Savor the Celebration: Vidal Blanc Chicken Pasta

June 24, 2024

June is Vidal Blanc month, and we have the perfect savory recipe to help you celebrate!

Try out this Vidal Blanc Chicken Pasta. It is sure to impress and be a delicious meal for your next dinner!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half, or 4 chicken tenderloins
  • 2 Tbsp- Garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp- Onion powder
  • 2 ½ Tbsp- Italian Seasoning
  • 4 cups- Flour
  • 1/4 cup- Olive Oil
  • 4 Tbsp- Butter
  • 1/3 cup- Missouri Vidal Blanc
  • 1/2 cup- Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 box- Pasta
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Optional

  • Parmesan
  • Parsley

Steps

-If using chicken breasts, slice in half. Season your flour with 1 tbsp garlic powder, ¾ tbsp onion powder, 1 ¼ tbsp Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Coat chicken in flour.

-Pan fry in 2 tbsp of butter and olive oil until lightly golden, and then set aside on a plate. In the skillet, add heavy cream and wine. Let it bubble for a bit and whisk together with the brown bits.

-Add remaining butter and seasoning, and simmer. Return chicken to the skillet. Let the sauce thicken and the chicken cook through.

-Bring a pot of water to a boil and put in a pinch of salt and your pasta of choice. Cook in boiling water for 8 minutes or until al dente.

-Put your pasta on the plate, add a couple pieces of the chicken and some of the sauce. Garnish with parsley and parmesan.

And enjoy with a glass of Vidal Blanc!

If you need an easy, elevated, savory dish for your next meal, this recipe is sure to please!

Buckle Up Summertime is Here – Lets Take a Road Trip!

June 18, 2024

What could be better than a hot sunny day hanging out with friends? We can only think of one thing that could make this day be better, a road that leads you through scenic Missouri Wine Country!

Charleville Winery looking over the beautiful land while watching the sunset

Every great road trip starts with a game plan and mapping out the adventure. Historic Route 66 and breathtaking highways 94 and 100 wind through wine country and are great starting points for first time road trippers. Want to visit a specific Missouri wine region? We have 12 interactive trip planners that are loaded with resources and links to all things lodging, dining and of course, wineries to visit. As you plan out your road trip itinerary, be sure to use our Rewards Uncorked website to check in to wineries you visit along your route; with 125+ wineries spread across the state, there is bound to be a winery near you! Want to extend your trip into more than one day? You can find several wineries with on-site lodging that allow you to rest before another day on the road.

 

Now that your trip is planned and your bags are packed, don’t forget pack Missouri wine!

Pouring Missouri Wine into 2 glasses

No matter where your road trip takes you, make sure it always includes leading you back to Missouri Wine Country. Don’t forget to share photos using #MOWines. 

Regions of Wine Country: Defiance

June 14, 2024

Missouri hosts many great wineries and winery regions. These regions allow you to experience multiple unique places and wines in one area, not too far away from each other. Take a look at the Defiance region of Missouri Wine Country and plan your next weekend trip!

The Defiance region has great wineries, but many attractions as well. When there if you’re looking for a good meal check out Good News Brewing and Café or Sunflower Hill Café. No matter where you are in the Defiance region you will have a great river view. 

If you are looking for some other local tourism experiences check out Daniel Boone’s Home. This will give you a unique look at his history and story. The Defiance region is also close to the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is great for hiking or biking. If you need a bike while you are there, check out some of the local bike renting options and enjoy the trail!

Adjacent to the Defiance region you will find the Augusta, Dutzon and Marthasville wine regions. They are quite close together and also offer great wine and experiences! Be sure to visit them all!

When visiting this region, you will find gorgeous views, vineyards, and great tasting wine. This region also hosts a lot of different amenities that will make it a trip to remember. History, river views, event spaces, lodging, entertainment and more make this region unique and a great way to experience all that Missouri Wine Country has to offer!

