Over the weekend, we got the opportunity to visit one of Washington’s most famous wineries, the Chateau Ste. Michelle vineyards, which today celebrates its’ 50th anniversary. It is located in Washington’s wine country, Woodinville and even though Woodinville consists of several wineries, Chateau Ste. Michelle stands out due to its’ history and award winning wines.
As soon as we got to the venue, we we embarked on a wine tour (For all those interested, they do a complimentary wine tour and tasting at 2 pm everyday, so arrive in time and book your spot. It starts with a charming guide taking you on a tour of the winery, and explaining to you the history of how their popular wines came into being, and a demonstration of the orbiter that is used in producing their white wines. (PS: The Chateau makes only its white wine here, and the red wine is made in a vineyard in another part of Washington). This demo also shows you how to get the maximum taste from your wine, certain do’s and don’ts that you need to follow while drinking wine for best results and the best food and wine pairings! (My favorite was pairing spicy thai food with some Riesling).
This amazing tour ends with an amazing wine tasting that lets you sample their finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Moscato (Yum! I loved this one).
Post which they have customized wine tasting programs for you with the most popular ones being the Custom flight (Where you sample 4 wines from Whites, Reds, Sparkling or Riesling) and the Riesling flight where you sample 5 Rieslings. In order to taste all of the above, my husband decided to go for the custom flight and I went for the Riesling flight (I also have a soft spot for dessert and sweet wines). In order to make this experience more enjoyable, we also purchased some classic brie cheese.
The tasting was so much fun with our lovely hostess finishing our wonderful experience with some bubbly. But before I sign off, given below are the names of our favorite wines that you can sample at the Chateau or order online via their website, http://www.ste-michelle.com
- 2013 Eroica Gold Riesling (Their award winning wine and rightly so!)
- 2013 Limited release Walla Walla red wine (My husband’s favorite among ’em all, hands down, so all you red wine lovers, take note!)
- 2015 Harvest select sweet Riesling (Slightly sweeter than your normal Rieslings, and also my favorite!)
PS: They also sell these umbrellas shaped like wine bottles, and as you can guess, it was love at first sight for me! Scroll down and you can see me clutching it tightly!
Also, I came across a very interesting table on http://www.winefolly.com that gives you excellent information about the nature and sweetness of several varieties of both red and white wines before you decide on your wine (Unless you’re always having a Riesling or Moscato or Chardonnay like me 😛
Cheers and may your evening be filled with a lot of wine! 😉 xoxo