Wine & Spirits Magazine names Chateau Ste. Michelle a “Winery of the Year” for the 19th time!
Nov 15, 2013
Wine & Spirits magazine recently named Chateau Ste. Michelle a “Winery of the Year” for the 19th time, making it the most honored American winery and the second most honored winery overall in the past 27 years.
The "Wineries of the Year" article in the magazine's November issue praised Chateau Ste. Michelle for its consistency and strength of its Riesling program.
"This year marks the 19th Winery of the Year honor for Chateau Ste. Michelle, the most consistent performance of any American winery in our tastings. Ste. Michelle does so many things well that it can be hard to single out one achievement. But in the last decade, if there is a bellwether for the winery, it’s been the incredible success of their riesling program."
"Ste. Michelle is the largest single producer of the variety in the world: Of their 2.7 million cases of wine shipped last year, one million of them were riesling. In accommodating vintages the winery will make as many as ten different bottlings, in every imaginable level of sweetness, dryness, must weight, style and price point. This made them eminently qualified this summer to host the Riesling Rendezvous, a global celebration of the variety with participants from seven countries, nearly 80 producers from around the world. Eroica remains Ste. Michelle’s flagship riesling, made in partnership with Ernst Loosen, whose Mosel estate is also a Top 100 Winery this year. In January Loosen flies over from Germany to help assemble the blend with Bob Bertheau and his white winemaker, Wendy Stuckey, whittling as many as 120 riesling lots down to about 15, before arriving at the Eroica blend."
According to the magazine, "The wineries that consistently perform best in our blind tastings are the ones that deserve your careful consideration. Our Top 100 Wineries of the Year have earned high praise from our critics across a range of wines. So a list of producers with numerous Winery of the Year awards may be the best set of recommendations we can offer—a distillation of years of our team’s work."
Chateau Ste. Michelle received Wine & Spirits "Wineries of the Year" honors for '88, '89, '90, '97, '99, '00, '02, '03, '04, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11. '12, '13, '14.
Read the complete Wine and Spirits Article.