovator to the World,” June 2011
“A Corked Carrot?” Apr. 2011
“Healing the Great Zin Divide,” Jan. 2011
“Ted Lemon,” Dec. 2010
“Tadich’s Spirited Tradition,” Nov. 2010
“Mondavis Find Their Next Step,” Oct. 2010
“Randall Grahm,” Aug. 2010
“Carignane Gets a Shot at Respect, Quietly,” Aug. 2010
“Change Has Come to Chablis,” Jun. 2010
“An Old Grape on Its Rainbow Tour,” April 2010
“In Burgundy, One House Grows By Thinking Small,” April 2010
“In Napa, a Path to Using Less Water,” Mar. 2010
“Reaching a Peak, Quietly,” Feb. 2010
“Lineage of Luminaries,” Feb. 2010
“Tools for a Memorable Martini,” Dec. 2009
“Do Our Wine Lists Ignore California?,” Oct. 2009
“Orange Crush,” Oct. 2009
“Vintage Grace,” Sept. 2009
“R Rule Gets a Summer Rewind,” Aug. 2009
“A Smoky Memento,” July 2009
“Sonoma’s Mysterious Mother Lode,” Mar. 2009
“The Other Cabernet,” Mar. 2009
“Keys to the Sidecar,” Mar. 2009
“Sherry, Baby,” Jan. 2009
“Revolution by the Glass,” Aug. 2008**
“When Syrah Met Pinot,” Feb. 2008
“Napa Off the Map,” Sept. 2007
“Paul Draper,” Dec. 2006
“Smile, You’re On Culinary Candid Camera,” Sept. 2006

THE WASHINGTON POST
“Finding Inspiration in ‘Interesting’,” October 2016
“Can Pop-Top Wine Survive?,” May 2016

SAVEUR
“The New California Wine,” Oct. 2010**
“Western Expansion,” May 2013
“Beaune to Pick,” June 2017

FOOD & WINE
“A Restaurateur’s Rules for Multi-Culti Pairing,” April 2008

WINE & SPIRITS
“Post-Premox,” April 2017

MSNBC
“North Carolina Embraces the Vine, Again,” Sept. 2006
“Napa’s Defining Wines Stick to Their Roots,” June 2006
“A True Sage of Wine Gets Personal,” May 2006
“A Cure for Bad Chardonnay,” Apr. 2006
“On ‘Lost,’ Eko Is a Man Divided,” Jan. 2006
“Time to Get Back In the Action,” Jan. 2006
“The Grapes of Beaujolais, the Spirit of America,” Nov. 2005
“For ‘Lost’s’ Tail-Enders, Dangers From Within,” Nov. 2005
“A Love is ‘Lost’ as Show Labors On,” Nov. 2005
“Muscadet Makes Itself the Perfect Oyster Wine,” Oct. 2005
“Pining for a Perfect Pizza,” Aug. 2005
“A Not-Close-to-Perfect Pizza Recipe,” Aug. 2005
“10 Foods That Make America Great,” July 2005
“Evolving With Our Stomachs,” May 2005
“Noodles, Reinvented,” Feb. 2005
“Squeezing Information Down to Size,” Jan. 2005
“Blog Nice, Everyone,” Jan. 2005
“One Year After Mad Cow, Questions Linger,” Dec. 2004
“A Free-Trade Fight Over Wine,” Dec. 2004
“Beaujolais Nouveau? Them’s Fightin’ Words,” Nov. 2004
“Livestock Antibiotics Found In Waterways,” Oct. 2004
“A Mystery in the Wild,” Aug. 2004
“Rhubarb Hunts a Place Beyond the Pie,” Sept. 2004
“Wine’s Potent Appeal May Be at Its Limit,” Aug. 2004
“Can the Animals You Eat Be Treated Humanely?” June 2004
“Mad Cow Hunt Begins, But Will It Work?” June 2004
“Faced With Fire, a City Prepares Itself,” June 2004
“Beyond ‘Eureka,’ Plenty of Preparation,”
April 2004
“Back On the Land, Back in Control,” March 2004
“Mad Cow: What Is the Goal?” “How Much Is Enough?” March 2004
“Mad Cow Testing Official Resigns,” March 2004
“More Evidence Mad Cow Not a ‘Downer,'” Feb. 2004
“Was Diseased Cow Indeed a ‘Downer’?” Feb. 2004
“Big Store or Small?” Feb. 2004
“A DC-3 Flies the Northern Skies,” Dec. 2003
“World’s Secondhand Fleet Still Soars,” Dec. 2003
“An Airplane Hall of Fame,” Nov. 2003
“These Men Want Their Foreskins Back,” Oct. 2003
“Dissecting the Overtime Debate,” Sept. 2003
“Are We Done With the 40-Hour Week?” Aug. 2003
“The Convenient Carrot,” Jul. 2003
“Meet Espresso’s Exacting Master,” May 2003
“Inside the Mysteries of Airline Fares,” May 2003
“Private Space Race, Public Hurdles,” April 2003
“Private Manned Space Plane Unveiled,” April 2003
“How to Cure Airlines’ Ills,” Feb. 2003
“A Well-Tested Eye in the Sky,” Feb. 2003
“Making Sense of the Airline Business,” Jan. 2003
“‘Go Pills’: A War on Drugs?” Jan. 2003
“The Airline Business Doesn’t Work,” Dec. 2002
“Guarding America’s Back Door,” Sept. 2002
“On Duty in the Middle of Nowhere,” Sept. 2002
“Fire Fight: The New Battle” (Aug. 2002 special report)
“Man’s Meddling”; “Major Changes on the Land”; “Fire and Money”
“Huge Gaps Remain on Northern Border,” Jul. 2002
“Suicide Scenario Was Nothing New,” May 2002
“A Test of Faith: One Diocese’s Struggle” (Feb. 2002 special report)
“The Sister’s Battle With the Bishop”; “A Diocese Feels the Pain”
“Sioux Fight Feds, This Time Over Hemp”, Sept. 2001
“Crowded Skies Impact Air Quality,” Jul. 2001
“From Blast’s Rubble, New Precautions,” May 2001
“Meth’s Deadly Buzz” (Feb. 2001 special report)
“Lab-Busting”; “Scourge of the Heartland”; “Hooked in the Haight”

ELSEWHERE
“A Seat at Mission Control From the Comfort of Home,” The New York Times, Sept. 1997
“A Question of Competency,” Court TV, Jan. 1998
“Staten Island Secession,” National Public Radio, 1993 [mp3]
“Russian Election,” National Public Radio, 1993 [mp3]

SEEN AND HEARD
The New Paris Podcast: On Wine (2017)
Heritage Radio Network: Grape Nation (2016)
Mintroducing: Jon Bonné (2014)
JCCSF Arts & Ideas: The New California Wine – Listen | Watch (2014)
Google Talks: The New California Wine (2014)
The Commonwealth Club: Tasting the New California Wine (2014)
I’ll Drink to That: Episode 126 (2013)
Heritage Radio Network: In The Drink (2013)
NPR The California Report: The New California Wine (2013)
KCRW Good Food: Major Shifts in Calif. Wine (2013)
KQED Forum: Wine Demystified
(2013)
I’ll Drink to That: Episode 23 
(2012)
Wine Press NW: Chronicle Wine Competition
(2012)
Gastrotommy: In Pursuit of Balance
 (2011)

** shortlisted for James Beard Award