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Friday, Jun. 24, 2011

Chateau Ste. Michelle opens Eastern Washington tasting room


For the first time since the 1990s, Washington's oldest winery will have a tasting room in Eastern Washington.

Chateau Ste. Michelle will open a tasting room at its Canoe Ridge Estate facility west of Paterson beginning Sunday. The facility - where all of Ste. Michelle's red wines are made - was built nearly 20 years ago but has never been open to the public. Beginning Sunday and going through Oct. 15, it will be opened from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

The tasting room is on Highway 14, just east of Crow Butte Park, about 15 minutes west of Columbia Crest.

Ste. Michelle used to have a tasting room in Grandview, but it closed in 1990.

This gives the state's largest wine producer six tasting rooms east of the Cascades. Ste. Michelle Wine Estates owns Columbia Crest (Paterson), Snoqualmie Vineyards (Prosser), Northstar (Walla Walla) and Spring Valley Vineyards (Walla Walla), and it co-owns Col Solare (Red Mountain) with Marchese Antinori of Italy.