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Chateau Ste. Michelle features Dale Chihuly glass works

glass works Chateau Ste Michelle will host "Masterpieces of Art, Wine, and Food" May 10, 7 p.m. at the winery in Woodinville. Visitors will preview the winery's limited edition Artist Series collection of Meritage wines, featuring custom labels showcasing the works of internationally-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly.
   Winemaker Mike Januik will present his blended Meritage wines, and Chef John Sarich will serve a spring menu featuring Alaskan Copper River King salmon, Morel mushrooms, snow peas, Ellensburg lamb, and other seasonal delicacies.
   Sarich will share his recipes and cooking techniques for preparing these local favorites along with new wine recommendations at an earlier event May 7, 7-9 p.m. For information on either of these events, call 488-4698.
   Ste. Michelle introduced its Artist Series collection at a reception at Chihuly's studio on Lake Union April 29. Six original Chihuly glass works that are depicted on the labels were on display.
   Januick crafted the 1993 Meritage Artist Series, a classic Bordeaux-style blend from Chateau Ste. Michelle's Cold Creek Vineyard in the Columbia Valley with Cabernet Franc (69%), Merlot (17%), Cabernet Sauvignon (12%), and Malbec (2%). The collection will be limited to 3,000 six-bottle sets amd retail for $30 a bottle.
   Those attending the reception watched glass artists at work in front of gas furnances, twirling the glass and shaping it as it was put in and taken out of the flames.
   The Chihuly studio also has a softly lit swimming pool with a myriad of colorful glass forms lining the bottom. Two large glassworks hang from the ceiling on both sides above the pool. Chihuly co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School.
   From June 1996 to May 1997 the six original glass works will travel to 12 Ritz-Carlton Hotels on exhibition with the wine collection, beginning in Aspen, Colorado and ending in Dearborn, Michigan. Following that, the glass will be on permanent display at Chateau Ste. Michelle.