Chateau Ste. Michelle

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Welcome to winery Wednesday everyone! Well… technically winery Thursday this week as things have been super crazy busy since I got back in town after a long weekend to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I apologize for the delay but I am finally catching up on work, unpacking, and sharing a new blog post with you all!

IMG_1884.jpgTraveling to Seattle this past weekend was definitely long overdue and I am so happy I was able to visit and enjoy time with great friends. Before I made my way up north, I knew I wanted to experience a bit of wine country. For those of you who are not familiar, there is a charming town right outside of Seattle called Woodenville. They have the cutest town circle with restaurants and wine tasting rooms all around.

Just a two minute drive down the street and you will arrive among the vineyards at the beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.  I have had Chateau Ste. Michelle before from their collection and I have always enjoyed it. But being at the winery, we were in for a real treat with some estate wine and a food pairing! The perfect way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon if you ask me!

IMG_1864.JPGWe arrived a little before our tasting reservation and walked the grounds of the winery where they serve food, host live music with outdoor concerts, wine tasting bars, indoor and outdoor seating, restaurants, shopping, the list could go on and on. Needless to say I could definitely get used to visiting this winery if I lived in. Seattle again.

As we began our tasting we sampled the flight of wines that would be accompanying our food pairing. Beginning with the 2017 Eroica Riesling featuring aromas of mandarin orange and fruitful flavors. While I am typically not a huge fan of rieslings, we loved this blend so much that we each left with a bottle.

FEA4B7B0-504D-4563-B334-A78F4A6FE5A7.JPG We continued with the 2016 Chardonnay which was very refreshening. Then onto the 2014 Red Blend featuring Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Cinsaut. This red blend was so unique and complex that I definitely had to “revisit” a couple times lol!

The last two wines we tried were the 2014 Red Blend and the 2016 Reserve Riesling, both from Columbia Valley. As if the wine tasting alone wasn’t a great experience and delicious, we then began the pairing with bites created by the chefs on property. Each wine paired beautifully with the artfully crafted food bite. One of my favorites was the delicious filet with the 2014 Artist Series Red Blend.

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Overall we had such an incredible time at Chateau Ste. Michelle that I highly recommend visiting! Whether you want to stop by for a glass of wine and the fun and lively wine bar, or if you want to have the full experience including a tour and food/wine pairing, there are so many options at this iconic winery to choose from.  Thanks for reading!