Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling at the HEB Wine Walk

Last Thursday night it was pouring down rain during my  long drive to the Woodlands, but I held out hope that it would stop so my friend, Stephanie ,and I could enjoy the HEB Wine Walk on Market Street.

Luckily it slowed down and while it sprinkled a bit throughout the outside event, we were able to enjoy the evening with other wine lovers who weren’t deterred by the weather.

Me, David Rosenthal and Jan Barnes

I’m so glad that I had the chance to stop by the Chateau Ste. Michelle booth to try out their three styles of Riesling and meet assistant winemaker, David Rosenthal…who has been with the winery for 11 years. His enthusiasm for their trio of offerings was contagious and I loved learning more about how their wine is made. Here’s the skinny on what I sampled:

1. Dry Riesling – this wine wasn’t as sweet as I’m used to but still had that crisp, refreshing taste I love with a hint of peach; I’d like this one with a great seafood meal.

2. Columbia Valley Riesling – this one was great, too – but different. A bit sweeter with a bit of lime; they call this their “any day Riesling” and I can see why. It’s very versital.

3. Harvest Select Sweet Riesling – my favorite. Ok – I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth…even when it comes to wine. But this one wasn’t over-the-top syrupy sweet like some Rieslings can be.  It had a rich flavor of pears and peaches and was very refreshing. It’s perfect for a hot Houston day (or night!) outside with friends or paired with a spicy meal.

Located in Washington state, Chateau Ste. Michelle (the state’s founding winery) owns more than 3,500 prime vineyard acres in the Columbia Valley. The award-winning winery combines Old World winemaking tradition with New World innovation and is best known for its award-winning Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

I love that each of the three Riesling styles they offer are all very affordable, about $8.00 a bottle, and can be purchased at HEB … one of my favorite places to shop.

Other cool finds at the HEB Wine Walk

  • Garlic Expressions marinade and salad dressing. 100 percent natural, cholesterol and gluten free and made without trans fats, preservatives or additives…Stephanie and I gobbled up our salad sample and were instantly hooked. It had a great, light but flavorful garlic taste and I can’t wait to use it as a dipping sauce, on salads and as a marinade for grilled chicken. You can purchase this in HEB, too!

Me with Chef Tyler Stone

  • Chef Tyler Stone’s wine infused ice cream. Hello? Wine AND ice cream together? Yes, please! Delicious! This cutie-patootie chef and cook book author does private events, catering and cooking demonstrations…but darn it, he currently does not sell his ice cream. My guess is…he will soon. Everybody was talking about how delish it was – he’d be crazy not to get it out there. I’d buy it in bulk!
While I was given tickets to the HEB Wine Walk in order to sample Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, all thoughts and opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.  
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    Stephanie says:

    Garlic Expressions has been a favorite at our house for years! Love that stuff!

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