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Napa’s Grand Cru Terroirs - Beckstoffer Vineyards

17 August 2019 | 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM GMT-8
CIA at Copia
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USD 350.00


Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Editor-in-Chief and Reviewer
Born and raised in rural Maine, USA, Lisa graduated from Colby College, ME, with degrees in English Literature and Performing Arts. Her wine career began by happenstance when, living as a struggling playwright in London after college, she was offered a job as the manager of a wine bar. Upon acquiring the position, she promptly enrolled for classes at the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) and continued her studies with them until achieving the institution’s highest accreditation level: Diploma. Lisa progressed through wine sales and marketing roles in the UK wine trade throughout the ‘90s and early noughties before moving to Tokyo in 2002, where she worked as a wine buyer for one of Japan's top fine wine importers and a wine educator at Tokyo's Academie du Vin. In 2008, Lisa moved to Singapore and began writing a column for Robert Parker’s website, eRobertParker.com. Later that year she achieved her Master of Wine (MW) qualification and the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting. In 2013, she became the Editor-in-Chief for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com. She is also the publication’s critic for the wines of Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Sonoma County Bordeaux Varieties. In 2015, Lisa’s first book, Taste Like a Wine Critic: A Guide to Understanding Wine Quality, was published. Recently, she relocated to Napa, California, to set up the new office for The Wine Advocate. She now lives in Napa with her British husband, two young daughters, their Border Collie and three sheep.
Andy Beckstoffer
Andrew Beckstoffer is the owner of Beckstoffer Vineyards with vineyards owned in Napa, Mendocino, and Lake Counties, including some of Napa’s most historic vineyard properties. Beckstoffer Napa Valley properties include "Heritage Vineyards" at To Kalon, Dr. Crane, Las Piedras, Missouri Hopper, Vineyard Georges III and Bourn. Andy, born in Richmond, Virginia, earned a B.S. in Engineering at Virginia Tech in 1961 and an M.B.A. at Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth in 1966. He began the predecessor company of Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1970 and purchased the company in 1973. In 1975, Andy was a founding Director of the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association, in 1976 a member of the Napa County Planning Commission, and in 1983 a Director of the Winegrowers of California. In 1994, he was a founder and the initial President of the Rutherford Dust Society. Since 1970, Beckstoffer Vineyards has been a leader in developing and implementing new vineyard technologies in the California premium North Coast area. Currently Beckstoffer is one of the top 20 largest grape growers in California, the largest non-winery owner of Napa Valley and North Coast vineyards, and the largest seller of premium wine grapes in the Napa and North Coast areas providing grapes to over 100 premium wineries. Today much of Andy’s attention is focused on agricultural preservation in Napa County. In 1997, Beckstoffer Vineyards was honored by the State of California as an Integrated Pest Management Innovator--the first private business so honored. In 2000, Andy and Betty Beckstoffer were honored as St. Helena’s “Citizens of the Year.” In 2005 Andy was awarded the COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts Grower of the Year Award. In 2006, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers awarded its first Grower of the Year Award to Andy. In 2007 the Napa County Farm Bureau acknowledged Andy as Agriculturist of the Year, and Andy received the first ever United States Congressional Wine Caucus Commendation. In 2010 Andy was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. In 2015 the California Association of Winegrape Growers honored Andy with their Grower of the Year award. In 2016 the Redwood Empire Fair acknowledged Andy as Agriculturist of the Year. Andy has been named Most Powerful Grapegrower in the Napa Valley by two major publications.
Jean Hoefliger
Jean Hoefliger is an artisan inherently driven to push the envelope, continually challenging the cognizance of, not only winemaking, but life in general. With an insatiable appetite for art, philosophy, and a good discussion, Jean thrives when his creativity and passion are left unbound by conventional thinking. Whether in the vineyard, at the winery, home, or around the table with friends - old and new - Jean brings these pursuits alive with playful banter and endearing jokes. In his winemaking, the essence of these experiences is brought to life through a particular craft of winemaking: fundamentally balanced by his experiences in Bordeaux, now left unbridled on the frontier of Napa Valley, making a delectable intersection between the past and future of wine. Jean Hoefliger was born and raised in Switzerland. His initial experience took him from Switzerland to California where he worked at Michel Schlumberger and Hartford Family in Sonoma followed by Bordeaux and South Africa, making wine at the esteemed estates of Chateau Carbonnieux, and Meerlust. Completing a winemaking and viticulture degree at the Swiss federal school of Changins, Jean made his way back to Bordeaux making wine at Chateau Lynch-Bages, and then moving back to California where he spent five years as winemaker for Newton Vineyard from 2001to 2005. In 2006 Jean started at Alpha Omega Winery as the Winemaker and General Manager while concurrently building his consulting business with many projects around the world. At Alpha Omega he was running the business along with the production, specializing in Direct to Consumer strategy and National Sales. After 10 years, the business reached a size that required more time than he had, and he moved away from the business management to focus solely on winemaking. Two years later in 2019, Jean decided to shift his career to become a full time Consulting Winemaker, therefore, shifting his role within the Alpha Omega organization. Jean has built his client wineries over the years to include: Monteverro in Tuscany, Pact(e) in Burgundy, Perinet in Priorat, Tolosa Winery in Edna Valley, Grapeheart in Suisun Valley, V. Vineyards in Sonoma County, and Alpha Omega, The Debate, Clark-Claudon, Decades 5, Theorize, Sunshine Valley, MR Michel Rolland, AXR and Hill Family Estate all from Napa Valley. Jean’s consulting business includes everything he loves from managing farming, to crafting world class wines, to advising on business strategies and even building and implementing the sales structure for clients. Jean’s passion, knowledge, scientific training and innate ability put him in a unique position to take the best grapes around the world and transform them into wines and brands worthy of world class standing.
Benoit Touquette
I grew up in Lyon thinking I would become a fighter pilot or an engineer. I never considered wine until I was in Bordeaux working mobile bottling lines to pay for graduate school. The infectious passion of the winemakers I met, showing up day after day with the same fire in their eyes, blew me away. I switched my focus to oenology and completed two degrees from the University of Bordeaux. I worked at numerous French wineries before getting a job (with the help of my friend and mentor Michel Rolland) in Napa Valley with Andy Erickson which allowed me to explore uncharted possibilities working at iconic places such OVID, Dancing Hares, Arietta, Screaming Eagle, ... I worked hard, learned from everyone, and pushed myself to deliver the kind of winemaking I believe in. Today, I am the winemaker for Realm Cellars, Hartwell, Kata as well as few other labels, including my own project Fait-Main and Teeter-Totter.


With over forty years of experience as one of Napa Valley’s top growers, today Andy Beckstoffer and his team farm more than 1,000 acres in the Napa Valley. Beckstoffer Vineyards are custodians over some of Napa’s greatest and most historic sites, including famous names like To Kalon, Dr. Crane and Georges III. This is an incredibly rare opportunity to taste a range of some of the very best expressions of those vineyards, led by Andy Beckstoffer and Robert Parker Wine Advocate’s critic for Napa Valley, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, as well as winemakers Benoit Touquette (Realm, Fait-Main and Kata) and Jean Hoefliger (Alpha Omega, The Debate).

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