Monday, May 4, 2015

We had the opportunity to become acquainted with the wines of Beckmen Vineyards when we attended a dinner presented by the Ventura County Chapter of Wine Investigation for Novices and Oenphiles, W.I.N.O.
The dinner took place at the acclaimed Cafe Zack and the wines were presented by Neil Redmond, Tasting Room and Sales manager for the winery. 
Beckmen Vineyards was founded in 1996 by Tom and Judy Beckmen and their son, Steve.  Located near Los Olivos with vineyards in the Ballard Canyon area, the winery produces wines from the Rhone varietals which are particularly suited to the region's terroir.
Zack owners Hector Gomez and Alvonso Bello matched the Beckmen wines with a five course dinner.
The wines included a 2014 Rose from Grenache followed by a 2014 estate Sauvignon Blanc which was produced in stainless steel.
We gave high points for the Beckmen 2012 Cuvee Le  Bec which is a Rhone Red Blend.  Impressive was the 2012 Syrah which showed its barrel aging with strong but smooth flavors.
Leader of the WINO group, now in its fourth decade, is Jeanne Bartlett.
Cafe Zack is located at `1095 East Thompson Blvd., Ventura.  Telephone 805 643-9445.  More about Beckmen Vineyards can be found on a well done website,

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