I Shocked Myself this Week-Scout and Cellar Wines-Updated (2/19)

Update: So, after a year of being a Scout & Cellar consultant, I ended my relationship with them today. There are several reasons, many I don’t need to get into. Just because something doesn’t work for ME, doesn’t mean it can’t work for YOU. But I should’ve trusted my gut. I’m not a salesperson. I’ll never push friends to buy something. I have several ways of sourcing excellent wines on my own or through friends. It just isn’t for me. I said from the beginning that I would approach this with integrity. Which also means that I have to end it the same way. Best of luck to all who join.

Dear friends,

I have a confession. I did something I thought I’d never do.

I’ve had opportunities.

Multiple opportunities.

But I resisted.


I know. I’m as shocked as anyone who knows me would be.

I’ve been approached by friends about many MLM opportunities but could never get on board. I didn’t see myself using enough to make it worth it. I am a little paranoid about certain ingredients. If I had questions about efficacy, I’d need to do research that I didn’t have the time to do. I’m not good at sales. For all of those reasons, I resisted.

But last weekend was different. I went with low expectations. We wine geeks often are very suspicious of marketing claims, internally correcting or questioning. I expected it would be that kind of night. But I was wrong.

I suspiciously picked up the bottles and looked for origin. I found a Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from Oregon, Merlot from Central Coast, a Pet Nat of Cabernet Franc.  Small production, varietally correct wines. Grapes grown using sustainable, biodynamic, and/or organic practices. No added sulfites, sugar, additives.

I was intrigued. And then I tasted them. And my interest piqued.  These wines were good. Really good. These are the wines I like to drink. These are the wines my wine friends like to drink. These are wines I could get behind.

This was no ordinary MLM.

Needless to say, I left the party wanting to learn more about the company and potential opportunities. The more I researched, the more I realized that this was not just something I could get behind, this was something I wanted to be a part of.


I promise to not bombard my readers or my friends.

I promise to treat these wines as I do any other sample (even thought I’m buying and selling these).

I promise to be as ethical in my approach to this adventure as I am in my writing, my life.

HOWEVER, I also promise to share these really exciting wines. And if you want to join the party, I’m your gal.

Maybe I’ll do something else shocking this week to make it a trend! Skydiving anyone? Sign up for a marathon? Let the kids eat McDonalds? Nah, one crazy step is enough this week. Plus, I’ve got a new business to run.


Alissa Leenher



P.S.-If you check it out and want to know more, send me a message and we can chat.





Posted by

Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

4 thoughts on “I Shocked Myself this Week-Scout and Cellar Wines-Updated (2/19)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.