Allison Levine, Please The Palate: Beckmen’s biodynamic farming in Santa Barbara County
When we transitioned into biodynamic farming in the early 2000’s, a lot of people didn’t understand what this philosophy and way of farming meant. Biodynamic farming was somewhat new to the U.S. and people had a hard time trusting its holistic, homeopathic methods. Thankfully, biodynamic farming has gained traction since then with more vineyards and wineries in the U.S. becoming Demeter certified.
Allison Levine is a journalist and wine critic from Los Angeles who has followed our winegrowing and winemaking practices for nearly two decades. She recently wrote an article in the Napa Valley Register where she reflected on her first trip to Purisima Mountain Vineyard in the early 2000’s and learned of our biodynamic farming practices, including the tradition of burning the first gopher of the year. We encourage you to read this article, dive deeper into our way of farming, and see her reviews on several of our latest wine releases.