For the past 16 years, Riesling has been an important part of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s portfolio. In fact, Washington’s oldest winery has been crafting Riesling for decades.

Once upon a time, Riesling was the dominant grape in Washington, a region that was thought to be too cool to grow red wine grapes. By the mid-1990s, Riesling acreage was on the decline, rapidly replaced by Chardonnay and Merlot. But in 1999, the state’s oldest winery — Chateau Ste. Michelle’s roots go back to 1934 — teamed up with Ernst Loosen of Germany’s Mosel region to create Eroica, a Riesling that captured the imagination of the country and revealed the greatness that is Washington Riesling>>>read more of this article by Great Northwest Wine on Tri-City Herald