Fruity Fruitcake

December 19, 2016

Fruit fruit cake made with Missouri wineThis is not the stereotypical joke-of-the-season fruitcake. This one is packed with delicious dried fruits, lots of nuts and festive seasonings, all enhanced with the flavor of Missouri wine. It may well become a holiday tradition for your family and friends. This cake is good right away, or can be aged for a month or more.


Recipe by Pat Finkes, who one First Place in the 2016 Missouri State Fair: Cooking with MO Wine- Just Desserts Contest 


2 cups golden raisins

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped dried pineapple

1/2 cup chopped dried figs

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup chopped dried prunes

1/2 cup chopped dates

1 cup sliced candied red cherries

1/4 cup sliced candied green cherries

1/2 cup chopped candied orange peel

1/2 cup chopped candied lemon peel

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped pecans

1 (750-ml) bottle winter spiced wine (such as Wenwood Frohlichwein) or your favorite Missouri red wine, divided

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground allspice

1 1/4 cups butter-flavor shortening

1 1/4 cups honey

Zest of 1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 eggs


For glaze:

1 cup semi-sweet red wine (your favorite Missouri semi-sweet red wine)

1 (10-ounce) jar Simply Fruit apricot

Candied cherries and slivered almonds, for garnish (optional)



Combine golden raisins, raisins, pineapple, figs, apricots, prunes, dates, candied red and green cherries, orange and lemon peel, almonds, walnuts and pecans in a large bowl.  Pour 1 1/2 cups of the spiced wine over fruits and nuts; stir to mix. Cover and let stand in refrigerator or a cool place overnight, stirring occasionally. Before using, drain off any excess wine.

Line bottom of an angel food cake pan or tube pan with two layers of brown paper and one layer of parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 250 degrees.

Combine drained fruit and nut mixture with 1 cup of the flour; set aside.

Sift together the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Set aside.

Whip shortening in a large bowl.  Blend in honey, lemon zest, almond extract and vanilla extract. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Add the fruit and nut mixture; mix well by hand.

Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake on center rack of preheated 250-degree oven for four hours, or until cake tests done. Remove from oven and let cool on rack. Remove cooled cake from pan.

To age the fruitcake: Wrap cheesecloth around cake; drizzle 1/2 to 3/4 cup of the remaining wine over the cheesecloth. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in airtight tin. Store in a cool, dark place. Drizzle additional wine over cheesecloth once a week for three to four weeks.

Before serving, prepare glaze.  Combine semi-sweet red wine and apricots in saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until mixture reduces to 1 cup. Unwrap fruitcake and place on serving platter. Brush glaze onto top and sides of fruitcake. If desired, decorate top of cake with candied cherries and slivered almonds.

Yield: About 24 servings. 

Dark Chocolate MO Wine Fudge

December 15, 2016

Tis’ the season for holiday sweet treats! Fudge is always a crowd pleaser, but when you add Missouri wine to it, it takes fudge to a whole new level. Your guests will be even more eager to try a piece once they hear it was made with Missouri wine. For this recipe, we used a Norton, which pairs exceptionally well with dark chocolate.  You can taste a hint of Norton’s big, bold flavors in each bite!

Not only is this recipe delicious, it’s incredibly easy to make! All you need is a microwave to cook the ingredients and stir it into fudge. *Pro tip: Missouri wine makes the stirring process a little more enjoyable. 

Dark Chocolate MO Wine Fudge Recipe

Time: Prep - 5 minutes  |  Cook - 5 minutes

Yields: 30-36 pieces of fudge

Ingredients:MO Wine Fudge Collage.JPG

4 tbsp     Missouri red wine (We recommend a Norton)

1 lb     Dark chocolate chips

1 can     Fat free sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)

2 tsp     Pure vanilla extract

¼ tsp     Cinnamon

¼ tsp     Sea Salt


Line a 9x9 inch pan with wax paper and spray the paper lightly with a nonstick cooking spray. Combine all the ingredients into a microwave safe mixing bowl. Microwave on high for one minute, remove carefully as the bowl may be hot, stir well, and then microwave another 30 seconds. Stir thoroughly. All of the chocolate should be melted and the mixture has a thick consistency similar to cake batter. If not, microwave another 30 seconds and stir again. It’s important to note that you should avoid over heating the dark chocolate mixture or it will burn and become hardened. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth it out. Set the pan in the fridge and let it chill for at least an hour. Once the fudge is completely cool and hardened, remove from pan and place fudge on a cutting board. Warm a knife under hot water and cut the fudge into squares.        

