Columbia Crest Gets Its Day in the Sun

Reflecting on the Wine of the Year
Harvey Steiman
Issue: December 31, 2009

In the sibling rivalry of Washington's two biggest wine ­labels, Columbia Crest is the little brother that has spent all its life proving itself.

In 1978, when the company then known as American Wine Growers spun Columbia Crest off from its Chateau Ste. Michelle brand, Columbia Crest was supposed to be the populist label to big brother Ste. Michelle's classicist. It was the kid in the aloha shirt and torn jeans to the blazer and button-down collar of the older winery.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands December 8, 2009.

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