Tasting History with Washington’s Chateau Ste Michelle Winery

Yesterday, Canada’s top writers and sommeliers gathered in our nation’s capital for two tastings with Chateau Ste. Michelle Head Winemaker, Bob Berteau.

These were historic tastings, with mature vintages drawn from the winery’s library, as well as new vintages in the market now (or soon).

It was also an historic first for a Facebook Live Video Winemaker Event in Canada, as we were joined virtually by many other wine lovers in real-time who were also able to ask Bob questions.

You can see a snippet of that live stream above by clicking on the arrow, and watch the complete wine tasting video live stream here. The audio is better on the native Facebook recording.

Stay tuned for our team observations, wine reviews, pictures and videos below.

Jennifer Macdonald
Jennifer MacDonald Havers
Wine Columnist, Ottawa Citizen
 


 

Celebrate 50 years of greatness with Washington State’s founding premium winery.

This milestone-marking event featured top wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle, as well as Riesling and Icewine made in collaboration with famed Mosel winemaker Ernst Loosen.

 
Chateau Ste. Michelle Brut Sparkling Rosé
Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States
Greg Hughes

Greg Hughes
Wine Writer & Sommelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2016
Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Staples 1

 

Jane Staples
Wine Columnist, Ottawa Wedding Magazine
Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Chardonnay 2014
Horse Heaven Hills, Washington, United States
Craig Kuziemsky
Craig Kuziemsky
MBA Professor, University of Ottawa & Wine Writer
Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2014
Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

 

Matt Steeves

 

Matt Steeves
Wine Expert, CTV Morning Live

Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot 2005
Columbia Valley, Washington, United States
Tania Thomas

 

Tania Thomas
Wine Expert, Rogers Daytime Television

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Masur
Sommelier & Wine Writer

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot Columbia 2013
Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lise Gagne
Wine Writer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Bernardo
Editor, Ottawa Wine Journal

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lori Kilmartin 2016

 

 

Lori Kilmartin
Sommelier & Wine Competition Judge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2012
Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2003
Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Columbia Valley, Washington State, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling Vin De Glacière 2013
Columbia Valley, Washington, United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Bertheau
Chateau Ste. Michelle Head Winemaker

Bob has maintained Chateau Ste. Michelle’s legacy of crafting awarding-winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, while putting his own signature on the wines. “I have learned from Ernst Loosen, our German winemaking partner on Eroica Riesling, how to protect fruit purity and produce fresh, fruit-driven Rieslings.

“For Chardonnay,” Bob adds, “I’m using more Burgundian yeasts and have changed our lees stirring and oak regimes for better integration of oak flavors and more harmonious, soft Chardonnays. Washington’s red varieties have great structure and intense fruit. My goal with the reds is to harness the tannins for more accessible red wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle.”

Prior to joining Chateau Ste. Michelle, Bob made his mark at Hambrecht Vineyards and Wineries with their Belvedere and Bradford Mountain labels. In his formative years out of UC Davis, he gained valuable mentoring from such renowned winemakers as Bob Sessions at Hanzell Vineyards and David Ramey at Chalk Hill. Wanting to gain an even broader experience with a wide variety of grapes and viticulture areas, Bob also worked at Gallo of Sonoma for five years, helping to bring a smaller winery mentality to the larger facility.

For Bob, the move to Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2003 was not only the chance to make wine for one of Washington’s most acclaimed wineries, it was a chance to come home. He was born in Seattle, went to school in nearby Idaho, and has most of his family living in the Seattle area. Bob has a degree in chemistry from Boise State University and an MS in food science and enology from University of California at Davis.

Tickets to these two tastings were provided courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle.

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