California natural wine that I really dig

Above: Hank Beckmeyer and his wife Caroline make natural wine in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California (Somerset, CA).

Do Bianchi June Six-Pack
2 bottles 2009 White Rhône Blend by La Clarine Farm (California)
2 bottles 2008 single-vineyard Mourvèdre by La Clarine Farm (California)
2 bottles 2003 Barbera del Monferrato Perlydia by Cantine Valpane (Italy)
$105

To order, simply email me by clicking here.

“I love it how my friends know each other,” said our good friend and natural wine writer par excellence Alice Feiring when Tracie P and I visited her last month in New York City. She was talking about Hank Beckmeyer: I met Hank online when he bought one of the Vajra six-packs I offered last time around. Alice knows Hank because he’s a natural winemaker in California who produces some wonderful wines on the estate where he lives with his wife Caroline, La Clarine Farm.

As it happened, Alice had some of Hank’s wines open that day and so we tasted together. Tracie P and I were blown away by how yummy the wine was and how fresh and alive it was even after being open for 3 weeks! (yes, THREE WEEKS!)

When we got back to Texas, I wrote to Hank who told me that another friend of ours, Amy Atwood (author of the awesome wine blog My Daily Wine), distributes the wines in Southern California. It just felt like a perfect circle of friends who share a similar palate and passion for natural wines.

“I try to leave as much nature in my wines as possible,” said Hank when I spoke to him by phone the other day. He uses all native (naturally occurring) yeasts during fermentation. In other words, he lets the natural yeast on the skins of the grapes do their magic. I just can’t say how much I dig these wines.

Hank’s wines were one of the wines recommended by Eric Asimov in his blog post yesterday on The New York Times website.

With this six-pack, I’m very pleased and proud to offer Hank’s 2009 White Rhône Blend (2 bottles) and his 2008 single-vineyard Mourvèdre (2 bottles). The wines are delicious, savory and with bright food-friendly acidity and balanced alcohol… and they taste of place and of people… the way we like ’em!

I’ve also included a wine that I couldn’t resist, the 2003 Barbera del Monferrato Perlydia by Cantine Valpane (2 bottles). Tracie P and I have been drinking the entry-level wines by Valpane on a regular basis and when I saw the 2003 single-vineyard bottling from this awesome winery at a fantastic price, I just HAD TO HAVE it… This wine is earthy and mushroomy, crunchy and savory, like putting berry fruit and mud in your mouth.

I’ve written a great deal about this wine: like this more technical piece I wrote for a client in Texas or this joyous post that exploded from my fingers when I tasted the wine at Jaynes a few weeks ago.

Do Bianchi June Six-Pack
2 bottles 2009 White Rhône Blend by La Clarine Farm (California)
2 bottles 2008 single-vineyard Mourvèdre by La Clarine Farm (California)
2 bottles 2003 Barbera del Monferrato Perlydia by Cantine Valpane (Italy)
$105

To order, simply email me by clicking here.

4 Comments

Filed under Six Pack

4 responses to “California natural wine that I really dig

  1. Pingback: Natural wine matters « Do Bianchi

  2. Pingback: Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Eco-Friendly Dads

  3. Just in time for Fathers Day!

  4. @Moms_GoingGreen thanks for stopping by and the shout out! 🙂

    Hope to see you in LJ!

    abbraccio j

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s