Coq au Can (Wine Can Chicken)

November 29, 2021

Love a beer can chicken? Try swapping the beer with your favorite Chambourcin to celebrate this varietal in November! This easy and delicious version is a fantastic spin on one of your favorite recipes.

Servings: Feeds 4-6

Total time: 1:30



For chicken:

1 baking pan

1 beer can

1 bottle of Chambourcin wine of your choice

3 cloves garlic chopped

2 rosemary sprigs

1 whole chicken

2 tbsp butter




Red wine sauce:

2 tbsp of butter

1 white onion (chopped)

3 carrots (chopped)

2 rosemary sprigs

1c Diced mushrooms

2 tsp flour

1c chicken juices from roast

1c Chambourcin from roast



1.Can be cooked on the grill with smoke flavor of your choice or in the oven. If grilling/smoking, prepare grill for indirect heat (350 to 375). For oven, set temp at 350.

2.Empty beer can and fill with 1c of Chambourcin wine of your choice. Add 3 cloves of garlic and 2 rosemary sprigs to can.

3.Rub chicken with 2 tbsp of butter, salt and pepper.

4.Place the chicken on top of the can of wine so that the wine can is inside the cavity of the chicken and the chicken is standing upright.

5.Cook at 350-375 for an hour or until internal temp is 165.

6.Carefully remove pan from oven and carve chicken to your liking.


Red Wine Sauce

1.Melt 2 tbsp of butter over medium heat in pan. Add 1 chopped onion, 3 chopped carrots, 2 rosemary sprigs and 1c sliced mushrooms. Simmer until cooked.

2.Add 2 tsp of flour and stir.

3.Add 1c chicken juices from roast and 1c wine from roast. Simmer and stir until blended.

4.Coat plated chicken with sauce.


Let us know how you enjoy your wine can chicken and Chambourcin during November! Tag your delicious pictures on social with #mowine.

Shop local in Missouri wine country this season

November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving is fast approaching with the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping to follow. Crowds of eager shoppers will soon flood shopping centers on Black Friday to snag the best deals. Businesses will follow suit on Small Business Saturday as they welcome their biggest fans for a big day of shopping local in store and online. Join the pursuit and remember local wineries during this busy gift-buying season and look for ways to support your community. Here are 4 reasons to shop small this year:

1. Purchases boost local community and business itself

Every dollar spent at local businesses is put to work employing current and future employees, creating new jobs, investing in community activities and creating the potential for business expansion. According to a study completed by Intuit Mint, for every $100 spent at a small business, $48 of that sum is circled through the local economy.

2. Local collaboration provides unique items and experiences

Community oriented businesses are often working with local creators to bring one-of-a-kind products to the table. See this recent highlight of local artisans to find unique gifts straight from Missouri wine country.

3. Encourage tourism with local wine experiences

Experiences also serve as thoughtful gifts that will provide lasting memories. Look for wine-club memberships, tasting coupons and wine trail tickets to gift the wino in your circle. Bringing visitors back to the area will boost local attractions and provide a connection with the community.

4. Skip the line and shop online

Many local shops and wineries offer an e-commerce option on their website for a variety of items. Purchase unique gift baskets, gift certificates, wine, apparel and more in the comfort of your home. Look for online purchasing options when browsing winery websites.

Enjoy the holiday shopping season and tag us with your Missouri wine country finds with #mowine on social media.

Through the Glass photo contest winner announced

November 23, 2021

Beauty in Missouri wine country is never hard to find and always fun to capture. The first ever Missouri Wines: Through the Glass photo contest received submissions that did not disappoint. After being narrowed down to the top 6 entries, photos were turned to the public eye to determine the winner.

Scott Rombach’s “Falling into MO Wine Country” surfaced to the top showcasing the beauty in colors and nature that can be found at wineries and vineyards across the state. Rombach has been a top fan of Missouri wine country for many years and will never pass up the opportunity to enjoy all it offers – the wine, the beauty and the people.

“While anytime is great to visit a Missouri winery, the fall is amazing!” Scott says. “With the cooler weather, fall colors and firepits, its perfect to sit back, relax and enjoy a sunset,” he continues.

