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.

Seattle Wine & Food Experience: Three Events in One

Three Days. One Great Tasting Weekend.
Seattle Wine and Food Experience Brings Culinary Exploration to your Palate

February 2, 2017(Seattle, WA) – So much to taste and now more time to taste it! This year “the experience” as its known, brings three days of deliciousness to the Seattle community. Be sure to tell your friends and get your tickets early to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) weekend of events on February 24 – 26. The newly-expanded weekend features three events: POP! Bubbles & Seafood, Comfort (NEW) and the Grand Tasting. A total indulgence for foodies, the weekend includes 300+ vendors from Seattle’s best chefs (ranging from gastro pubs to fine dining establishments), distillers, local cider and brew masters with more than 600 wines throughout the weekend. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this could be the perfect gift for all the wine and food lovers in your life.

Up to date happenings at each event:

POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2016 at McCaw Hall, 6-9pm * More than 40 kinds of bubbles to sip; paired perfectly with seafood. * World-class seafood from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs. Check out the divine menu here.

* Oyster bars from Hama Hama, Salted Sea Seafood and Raw Bar and Taylor Shellfish.

* Saber-Off Competition featuring emcee and Chef in the Hat Thierry Rautureau and returning champion Leslie Kelly of All Recipes. Watch last year’s video here.

* The Callebaut Belgian Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs. See the list of chefs here. * Dozens of Reserve Red wines from exquisite wineries

* The S.Pellegrino and Glass Vodka ice luge is a must!

COMFORT: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2016 at Fremont Foundry, 5 – 8pm

* Comfort is the newest and coziest addition to the Experience with so much fun, it’s just crazy!

* Mac & cheese, burgers, doughnut wall, fried chicken and many more comfort foods. Check it out here.

* More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst.

* Do-it-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, S’mores Bar, French Fry Potato Bar and more. OMG.

* Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus.

* Wear comfortable clothes…perhaps elastic waistband?

THE GRAND TASTING – Sunday, February 26, 2016 at McCaw Exhibition Hall 1-5pm * More than 500 wines, plus distilleries, beer and cider, Oh Yes! Here is the list.

* Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers. Check out what they are serving up here. * Explore the Celebrity Modern Luxury Lounge for a chance to win a cruise! * Yakima Valley Craft Food and Beverage Experience. Yakima is bringing it this year with chefs, wineries, breweries and more. * The Savor Experience from SLO CAL. Learn about the Central Coast of California, taste wine, craft beer and more.

* The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your hearts content. Some of you may never leave this area.

* The “Pearls” of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates with wines from Canon 13, Intrinsic, Mamma Mia and more.

* Taste from Nicky Farms exotic meats, Rain Shadow Meats Butchery Block, Sustainable Alaska Seafood and American Lamb.

* Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from participating vendors all benefitting Les Dames d’Escoffier. Don’t forget to check your purchases at the QFC Wine Valet while you enjoy the event! * Check out the video from last years Grand Tasting here.

Seattle magazine’s Seattle Wine and Food Experience brings the city’s vibrant culinary and beverage scene to life. The Weekend Pass ($220) is the best deal for that special foodie in your life. For more details on the events including pricing packages, visit seattlewineandfoodexperience.com. Don’t delay, this event is guaranteed to sell out!

About Seattle magazine For more than 50 years, Seattle magazine has chronicled the life and dynamic changes of one of the most innovative, forward-thinking cities in the United States. With a readership of more than 191,000 and a circulation of 46,000, it’s the most subscribed-to city magazine in Washington State, connecting locals and newcomers to the best local food, travel, wine, beer, spirits, design, arts, culture, people, businesses and tech the region offers. Seattle magazine is published by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications which also publishes Seattle Business, Seattle Bride and custom publications locally as well as dozens of other titles across the country. Learn more at seattlemag.com and at tigeroak.com.

About Les Dames d’Escofier Seattle

The event benefits Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle, a 501c3 non-profit organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Les Dames d’Escoffier Seattle focuses on raising funds for scholarships for women in the culinary, beverage, and hospitality industries, and also supports community-outreach programs and sustainable-agriculture projects based in Washington State.

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Matthews Winery: A Remodel and CSA Program

If you have not visited Matthews Winery recently you may be in for a surprise the next time you stop by. They have gone through a remodel and have added a CSA garden. I was lucky to stop in on the first day of the Creekside Farm pick up.

In 2015, the Matthews team planted Creekside Farm at Matthews Winery, an ecological produce garden adjacent to the winery building under the direction of Alex Meizlish, a noted Woodinville farmer. This was the first commercial garden associated with a winery property in Woodinville.  The name Creekside is inspired by a small, picturesque creek running along the edge of the farm area.

Creekside Farm also has partnered with several nearby businesses to create a community supported agriculture (CSA) subscription program that is unique to Woodinville Wine Country.

The CSA program runs through late October, subscribers receive a custom box of fresh produce and flowers from Creekside Farm; custom breads from The Commons, a nearby bakery; custom cheese and dairy products from Cherry Valley Dairy in Duvall; locally grown eggs and honey; and hand-selected wines from the current and library vintages of Matthews’ wines.

CSA members also will have first access to several unique farm-to-table dinners throughout the year at Matthews.

You can taste the fromage blanc cheese and herbed butter from Duvall’s Cherry Valley Dairy and fresh bread from The Commons and they pair very well with Matthews wines. They have plans to add more locally sourced products such as artisan meats and cheeses, enabling guests to enjoy small plates with their wine tastings.

You won’t recognize the old tasting room and wine production area when you walk in. It’s bright and light with white walls that remind you of a French farm house. There are plenty of tables and a inviting tasting bar. There is also outdoor seating with umbrellas and some propane patio heaters are a welcome addition for guests – rain or shine.