La Clarine is a 10-acre biodynamically certified farm at 2600 feet in elevation in the Sierra Foothills. It was started in 2001 by Caroline Hoel and Hank Beckmeyer who were excited about the idea of running a polyculture farm where they could grow wine grapes and raise chickens and goats. Their vineyards are planted to Syrah, Tempranillo, Tannat, Grenache, Negroamaro and Cabernet Sauvignon and they also purchase grapes from other like-minded farmers in the area like the Sumu Kaw and Rorick vineyards. Hank’s winemaking philosophy is to make wine as naturally as possible “adding no yeast, sulfur dioxide, oak chips, enzymes or concentrates in the cellar, and no chemicals, fertilizers or tillage in our vineyard. We allow fermentations to occur spontaneously, and allow them to complete in their own time (this can take up to 6 months!). We age our wine in neutral containers, never in new oak, and let the wine develop without sulfur additions or excessive racking.” This hands-off, minimal interference approach results in really creative and distinctive wines with plenty of concentration, verve and character.
Tasting is free and available anytime from 5:00 - 7:00. Must be at least 21 years old.