Ste. Michelle scores big at San Diego wine judging

By on May 5, 2014
Chateau Ste. Michelle is in Woodinville, Washington state.

Chateau Ste. Michelle is the oldest and largest winery in Washington. The Woodinville winery also is the corporate headquarters for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. (Photo courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle).

SAN DIEGO – Ste. Michelle Wine Estates can show off a lot of hardware from a top Southern California wine competition.

San Diego International Wine Competition logoThe Woodinville, Wash.-based wine company earned all four Platinum medals awarded at the 31st annual San Diego International Wine Competition, which took place last month.

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates took top medals for wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest. In addition, the company received four gold medals in the competition.

Cougar Crest Estate Winery in Walla Walla also won three gold medals.

Here are the complete Pacific Northwest results:


Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Columbia Crest 2012 H3 Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Eroica Riesling, Columbia Valley, $20

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Eroica Gold Riesling, Columbia Valley, $28


14 Hands Winery 210 Reserve Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2010 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, $42

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Expedition Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Artist Series Meritage, Columbia Valley, $57

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $42

Columbia Crest  2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $45

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2011 Dedication Eight, Walla Walla Valley, $20

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Estate Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley, $34

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2012 Estate Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, $22

For a Song 2012 Caliche Lake Vineyard Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11

Joel Gott 2012 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $20

Kriselle Cellars 2011 Cabernet Franc, Rogue Valley, $27

Nodland Cellars 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $38

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2012 Masada Bloc Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $32

Westport Winery NV Message in a Bottle, Washington, $30

Wind Rose Cellars 2012 Dolcetto, Columbia Valley, $18


14 Hands Winery 2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

Blakeslee Vineyard Estate 2012 Chardonnay, Yamhill-Carlton, $38

Browne Family Vineyards 2011 Tribute Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $29

Canoe Ridge Vineyard 2012 Expedition Chardonnay, Horse Heaven Hills, $15

Charles & Charles 2013 Rosé, Columbia Valley, $10

Cougar Crest Estate Winery 2010 Anniversary Cuvee, Walla Walla Valley, $35

Eola Hills Wine Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris, Oregon, $13

For a Song 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $15

Frisch 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $21

Kestrel Vintners 2010 Falcon Series Sangiovese, Yakima Valley, $22

King Estate 2012 Signature Collection Pinot Noir, Oregon, $29

Kriselle Cellars 2011 Di’Tani, Rogue Valley, $25

Kriselle Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $32

Kriselle Cellars 2011 Malbec, Rogue Valley, $28

Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Rivers Bend Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $28

Nodland Cellars 2010 Avante Guarde Carménère, Red Mountain, $24

Panther Creek Cellars 2011 Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, $30

Panther Creek Cellars 2013 Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, $20

Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyard 2012 Winemaker’s Reserve Syrah, Umpqua Valley, $39

Seven Falls 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $15

Seven Falls 2012 Chardonnay, Wahluke Slope, $15

Snoqualmie Vineyards 2010 Whistle Stop Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $10

Westport Winery 2012 Lighthouse White, Yakima Valley, $25

Westport Winery NV Red Sky at Night, Washington, $30

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.


  1. Joe Silva says:

    Which winery makes Frisch 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley?
    Thank you

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