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The opening of a newly expanded visitor center, an anniversary Summer Concert Series, commemorative Cabernet bottling, and special events will celebrate this major milestone.

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.

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Washington's founding winery Chateau Ste. Michelle is partnering with Washington restaurants to support the ninth annual "Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship" program to benefit Viticulture and Enology programs at Washington State University and other Northwest universities. More than 200 restaurants will participate in the "Raise a Glass, Fund a Scholarship" program which runs through the end of December 2016.

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The magazine article highlighted Chateau Ste. Michelle's impressive wine quality and consistency, particularly with Riesling.

“Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington State’s oldest and largest winery, has earned 22 Top 100 awards, the most of any producer in the United States. But its most impressive achievement may be in its extensive work with riesling. …Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the driving forces behind riesling’s global renaissance and is, in fact, the world’s largest riesling producer. Most of this volume consists of affordable, reliable appellation wines – dry and off-dry versions. The team saves their best for Eroica, a partnership with Mosel superstar Ernst Loosen that began in 1999 and has become the hallmark of their production.

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Winemakers from seven countries will converge at Riesling Rendezvous in Seattle on July 17th, giving wine lovers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the finest Rieslings from around the world in one location. Hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle of Washington state and Dr. Loosen estate of Germany, the Riesling Rendezvous Grand Tasting will be held on the picturesque grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash.

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Net Proceeds to Benefit Regional Charities

Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville will kick off its 32nd summer concert series on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday May 29 with Paul Simon performing two dates. Tickets for the winery’s concerts will go on sale Saturday, March 26th at 10 a.m. online at www.ticketmaster.com and through all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Chateau Ste. Michelle wine shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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Kari Smasne promoted to Vineyard Manager and Pedro Flores to Assistant Vineyard Manager

After 35 years in viticulture with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Mimi Nye will retire April 9th. Her departure will mark the end of an era for Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard where she has been the sole manager since the vineyard’s inception in 1991. Mimi’s achievements and involvement in the advancement of the Washington wine industry was recently honored by the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers when they named her “Grower of the year” at their annual meeting in February.

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