Hip, Hip Hooray For Rosé Day!

June 10, 2021

In wine country, people continue to say “yes way” to rosé wine. In honor of Rosé Day on June 12, we’re putting on our rosé-colored glasses and diving in to this trendy and delicious wine.

You might be surprised to learn that rosé isn’t a specific grape varietal, but rather a broader style of wine. Rosé can be made from a variety of red grapes, and this wine gets its signature color during maceration. Speaking of color, rosé wines can be found in varying shades of pink based on the maceration process.

Thinking that rosés are too sweet for your taste? Think again. This versatile style of wine has a spectrum ranging from dry to sweet, with something for everyone to enjoy. Some Missouri winemakers even produce sparkling rosés that are sure to delight! You can also find canned rosés in wine country that are perfect for sipping and savoring on-the-go.

Besides being crowd pleasers, rosé wines are food-friendly! Need some help finding a mealtime match for your rosé of choice? We’ve got you covered with our easy pairing guides:

       

To help you celebrate Rosé Day (or any day) in style, we’ve got an easy and refreshing rosé sipper for you to try! With just 5 minutes to spare, and a few common ingredients, you and your gang can raise a toast to Missouri rosés with a satisfying twist on the classic mojito.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZtvvGEVQTE 

Berry Fresh Rosé Mojito

Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 4

Ingredients

Mint leaves (one large handful, and extra to garnish)

4 oz. simple syrup

4 oz. fresh lime juice

4 oz. rum

1 bottle Missouri dry rosé wine

1 can (16 oz) raspberry sparkling water

Ice

Fresh raspberries

 

Directions

1. Muddle simple syrup and mint leaves in a large pitcher. (Pro tip – the backside of a spoon works well for muddling

2. Add rum and lime juice to pitcher.

3. Pour in rosé and top with sparkling water. Stir well.

4. Add ice to pitcher (if desired) and chill until ready to serve.

5. Serve over ice, and garnish glasses with mint and fresh raspberries.

 

As you sip and celebrate Rosé Day with this simply satisfying winetail, make sure to snap a photo and use #MOWines!

Sweet Tooth's Delight Cake Pop Recipe

June 08, 2021

Celebrate National Candy Month with a mouthwatering treat for a crowd! These ultra-rich and moist cake pops are made even more delectable with Chambourcin wine and dark chocolate. Preheat the oven, tighten your apron and get ready to whip up an easy dessert that any guest will swoon over.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfZOps-_o7Y

 

Sweet Tooth’s Delight Cake Pops

Makes approximately 30 1” cake pops | Prep time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 box red velvet cake mix
3 large eggs
Vegetable oil
1 ¼ + ¼ cup Chambourcin wine
3 heaping tablespoons strawberry jelly
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 lb. dark chocolate
¼ brick paraffin wax (find in the canning section of your local grocery store)
Cake pop sticks
Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350oF.

2. Combine red velvet cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and 1¼ cup Chambourcin wine in a mixing bowl. Add strawberry jelly and mix until well incorporated.

3. Pour batter into a greased 9x13” baking dish and bake 30-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool completely.

4. Beat 1 of stick butter in a medium mixing bowl until fluffy, and slowly add powdered sugar until frosting forms and stiffens. Pour in remaining Chambourcin wine and mix.

5. Crumble cooled cake in a large mixing bowl and add in frosting. Stir until well combined.

6. Roll into roughly 1” balls and place on a large cookie sheet. Slide cake pop sticks into balls and chill in freezer for at least 30 minutes.

7. Melt dark chocolate and remaining stick of butter in saucepan, and incorporate paraffin wax shavings into melted chocolate mix. (Paraffin wax will thin out the chocolate and make it shiny!)

8. Dip chilled cake pops into melted chocolate mix and swirl until coated. Tap off excess chocolate and stand upright to cool. (Pro tip – an old shipping box is a great base for cake pop cooling, just gently poke holes with a knife and slide cake pop sticks down)

9.Add sprinkles if desired, and let cake pops cool completely. Pop in the freezer until it’s time to serve.

Share your recreation of these tasty treats with us using #MOWine

 

Sip into Summer with Vidal Blanc

June 03, 2021

 Warm weather, longer days and sweet sunshine have arrived in the Show-Me State. We welcome outdoor gatherings, picnic sipping sessions, and experiencing wine country with a glass of award-winning Missouri wine in hand. This summertime shift is the perfect opportunity for wine fans to explore crisp and refreshing white wine varietals that are sure to satisfy on a warm day. This June, celebrate Vidal Blanc in Missouri wine country and sip into summer.

Vidal Blanc is a French-American hybrid grape that produces a dry to semi-dry white wine. Some Missouri winemakers even produce mouthwatering sparkling and dessert wines with this hardy grape! Nearly 140 acres of Vidal Blanc grapes are grown across Missouri, accounting for 5.9% of grape production in the Show-Me State. Learn more about Vidal Blanc here.

Vidal Blanc has all the elements of summer in a glass. This refreshing wine has aromas of a fresh garden, and flavors of ripe summer delights like apples and lemon. This varietal’s palate-pleasing citrus notes are the perfect complement to a summertime patio or poolside sipping session.

