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It is no secret that I am a wine lover. Specifically, I am a white wine lover. Riesling is my favorite type of wine and Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling is one of my favorite brands.

I haven’t always liked wine. In my late 20’s I discovered the different varieties and tastes of wine and there began my love. My “go to” wines are always a Chardonnay or a Riesling. I find both are smooth and easy on the palette.

Origin of Riesling

The origin of Riesling wine is German. Many consider it to be the finest white grape variety in the world. If you want to read more about the history of this wine, click here. Of note, German and Californian Rieslings tend to be sweeter. French and New York brands are more dry.

Chateau Ste. Michelle

One of my all time favorite brands of Riesling wine is Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling from Columbia Valley Washington.

The Harvest select is slightly sweeter than their other Riesling. You will taste the peaches but they will be balanced by the acidity from the Washington area. The Riesling wine often reflects where it is grown. The grape grown for Riesling is very versatile and can be very sweet or dry and still enjoyable.

Chateau Ste. Michelle History

Here is a little history about Chateau Ste. Michelle. It is the oldest winery in Washington and was founded in 1934.

The winery combines old world style with new world innovation. This winery is known for its award winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Chateau Ste. Michelle has two wineries. One winery is dedicated to white wines and the other to only reds.

Food Pairings

Because the Riesling is such a versatile wine, it pairs well with many different kinds of foods. Pair fish, or salty, fried foods with a drier variety of Riesling. The sweet variety is an excellent choice for spicy foods. has a great offering of Riesling wines including Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling. Click here to give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

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Cheers to a great New Year!

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