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Top American Winery Ranking Marks Chateau Ste. Michelle's Third Prestigious Honor this Fall

Drinks International magazine recently announced the "World's Most Admired Wine Brands," a comprehensive industry poll of the world's best regarded wine, and Washington's Chateau Ste. Michelle earned the #13 spot, the highest ranking for an American winery. This honor comes on the heels of Chateau Ste. Michelle winning "Washington's Most Respected Brand" in the Puget Sound Business Journal's "Battle of the Brands" poll in August, in which the winery beat out distinguished Washington organizations like Starbucks, Microsoft, Nordstrom and REI in an online poll. In addition, in October Chateau Ste. Michelle was named as one of Wine & Spirits magazine's "Wineries of the Year" for the 17th time, more than any other American winery.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington state's founding winery, recently named Raymon McKee as its Red Winemaker. McKee joined Chateau Ste. Michelle in May 2008 as its Assistant Red Winemaker. He will report to head winemaker Bob Bertheau and manage day to day operations at Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate red winery near Paterson, Washington. Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two winemaking operations, one devoted to whites in Woodinville, Washington (15 miles northeast of Seattle), and another customized to the production of red wines in eastern Washington, overlooking the Columbia River.

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From a powerful river of lava 12 million years ago to massive floods during the last Ice Age 13,000 years ago, great forces have been at work to carve up the dramatic landscape that is the site of Chateau Ste. Michelle's vineyard at Canoe Ridge Estate, which turns 20-years-old this year. What was once home only to sagebrush and coyotes on this remote, rugged, wind-swept slope overlooking the Columbia River near Paterson, Washington is now considered one of the top vineyards in the state. As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, Chateau Ste. Michelle will open its Canoe Ridge Estate red winery to the public for the first time this summer, offering a rare opportunity to taste the winery’s Single Vineyard and Ethos wines while taking in some of the most spectacular views in eastern Washington.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville will kick off its 28th summer concert series on Saturday, June 4th with a performance by The Moody Blues. Tickets for the winery’s concerts will go on sale Saturday, April 23rd at 10 a.m. online at 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 with the exception of Sunday, April 24, Chateau Ste. Michelle winery will be closed over the Easter holiday.

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