 

Defiance Region Wineries:

Cedar Lake Cellars

Chandler Hill Vineyards

Defiance Ridge Vineyards

Sugar Creek Winery

 

 

Travel to Missouri Wine Country and be sure to visit the Defiance Region, it will not disappoint!

Wineries That Also Brew Beer

June 13, 2024

The Ultimate Father's Day Gift 

 

Missouri Wine Country has something for everyone. With Father’s Day coming up there are more than 125 wineries to visit throughout the state, there are countless memories to be had. Wine fans have a wide range of styles and sweetness levels to choose from in the tasting rooms of Missouri, but that’s not all. Many of our wineries also serve beer, usually sourced from local breweries, while some even brew it themselves. Here are seven wineries that also brew beer that you don’t want to miss… 

Arcadian Moon Winery & Brewery – Higginsville 

Arcadian Moon Winery & Brewery is the first brewery in Lafayette County in nearly a century. They have a variety of beers ranging from porter to pale ale and update their offerings seasonally.

 

Cave Vineyard – Ste. Genevieve 

Cave Vineyard is home to several beers under the S.I.L.’s moniker which stands for sons-in-law. The family joke is that the sons-in-law of the owner have found a way to fund their hobby. Currently, they have three brews available by bottle, but occasionally, they brew up something fun to put on tap.

 

Charleville Vineyard Winery & Brewery – Ste. Genevieve 

Charleville Vineyard Winery & Brewery has seen great success with this brewery, recently opening an additional location in St. Louis. They recently brewed batch #1 in St. Louis, while batch #1000 brewed in Ste. Genevieve. Views at the Ste. Genevieve winery and brewery location are hard to beat though. 

 

Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard – Potosi

Potosi now has Edg-Clif Brewing Company on site offering a selection of six different beers on draft to try or take home in a growler. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle, the wide-open spaces of Edg-Clif century farm is perfect for you.

 

Hermannhof Winery & Tin Mill Brewery – Hermann

The brewery is located at a landmark 100-year-old mill in historic downtown Hermann. With Hermann’s strong German roots, they focus on the art of an authentic German Brewing style. The mill brewery features a rotating 20-tap list featuring premium German lagers and a variety of seasonals. 

 

Steele Crest Winery and Microbrewery – Cape Girardeau

The winery and sits on five acres in Jackson, newly expanded brewery feature ample indoor and outdoor seating. Plus, who can resist wood-fired pizza to go with their wine or beer? 

 

Wild Sun Winery & Brewery – Hillsboro

The winery resides on a beautiful ten-acre estate in Hillsboro where they say stop by to see what it means when they say “live, life, wild” while enjoying several wine and beer options. They have six beers on tap to enjoy while overlooking their property. 

 

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Whether you’re a wine fan, a beer connoisseur or both, Missouri Wine Country has plenty to offer. Go take a trip and enjoy

Picnic Perfect: Celebrate with Missouri Wine

June 11, 2024

Today is International Picnic Day! Celebrate with a Missouri Wine at your picnic in Missouri Wine Country!

Many wineries offer food and outdoor seating which you can partake in with their great Missouri Wine selection. There are a few Missouri Wineries that allow you to bring in your own food, so pack your picnic basket and get out to enjoy Missouri Wine and Missouri Wine Country!

7C’s Winery offers up ample picnic space and fully-equipped grills for visitors to enjoy along with their selection of wine and mead. After enjoying your picnic, play a round of disc golf on the winery’s on-site course.

Adam Puchta will be a beautiful winery to have your picnic. Located along a winding creek Adam Puchta Winery will have plenty of delicious wine and scenery for your picnic.

Augusta Winery serves delicious wines, cheese and sausage, and beer. With a covered terrace and live music, your picnic will definitely be enjoyed here.

Baltimore Bend Vineyard encourages visitors to take in the area’s Civil War history as they picnic on the property. For wine enthusiasts who need to substantiate their snacks, the winery offers food for purchase.

Find a shady spot at Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery’s patio to enjoy your picnic with friends and catch live music on the weekends. As the weather cools this fall, bring a picnic and cozy up in the winery’s heated and enclosed deck.

