We are excited to host Hank Beckmeyer and Caroline Hoël of La Clarine Farm on Thursday, Feb. 16th from 6-8pm for a tasting at Le Caveau! 

La Clarine Farm sits north of Sacramento at 2,600 feet in the Sierra foothills. Hank and his wife, Caroline, met while he was on tour in Europe with his band Half Japanese. He left the band and the tour to stay with her in Europe, as Caroline is from Lyon in France. Together, they moved to Germany and worked in the music industry where they developed a palate for natural wines from the Old World. From time in Ardèche and Savoie, Caroline had learned to make cheese, and the idea of a sustainable farm with vineyards was path for them to pursue two things that they loved. They settled on the Sierra Foothills and in 2001 they purchased the property that is La Clarine (Cowbell) Farm. Hank and Caroline are now living their dream producing a couple thousand cases of wine a year surrounded by goats, bees and a gaggle of vineyard cats and dogs on their hillside, polyculture farm. They planted 2 acres of vines, mostly Tempranillo but also including Syrah, Tannat, Grenache, Negroamaro, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc. and some unknown vines that emerged from seeds in the compost heap. From this vineyard they produce a single wine in miniscule quantities. For the rest of the wines they purchase fruit from like-minded farmers in the area. They started farming biodynamically from the beginning until Hank read The One-Straw Revolution by Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, now he no longer not plows and the vines are pretty much left alone to grow as they please. All of the wines are fermented spontaneously and made with neutral or no oak and minimal sulfur. 

Please RSVP to info@lecaveauwine.com if you plan to attend. 

2015 La Clarine Farm 'Circles Don't Fly They Float' Pet Nat 
2015 La Clarine Farm 'Jambalaia' Blanc 
2014 La Clarine Farm 'Piedi Grandi' Blend 
2015 La Clarine Farm 'Sumu Kaw' Syrah 
2015 La Clarine Farm Tempranillo