Four Wines of the Week for Holiday Parties
Wines from Washington State’s best big winery, Château Ste. Michelle
By Wes Marshall,
9:45AM, Thu. Nov. 7, 2013
While we usually like to focus on tiny, lesser-known wineries, we also love finding huge winemaking operations that are good enough that we can just recommend their portfolio. There are only a couple dozen wineries like this in the world and it is really valuable to know them. That way, no matter where you are, you can always find a good bottle of wine.
Year after year, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates produces some of the country’s best wines, all the while toeing the line on prices. How do they produce such good wines? Location, location, location. Château Ste. Michelle and their sister estates have a huge chunk of real estate that falls exactly along the same parallels as Burgundy in France and Friuli and Alto Adige in Italy.
With the holiday season approaching, I particularly want to recommend four wines from their portfolio that will work well with entertaining as well as the big, roasted, and rich flavors of the season. They have split off their sparkling wine production to a label that simply says “Michelle.” They are now making a sparkling rosé called Michelle Brut Rosé.
Ste. Michelle made their reputation early on with perfectly balanced Rieslings and they still have the knack for making food-friendly Rieslings at ridiculously low prices. Their Columbia Valley Riesling is perfect with any spicy Asian-style food and is often available at under $8.
One of my favorite vineyards of the Ste. Michelle Estates is Canoe Ridge, especially their Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a bit of a splurge in the $30+ range, especially if you are having a lot of guests.