We encourage you to give this simple recipe a try this holiday season! Norton pairs best with dark chocolate, but feel free to try other Missouri red wines. Please share your MO wine fudge experience with us on social media by using the hashtag #MOwineFudge.


Holiday Entertaining Tips with Missouri Wines

December 13, 2016

Holiday Entertaining with MO Wine The holidays can be hectic and stressful, especially as you plan your seasonal gatherings. Let us help. The holidays are happier with Missouri wines! We’ve got tips, recipes, and pairing ideas to take away some of the stress and make your holidays merry and bright.


What are the three main questions that come up when planning to serve wine at a get-together?

  1. What do I buy?
  2. How much do I buy?
  3. How should I serve it?

What to buy can be tricky if you don’t know the tastes of everyone coming to the soiree. Consider this as a basic list: a dry red, a dry white, an off-dry (red, white or rosé), and a sweet (red, white or rosé). For example, purchasing a Norton, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, and a Concord or Pink Catawba will ensure you please just about any palette and have something that pairs well with most dishes.

How much to purchase ends up taking just a bit of simple math. A serving of wine is about 5 ounces, and you’ll get 5 glasses from a standard size bottle of wine. Factor in the number of guests and how long the event will be. You’ll need slightly less if you’re serving other beverages as well.

When it comes to serving wine, temperature is pretty important. The 3, 2, 1 rule is a good way to remember how long wines need to chill in a refrigerator: 3 hours for sparkling, 2 for white, and 1 for red wines. Have wine charms or glass-writing pens on hand so guests can identify their glasses.


Winter White Sangria is a fun and festive recipe that looks beautiful and can be made ahead of time.

Mulled wine will make your house smell divine and is delicious, warm and comforting.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate is unique and completely decadent. This could be considered a beverage or a dessert at your holiday shindig.

If you’re a fan of Missouri fruit wine, make insta-wine-tails by pouring fruit wine over ice and topping it off with a splash of club soda. You can get extra fancy by freezing fruit in your ice cubes ahead of time. (Cranberry is particularly festive!)


Finding the perfect wines to match your holiday menu is easier than you think with our interactive Food and Wine Pairing Guide. We’ve also put together a cookie and wine pairing cheat sheet that makes those holiday cookie exchanges even more fun!

Invite Missouri wine to your holiday celebrations this year!

Brownies Can Get Better

December 08, 2016

MO Wine Brownies Decadent, chewy, fudgy, and full of chocolaty flavors… does it get any better than a brownie? It does if you add award-winning Missouri fruit wine to the mix and top it off with a drizzle of delicious wine glaze! This recipe for Missouri Fruit Wine Brownies is a must try, and will be a real treat for everyone you choose to share them with. That is, if you’re willing to share after tasting them.

Missouri Fruit Wine Brownies Recipe

Time: Prep – 15 minutes  |  Bake time – 40 minutes

Yields: 12-16 servings



½ cup     Missouri fruit wine (We used raspberry.)

4 ounces     Milk chocolate, chips or a bar- chopped/broken up

3 tbsp     Unsalted butter, cut into pieces

2     Eggs, room temperatureMO Wine Brownies Ingredients

¾ cup     White sugar

1 tsp     Vanilla

¾ cup     All purpose flour

¼ cup     Unsweetened cocoa powder

½ tsp     Salt

½ cup     Fruit for garnish (optional


4-5 tbsp         Powdered sugar

1-2 tbsp         Missouri fruit wine (We used raspberry.)


Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x9 or 8x8 baking pan.

In a small pot over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate together until smooth. (You can also melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave, heat for approximately 1 ½- 2 minutes in increments of 30 seconds. Stirring between each until all the chocolate is melted and the butter and chocolate are combined and smooth.)

Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl, and add wine to melted chocolate mixture, whisking until fully incorporated.

