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Chateau Ste. Michelle Wins IWSC “USA Wine Producer of the Year”

Chateau Ste. Michelle was named “United States Wine Producer of the Year” in the prestigious 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). In addition, the Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was awarded the Warren Winiarski Trophy for Cabernet Sauvignon in the IWSC competition.

The international trophies were awarded at the IWSC Banquet on November 14 at the City of London Guildhall which played host to over 400 esteemed guests.

Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the oldest and most prestigious competition of its kind. Judging includes a blind tasting consisting of panels selected from over 300 experienced industry judges.

“To  be  selected  as  the top USA Producer of the Year at an international level  is truly a remarkable honor,” says Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste.  Michelle  Wine  Estates.   “It  is  a testament to the more than four
decades  of  leadership  and  experience  we  have within Washington’s wine region  and  the  investments  we’ve  made  in  our  vineyards, cellars and winemaking talent over the years.”

The  Warren  Winiarski  Trophy for Cabernet Sauvignon was also an important honor for the winery’s winemaking team.

“Our  vineyard  manager Mimi Nye planted the Canoe Ridge Estate vineyard in 1991  on a steep, windy slope overlooking the Columbia River,” says Chateau Ste.  Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau.  “It has been exciting to watch that vineyard  mature  and  hit  its  stride,  which  makes  winning  the Warren Winiarski  Trophy  for our Canoe Ridge Estate Cab really rewarding for Mimi and our red winemaking team.”

Allen Gibbons, Group Chief Executive, IWSC Group Ltd commented on the success of the Nov. 14th awards banquet:

“Last night’s International Wine & Spirit Competition Awards Presentation Banquet brought together the great and good of the wine and spirits industry to reward excellence and quality in production, retailing and distilling as well as rewarding exceptional individuals.

“I would like to personally congratulate all winners for continuing to innovate, inspire and ignite our thriving industry. It was fantastic to see our very deserving winners enjoy an evening of celebration and recognition
for their achievements.“

For more information about the 2012 International Wine and Spirit Competition, view the website at