A Wine for Tonight: 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling

By Kori ~ July 22nd, 2010.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling from the Columbia Valley in Washington State.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Washington is the largest Riesling producing state in the United States. And, Washington State’s own Chateau Ste. Michelle is the largest Riesling producer in the world. Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington State’s founding winery with its roots dating back to the repeal of Prohibition. In 1976, Ste. Michelle built a French-style chateau in Woodinville, just northeast of Seattle. While all of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s vineyards are located on the east side of the Cascade Mountains, all of their white wines, including this Dry Riesling, are made in Woodinville.

Last week during the Riesling Rendezvous, winemaker Wendy Stuckey of Chateau Ste. Michelle sat on the panel during the International Blind Tasting of Dry Rieslings in which this wine was poured. When it was revealed and the audience was told that this wine retails for around $8 (we purchased it for under $6), Wendy received resounding applause.

“The Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling is a dry, crisp, refreshing style of Riesling with beautiful fruit flavors, crisp acidity and an elegant finish. It offers beautiful ripe peach and apricot aromas with a clean finish. This is an incredibly versatile food wine and my favorite with oysters.” –Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker

2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington): Pale, greenish straw yellow in color. Very aromatic with apricot and white peach on the nose; more white peach, apricot, and lime on the palate. Dry and light to medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long, pleasing finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington) $5.99; Widely available elsewhere, $8 to $12

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Riesling, Washington State Wine, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Jared | July 22nd, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Great choice guys! When you can find it for the $6, I can’t imagine a better white wine value. It has become my summer weeknight white wine for the past two summers. The 08 was tad richer than the 09 but both are refreshing. Although, the past couple nice days I’ve drank vinho verde!!

  2. Kori | August 3rd, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Thanks, Jared. We just had some again the other night. Definitely a great summer weeknight white. Cheers!