From the art-punk band Half Japanese to the Sierra Foothills … Hank Beckmeyer’s career has taken him through a lot of rule-breaking experiments. He met Caroline Hoel while the band was touring in Europe, and together they started La Clarine Farm in 2001 with a property located at 2600 feet in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. They are leaders in California’s natural wine movement, biodynamic farming, and philosophy of “do nothing” farming inspired by Japanese writer Masanobu Fukuoka. The role of caretaker in the field is much harder work than “do nothing” implies, as Hank will tell you, but the rewards are obvious in the wines they make.
Sourcing from their own vines and others tended with equal integrity in the Foothills, La Clarine Farms’ unique wines are what you’ll want to drink all summer long. Spontaneously fermented, aged in neutral vessels, with only minimal sulfur added at bottling, these wines are fresh, pure, and lively, with wonderful nuances, and re-define yummy. Today Hank and Caroline will pour four wines that are all new to the shop--including an Albariño released just last week, and the crazy-hard-to-get Sumu-Kaw Syrah. Come see why they’ve attracted a following as avid as Half Japanese did ...
Jambalaia Rouge 2015
Syrah “Sumu Kaw” 2014
Flight of 4 wines/$15
As always, featured wines are for sale at 10% off to tasting participants, during the event only.