Backstage with Chateau St. Michelle

Backstage with Chateau St. Michelle

It would be a crime not to mention Chateau St. Michelle from my recent Washington wine exploration trip. Not only is this winery the largest producer in the state, but they’re the major pioneer for Washington’s wine industry. During our tour we were able to go ‘backstage’ and see first-hand some of the behind-the-scenes happenings including their bottling line, storage, and production facilities. We ended the tour with a wonderful pairing and the chance to discuss the wines with Wendy Stuckey (White Winemaker), and John Sarich (Culinary Director). All I can say is that the ambience, organization, wine and pairings were perfect! If you are visiting Seattle, Woodinville is about an hour away (or less) and Chateau St. Michelle is a must-see. Although I couldn’t bring the pairings back (I tried, but I think my bell boy ate them all), here is a copy of their tasting menu, in hopes that it will give you a sense of some of the flavors that were married and recommended by Chateau St. Michelle themselves.

~Special Tasting Menu~

First Plate – Riesling

Indian Spiced Prawns, Tomato Chutney

Sesame seared Halibut, Orange-basil Thai Curry,

Coconut Rice, Citrus Salad


2008 Eroica Riesling, $24

2009 Eroica Riesling (most aromatic), ~$24

2009 Dry Riesling, Columbia Valley, $9

2009 Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, $15

Second Plate – Merlot

Roast Duck, Cherry Merlot Sauce, Sweet Potato Cake


2007 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $22

2006 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot, $28

2006 Artist Series Meritage, $50

Third Plate – Late Harvest Riesling

Basque Cookies

2005 Ethos Late Harvest White Riesling, $35



Favorite Wine: Eroica Riesling, ~$24

2nd Favorite: Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling, $15

Favorite Pairing: Eroica Riesling & Sesame-seared Halibut w/Orange Basil Thai Curry

What I learned from Chateau St. Michelle: Washington makes amazing Rieslings!!

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