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2013 Syrah Rosé
Columbia Valley. This is a tale of collaboration between our red and white teams. The results are beautiful flavors of strawberry and raspberry with subtle smoky notes.
Pair this wine with Smoked Salmon Strata. Get the recipe. Download Fact Sheet »
Retail: $24 | Club members: $19.20
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2011 Cold Creek Vineyard Syrah
Columbia Valley. Grapes from the older Cold Creek Vineyard vines epitomize pure dark fruit flavors and robust mouth-feel, while an exciting, younger planting imparts subtle minerality and spice to the blend.
Pair this wine with Rack of Lamb with Moroccan Spice Rub.  Get the Recipe. Download Fact Sheet »
Retail: $35 | Club members: $28
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Winemaker Notes
Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker 2013 Syrah Rosé
This is a true team effort, where the red team at Canoe Ridge Estate gets to decide when to drain off the skins with just the right amount of color and they send the juice over to the white team in Woodinville to do the fermentation. We actually did a little bit of barrel fermentation, and a little bit of stainless steel tank fermentation. The stainless steel influence gives you that brightness and freshness and that strawberry flavor. The barrels provide a little bit of texture and a little bit of richness. We know you’ll enjoy this red and white collaborative effort — a perfect summer sipper.

Raymon McKee, Red Winemaker
2011 Cold Creek Syrah
One of the oldest vineyards in Washington, Cold Creek provides the rich decadent flavors and the tannin structure that we’ve come to expect from the vineyard. We are continuing to expand at Cold Creek, and are thrilled to be able to use some of those younger plantings in this blend. These vines provided an added layer of complexity and spice to the blend. We are very excited to see what these younger plantings provide in the future. In the meantime, please enjoy the Cold Creek Syrah. It was my first limited release wine and I certainly enjoyed making it.

Meet Your New Club Supervisor: David Blue
Having had the opportunity to work in the wine industry since 2005, David graduated with honors in 2011 from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Communications. His family owns a small, boutique winery in Woodinville where he learned about the industry and developed his love for wine.

Many of you who visit the winery will recognize him. David has worked as a Guest Services Representative for over 2 years and is thrilled for this new opportunity. One of the most gratifying aspects of his time here has been meeting and building relationships with club members. He looks forward to implementing new, innovative ideas regarding events, the clubroom, enhancing the loyalty program and helping maximize the Vintage Reserve Club experience.

Classic Focus Club Release Night
June 12th | 5:30-7:30pm
Join us to sip, savor and discuss your new summer releases in the Wine Shop.
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Summer Concert Series:
Allen Stone

June 13th | 7pm
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Summer Concert Series:
Sarah McLachlan

June 20th | 7pm
June 21st | 7pm

Summer Concert Series:
Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

June 22nd | 7pm
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Summer Concert Series:
An Evening with John Legend:
The All Of Me Tour

June 28th | 8pm

Summer Concert Series:
Steve Winwood

June 29th | 7pm
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Summer Concert Series:
Ringo Starr &
His All Starr Band

July 16th | 7pm
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Summer Concert Series:
Replay America: The Go-Go's, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew & Naked Eyes

July 17th | 7pm     Buy Tickets »

Summer Concert Series:
Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

July 18th | 7pm
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Summer Concert Series:
Goo Goo Dolls & Daughtry with special guest Plain White T’s

July 19th | 6pm

Summer Concert Series:
Festival of Jazz: Manhattan Transfer, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin, and Jessy J

July 26th | 2pm     Buy Tickets »

Summer Concert Series:
Chris Isaak

July 27th | 7pm
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Test Your Wine Savvy with Wine Educator Joan Fennell
Would you classify your level of wine knowledge as Oenologist, Sommelier, or simply Wine Enthusiast? Try answering these trivia questions and check your answers at the bottom of this email:

  1. What is the common term for compounds found in skins, seeds and stems of the grape that give your red wine a dry quality and cellaring potential?
  2. What is the French term that refers to a particular location's soil quality and environmental factors that influence the quality of a wine?
  3. If a wine has a specific grape varietal that makes up less than 75% of the composition of the wine, what is this wine known as?
  4. What is the essential biological process that makes grape juice into wine?

(Answers at the bottom of this email.)

2012 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills
91 pts - Wine & Spirits (June 2014)
“From a 24-year-old planting in the Horse Heaven Hills, this is elegant and subtle, a burst of apple flavor overlain by a dry, leesy minerality. There’s length and complexity to the finish, a fresh fig-skin flavor that makes it feel focused and graceful.”

2013 Sauvignon Blanc , Columbia Valley
Wine Spectator (April 2014)
Columnist Harvey Steiman’s top pick in his article Wines for Oysters. “First, Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley 2013: Its freshness and grapefruit flavor notes register brilliantly with the oyster’s mineral notes. A mouthwatering finish calls for another oyster, and another sip...”

Value Brands of the Year - Wine & Spirits, June 2014
2012 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley - 92 pts
2011 Syrah, Columbia Valley - 89 pts
2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley - 88 pts
2011 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley - 88 points

Chateau Ste. Michelle
“Best Winery in Readers Poll” - 425 Magazine (May/June 2014)
“With so many Woodinville wineries, Eastsiders are spoiled when it comes to their reds and whites. But, for obvious reasons, one Woodinville winery stands out from the rest. From its breathtaking chateau to its award-winning wines, Chateau Ste. Michelle boasts more than just good wine. Guests of the chateau will enjoy touring the grounds during a tasting, or attending for one of their popular summer concerts. It’s simply a gem.”

Chateau Ste. Michelle
“Best Winery Concert Venue” - USA Today (May 19, 2014)
USA Today highlights Chateau Ste. Michelle as one of its best winery concert venues to visit this summer. See our full Summer Concert Lineup.

Important Reminders
Concert Season is Here!
Just a reminder that on concert days we close the Club Room at 4:00 pm and you can pick up your club selections until 4:30 pm.

Wine Pick-up
We allow you 6 months from your release date to pick up your wine; we simply do not have the space to hold previous club selections.

Therefore, we ask that you abide by this policy and come see us in this time frame. If you are unable to visit us within the 6 month time frame, please call our concierge at 800.866.6276.

If you do not contact us after the 6 months, we donate your wine to our Charitable Donations Program.

Trivia Answers:
1. Tannins    2. Terroir    3. A blend     4. Fermentation

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