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When School’s Out and “They’re Here”: It’s L’Ecole

Posted on: April 18th, 2011 by Tom Peiffer 1 Comment

When the family “cats and dogs” show up “on holiday” (as they say in the U.K.), why not serve something that goes well with just about everything on the grill?  Not too heavy, not too tart, not too “catty”, and not too wimpy, L’Ecole (French for The School) Cabernet from Walla Walla Washington is just the ticket.

You can serve this wine with just about everything, except fish and seafood, and rarely receive a negative comment.  It’s just an artistically balanced example of what a good Bordeaux wine would be if crossed with a North American blend of fruit and earthiness.

Because it will stand up to steaks and barbeque concoctions, it is the perfect choice to simply buy as many bottles as needed for your guests and just turn them loose.  It will be quickly consumed with your spread and will blend in as a condiment to the whole hoopla.

So kick back and enjoy, and be inspired by whatever reason for time off with your buds to appreciate the rewards of a job well done.  Also, here’s to our friends at L’Ecole, may you continue to produce this stuff for years to come!  We certainly like what their school has to teach.

Get it at AJs and it’s priced between $28 and $35 per bottle and sometimes goes on sale.  Their wines also are featured at Total Wine in a similar price range.

Serve slightly chilled from the fridge after 20 minutes (60-65 degrees).  This one doesn’t need a lot of coaxing to open up, the flavors are there right away.

Article by Tom Peiffer, Phoenix Wine Shopping Examiner at Examiner.com

View more of Tom’s articles on Examiner.com by visiting his writer’s page.


About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

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One Response

  1. Karl Weiss says:

    Great work. Very informative. Recently me and my wife have been investing into wine, and have seen some outstanding returns. I would recomend reaserching the wine market. It is out performing almost every other asset class.

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