Brix Urban Winery and Market serves up delightful meads and snacks to accompany your picnic selections. While you’re visiting, consider sticking around for a ghost tour or haunted pub crawl of the historic Ste. Genevieve area. 

Cave Hollow West Winery is a great spot for guests who want to take in the history and geologic wonder of the nearby Mark Twain Cave and Cameron Cave, and have the ability to picnic as they enjoy delicious wines with Mark Twain-inspired labels.

Cave Vineyard boasts a natural cave where visitors can enjoy their picnic on a hot summer day. Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages, and the winery offers a mouthwatering selection of fresh bread and local meats and cheeses.

Curling Vine Winery is open daily all year long. Enjoy your picnic and then see how sparkling wine is produced on-site in the traditional way.

Feel at home in Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard’s rocking chairs and fire pit areas as you enjoy a picnic paired with one of the winery’s award-winning wines. Take in the quaint rural scenery as you uncork and unwind.

Fence Stile Vineyard & Winery welcomes guests to sip and snack amongst scenic views of the winery’s courtyard and estate vineyards. Visitors can also order snacks and hot paninis from the kitchen.

G. Husman Wine Company offers a unique look at the history of the Missouri grape industry. Take your picnic basket there and learn more about “the father of the Missouri grape industry’s” heritage and history through their wine.

Hemman Winery welcomes picnic baskets in their historic building, which was formerly an 1850s country store. Visitors are encouraged to explore the Brazeau village’s historic buildings during their visit.

Hermannhof Winery produces a wide array of wines from sweet, dry and everything in between. They are sure to have the perfect wine to enjoy with your picnic.

Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery  welcomes guests to bring picnic baskets to their sustainable vineyard, or to try one of their ready-to-enjoy picnic sacks.

Keltoi Vineyard & Winery sets itself apart as a peaceful and serene spot for a picnic and glass (or bottle) of delicious wine. Take a walk around the winery’s mile-long trail and marvel at the Celtic-inspired features smattered throughout the property.

LaChance Vineyards will allow you to have a picnic with a country feel. There wines are as unique as the scenery and are sure to make your picnic special.

Noboleis Vineyards gladly welcomes picnic baskets as visitors come to relax with friends under the winery’s signature tented pavilion. Forgot to pack enough food for your group? The winery offers a spread of prepared food that pairs flawlessly with their wine selection.

Odessa Country Winery, just outside of the Kansas City area, invites visitors to pack a picnic and enjoy with a bottle of wine on Joe’s Catfish Pavilion or in the Hunter’s Mancave. Challenge your gang to a free game of pool after sipping and savoring.

Old Farm Winery encourages guests to pack a picnic and spend an afternoon at the winery, where live music and the winery’s history are sure to keep you entertained.

Peaceful Bend Vineyard offers you a chance to kick back and relax while enjoying your picnic. Refreshing and unique wines and scenery makes this winery a great picnic spot.

Reserve Cellars of Hermann is on the historic Hermann Farm. Go back in time and enjoy their wine with your picnic.

Röbller Vineyard and Winery will make you feel just at home. Family owned and operated on a beautiful hillside will make this picnic feel like you are right at home.

Sand Creek Vineyard’s spacious veranda is an ideal perch for watching wildlife and enjoying breathtaking views as guests snack on picnic fare. The winery also offers light fare, chocolate and wine-a-ritas for purchase. 

Serenity Valley Winery is a superb lakeside spot for guests to bring their picnic basket for a day of relaxation. Make sure to bring an extra treat to feed the winery’s pet ducks and geese that meander the property.

On a steamy summer day, Stone Hill Winery encourages visitors to cool off with a free tour of the winery’s historic underground cellars before enjoying a picnic.

Westphalia Vineyards welcomes guests with picnic baskets to enjoy their snacks with sips of sulfite-free wines. While you’re visiting the winery, make sure to inquire about local Waygu beef offerings.

