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L’Ecole No. 41 recruits Marcus Rafanelli to take over as winemaker

L’Ecole No. 41 recruits Marcus Rafanelli to take over as winemaker

Seattle-area native Marcus Rafanelli takes over as winemaker for L’Ecole No. 41 after spending the past four years as a winemaking instructor at Walla Walla Community College. (Richard Duval Images) LOWDEN, Wash. — It sounds odd to matriculate from college back to a century-old schoolhouse, but Marcus Rafanelli couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work again for Marty Clubb at storied L’Ecole No.…

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Alumni, College Cellars of Walla Walla rock San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Alumni, College Cellars of Walla Walla rock San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

CLOVERDALE, Calif. – The 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition generated more critical acclaim for the Pacific Northwest, and much of it stems from College Cellars of Walla Wallaand alumni of the community college’s vaunted winemaking program. Leading the Northwest highlights at the largest wine competition in North America was Aaron Peet, winemaker for Cellardoor Winery in Linconlville, Maine. Peet, who graduated from Walla Walla…

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Five Winemakers Changing Washington Wine

Five Winemakers Changing Washington Wine

Washington State has seen explosive growth over the last 15 years, ballooning from 200 wineries to more than 940 today. With this growth has come an influx of talented winemakers, all with their own ideas about what Washington wine is and how it should be made. Though young, many of them have diversified the style and increased overall quality statewide. The…

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