A Cherry Wine Fairy Tale: Schmiling Family Shepherds State’s First Winery into 21st Century – Door County Pulse

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A Cherry Wine Fairy Tale: Schmiling Family Shepherds State's First Winery into 21st Century
Door County Pulse
Those are the opening words Brad Schmiling chose when asked to relate the 50-year history of von Stiehl Winery. And that is fitting because, at least from the outside, this does seem to be a fairy tale. The good Dr. Stiehl helped to draft the state's ...

World’s First Chromed-Glass Wine Bottle – Tank Garage Winery Debuts ‘Chrome Dreams’ – The Daily Meal

World's First Chromed-Glass Wine Bottle - Tank Garage Winery Debuts 'Chrome Dreams'
The Daily Meal
31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Tank Garage Winery, a wine brand and 1930s-era service station turned winery in Calistoga, is excited to announce the release of Chrome Dreams on Sept. 1, a 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-based ... The winery and tasting ...

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Petit French

September 2, 2017 (Sat): This Saturday we’re pouring some big wines from small producers from Ardeche, Chablis, Cahors, and the Rhône.  Start your Labor Day weekend out right by stocking up on these hard working Vins de France.  Let their labor help celebrate ours. 2016 Ch[...]

12 Labor Day Trips You Can Take for Under $100

She Knows
August 30, 2017

Take a mini-vacation for less than $100 thanks to Uber

Everybody wants to get away on the long weekend, but focusing on traffic, public transportation or renting a car can immediately kill your relaxation vibes. Hiring a private car and driver may seem like an extravagant choice, but it turns out Uber has some pretty affordable rides that will take you to a fun vacation spot for less than $100. And if you’re traveling with a friend or two, you can share the costs to make it even more reasonable.>>>Read entire article on SheKnows

  • Seattle to Woodinville Wine Country in Washington: There are more than 90 wineries in Woodinville, and if you take an Uber, you won’t have to worry about finding a designated driver. Even if you don’t drink, it’s a beautiful spot to shop, visit farms and grab a bite to eat in a pretty setting.

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L’Ecole No. 41

Years ago, in the early 1990’s I prepared my first Winemakers dinner as a chef. The winery was L’Ecole No. 41 that was the first time I met Winemaker Marty Club. At that point the winery was less than 10 years old and Marty has just joined the winery a few years earlier. Since that time L’Ecole No. 41 has gone on to garner international acclaim and be recognized as one of Walla Walla’s First Growths. But, it was the day that I became a lifetime fan of L’Ecole. The wines were fantastic and Marty was one of the most generous nicest people in the business I had met.

The winery itself has become an Icon. Driving into Walla Wall on highway 12 you can’t help but notice the old school house. The Frenchtown School was built in 1915, so named because of the number of French Canadians that settled in the Walla Walla valley. The Original label was a watercolor painting by 8 year old cousin Ryan Campbell,( now in his 40’s).

L’Ecole No. 41

L’ Ecole was founded by Marty’s in laws Jean and Baker Ferguson as a little “Retirement project”. Jean and Baker always believed in the potential of Walla Walla Wines, and that dream was finally realized when L’Ecole’s 2011 Estate Ferguson was awarded the Best Bordeaux Blend in the World at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards L’Ecole No. 41in London. Over the years the accolades and awards have piled up, but unlike many wineries that have achieved certain notoriety, the family has always remained approachable, friendly and generous. You are just as likely to Marty or his daughter Rebecca at a tasting or dinner as you might one of theirs sales team, many of whom have been with company 20 years or more.

“Marty Clubb has built L’Ecole N° 41 into one of Walla Walla’s flagships…making wines that represent the region, the wines that signify Walla Walla.” Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine

L’Ecole No. 41

Marty is highly respected in the wine industry and continues to give back and pay it forward. Marty has served more than 20 years on the boards of various wine industry associations like the Washington Wine Commission. He is currently President and Director of the Washington Wine Institute. Marty was instrumental in the founding of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance and served as its president for six years. Marty worked with other industry pioneers in the development of the Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology and Viticulture.

In 1977, the Fergusons bought the old school house with the idea of starting a winery. That same year that Gary Figgins started Leonetti. Now 40 years later their legacy lives on in one of the most beloved wineries in Washington State.

L’Ecole No. 41
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