Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition.
In 1967 under legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, a new line of premium vinifera wines was introduced called Ste. Michelle Vintners.
Four years later, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style winery Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Since then, Old World winemaking traditions have been combined with New World innovation with Chateau Ste. Michelle being one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at a separate winery in Canoe Ridge, Eastern Washington.
The winemaking philosophy highlights the style, quality and expression of our Washington state vineyards with respect to the varietal characters and individuality of each location, yet still craft each wine to offer a pleasurable, food friendly experience.
Wine & Spirits magazine recently named Chateau Ste. Michelle a “Winery of the Year” for the 19th time, making it the most honored American winery and the second most honored winery overall in the past 27 years.
Eroica remains Ste. Michelle’s flagship Riesling, made in partnership with Ernst Loosen, whose Mosel estate is also a Top 100 Winery this year. In January Loosen flies over from Germany to help assemble the blend with the winemaking team.
Founded in 1983, Columbia Crest has grown from a small winery in a relatively unknown wine region to one of the most significant wineries in the U.S. and a major force behind Washington state’s emergence as a world class wine region.
Located in Washington's picturesque Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Crest is acclaimed by critics and consumers alike for crafting wines that are food-friendly, approachable, affordable, and consistently over-deliver in quality.
Columbia Crest has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to quality, consistency and value with their wines since opening their doors in eastern Washington more than 25 years ago. From the vineyards to the glass, they strive to make their wines an extraordinary expression of craftsmanship and are dedicated to celebrating the rich heritage of the region.
As the portfolio of wine has continued to grow, Columbia Crest has remained steadfast in its focus on quality – a commitment that plays a critical role in the ability to earn some of the finest acclaim in the industry. Columbia Crest wines have earned 15 placements on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 13 years, including the first wine from Washington state to receive the #1 Wine of the Year honor, in 2009. The wine was selected from more than 17,000 wines tasted by editors throughout the year.
Erath wines are an expression of the land that the winery has cultivated for more than 40 years, longer than any other winery in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The red, iron-rich Jory soils, combined with gentle breezes and warming sunshine of a marine climate, have bestowed upon Dundee a terroir of note. It has given rise to the handcrafting phenomenon, and the art of Pinot Noir.
As one of Oregon’s wine pioneers, Dick Erath had always been as tenacious in his approach to Pinot Noir as the Pinot grape is stubborn. The engineer-turned-viticulturist was first inspired to pursue winemaking in 1965 after an early garage experiment. After completing coursework at UC-Davis in 1968, Erath relocated his family from California to the untamed red hills of Dundee. An unheated logger’s cabin on 49 acres would serve as home – and ad hoc winery – for several years.
Erath's goal of “making the best Pinot Noir the region has to offer – time honored, authentic and uniquely Oregon” is matched by its reputation of excellence.
Stephan Asseo, owner and winemaker at L'Aventure Winery, began making wine in 1982 in his homeland of France where he developed into an artisan winemaker of fastidious craftsmanship, gaining a reputation as a maverick vigneron. However, his true desire was to be more innovative than restrictive French AOC law would allow so in 1996, he began his quest for a great terroir, eventually settling in Paso Robles. The rolling topography of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range, the deep calcareous soils, and the maritime influence of the renowned Templeton Gap all combine to produce a world class wine country, with the potential to craft some of the world's greatest blends. It is here, in Paso Robles, that Stephan began his adventure, "L'Aventure".
One of California’s premier estates, Ridge’s expertise lies in producing exceptional Chardonnay, exciting Cabernet Sauvignon and renowned Zinfandel blends from vineyards in Sonoma County and Santa Cruz Mountains.
Ridge’s unwavering dedication in the vineyard and winery has earned them a reputation for excellence.
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars has a long and distinguished wine reputation and is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate. Best known for the estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons—CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. Over the years, these wines have become some of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. They are fashioned to express classic elegance, structure, and ageability, and to reflect the place in which they are grown.
Founded in 1970, it was a time when the Napa Valley was undergoing a renaissance after the devastating effects of prohibition. Although there had once been some 140 wineries in the valley, there were fewer than 20 by the mid-1960s when a new spirit of excitement had returned to the Napa Valley.
Beginning with the 2011 vintage of S.L.V. and FAY Estate Cabernet Sauvignons and 2012 vintage CASK 23, a bubble code security system has been added to each bottle. To verify the wine’s authenticity, each bubble tag has both a unique bubble pattern and ID code. The seal is affixed to both the glass and the capsule, and cannot be removed without visibly damaging the capsule. This additional layer of security is part of our commitment to exceptional and collectible Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
On May 24, 1976, a wine tasting took place in Paris that changed the world’s view of California wines forever.
The 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon - the first vintage produced with grapes from vines a mere three years old - was judged the best. The Cabernet had bested four top-ranked Bordeaux, including first-growths Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Haut-Brion. The 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay from California bested its French counterparts.
Today, the wines of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars continue to command the respect and admiration of wine aficionados the world over, proving beyond a doubt that the Paris victory was no accident, and that our Napa Valley wines age as gracefully as the beautiful and time-honored wines of Bordeaux.