This clean and crisp varietal is a delightful pair to seafood and poultry, as well as fresh herbs. Vidal Blanc is also a pairing partner in many recipes, including satisfying cake, delightfully delicious squash gratin and crowd-satisfying pasta primavera. Besides being a food-friendly wine, Vidal Blanc makes an excellent addition to thirst-quenching summertime winetails like Pineapple Joy.

Whether you choose to enjoy a glass of clean and crisp Vidal Blanc at one of Missouri’s 125 wineries, or uncork and savor at home, we’ve got helpful resources to make it easy to find award-winning wine near you.

This June, sip into summer with Vidal Blanc.

MVP Gets Even More Rewarding with a NEW Update

June 01, 2021

Warmer weather and sunny days couldn’t get much better – unless you add delicious and refreshing Missouri wine to the mix. Missouri’s breathtaking wine country and award-winning vino are can’t-miss experiences, made even better by the opportunity to earn rewards and experiences with each visit. Kick off your summer sipping escapades and get rewarded with the Missouri Winery Visitors Program (MVP).

MVP is a free program that encourages members to explore Missouri wine country and collect tickets from participating wineries. Those tickets can then be entered to receive points, which can then be exchanged for a variety of exciting rewards. Our MVP members use the program as a way to visit new parts of the Show-Me State, connect with other wine lovers and broaden their wine knowledge. 

As you explore wine country and rack up points, be on the lookout for new MVP rewards! We are continuing to update our lineup of reward offerings and quarterly sweepstakes drawings. No matter how often you visit wine country, MVP rewards you – our items  range in point value so there’s something for everyone! Just one first-time visit to a participating winery earns enough points for a drawing into our quarterly sweepstakes.

Current MVP members, get excited! As a way to kick off your summertime wine country excursions, we are excited to announce a point reset. Effective today, visits to Missouri wineries will count as first-time visits again – this means that even if you’ve visited your favorite MVP-participating winery prior to June 1, your visit to that winery after today will count as a first-time visit again. Rest assured that you won’t lose your existing points – we know you’ve worked hard and traveled many miles to earn them!

Whether you’re new, a seasoned pro or still need to sign up for this incredible program, now is the perfect time to visit wine country and get rewarded with MVP. Find a list of participating wineries to plan your next adventure and watch your points add up!

Missouri Wines Grill-Out Guide

May 27, 2021

Grilling season is here, and pairing your favorite charbroiled delights is easy with this Grill-out Guide. Cheers to warmer weather, longer days and delicious food paired with the perfect award-winning wine!

Missouri wine pairings for grilled favorites.

Cheers to National Wine Day

May 25, 2021

What better way to celebrate National Wine Day than with award-winning Missouri wine? This holiday is one of our favorites in Missouri wine country, as we uncork and toast to delectable wines and the enjoyment they bring.

Want to get out in wine country to commemorate National Wine Day? The Show-Me State is dotted with 126 incredible wineries waiting to welcome you - find a winery near you using our interactive map. Take in the stellar sights and sips that only Missouri wine country can offer.

Prefer to celebrate from home? Check out our guide to an at-home wine night. National Wine Day is also a perfect opportunity to pair award-winning Missouri wine with a variety of foods – check out some of our favorite pairings for cheese, junk food, Imo’s pizza and more! If you’d rather enjoy a home-cooked meal, try using your favorite Missouri wine in a recipe on National Wine Day. From refreshing winetails to enticing entrees or desserts, our blog has ample ideas that will inspire you.

Did you have a chance to tune in to the three-part Feast Virtual Vine series? Participants swirled, sniffed and sipped their way through award-winning Missouri varietals along with expert hosts and Missouri winemakers themselves. In November 2020, wine lovers learned about the versatile Chambourcin varietal. For the second installment of the series, viewers learned about Missouri’s state grape, Norton, during Norton Month in January 2021. The Virtual Vine series wrapped in April 2021 with a focus on Vignoles as a unique varietal with unlimited potential. Want to relive these evenings of education and enjoyment? Follow the links to find recordings for the Virtual Vine installments of Chambourcin, Norton (featuring Stone Hill Winery, Augusta Winery, Les Bourgeois Vineyards and St. James Winery) and Vignoles – they’re a perfect addition to your National Wine Day festivities.

No matter how you choose to celebrate National Wine Day, we hope you include award-winning Missouri wines in your plans. Cheers!

Fall in Love with the Lake of the Ozarks

May 20, 2021

Spanning across 60,000 miles, the manmade Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri welcomes millions of visitors each year. This lake was formed by the construction of the Bagnell Dam in 1931 and offers a variety of water- and land-based activities and attractions for all to enjoy. Discover all that this scenic and exciting area of Missouri wine country has to offer, and learn why you’ll fall in love with the Lake of the Ozarks.

Click here to view and download our interactive trip planner.

DIY Wine Bottle Succulent Planter

May 12, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the last drop of award-winning Missouri wine is gone, give your empty wine bottles new life with this easy DIY. With just a few supplies and a little patience, revamped bottles are the perfect home for easy-to-care-for succulents!

