From its pioneering origins more than 50 years ago as Washington state’s founding winery to its near-perennial inclusion as one of Wine & Spirits magazine’s “Top 100 Wineries of the Year,” Chateau Ste. Michelle is heralded for its extraordinary contributions to the wine industry. We’re delighted to feature this extraordinary winery next in our Tasting Series at The Spiced Pear. Here’s a closer look at what to expect at “The Wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle”.
Introducing Chateau Ste. Michelle
“Few could have imagined when our early Washington wine pioneers planted the first grape vines in a remote, dusty corner of Eastern Washington that it would ultimately lead to Chateau Ste. Michelle becoming one of the leading domestic wine brands sold in the United States,” proposes Ste. Michelle Wine Estates President and CEO Ted Baseler in the forward of the recently released coffee table history book, Chateau Ste. Michelle: The First 50 Years (1967-2017).
Indeed, Chateau Ste. Michelle has blazed a brilliant path since its humble beginnings in 1934. Today, it is the state’s oldest and largest winery -- spanning 3,500 acres of vineyards in the Columbia Valley of Eastern Washington and comprising two separate, state-of-the-art wineries for red and white varietals -- with wines available in all 50 states and in more than 100 countries. Not only is Chateau Ste. Michelle credited with debunking the myth that great wine could only come from Italy or California, but it’s also responsible for bringing Washington to the forefront of the American wine industry.
An Unparalleled Tasting Experience
The Chateau Ste. Michelle winery is celebrated as “an oasis for everyone who visits.” We’re looking forward to recreating that feeling during “The Wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle” at our Spiced Pear restaurant on Sunday, March 18th.
The exquisite six-course meal will begin with a Dungeness crab cake, marinated Asian vegetables and a ginger citrus sabayon paired with a 2015 Canoe Ridge Estate Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills followed by Asian spiced barbecue braised pork cheek with coconut rice and radish paired with a 2015 Eroica Riesling from Horse Heaven Hills. Next up will be a wild boar chop with a sweet potato croquet and huckleberry jus paired with a 2014 Pundit Syrah from the Columbia Valley followed by braised beef cheek and blue cheese tortellini with fire-roasted kumato tomato paired with a 2015 Indian Wells Merlot from the Columbia Valley. The fifth course will be a domestic Wagyu sirloin with a mushroom onion tart and black truffle paired with a 2012 Artist Series Red Wine from the Columbia Valley, while the meal will conclude with fried coconut ice cream with fresh berries and passionfruit à l’anglaise paired with a 2006 Eroica Riesling Ice Wine from Horse Heaven Hills.
We’re delighted to welcome as our presenter Chateau Ste. Michelle head winemaker Bob Bertheau. Bob has maintained Chateau's Ste. Michelle's legacy of crafting award-winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon while adding his unique signature to the wines. He will guide us in exploring the philosophy of the vineyard while sipping and noshing sublime wine and food pairings.
Wine enthusiasts won’t want to miss this celebration of American ingenuity (and good wine and food, natch). But seating is limited so reserve your spot today. For more information on this unique wine tasting event, visit our website.