Tuesday, June 3, 2008


An article in Eastside Business highlights Riesling's resounding success in recent years, making it the fastest growing white wine varietal for the third straight year, according to Nielsen. During the 12 month period ending May 3, 2008, Riesling was the fastest growing white varietal and second fastest growing of all varietals after Pinot Noir. Additionally, sales of Riesling have increased 54% over the past 3years.

Washington state's Chateau Ste. Michelle is a leading global Riesling producer and a category leader. Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau says one of the best things about Riesling "is that it tends to be low in alcohol, yet high in character, aromatics and flavor," making it a wonderful companion to spicy food.

Chateau Ste. Michelle has been a champion of Riesling for more than 40 years and was among the first to plant Riesling in the state of Washington.

"We attribute our success with Riesling to the unique growing conditions of Washington state, which is ideally suited for Riesling, as well as our long term commitment to producing top quality Riesling," said Ste. Michelle Wine Estates president Ted Baseler.

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