From a backyard vineyard of their own, to traveling all over their favorite wine country, the Rombachs are eager to share their passion for all that Missouri has to offer. Scott and his wife Tonya share content frequently on Rombach’s Missouri Winery Review Facebook page, as well as on Instagram at @mo_wine_couple. Not only is Scott a wine enthusiast, he also is an artist – creating home décor from wine barrels and other woodworking projects. Read more about Scott’s Basement Projects Woodworking here.

Keep taking those great snapshots while out and about at your favorite wineries and vineyards. Save up your photos for next year’s contest! Until then, tag all your favorite wine country photos and travels with #mowine.

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings for Every Course

November 18, 2021

Don’t get stuck trying to decide which wine to pair with each dish this Thanksgiving. Navigate this handy guide by starting with what style turkey you plan to serve. Next, see which side dishes will ideally pair with your selection and of course, finish with the dessert (or two) of choice.

Tag us this Thanksgiving with #mowine on Facebook and Instagram! We want to see what is cooking in your kitchen and which of your favorite Missouri wines make it to the dinner table.

Missouri Wines Win Major Accolades

November 16, 2021

Missouri wines from across the Show-Me state take home national awards each and every year. Keeping with tradition, Missouri was recognized for its outstanding wine in several recent competitions.

The Jefferson Cup Invitational, held in Kansas City and hosted by Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Doug Frost, is an invite only competition that showcased the superb skills of Missouri winemakers. More than 600 wines were swirled, smelled and tasted November 4-5, 2021. A panel of 20 judges that included Master Sommeliers and wine professionals from around the world evaluated the wines over the two-day competition. Here’s the expansive list of Missouri wines that garnered awards during the competition:

Jefferson Cup Winners:

Adam Puchta Winery - Jazzberry
Amigoni Urban Winery - Urban Drover 2018
KC Wineworks - Sparkling Rosé
Martin Brothers Winery - Mead Wildflower
Pirtle Winery - Blackberry Mead 2020
Stone Hill Winery - Ozark Hellbender 2019
Stone Hill Winery - Norton 2018
Stone Hill Winery - Cream Sherry

Double Gold Winners:

Adam Puchta Winery - Situation Red
Adam Puchta Winery - Norton 2017
Adam Puchta Winery - Chardonel 
Adam Puchta Winery - Dry Vignoles
Adam Puchta Winery - Traminette
Dale Hollow Winery - Knockout Red
Les Bourgeois Vineyards - Blufftop Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Stone Hill Winery - Chambourcin 2019
Stonehaus Farms - Apple Cranberry 2020

Gold Winners:

Adam Puchta Winery - Hunter's Red
Adam Puchta Winery - Semi-Sweet Vignoles
Adam Puchta Winery - Dry Rosé
Adam Puchta Winery - Signature Port
Baltimore Bend Winery - Blackberry Stroll 2020
Les Bourgeois Vineyards - True/False Rouge 2018
Montelle Winery - Chambourcin Estate 2020 
Montelle Winery - Seyval Blanc Estate Bottled 2020
Noboleis Vineyards - Vignoles 2019
Pirtle Winery - Alhambra 2019 
Pirtle Winery - Mellow Red 2020
Stone Hill Winery - Demi-Sec
Stone Hill Winery - Traminette 2020
Stone Hill Winery - Moscato
Stonehaus Farms - Cynthiana 2020
Stonehaus Farms - Rose Red
Vox Vineyards - Vignoles 2020

For a full list of 2021 Jefferson Cup winners, click here.

Beyond the Jefferson Cup Invitational, there are numerous other national competitions that have allowed Missouri wines to shine. See a few of the additional Missouri wineries to garner recognition.

Amigoni Urban Winery

Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition 2021:

Urban Drover 2018: Silver

Blumenhof Vineyards

American Wine Society Competition 2021

Valvin Muscat 2020: Silver/91
Utopia 2020: Silver/89

Les Bourgeois Vineyards

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2021:

Jeunette Rouge: Best of Class
Mizzou Vintage Dry Red: Gold
Fleur Du Vin: Gold
Vignoles: Gold
Mizzou White: Silver
Mizzou Red: Silver
Mizzou Vintage Dry White: Silver
Solay: Silver

Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition 2021:

