The Schoolhouse

Winemaker Marcus Rafanelli at the schoolhouseWe know whenever we spend time with L’Ecole 41‘s passionate winemaker Marcus Rafanelli at the schoolhouse, we’re going to have a fun and educational time. And our recent trip to Walla Walla continued that trend. For example, last month Marcus poured us recent releases and library wines in addition to tank and barrel samples. We compared the future releases to the current and older ones, and we can definitely say there is more impressive L’Ecole wine in the years ahead.
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Treveri

Karlee ReynoldsWe finally visited Washington’s incredible Treveri Cellars, just south of Yakima, and are still trying to figure out why it took us so long. Treveri is a family-owned sparkling wine house, which has served its bubbles at White House State Department receptions and the James Beard Foundation in New York. After tasting pours from numerous bottles offered by our amazing hostess, Karlee Reynolds, we understand why there is such a buzz. For example, Karlee, a hospitality queen, told us that about 1,000 people stopped by the tasting room over the Memorial Day weekend. Of note, prices of the bottles represent an affordable luxury.

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