Chateau Ste. Michelle: Number One Wine Brand

Chateau Ste. Michelle Becomes Number One Wine Brand Sold in Food Stores Nationally

by Press Release
August 03, 2017

Woodinville, Wash. — Washington’s founding winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle has come out on top as the number one premium table wine brand sold in food stores nationwide.

Chateau Ste. Michelle received the ranking of the highest-selling wine brand in the premium category by data and ratings company Nielsen, which tracked the volume of sales in the U.S. across 52 weeks ending on June 17th, 2017.

Ted Baseler, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates president and CEO, marvels at the remarkable growth of Chateau Ste. Michelle and credits the pioneering spirit of the region, and continued investment in the winery and its Washington vineyards.

“Who would have known half a century ago that a wine from Washington state would be the #1 in food stores?” remarks Baseler. “It is a testament to decades of hard work, research and constantly striving for enhanced quality in the vineyard and cellar.”

Fifty years ago—in 1967—a small winery called Ste. Michelle Vintners introduced its first vintage of a European-style premium wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Yakima Valley.

It was this release that marked the beginning of today’s thriving Washington wine industry. Washington is now the nation’s number two producer of premium wine with more than 50,000 planted acres, nearly 1,000 wineries and 14 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).

Today, Chateau Ste. Michelle wines are available in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Located outside of Seattle in Woodinville, Washington, Chateau Ste. Michelle hosts more than 300,000 visitors annually.

Further elevating the state and country’s wine industry, the winery was the first to introduce international wine partners to Washington: Piero Antinori of Tuscany (Col Solare), Ernst Loosen of Germany (Eroica) and Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie of France (Tenet).

This year, Chateau Ste. Michelle is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with commemorative Cabernet and Chardonnay bottlings, special events, library wine releases, the visitor center expansion, its famous Summer Concert Series and other programs throughout 2017.

Please visit ste-michelle.com for event information and updates. Follow Chateau Ste. Michelle on Instagram: @chateaustemichelle, Facebook: Ste. Michelle, Twitter: @stemichelle and the conversation at #CSM50.

About Chateau Ste. Michelle

Founded in 1934, Chateau Ste. Michelle pioneered vinifera grape growing in Washington State and has been producing classic European varietal wines under the Ste. Michelle label since 1967. The winery combines an ongoing dedication to research with a commitment to classic winemaking traditions. The winery owns 3,900 acres of vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Eastern Washington, including Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek, which are LIVE and Salmon Safe certified. Chateau Ste. Michelle enjoys winemaking partnerships with some of the world’s most distinguished vintners. Col Solare is an alliance with Tuscany’s Piero Antinori, Eroica Riesling is a partnership with the Mosel’s Ernst Loosen and Tenet is a collaboration with Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie of France. Chateau Ste. Michelle has received a long list of awards including 22 “Top 100 Wineries of The Year” honors (Wine & Spirits) and 18 “Top 100 Wines” designations (Wine Spectator). Chateau Ste. Michelle also has a long history of giving back to the industry and community. The net proceeds from its popular Summer Concert Series helps fund its charitable giving program, which supports some 400 non-profit organizations annually, has provided more than $3 million for scholarships for high-achieving, low-income students at Washington universities, and supports the Viticulture & Enology Program at Washington State University.

WineCraft: A Spring Wine Auction in Woodinville

WOODINVILLE WINE COUNTRY HOSTS

WINECRAFT: SPRING WINE AUCTION ON MAY 21

 Woodinville Wine Country auction showcases top-tier wines to benefit The Northshore Schools Foundation

Woodinville, Wash. (April 13, 2017) – Just 30 minutes east of Seattle and home to over 100 wineries and tasting rooms, Woodinville Wine Country announces its annual WineCraft: Spring Wine Auction on Sunday, May 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia Winery’s event space. Harvest your passion for fine Washington wine and raise a toast to Woodinville’s most distinguished winemakers. Enjoy award-winning wine, live music and hearty bites from local chefs.

The auction will feature top-tier specialty reserve, new blends and limited-release wines and experiences from distinguished brands such as Brian Carter, Gorman Winery, JM Cellars, Long Shadows, Novelty Hill Januik, Columbia Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle and many more. “We are excited to showcase the best of Woodinville, and offer an exciting event for wine collectors and aficionados from the Pacific Northwest,” said Sandra Lee, executive director at Woodinville Wine Country.

Proceeds from the Spring Wine Auction benefit the Woodinville Wine Association, and portions of the auction directly benefits The Northshore Schools Foundation and its mission to support academic success for all students.

For more information on the WineCraft: Spring Wine Auction and where to purchase tickets, please visit https://woodinvillewinecountry.com/spring-wine-auction/.

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About Woodinville Wine Country

Conveniently located 25 minutes northeast of downtown Seattle, Woodinville is home to nearly 100 Washington wineries and tasting rooms, featuring award-winning wines and first-in-class tasting room experiences. For more information and to plan your next tasting experience, visit woodinvillewinecountry.com or follow us on Facebook at Woodinville Wine Country.

