We were excited to learn about Scout & Cellar’s clean crafted wine club when Cameron Allison first reached out to us. She is one of their independent consultants and she was kind enough to send us a few bottles of wine to taste. Scout & Cellar’s CEO, Sarah Shadonix was tired of wine headaches, so she decided to do something about it. I can relate to this problem, so I was happy to try their wines.
Cameron explained that Sarah, this attorney-turned-sommelier, has never settled for “good enough.” When she commits, she commits (she quit law after eight years to pursue a wine career, for crying out loud). Sarah, however, began experiencing mysterious wine headaches after having just one glass the night before. Refusing to give up on her dream, she talked to doctors, consulted vintners, and she did all the research she could. Finally, she discovered the culprit: wine additives. Sugars, preservatives, sulfites, and pesticides were hurting Sarah more than they were helping. She began scouting wines that were created without these additives. Voila: Sarah’s headaches disappeared.
The first bottle I tasted was The Field House Cabernet. It has bold tannins and a dry but smooth finish. I felt great after two glasses and I often get an insta-headache after one glass. This made this red wine lover, one happy gal and eager to try more of their wines. Brenda tried the Field House Chardonnay and had a similar experience, noting that the taste was fruit forward and bright.
So, what is clean crafted wine you ask?
10 Features of Clean Crafted Wine
- Grown naturally with no synthetic pesticides
- Sustainable organic and/or biodynamic farming methods
- Most harvested from old growth vines
- Delicious and always distinctive year after year
- Tended by actual people and not mass-produced by industrial agricultural methods
- Vinified by hand not manufactured in a lab
- Zero grams of sugar (the average mass-produced wine has up to 16 grams of sugar added)
- Zero added chemicals (FDA allows up to 250 additives to be added to wine like ferrocyanide, ammonium phosphate, copper sulfate, mega purple, GMO ingredients, just to name a few)
- Slow crafted to extract naturally occurring antioxidants
- Low Sulfites usually less than 50ppm (FDA allows from 250-350 ppm of sulfites)
Scout & Cellar told us that each lot of their wine is independently tested to assure they meet the criteria listed above. Testing is done by ETS, the leading wine testing facility within the winemaking world.
All in all, we had a great first experience. If you are interested in learning more about clean wines and their service, click HERE.
If you do try their wines, let us know what you think. We love to hear from you!