WALLA WALLA, Wash. – L’Ecole No 41, one of Walla Walla’s early founding wineries, has announced their plans to open a new Wine Bar in downtown Walla Walla at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel.
The space is being redesigned and redefined to welcome guests in downtown Walla Walla, in a setting which denotes the winery’s sense of place and pays homage to the Heritage of the region. Focused on unique flights, the Wine Bar will provide access to small production and library lots, along with current release favorites.
“We’re so enthusiastic about the possibility to welcome Walla Walla locals and visitors to our valley, in a new and unique setting,” said L’Ecole’s owner and managing winemaker Marty Clubb. “Heritage by L’Ecole illustrates our family’s commitment to the Walla Walla experience for all wine lovers. The opportunity to ask our talented daughter, Rebecca Clubb-Olson, to design the space for us was exciting and rewarding, and she has done a beautiful job – striking a perfect balance, incorporating elements of our historic Schoolhouse and of our deep, enduring roots in our home Valley.”
Heritage by L’Ecole’s opening to the public is planned for Spring Kick Off Weekend, in April, and local Wine Club Members, industry members, and press will be invited to experience the space upon opening. With outdoor seating planned for the spring and summer, the space is being designed to eventually accommodate up to 19 seated guests indoors, with self-guided flight options.
The Marcus Whitman Hotel, a property replete with history, eagerly welcomes L’Ecole No 41’s opening in their ground floor corner location, adding to the tasting room selection for their guests and for other downtown patrons. “L’Ecole’s decision to open their unique Heritage Wine Bar is particularly meaningful for us, as the hotel was originally developed in the 1920s by a group of local business and community members, including W.W. Baker, the grandfather of L’Ecole Winery’s founder, Baker Ferguson. Heritage is a very fitting name, and we’re excited that the partnership has come full circle”, commented Kyle Mussman, owner of the Marcus Whitman Hotel.
Housed in the historic 1915 Frenchtown schoolhouse depicted on its label, L’Ecole has earned international acclaim for producing expressive, distinctive wines. L’Ecole No 41 has been recognized 15 times as a Top 100 Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine, and in 2014, London’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) named L’Ecole’s Ferguson the Best Bordeaux Blend in the World over £15. In addition to Clubb, his wife Megan Clubb and their children Riley Clubb and Rebecca Clubb-Olson serve on L’Ecole’s board of directors.