Beckhan Winery Tasting
Wednesday, July 22nd 6:30 - 7:30pm
Andrew & Annedria Beckham founded Beckham Estate Vineyard in 2005 as a family project. Their initial plan grew from a few rows of Pinot Noir to two acres of Pinot Noir in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains AVA. Two subsequent plantings in 2006 and 2008 brought the vineyard size to 5.5 acres surrounding their family home. In 2013, one acre of Riesling was added and over the next few years they plan to plant Chardonnay, Savagnin, Poulsard and Trousseau. Andrew is a ceramics instructor at Beaverton High School and actively produces pottery at his studio on the property. He was able to integrate his love of ceramics with wine after trying a bottle of amphora-aged wine by the Italian winemaker, Elisabetta Foradori. This prompted him to build a set of experimental clay amphorae to find the correct firing temperature and porosity. Andrew’s amphorae are now being used in the vinification and aging of wine. The Amphorae Project has garnered press from Forbes, Wine-Searcher, Wine & Spirits Magazine and Food & Wine.
The hilltop vineyard is southeast of Parrett Mountain, within the Chehalem Mountains AVA, a 40-minute drive from Portland. Soils are volcanic Jory. Current exposures are south, southeast and southwest at altitudes between 400-600 feet. Wind flows freely from the east and west, keeping the grapes dry and healthy. Beckham Estate Vineyard is dry-farmed. Annedria and Andrew believe their children should be able to play freely on the land, therefore only organic viticulture is practiced. Andrew meticulously manages the native cover crop rotation, trellising and vine positioning. Grape yields play a significant part in the character of the wines and have been lower in recent vintages, averaging 1.8 tons per acre. All grapes are hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. In 2013, Andrew began practicing whole cluster fermentation, which contributes distinctly spicy aromas. His style of winemaking promotes savory qualities, balanced by pure varietal fruit aromas. Each wine is fermented and aged on its lees after a gentle pressing prior to time in French oak barrels. In addition to the traditional styles of Pinot Noir aged in French oak from Beckham Estate Vineyard, a new label A.D. BECKHAM was created in 2013 for wines fermented and aged in clay amphorae. Andrew and Annedria Beckham are excited to be pouring their wines at Downtown Spirits on Wednesday, July 22nd from 6:30-7:30pm. They’ll lead a guided tasting of Pinot Noir from different vintages and the newly released Amphora Pinot Gris.
Wines Featured during the event:
2014 Beckham Estate Olivia’s Rosé
2014 A.D. Beckham Amphora Pinot Gris
2012 Beckham Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
2013 Beckham Estate Vineyard Sophia’s Pinot Noir
Ticket Price may be applied to purchase of any Beckham Estate Vineyard wines
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