With its elegant architecture, beautiful gardens and inviting tasting rooms, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as Sonoma’s staple winery. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren uses her 30 years of winemaking expertise with Chateau St. Jean to highlight the best of each vineyard in the wines. For her efforts, she was recognized by Wine Enthusiast as the “2008 Winemaker of the Year”. Known across the globe for the Cinq Cepages bottling, Wine Spectator’s 2009 Wine of the Year, Chateau St. Jean also bottles some of Sonoma’s best bargains. The Sonoma County Chardonnay stands out as a top value, reminiscent of the famed Robert Young Vineyard Chardonnay the winery sells for about twice the price. Margo also has a loyal following for her elegant and well balanced Pinot Noir, as well as a slightly sweet Riesling that’s bright and bursting with lush fruit.