Chateau Ste. Michelle was named "United States Wine Producer of the Year" in the 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 Nov. 14 at the City of London Guildhall with over 400 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," Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, said in a news release. "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," said 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:
"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 www.iwsc.net/
-- Information from Chateau Ste. Michelle.