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Mark Beaman

Although winemaker Mark Beaman, grew up in the wine country of Walla Walla, Washington, it wasn’t until a move to East Africa as a Peace Corps member that he first made wine. “I learned to make honey wine with a fellow named Ngowi, who made and delivered his product on the back of his bike to the village. It was there I learned that the combination of three things I love, agriculture, science and art, could make a product that delivers cheer to a community.”

Upon his return to the States, Mark worked in the laboratory of Columbia Crest Winery for the 2000 harvest. Shortly thereafter he moved to Mendocino County to work for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates laboratory and as Napa’s Conn Creek and Villa Mt. Eden’s viticulture technician. The combination of working with the vines and wines complimented with U.C. Davis college courses led Mark to a better understanding of how very important location, farming, winemaking, and a great cellar crew are to the character of a wine.

In 2004 Mark joined the Mendocino Wine Co. winemaking team and there ventured into the world of sustainable, organic and Biodynamic® winemaking alongside Bob Swain and Paul Dolan in the up and coming wine region of Mendocino County.


1997: B.S. in Environmental Geology at Whitman College
1997-2000: Peace Corps, Tanzania
2000: Columbia Crest Winery
2001-2004: St. Michelle Wine Estates
2004-present: Mendocino Wine Co.

Acclaim

Parducci Sauvignon Blanc 2007 vintage
Best of Class, 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.

Parducci Petite Sirah 2006 vintage
90 points, Wine Enthusiast
#22, Top 100 Best Buy Wines for 2009

Parducci True Grit Petite Sirah 2005 vintage
92 points, Wine & Spirits

  1. New Years Day, U2
  2. Cherub Rock, Smashing Pumpkins
  3. Given to Fly, Pearl Jam
  4. Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones
  5. Show Me How to Live, Audioslave
  6. The Rolling People, The Verve
  7. The Song Remains the Same, Led Zeppelin
  8. Remedy, The Black Crowes
  9. Joker and the Thief, Wolfmother
  10. Yell Fire, Michael Franti and Spearhead
  11. Live Forever, Oasis
  12. Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits (For the crew I work with)
  13. This is Us, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris (For the drive home, so I can shift my focus back to my wife)
"The harvest mix is just straight up kick you in the ass music to counter the state of exhaustion from constant observation that inevitably settles over me this time of year". - Mark Beaman

  1. Where the Streets have no Name, U2 (The way to start off any project. Sounds like a salutation to the rising sun and all the possibilities of what lies ahead)
  2. Message in a Bottle, The Police (Great tune, and the title sums up the goal in blending)
  3. Comfortably Numb, Pink Floyd (The way the song builds to that killer guitar solo is timeless)
  4. Bittersweet Symphony, The Verve (Sounds like summertime)
  5. Scar Tissue, The Red Hot Chili Peppers (A story in the play between guitar and lyric if you listen closely)
  6. Descending, The Black Crowes (A little known gem)
  7. I am Mine, Pearl Jam (All about confidence and taking ownership in what you do)
  8. Southern Cross, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (The song takes you on a visual journey, just like wine can take you places)
  9. Seven Bridges Road (Live version), The Eagles (Sweet harmony)
  10. Rhiannon, Fleetwood Mac (A haunting musical trip)
  11. Calling on Elvis, Dire Straits (A favorite at the end of the day)
  12. Riders on the Storm, The Doors (A drive off into the sunset, like a memorable and long finish on a wine)
"Blending music mix triggers a positive emotional state of relaxation for cognitive priming. Music inspires to achieve more in the blend and the wine’s message". - Mark Beaman

 

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