Taste with Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm, Tuesday, 11/10. Dinner with Hank and Caroline at Racines NY, Friday 11/13!

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We interrupt our regular programming to tell you about  a surprise tasting with Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm at Chambers Street Wines on Tuesday evening, November 10th from 5 till 7pm. We'll taste the new releases  from this great producer of natural wines - La Clarine Farm is located at 2600 feet in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills.  On their 10 acres (4 Ha) they grow winegrapes, raise goats and share their space with numerous dogs, cats, bees, chickens, birds, gophers, flowers and herbs.  La Clarine Farm grows a field blend of various red varieties, including Tempranillo, Syrah, Tannat, Grenache, Negroamaro and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The soils, a thin, course sandy loam, are very poor in nutrients and water-holding capacity.  They have a variety of exposures and elevations, but generally are located on a ridgetop at 2600’.  They allow native herbs, flowers and grasses to grow under the vines, and never use any chemicals or fertilizers.  Each variety is harvested when ready, and the various lots are combined in the cellar to produce a “home vineyard” blend each year.  These are exciting wines produced with perhaps the most progressive vineyard farming practices in America - come taste and chat with Hank this coming Tuesday! A limited number of seats are available with Hank, Caroline and importer David Bowler Wines for dinner at Racines NY on Friday 11/13 at 7:00 - featuring recent releases and seven vintages of the lovely Cedarville Mourvedre.

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La Clarine Farm 2014 Sierra Foothills Fiano + Arneis

This cheeky blend of two geographically disparate Italian varietals  (Fiano + Arneis = "FNA", get it?) combines the best of Campania and Piedmont in the Sierra Foothills. White donut peach, honey, dried herbs, golden raisin flavors mingle on the palate with a crisp attack and crunchy minerality.  56% Fiano and 44% Arneis.-Jonas Mendoza

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La Clarine Farm 2014 Sierra Foothills Mourvèdre Cedarville Vineyard

Hank Beckmeyer and his French wife, Caroline Hoel, had been working in Germany in the music business, and had caught the wine bug while traveling throughout Europe. Influenced by the ideas of Japanese farmer-philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka and Austrian philosopher-spiritualist Rudolf Steiner, they moved to the United States and  purchased a property in California’s Sierra Foothills in 2001. La Clarine Farm’s winemaking approach is minimalist: neither industrial yeasts, sulfur dioxide, nor new oak are used in the cellar. Cedarville Vineyard is organically farmed, lies upon a south-facing exposure on decomposed granite soils, similar to those in the heartland of the Northern Rhone. With a light yet sinewy texture, this Syrah impresses with dried and stewed black cherry, crushed herbs, leather, and cinnamon stick flavors. -Jonas Mendoza

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