Producer Profile

La Clarine Farm

Hank Beckmeyer and Caroline Hoel's love story intertwines with their passion for winemaking. Meeting in the 80s during Hank's European tour with Half Japanese, he chose to forsake the band and the tour to be with Caroline. Their shared appreciation for the wines of smaller producers in the south of France ignited their desire to craft their own. Settling in Somerset, California in 2001, they established a vineyard 2600 feet high in the Sierra Foothills, cultivating varietals like Tempranillo, Syrah, Tannat, and others, including mysterious strains sprouted from compost heap seeds. Initially embracing biodynamic farming, they transitioned to Masanobu Fukuoka's 'do nothing' approach, fostering a thriving ecosystem amidst the vines.

Where The Wines Come From


In Oregon, USA, the wine scene is flourishing, particularly with a burgeoning interest in natural winemaking practices. Known predominantly for its Pinot Noir, Oregon's wine regions, including the Willamette Valley, offer a diverse terroir that fosters experimentation and innovation. Natural wine producers in Oregon embrace organic and biodynamic farming methods, eschewing additives and interventions in the cellar to allow the grapes to shine with authenticity. This dedication to minimal intervention results in wines that reflect the character of the land and the Pacific Northwest's unique climate, offering a taste of Oregon's commitment to sustainability and respect for nature in every glass.