For Immediate Release
Wine & Spirits Magazine Names L’Ecole N° 41
“Winery of the Year” for 13th Consecutive Year
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (September 22, 2014) –Wine & Spiritsmagazine announced L’Ecole N° 41 as a 2014 Winery of the Year today. The award marks the 13th consecutive year L’Ecole has earned this distinction. It is one of 14 wineries in the world to be honored for 13 successive years or more and is one of only sixWashington wineries to receive the award this year.
Wine & Spiritsdesignates its Top 100 Wineries of the World annually. The magazine tasted more than 12,500 wines from around the world in 2014 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 Oct. 21, an event planned to recognize this year’s Top 100 recipients.
“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 one of the primary reasons for our continuing investment in vineyard development,” he says, “and it speaks to not only excellence of the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys but also to the commitment of our family, winery team, vineyard crew, and growers.”
The Wine & Spirits award is the latest in a series of top honors for L’Ecole. In June 2014, their newest wine, 2011 Estate Ferguson – Ferguson Vineyard – Walla Walla Valley, was named Best Bordeaux Blend in the World over £15 from the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) at an award ceremony in London. DWWA is considered one of the largest and most prestigious wine competitions in the world and included 15,007 wines judged by 224 international wine experts. Andy Perdue, Seattle Times columnist and greatnorthwestwines.com editor wrote,
“This elite award could well go down as another watershed moment in the Washington wine industry….It could even be called a new twist on the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting….the only American wine to win one of the awards this year.”
Founded in the Walla Walla Valley in 1983, L’Ecole N° 41 is one of Washington State’s early family-owned wineries. Housed in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on the label, L’Ecole has earned international acclaim for producing expressive, distinctive wines which reflect the unmistakable typicity of Washington State and the unique terroir of their Walla Walla Valley estate vineyards.
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