Chateau Ste. Michelle

Chateau Ste. Michelle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I’m going to be candid for a moment. I’m not a big fan of Merlot. However, the first really good wine I had was a Merlot – and it was a Chateau Saint Michelle Merlot. I had it at a restaurant in Chicago, when I’d moved out that way in order to attend graduate school in philosophy. It wasn’t until Wining Husband and I toured the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery that I realized, upon tasting their Merlot, that it was this particular beverage that was responsible for turning me on to wine.


They do a good job on their wines. The winery is located in Woodinville, Washington. They are known for their Riesling. While I found their Riesling quite good, I think the stars of the show were the Ethos Chardonnay, the Merlot, and the Cabernet Franc that we tried on the tour.

It’s definitely worth seeking them out – especially the wines only available through the winery – the wines are almost all reasonably priced, and they are well worth it.

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