Chateau Ste. Michelle: 50th Anniversary

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington state’s founding winery, announced today it will celebrate its 50th Anniversary year with a commemorative Cabernet bottling, special events, library wine releases, a visitor center expansion, its famous Summer Concert Series and other programs throughout 2017.

Fifty years ago—in 1967—a small winery called Ste. Michelle Vintners introduced its first vintage of a European-style premium wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Yakima Valley. It was this release that marked the beginning of today’s thriving Washington wine industry. Washington is now the nation’s number two producer of premium wine with more than 50,000 planted acres, nearly 1,000 wineries and 14 American Viticultural Areas or AVAs.

Over the past 50 years, Chateau Ste. Michelle has become the number two premium domestic wine brand sold in the U.S (Nielsen-Dollars), with wines available in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Further elevating the state and country’s wine industry, the winery was the first to introduce international wine partners to Washington: Piero Antinori of Tuscany (Col Solare), Ernst Loosen of Germany (Eroica) and Michel Gassier and Philippe Cambie of France (Tenet).

“It is truly remarkable what Chateau Ste. Michelle and the Washington wine industry have accomplished in a relatively short period of time through a pioneering spirit, collaboration and hard work,” said Ted Baseler, President and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. “With significant new vineyard plantings, industry investment in research and the education of future grape growers and winemakers, we can honestly say, the best is yet to come.”

The following special projects throughout 2017 will celebrate the past 50 years of the brand and set a foundation for continued success for both the winery and the Washington wine industry for years to come.

I LOVE KIRKLAND WINE WALK FEB. 10th

Fri. Feb. 10th, 2017  I LOVE KIRKLAND FEB. WINE WALK 6-9 pm – Advance $25 / Door $30 Grab some friends and go on a wine adventure of local wineries at downtown Kirkland businesses. Meet the winemakers from 13 wineries and 2 breweries and sip, shop, stroll, and sip some more thru scenic Downtown Kirkland, a vibrant waterfront destination !! Located on the shores of Lake Washington just east of Seattle. This event is a fundraiser for  The Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Kirkland Downtown Association  and is  a 21+ Event. GA ticket holders’ wine adventure commences at 6 PM at the Heathman Hotel. Online purchase of tickets are available at $25. Early Bird ticket holders beat the crowd and may purchase their tickets online for $35. Early Bird Wine Walk begins at 5:00PM. You will receive a complimentary tasting Govino glass sponsored by Fairway Mortgage and 12 tasting tickets. The event begins at The Heathman Hotel, 220 Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pick up your event map and list of each local wine being tasted at 15 downtown locations. For more information about this event or tickets CLICK HERE  or phone: 425 822-7066 ! This event has sold out 5 times in a row, so buy your tickets now! Featured Stores: Bombaii Cutters Hair Salon Crush Footwear Hallmark Realty Just Poke’ Lake Street Diamond Lizzy Kate Park Lane Gallery Purpose Boutique Serendipity Simplicity The Heathman Hotel Twisted Couture Via Lago Featured Wineries & Breweries: Basel Cellars Chateau Ste. Michelle Damsel Cellars FlyCaster Brewing Company Gooseridge Estates Love That Red Winery Nine Hats Sol Stone Winery Three of Cups Warr-King Wines Welcome Road Winery Wilridge Winery Woodhouse Wine Estates Produced by Seattle Uncorked and WBS Events in collaboration with the Kirkland Downtown Association and Kirkland Chamber of Commerce

Eroica Riesling: A Retrospective

Eroica Riesling: A Retrospective

Had the opportunity to take part in tasting a vertical of Eroica Riesling at Wild Ginger. This collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Ernst Loosen from Germany is a benchmark for Washington Riesling. What started as a handshake deal between two winemakers has become a great partnership showcasing the potential for great Riesling in Washington State. We tasted the 2005, 2007, and 2010. I preferred the 07 as it (to me) had the most acidity. And thought it’s kind of a duh to say that Riesling is great with Asian cuisines, the wines really shifted to another level with the food. Especially noteworthy was the green papaya salad; it was put on this Earth to be enjoyed with Riesling!

The real show-stopper, however, was getting to try two vintages of the Eroica Single Berry Select. A TBA-style dessert wine of miniscule production, it’s a treat to try one let alone two vintages. (BTW, TBA is German for delicious, rare, nectar-like Riesling that’s picked berry-by-berry.) The 2001 (seen on the right in the above photo) was poured first and I have to say I was astonished by the color. It had already taken on a much deeper, darker color than the 2007 poured next to it. It was the Wine of the Day for me.

This special event was part of a larger, summer-long celebration of Riesling. Whether it’s from Washington or anywhere else in the world, I cannot recommend Riesling highly enough as one of the finest, most age-worthy, food-friendly wines.

Full Disclosure: This tasting and lunch was provided by the winery.


Eroica Riesling: A Retrospective