Supplies:

Clean, empty Missouri wine bottle

Masking or freezer tape

Glass cutter (find at your local craft store or hardware supply store)

Container for pouring hot water – ladle, measuring glass, mug, etc.

Pot or sink full of boiling water

Pot or sink full of ice water

Sanding block (optional)

Potting soil

Succulents

 

Directions:

1. Start with a clean, empty wine bottle. To remove wine labels, soak bottle in soapy water for at least 30 minutes and then peel labels off. Pro tip – use a knife or craft razor to help remove stubborn labels.

2. Measure 2-4 inches down from the shoulders of the wine bottle and wrap a piece of tape around the circumference of the wine bottle. Pro tip – your measurement will be based on how deep you want your planter to be.

3. Using the tape as a guide, take the wheel end of the glass cutter and press into the bottle to make a semi-firm line around the circumference of the bottle. This will create a ‘score’ line around the bottle that should be visible when held close to a light source. Pro tip – avoid pressing too firmly into the glass with the cutter wheel, and avoid going over your score line multiple times.

4. Remove tape from wine bottle and set bottle aside. Be sure to remove the cork or cap and set aside (but don’t throw it away).

5. Prepare a large container of boiling water and a large container of ice water, and make sure a measuring glass is in within reach. Pro tip – place these two containers in a large sink or tub where they can be close together, or implement both sides of a double sink.

6. Hold the wine bottle over the container of boiling water at an angle and use a container with a handle (a measuring glass works well, but you can also use a mug or ladle) to pour boiling water over the score line, rotating the bottle so that the entire score line gets covered with boiling water; continue until the bottle is heated thoroughly. Pro tip – don’t let the neck or mouth of the bottle dip into the water, as this will lead to uneven breaks in the glass.

7. Hold the wine bottle over the container of ice water at an angle and use the measuring glass to pour ice water over the score line, rotating the bottle so that the entire score line gets covered with ice water.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until the glass breaks; if desired, use a sanding block to smooth any jagged edges. Pro tip – glass is persnickety and won’t always cut perfectly, so be patient and have a few backup bottles just in case!

9. Once both ends of bottle have cooled, replace cork/cap on mouth of bottle and invert so that the neck and shoulders rest atop the bottom half of the bottle (see photo).

10. Fill with potting soil and your succulent plant of choice. Give your plant a sip of water, place in a sunny spot and enjoy your upcycled creation!

 

Wind Down in Wine Country with the Missouri Explorers Program

May 05, 2021

This year marks a landmark for the Show-Me State – 200 years of statehood! As part of this special bicentennial anniversary, activities, celebrations and challenges are happening across Missouri. One such activity is the Missouri Explorers Program, which encourages people to participate in various challenges across the state to receive rewards and learn more about Missouri’s fascinating past, present and future. Register for free on the Explorers Program website to start participating in challenges and earning badges.

The bicentennial anniversary is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore Missouri’s breathtakingly beautiful wine country. From the northwest corner to the bootheel, 126 wineries dot the Show-Me State’s landscape. Set amongst breathtaking views, Missouri wine country is overflowing with history and award-winning vino. There’s palate-pleasing wines, serene sights and exciting events for everyone to enjoy at Missouri wineries. Visit the nation’s first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Augusta, or indulge your inner history buff in historic Hermann. Sip, savor and wind down in Missouri wine country.

Take part in the Wind Down in Wine Country Challenge with the Missouri Explorers Program. Simply visit at least 25 wineries in the Show-Me State, take photos in each winery’s tasting room to verify your visits, and upload using the Missouri Explorers photo submission form. After you’ve completed the challenge, you’ll receive an exclusive badge to commemorate your exploration of wine country. To learn more about the Wind Down in Wine Country Challenge, check out the online challenge guide. This challenge is open through November 2021.

While you’re out at wineries and earning your Explorer badge, why not make the most of your visits with the Missouri Winery Visitors Program (MVP)? This free program allows winery patrons like you to earn points for each visit and redeem them for exciting rewards and experiences. Learn more and sign up today!

Bring out your inner explorer in this exciting year of Bicentennial celebration. We’ll see you out in wine country as you work toward completing the Wind Down in Wine Country Challenge. To learn more about the Missouri Explorers Program and find other challenges across the state, visit the program website.

 

Celebrate Beef Month with Missouri Wines

April 30, 2021

May is National Beef Month, and we want YOU to celebrate it with us!

Beef provides our bodies and our minds with the fuel we need while being both delicious and extremely versatile. What could make it better? Pairing it with Missouri wine of course!

Have you ever heard the statement “red meat with red wine?” We’re here to tell you that’s not always true. From steak tartare with sparkling white wine to curry beef and Traminette there are a lot of beef and white wine pairings to please your palate.

Now that we’ve got you thinking food and wine, here are a few of our favorite beef and Missouri wine recipes.

      

    

Still hungry? Visit the Missouri Beef Industry Council website for more beef recipes and remember… Missouri wines pair beautifully with beef!

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