They’re neighbors. Friends. Share common interests. Even collaborated on a restaurant concept together. And now they’ve both won prestigious James Beard Foundation awards.

They would be winemaker Randall Grahm, whose recent, word-twisting memoir Been Doon So Long has taken the Best Wine Book award, and chef David Kinch of Manresa, named Best Chef/Pacific division. That Grahm and Kinch are at the top of their game will come as no surprise to those of us fortunate enough to graze in their pastures.

But it’s still a sweet honor.