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Beckmen on Biodynamics Part III: Organic v. Biodynamic; Biodynamic v. Regenerative Organic

There is no argu­ment that the move towards bio­dy­nam­ic, organ­ic and regen­er­a­tive organ­ic farm­ing is a good thing for wine and the earth, but as typ­i­cal in our indus­try, we like to make things chal­leng­ing. There is lit­tle infor­ma­tion avail­able about what is involved in fol­low­ing these prac­tices and what makes them dif­fer­ent from each other. 

In this arti­cle, we will dis­cuss the dif­fer­ent farm­ing prac­tices for each prac­tice before mov­ing onto the even more chal­leng­ing sub­ject of organ­ic, bio­dy­nam­ic and nat­ur­al wine in part 4 of this blog series.

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Feb 27, 2024

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Oct 26, 2023

How Do We Create New Wines and Blends? New La Finca Release

Wine­mak­er Steve Beck­men presents his newest wine, the 2021 La Fin­ca, and what his inspi­ra­tion was behind the blend. Dis­cov­er his process for cre­at­ing and mak­ing new wines after 30 years of winemaking. 

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Sep 14, 2023

30th Harvest Anniversary: 30 Questions with Steve Beckmen

Steve Beck­men reflects on 30 years of har­vests by answer­ing 30 rapid-fire ques­tions. Cel­e­brate three decades of tra­di­tion, inno­va­tion, and pas­sion in wine­mak­ing with Beck­men Vineyards!

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Sep 1, 2023

Exploring our Cabernet Sauvignon Wines

Caber­net Sauvi­gnon was one of the first wines we pro­duced when we start­ed Beck­men Vine­yards in 1994. Now, we craft four dif­fer­ent bot­tlings. Learn more about these four wines and what sets the apart from our wine­mak­er, Steve Beckmen. 

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Aug 22, 2023

Vertical Tasting of Purisima Red Wine

The idea behind the Purisi­ma Red wine was to pro­duce a lim­it­ed bot­tling (around 2 bar­rels) of our best blocks only from excep­tion­al vin­tages. Explore this wine along with wine­mak­er Steve Beck­men, as he tastes through eight of the 14 bottlings.

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Aug 4, 2023

Our Futures Program: The Top 6 Things You Should Know

For two decades, Beck­men Vine­yards has been open­ing our cel­lar doors each fall, offer­ing a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to taste our lim­it­ed-pro­duc­tion red wines, as they patient­ly mature in oak bar­rels, and pre-order these wines with the biggest dis­counts offered all year. Dis­cov­er the top 6 things you should know about this spe­cial program.

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Jul 11, 2023

Tales From Our Cellar: 2020 Petite Sirah

Wine­mak­er Steve Beck­men dis­cuss­es his 30 year pur­suit to craft a Petite Sir­ah, which was final­ly insti­gat­ed in 2020. Read more about how this wine was made in July’s Tales From Our Cellar.

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Jun 29, 2023

Syrah, Our Signature Grape

At Beck­men Vine­yards, Syrah is our most plant­ed vari­etal, and that should be no sur­prise. Our 125 acre cer­ti­fied bio­dy­nam­ic Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard has con­sis­tent­ly pro­duced a dis­tinc­tive crop of Syrah since it was plant­ed in the late 1990’s. The var­i­ous ele­va­tions, micro­cli­mates, and clon­al selec­tions found there pro­vide us with unique oppor­tu­ni­ties to pro­duce four spe­cial bot­tlings that accen­tu­ate the dif­fer­ent fla­vors of our sig­na­ture grape. 

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Jun 6, 2023

Differentiating our Grenache Wines

We’ve always been big fans of the Grenache grown in the San­ta Ynez Val­ley, and are proud that we were the first win­ery bot­tling a sin­gle vari­etal Grenache in San­ta Bar­bara Coun­ty in 1995. Our cur­rent Grenache port­fo­lio con­sists of four dif­fer­ent bot­tlings. Here’s an overview to help you appre­ci­ate how we look to high­light the dif­fer­ent fla­vors that Grenache pro­duces in our two vineyards.

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May 11, 2023

Summer Shipping: Refrigerated or Next Day Air

It may be too hot for you to get unre­frig­er­at­ed wine ship­ments for sev­er­al months of the year. Even in tem­per­ate Los Olivos, our win­ery sees hot days for much of the sum­mer. The solu­tion is to offer those who want to stay stocked through the sum­mer the option of dis­count­ed refrig­er­at­ed ground ship­ping. In states that don’t offer tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled ground ship­ping, we have spe­cial UPS Next Day Air rates for the summer. 

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Apr 30, 2023

Watch Now | Spring in our Vineyards

Watch wine­mak­er Steve Beck­men lead you through our bio­dy­nam­ic vine­yards dur­ing the spring months. From deal­ing with the record rain we received this win­ter, bud­break and the threat of frost, plus man­ag­ing the abun­dant weeds and cov­er crops, it’s a busy time of year at Beck­men Vineyards!

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Dec 22, 2022

2022 Harvest in Review

2022 was an excep­tion­al vin­tage, but not entire­ly for the rea­sons we would have hoped. In spite of its notably small yields, 2022 left us with some out­stand­ing fruit that will make for mem­o­rable releas­es in the years to come — that is, if there is enough wine to save in the cellar. 

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Sep 22, 2022

2022 Fall Wine Release

Dis­cov­er more about the five new wines released to our mem­bers in Novem­ber 2022: 2021 Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard Viog­nier, 2020 San­ta Ynez Val­ley Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, 2020 PMV Block Six Syrah, 2020 Estate Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, and 2019 EXP Caber­net Sauvignon.

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Q3 Wines

Sep 22, 2022

2022 Summer Wine Release

Dis­cov­er more about the five new wines released to our mem­bers in Sep­tem­ber 2022: 2021 Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard Grenache Blanc, 2021 San­ta Ynez Val­ley Grenache, 2020 Bar­rel Select Cuvee, 2020 Purisi­ma Moun­tain Vine­yard Syrah Clone #1, and 2021 EXP Syrah Rosé.

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Aug 19, 2022

2022 Futures Program

For near­ly twen­ty years, we have opened our cel­lar doors every fall for a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to taste a lim­it­ed selec­tion of our small pro­duc­tion red wines still aging in oak bar­rels dur­ing our annu­al Futures pro­gram. This year, we will host two Futures tast­ing events at our Los Olivos win­ery and have tast­ing flights avail­able to be shipped direct­ly to you.

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