Happy Friday, LSK readers! For those who are 21 and older, we write with exciting information today…meet a clean-crafted wine website you NEED to know about: Scout & Cellar. Their selection of wines are all clean-crafted, meaning free of added chemicals, the grapes are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, and there is no added sugar. Yes, please!
We were thrilled to connect with Mallory Martin- an independent consultant for Scout & Cellar. We were fascinated by the information she shared with us on the importance of clean-crafted wine and knew immediately that we wanted to share the news about Scout & Cellar with you- a one-stop-shop for an amazing selection of clean-crafted wines. Read the Q&A below for more and consider Scout & Cellar next time your adult friends & family gather around the table.
Tell our readers a little bit about yourself!
Hi there! My name is Mallory and, when I’m not sharing about clean-crafted wine, I’m working full-time for a non-profit organization and chasing my two cute (and crazy) kids around — Russell is four and Abby is two. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, I’ve now lived in Dallas, Texas close to ten years and, though I still don’t own cowboy boots, I have fully adapted the phrase “y’all” and I’m not ashamed.
How did you get involved with Scout & Cellar?
The company launched in September of 2017 and I found out about it through a dear friend in my community group. As I heard her describe the wine and the difference between mass-produced wine and this newfound clean-crafted wine, I was immediately interested in what it would like to be involved. So, when I heard about this opportunity, it felt like the perfect way to learn more about wine and earn extra income on the side as an independent consultant.
What do you love so much about Scout & Cellar?
I love that the wine we share is completely clean-crafted — which means it’s naturally grown and consciously bottled. Our founder, Sarah Shadonix, travels the world to find small batch, family vineyards who are making wine as it was intended to be — without all of the extra chemicals, added sugar and synthetic pesticides. We are all learning to care more about what we put in and on our bodies and there has been significant progress in the skincare, food and cleaning products, but — until now — no one was talking about the unneeded, harmful chemicals in our wine.
So, what makes clean-crafted wine different than others?
Winemakers these days are simply responding to the consumer. You and I decide that we love this one particular wine. We love it so much that we want it to taste the same this year, next year and the year after that. Wine is not supposed to taste the same year after year. But, in order to meet our demands of keeping predictable taste AND in order to continue to reduce costs, pesticides, chemicals and sugar are used throughout the process. There are over 250 commonly-added, FDA approved chemicals and additives used today in mass-produced wine. The average mass-produced bottle of wine can contain up to 16 grams of added sugar (more than a glazed donut). Clean-crafted wine has no added chemicals, no added pesticides and no added sugar.
Have you noticed a difference in how you feel drinking toxin-free wine compared to mass-produced wine including the chemicals, pesticides and added sugar?
Yes! The only headaches I experienced prior to Scout & Cellar wines were with champagne/bubbles. Though I loved the idea of a cold mimosa on a Saturday morning, it truly would lead to headaches more often than not. Currently, I can use a Scout & Cellar bubbly with a dash of orange juice and it’s perfect.
Do you love to entertain? What is your favorite thing to cook + fav wine to serve?
Yes! Yes! Yes! This is one of the reasons I wanted to learn more about wine; my husband and I love to entertain and this component is a huge piece of the entertaining puzzle. Year-round, he’s in charge of the meat and I do all the rest. As we head into summer, his current go-to is grilling incredible dry rub ribs and I’ll pair those with a light tomato/mozzarella Caprese salad and grilled asparagus lightly dusted with olive oil, cracked ground pepper and sea salt. If we’re enjoying the meal outside, I’ll choose our 2016 Hannes Sabathi Sauvignon Blanc from Austria (pairs perfectly with the mozzarella), but if we’re inside, I’d choose a red to pair with the ribs — our 2013 Middle Jane Syrah.
*This post is intended for readers 21 and older only. Also, when enjoying wine, remember to drink in moderation and always responsibly!
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