Villa Antonio Winery is close to St. Louis if you are looking for a getaway from the city. Enjoy your picnic alongside picturesque vineyard and lakeside views.

Wild Sun Winery & Brewery offers a park-like property with plenty of shade trees for visitors to picnic beneath. The winery has a full menu for especially hungry guests, along with a large selection of wine and beers.

Pick a winery, make your picnic basket, and head out to enjoy International Picnic Day!

Wineries listed may not be the only Missouri Wineries that allow outside food to be brought it. Feel free to contact your local winery and inquire before heading out!

Wine & Flowers: The Perfect Present

June 08, 2024

 

Missouri Wine is for more than sipping! This is your next perfect gift, up your wine giving game with this wine bottle bouquet!

Supplies:

• Floral Foam

• Bottle of Missouri Wine

• Fresh assortment of florals (synthetic florals work as well)

• Bowl of water

Let’s Build it:

  1. Cut a square of floral foam. Take wine bottle and turn upside down, pushing top of bottle (cap facing foam) into the center of the square. Creating the perfect size indent into foam. Once this step is done, remove bottle from foam and set aside.
  2. Take bowl of water and submerge each side of floral foam into bowl. Make sure each side has been covered with water. Allow to drain for a minute or two on a separate dish. For synthetic flowers, you do not have to soak the floral foam.
  3. Once lightly drained, place foam on top of wine bottle, aligning the hole with the bottle cap. If you would like to trim side of foam to make a smaller bouquet, now is the time to do so. It’s easier when foam is already placed on bottle because you can see the proportions clearly.
  4. Take a knife to slice off any excess foam you would like to remove.
  5. Once your foam is shaped to your liking, cut your florals stems off, leaving about an inch or inch and a half of stem to pierce through foam. For Synthetic Flowers do the same.
  6. Arrange your flowers in the foam to your liking. Ensure the bouquet is even and shaped all the way around in a 360-degree design. 
  7. Place the bouquet back on top of your wine bottle. Your gift is ready to give!

Pro-tip: Use a bottle of Missouri Wine for your bouquet!

If you need a graduation gift, special present for mom or a "just because" bouquet, this DIY is the way to go!

 

Summer Sipping: Events in Missouri Wine Country

May 31, 2024

Missouri Wineries not only offer delicious wine, but a lot of events to fill your summer calendar with fun! Check out some of these events and explore Missouri Wine Country!

Adam Puchta Winery - Hermann

Apple Creek Vineyard and Winery - Centertown

Baltimore Bend Vineyard - Waverly 

Beckett’s Winery - Glasgow 

  • June 22: Plant Swap and Sale | 11am

Belvoir Winery and Inn - Liberty 

Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant - Holts Summit

  • June 14: Dueling Pianos

Cedar Lake Cellars - Wright City

Chandler Hill Vineyards - Defiance 

Christine’s Vineyard - Webb City

Defiance Ridge Vineyards - Defiance

Edg-Clif Vineyard, Winery and Brewery - Potosi

Hunter Valley Winery - Cape Girardeau

Jowler Creek Winery Platte City

LaChance Vineyards - De Soto

Lake Creek Winery - Marthasville

Les Bourgeois VineyardsRocheport

McKelvey Vineyard – New Haven

Montelle Winery - Augusta

Noboleis Vineyards - Augusta

Shamrock Hills – Excelsior Springs

St. James Winery – St. James 

Stone Hill Winery - Hermann

Stonehaus Farms Winery– Lee’s Summit

The Peculiar Winery - Peculiar

Villa Antonio Winery– Hillsboro

Walnut Creek Winery ­– Holt

West Winery – Macon

Weston Wine Company – Weston 

Wildlife Ridge Winery– Smithton 

Willow Spring Mercantile – Excelsior Springs

Plan your next getaway in Missouri Wine Country! No matter which wineries you end up at, you are sure to have a fun time with great wine. Click this link to plan now!

https://missouriwine.org/education/enjoy-wine/winery-search

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