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Bar Takeover - Franny Beck

Bar Takeover - Franny Beck

It’s an Oregon coup!

Franny Beck is a Willamette Valley wine project of Allyson and Michael Sterling, who in earlier years called Virginia their home.  In 2012, Michael and Nate worked side by side in vineyards in Loudoun County, and while we were all hoping they’d set up their wine project here in Virginia, alas, they caught the Pinot Noir bug and headed for cooler climes.  That said, the wines are right up our alley, stylistically and philosophically similar to what Walsh is trying to do.  And delicious!  So let’s give them a warm Commonwealth welcome!

A bit about Franny Beck:

“At Franny Beck our goal is to not only create wines of balance, but wines that speak to the place from which they come—vintage specific, vineyard centered, elegant and honest wines.  We work with growers who either farm organically or biodynamically, two baselines that help to ensure that the fruit we use to make our wine is of the highest quality.  All of the fruit is hand harvested and picked when optimal physiological ripeness has been achieved.

What this means is that, while we utilize chemistries like brix, pH and TA, we base our picking decisions on flavor.  In doing so, we bring in fruit to the winery that is at the optimal point to produce the types of wines that we love and believe show the best that the Willamette Valley has to offer.  Once in the winery, we try our best to get out of the way and let the fruit become the wines that it wants to be.  We are low impact with our ferments, ensuring that the place, the terroir of each vineyard, is allowed to express itself.”

$15/tasting ($10 in advance - CLICK HERE for advance tickets)

Music to expect: Avett Brothers, maybe some Dead