Alumni Wine Tasting Series: Featuring Beckham Estate Vineyard, Chehalem Mountains, Oregon

Thirty minutes south of Portland, winding roads lead us to the second stop in our Alumni Wine Tasting series: Beckham Estate Vineyard in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains. With steeply pitched, dramatic panoramic views, Beckham Estate Vineyard is the culmination of the evolving vision and dedication of Andrew ’98, G’01 and Annedria Beckham. Upon arriving in this spot in 2004 with the intent of building a ceramics studio, they became inspired by the local farming community and in 2005 began clearing and planting the property surrounding their home. While consciously leaving riparian zones for natural habitat and wildlife the Beckhams progressively expanded the vineyard to nearly half of their 34 acres including six grape varietals while also constructing a tasting room, winery, and fully functioning ceramics studio. Beckham Estate is likely the only winery in the world where the production of the terra cotta vessels for fermenting and aging is on-site, and is integrated with the farming and production of the wines. During this special evening we will experience Pinot Noir from the same vineyard and vintage, fermented and aged in terra cotta amphora versus aged in French oak barrels. Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:00 p.m. (PST) via Zoom Featured wines: 2017 Beckham Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2017 AD Beckham “Creta” Pinot Noir.   More information about Beckham Estate Vineyard may be found here. Information on joining Beckham Estate Vineyard wine club may be found here. Questions may be directed to Emily Decker ’85 at emily@lclark.edu.