Meet Leigh Stein: Scout & Cellar Clean-Crafted Wine
Meet Leigh Stein
If you don’t know Leigh Stein, please allow me the pleasure of introducing you. Leigh is vibrant and joyful, yet exudes a calm and collected vibe that makes her almost mysterious. She is super-friendly, while slightly reserved and very thoughtful. She has a Turquoise Table in her front yard and if you know about that movement, you know that means you are wanted in her home. She and her husband, Tony, have intentionally curated their home to allow for entertaining and welcoming guests.
A native Texan, Leigh was born in Dallas, attended UT, did a stint in New York and then came back to Austin where she met her husband and has lived for the last 14 years. Before she had kids, she worked in sales in stock photography, ultimately for Getty Images. She loved the business side of her work but also loved the creative outlet that photography brought to her life.
The last few years have kept her busy with her three kids, two of whom are in elementary school and one who is in preschool. They love enjoying all the outdoors activities that Austin has to offer, including hiking the greenbelt, visiting nearby watering holes, and attending UT football games. When it’s too hot to be outside they like to spend family time at indoor climbing gyms and trips to the Thinkery. They are faithful attendees of ACL, both before kids and now enjoying the addition of Austin Kiddie Limits with their kids. A favorite date night for her and her husband is trying out a new restaurant in Austin’s ever-evolving food scene followed by a concert at ACL Live at The Moody Theater.
Scout & Cellar Clean-Crafted Wine
Leigh was drawn to Scout & Cellar through her personal experience with wine headaches and the pleasant surprise that she truly felt better after drinking a clean-crafted wine. She now enjoys representing the company through wine tastings and parties.
Scout & Cellar was founded by Sarah Shadonix as a solution to her personal frustration of getting headaches the morning after having a glass of wine. Funny that she noticed this, in particular, while she was studying for her sommelier exams. When she dug into the research, she found that hundreds of chemical additives can be included in a seemingly simple bottle of wine and she made it her mission to find a healthier option.
Once she had determined that she could deliver a better, clean-crafted wine through a continuous hunt of wineries committed to following a clean-crafted process, Sarah launched Scout & Cellar Clean-Crafted Wine. To be considered “clean-crafted” it necessary to follow many strict guidelines some of which include zero added chemicals (of the 250 approved FDA additives), zero added sugar, and low sulfites (less than 50 ppm). They also emphasize the importance of wine production as an art rather than with a mass-produced process. They require that vines are tended by people, not machines, and slow crafted with a flavor that is “wildly delicious and always distinctive year after year like nature intended.”
Leigh is generously giving away 4 BOTTLES of her favorite clean-crafted wines to one lucky Loanables winner! Here are the bottles she has selected:
- NV Maysara Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose: This vegan, biodynamic, 100% Pinor Noir wine is from Willamette Valley, Oregon. Pairs well with meat, fish, spicy hot chicken wings or any festive party food.
- 2016 Wildmakers Lirio Garnacha: This vegan, organic, 100% Grenache wine is from Mauley Valle, Chile. Pairs well with poultry, pork, BBQ (brisket tacos!) or seafood (fish tacos!)
- 2017 Caecus Joven: This vegan, organic 90% Tempranillo/10% Granache wine is from Rioja Alavesa, Spain. Pairs well with meats, strong cheeses, ripe green olives and Mexican food.
- 2016 Domaine Des Guyons Murmure Cabernet Franc: This vegan organic 100% Cabernet Franc wine is from Saumur, Loire Valley, France. Pairs well with beef, pork, game, poultry and mild and soft cheese. Envision a dinner party starting with cheese and crackers, moving to grilled chicken or steak, and ending with chocolate!