Pink Fox: Silver
Riverboat White: Silver
Mizzou White: Silver
Mizzou Vintage Dry White: Silver
Mizzou Vintage Dry Red: Silver
Jeunette Rouge: Silver
Fleur Du Vin: Silver
Solay: Silver
Vignoles: Silver

Lost Creek Vineyard

Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition 2021:

Rosé: Silver

Martin Brothers Winery

National Honey Board 2020

Lucerne Blossom Mead: Gold

Beverage Testing Institute 2020

Lucerne Blossom Mead: Gold/93
Wildflower Mead: Gold/92
Dry Wildflower Mead: Gold/91
Orange Blossom Mead: Gold/91

Noboleis Vineyards
American Wine Society Competition 2021

Norton 2018: Silver/90
Vignoles 2019: Silver/89

Finger Lakes International Wine & Spirits Competition 2021:

Dry Vignoles 2019: Silver
Baril de Blanc 2020: Silver
Owner’s Reserve Cuvee 2018: Silver

Stone Hill Winery

American Wine Society Competition 2020

Norton 2017: Best Native Wine

American Wine Society Competition 2021

Cross J Norton 2018: Best Native Wine Gold/93
Norton 2018: Gold/93
Ozark Hellbender 2019: Silver/92
Reserve Traminette 2019: Silver/90
Chardonel 2019: Silver/90
Reserve Chardonel 2019: Silver/90
Traminette 2020: Silver/89
Chambourcin 2018: Silver/89
Pink Catawba: Silver/89

Beverage Testing Institute 2021

Vignoles 2019: Best of Year White Hybrid, Gold/92
Demi-Sec: Gold/92
Moscato: Gold/93

Beverage Dynamics Favorite American Wines 2021

Chambourcin 2013: 5 Star Wine/92

Vox Vineyards

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2021:

Proprietor's Reserve Norton 2018: Best of Class
Wetumka 2019: Gold

Keep an eye out for these award winners, which make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Tag us with #mowine when you enjoy them with friends and family.

Many of the results were submitted by wineries via a survey and may not be all inclusive of the honors awarded to Missouri wineries.

Craft your own wine traditions this holiday season

November 11, 2021

Traditions surrounding wine production date back to 6000BC in Mesopotamia, now Georgia. The Shulaveri-Shomu people were thought to be the earliest wine crafters, discovering that grape juice fermented when it was buried underground for the winter. This time period, also known as the Stone Age, left artifacts such as stone and bone tools that provided evidence of large-scale wine production. This region also was the origin of toastmasters (or Tamada) who provided a large number of toasts during events with high skill, humor and intelligence. A tradition still prominent while celebrating holidays or events today.

As the world, culture and humanity have evolved, wine remains a large part of “celebrating” around the world. A simple toast of glasses across cultures grew to acknowledge a presence of a person, to drive away demons or keep from poisoning one’s self. Clinking glasses together allows wine (or other spirit) enthusiasts to feel community and connection in the present.

There are loads of notable celebrations specific to countries worldwide. Spain has a wine and coke cocktail created during early native Basque Festivals to hide the sour notes in wine. Today, called Calimocho, is an accessible mixed drink passed down for generations. Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle (flaming wine) is a tradition where a rum soaked sugar loaf is lit above the wine, adding sweetness to the spiced or mulled wine. Portugal celebrates Magusto during November where people play practical jokes, sing around bonfires and enjoy Muscatel wine.

Today, the United States is the top wine consuming country, consuming nearly 900 million gallons in 2020. Yet, for almost 60 of our 245 years as a nation, prohibition stifled wine production and growing American wine culture. The lingering grapes only remained on vines for religious consumption throughout this time.

Missouri played a large role in wine production prior to prohibition, with more than 100 wineries across the state, winning international awards at several World’s Fairs. Stone Hill Winery, located in Hermann, Missouri, was the largest wine producer in the country and second in the world at this time. One of the biggest traditions in Missouri wine country is Oktoberfest, also held in Hermann. This German river town is still home to many popular wineries, but also carries on the wine culture and traditions of the German settlers who carried it with them from the Rhineland.

