Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wine Review: Chanteau St. Michelle's 2011 Riesling

Chateau Ste. Michelle shoots for the sky with their 2011 Riesling. Soft, subtle, and semi-sweet are three words that describe this chilled beverage. It is a summer white wine with a touch of class. With an average customer rating of 5 out of 5 stars, it is likely you will not be disappointed. Pick up a bottle at the store on the way home, as restaurant prices are astronomical. 

Located in Washington Chateau Ste. Michelle is not your standard Californian or Italian offering.  Based within its French culture the winery has morphed into offering separate products for red and white wine. The owners attempt to blend old world traditions with new world innovations to maintain the highest quality standards possible. 

Riesling originally comes from the Rhine region of Germany. The white grape variety has spread too many other locations around the world. Considered a popular type of wine for summer and fall it is offered in most restaurant establishments.  It is believed that the wine originally came from 14th Century peasants and the traditional grapes are rare in modern production. 

For under $10 dollars a bottle, this is a great wine for lying under the Christmas tree or in front of the fire.  If you are from the Midwest you can always site on your porch and watch the leaves change color with the season. It will work well with holiday parties or as token gifts. Try it with your offerings of cheese & crackers, seafood, fruit or other appetizers. 

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