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Constance Savage has joined L’Ecole N° 41 as general manager. Courtesy L’Ecole N° 41

Constance Savage has joined L’Ecole N° 41 as general manager. Courtesy L’Ecole N° 41

L’Ecole N° 41, an award-winning winery in Walla Walla, Washington, has hired industry veteran Constance Savage as its new general manager, according to a news release. L’Ecole’s current general manager Debbie Frol will retire at the end of the year.

“Constance holds an incredible track record building strong brands,” L’Ecole owner and managing winemaker Marty Clubb said in the release. “Her expertise in the premium and luxury wine categories will help us further the story of Washington wine and strengthen L’Ecole’s leadership position in Walla Walla grape growing and winemaking.”

Savage holds a master’s degree in marketing communication and an MBA in international business and is fluent in French. She served as vice president and director of supplier relations for Kobrand Corp. in New York and represented the U.S. alcohol beverage trade on the VinExpo Board for over ten years. She and her husband live in the Walla Walla Valley with their three children.

Frol joined L’Ecole in 2002 after a 22-year career with the Seattle Times. She will co-manage the winery with Savage through the end of the year and plans to stay in Walla Walla after her retirement.