I learned a lot about food and wine pairing and learned about great French wine before I was old enough to drink it,” Clement said with a laugh during our interview and tasting in the Baroness Cellars tasting room at 827 Front Street. The tasting room truly is in a cellar, down a narrow fl ight of stairs on Leavenworth’s busy main street, just across from the Bavarian theme town’s gazebo.
Her giant panda of a dog, a white and black Akita named Stone, fl uffed up his cushion beside us as we chatted in wicker chairs over mugs of steaming Engelwein, a fragrant blend of Riesling and Gewürztraminer spiced with ginger. A Baroness Cellars favorite, it’s a perfect drink for Leavenworth’s icy winters and Bavarian scenery. It’s a traditional drink in northern Germany and France’s Alsace region.
All Baroness wines have an old world European legacy to them — that comes from Clement’s connections with Europe — but she’s not afraid to play with New World styles in her winemaking.