WALLA WALLA, Wash. (September 23, 2019) – L’Ecole N° 41, one of the Walla Walla Valley’s early founding wineries, announced today that Wine & Spirits Magazine has recognized it as a Top 100 Winery of the Year for 2019. This is the 15th time the winery has received this award, an achievement shared by only 15 other wineries.
Wine & Spirits designates its Top 100 Wineries of the World annually. The magazine’s editors have tasted many thousand wines from around the world in 2019 to develop a list of the year’s best wineries based on overall performance.
L’Ecole owner and managing winemaker, Marty Clubb, will attend the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco on October 10, an event planned to recognize this year’s Top 100 recipients. “We took a different approach to our tasting this year by focusing on specific regions and delving deeper into them,” said Joshua Greene, editor of Wine & Spirits Magazine. “Our concentrated tastings led to fiercer competition among the great wines of the world to earn a spot in our Top 100. We’re excited to present them at the Top 100 Tasting, alongside chefs from our SF50 restaurants.”
“This award is a tremendous honor for L’Ecole,” says Clubb. “If we could be known for only one thing, I would want it to be our consistent high quality, vintage after vintage. It’s the primary reason for our continuing investment in vineyard development,” he says, “and it speaks to not only excellence of the Walla Walla Valley and Washington State, but also to the commitment of our family, winery team, vineyard crew, and growers.”
About L’Ecole No 41
Housed in the historic Frenchtown schoolhouse depicted on its label, L’Ecole has earned international acclaim for producing expressive, distinctive wines that reflect the unmistakable typicity of Washington State and the unique terroir of their Walla Walla Valley estate vineyards. In addition to Clubb, wife Megan Clubb and their children Riley Clubb and Rebecca Olson serve on L’Ecole’s board of directors.
About Wine & Spirits Magazine
Founded in 1982, Wine & Spirits is published seven times a year and read by over 200,000 members of America’s wine community. Consumers and wine professionals read the magazine for information on established and up-and- coming regions and producers, the art and science of viticulture, industry happenings and food and wine pairing.
Wine & Spirits, the only wine publication to win the James Beard award five times for excellence in wine writing, evaluates more than 11,500 bottlings every year.