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Featuring Walnut Block & L’Ecole White Wines

Take an extra look at the labels of both of these wines. The icons on the labels both have a story to tell!

Walnut Block || 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Malborough, New Zealand
Price: $13.99
This is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Walnut Block features aromas of fresh cut grass and gooseberry, with candied citrus and passion fruit flavors that are intrinsic to Sauvignon Blanc from this region. The perfect springtime wine, it is fresh and easy drinking. Enjoy Walnut Block with fresh seafood or goat cheese.

Towering above the vineyard, Marlborough’s oldest walnut tree from which Walnut Block takes its name, stands in the middle of the Sauvignon Blanc vines. Over 100 years old, the tree provides a special historical focal point for the vineyard. The label for the “Collectables” line from Walnut Block is emblematic of an 1898 New Zealand postage stamp, with the image of the same Walnut Tree.

Washington Wine Month Special! 
L’Ecole No. 41 || 2014 Semillon
Varietals: 
80% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Columbia Valley, WA
Price: $12.99
Heading east on Route 12, towards Walla Walla, drivers are welcomed by a half dozen wineries that are set off of the highway. The first, and most charming, is L’Ecole. The winery is located in the historic Frenchtown School just west of town. The image of the schoolhouse is the cornerstone of the L’Ecole brand and has been the centerpiece of its wine labels since the winery’s inception in 1983.  The original Frenchtown School was a log cabin built in 1870 along the shore of the Walla Walla River. It was rebuilt in 1915 at the winery’s present location.

Frenchtown derived its name from the many French Canadians who settled in the Walla Walla Valley during the early 1800s.  Legend has it these men of French descent raised grapes and produced wine. By the 1860s, nurseries, vineyards, and winemaking had become a part of the valley’s growing economy.  The name – L’Ecole N° 41, French for “the school” located in school district 41 – was chosen to salute these pioneer viticulture efforts.

Tasting Notes: “Pretty, vaguely floral aromas of stone fruits, mint, and honey. Intensely flavored and brisk but with a touch of creaminess from the 60% barrel aging. Finishes with excellent saline length and firmness.” – Stephen Tanzier, 90 Points, Vinous (November 2015)

**Information about the winery and schoolhouse was taken directly from L’Ecole’s website.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.