In addition to Oktoberfest, many Missouri wineries are well-visited for many traditions such as birthdays, live music, arts festivals and more. As the holidays approach, many families sit down to share a bottle or two of Missouri wine from one of the 129 wineries across the state. Some share the same favorites every year, some branch out and try new varietals. Missouri wine is the center to celebrations, passing down traditions and spreading warmth and cheer every season, especially during the holidays.

DM us on Facebook and Instagram to share your Missouri wine holiday traditions with us! Cheers to the celebrations ahead!

“Through the Glass” photo contest finalists

November 09, 2021

Missouri Wine’s inaugural photo contest is now closed for entries. A special judging panel narrowed down submitted photos to the top 6 – now it is time to vote! The photo contest finalists are listed below in no particular order. Vote for your favorites on our Instagram and Facebook pages @MissouriWines and earn points for your favorite photos. Points earned by voting are tallied as follows:

Facebook voting procedure: Top 6 photos will be shared in one album. Share = 3 points, comment = 2 points, like = 1 point.

Instagram voting procedure: Top 6 photos will be shared to feed individually. Like = 1 point Comment = 2 points


Voting is open from November 15-19 - stay tuned to vote!

Chardonel at Sunset by Cheryl Baker 

Pictured is a glass of Les Bourgeois Chardonel, taken on an oak barrel overlooking a beautiful sunset on the Missouri river in Rocheport.

Cheers to 32 years! by Ann Marie Bartak

Celebrating our oldest daughter's birthday in Augusta - favorite tradition since she turned 21.

Crisp Table Rock White by Jeff Madden

We met up with friends to celebrate our birthdays in Branson. After I set up our charcuterie board and filled the glasses, I had to take a photo. The lighting was perfect. You can even see a small amount of dew on the cold grapes. The six of us enjoyed wine and the view. I'm just a guy with an iPhone who likes to drink Missouri wines. 

Falling into MO Wine Country by Scott Rombach

While anytime is great to visit a Missouri winery, the fall is amazing! With the cooler weather, fall colors and fire pits, its perfect to sit back, relax and enjoy a sunset in Hermann.

Safety Nets by Julie Brown Patton

Natural/organix wines grown differently through sustainable farming of this winery in Eureka.

Sunset over Chambourcin by Grace Belew

The sunset peeks through the Chambourcin vines at Beckmeyer Farms in Hartsburg.

Remember to vote on Facebook and Instagram by following @missouriwines! 

Dynamic Duo of Doughnuts & Wine

November 04, 2021

A special occasion isn’t necessary to enjoy your favorite doughnuts with wine on the side. With national doughnut day on November 5, this sounds like an exceptional reason to grab a half-dozen (or more) at the store. Check out this guide for your favorite doughnuts and try them with a glass of Missouri wine. Don’t forget the pro-tip of ‘sip, bite, sip’ when pairing. Share your favorite dynamic doughnut and wine duo with us on social media with the hashtag #mowine

Chambourcin: A seasoned champion

November 02, 2021

Each November, Chambourcin takes center stage as a seasoned champion. We celebrate this French-American varietal for its flavor, fruitiness and flexibility to create different delicious wines. Not only does Chambourcin make an excellent red wine (especially with pairings), it also is a great blending grape for red blends and Rosés.

This earthy and sometimes spicy wine is loved by many. Pronounced sham-bor-san, you can order this delicious medium-bodied wine with pork loin or a pasta with red sauce. Take as a gift to a barbecue, as it goes well with ribs and burgers. Even serve it at a bonfire, as it is a perfect red for a Missouri fall day. As palates shift to reds for the colder temperatures, Chambourcin is a great dry red to have around your home this season.

This smooth wine packs a flavorful punch, even with its soft tannins. All sorts of berries are brought out when paired with desserts like chocolate cake, cobbler and dark chocolate.

In this year’s Missouri Wine Competition, Stone Hill’s 2019 Chambourcin took home the Best Dry Red, Best Chambourcin and was triple crowned with the 2021 Governor’s Cup Award. The Missouri varietal also took home this honor in 2019 and 2018. This long-time favorite continues to be recognized for its versatility, quality, as well as the spiced and seasoned flavor desired by all – from wine connoisseurs to friends who enjoy a simple glass of any dry red.

Missouri Wines is calling all wine lovers to join the Chambourcin celebration this November. Tag us with your favorite Missouri Chambourcin with #mowine


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