Add eggs one at a time, whisking to combine after each addition.

Mix in vanilla and sugar.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa and salt.

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until smooth.

Pour the batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the brownies begin to just pull away from the sides of the pan.

While the brownies are baking, make the glaze. In a small bowl, whisk wine into powdered sugar, ½ tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is met. Set aside.

Let brownies cool then glaze.

This recipe should be easy to follow, but if you find yourself in a hurry, there’s another way. You can always replace the water in the recipe of a box of brownie mix for a deliciously decadent and super simple treat. Keep an eye on the baking time, though. You may need to add 5-10 minutes to the recommended baking time in the instructions.

Cheers to sweet treats and the tasty wines that pair with them! 

10 Gifts for MO Wine Lovers

December 06, 2016

You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating, Missouri wine is the perfect gift for wine lovers! By the bottle or by the case, wine is the ideal present for family, friends, and business associates. A bottle of Missouri wine also makes a great host/hostess gift.

Are you having a hard time finding the right gift for the person on your list that has everything? Try a wine club membership from one of Missouri’s wineries. A wine club membership is a gift that keeps on giving! Missouri wine is the answer for corporate gift giving too. Find that one-of-kind gift at a Missouri winery where you can purchase unique accessories, gift certificates, gift baskets, and of course, wine.

If someone on your list loves wine, it’s probably safe to say they also love wine related products. Below is a list of gift ideas to help you find something for that special wine lover in your life.  

  1. Wine Rocks keep your wine chilled.Wine Thermometer.jpg

  2. Take your wine’s temperature with the Alltemp Select Infrared Wine Thermometer.

  3. Wine glass pens help you personalize your wine glass.

  4. Devoted wine loving ladies may enjoy this Wine Accessories Gift Box Set for women by LePrene.

  5. Let your wine breath with the Vintorio Wine Aerating Pourer.

  6. The True Wall-Mounted Wine Rack is a unique way to store wine against the wall.Wine Rack.jpg

  7. Keep those toes warm with these Wine Crew Socks.

  8. The Sock Monkey Bottle Caddy is a cute way to cover wine.

  9. Give the gift of elegant lighting with this Wine Bottle Torch Kit.

  10. Protect open wine bottles while spending time outdoors with this wine holder kit.

Happy holidays and best wishes for a wonderful wine filled holiday season!

Missouri Winter White Sangria

December 01, 2016

Missouri Winter White SangriaThis time of year is full of holiday gatherings and get-togethers. Be the hit of your next shindig with this delicious and festive Winter White Sangria. With flavors of apple, cranberry, ginger and rosemary, it’s like the holidays in a glass. It’s made with a delicious and versatile Missouri wine called Vidal Blanc that helps it pair with a wide range of tasty treats from savory appetizers to sweet desserts. This recipe is simple to make and looks quite festive. Try it today!


Time: Prep – 10 minutes  |  Chill – 2+ hours

Yield: 6-8 servings


MO White Winter Sangria Ingredients

1 bottle - Missouri Vidal Blanc (acidic white wine with apple notes) 

MO White Winter Sangria Pitcher1 cup - White cranberry juice
1 cup - Fresh cranberries (or frozen and thawed) – extra for garnish
2-3 - Apples – red and green     

1-2 - Rosemary sprigs – extra for garnish
12-16 oz - Ginger beer (non-alcoholic) – chilled 



Chop apples and rinse cranberries. Layer the fruit in a pitcher for a festive look. Add rosemary. Pour in the wine and juice, and chill for at least two hours to let the flavors combine. Add ginger beer and stir gently before serving.

*Bonus* For a fun garnish, remove the leaves from the bottom third of a sprig of rosemary. Spear 2-3 cranberries on the end of the sprig. Wet the remaining leaves and shake off excess water. Roll the damp leaves in sugar for a snow-covered tree effect. Add to the glass to top off your festive Winter White Sangria.





Mulled Wine Recipe

November 30, 2016

Mulled Wine Recipe Card

Mulled Wine Recipe 


1 cup - Missouri port-style wine 

1 cup - Orange juice 

1/2 cup - Cointreau (orange liqueur) 

1/2 cup - Brown sugar 

2 - Oranges, zested in strips 

10 - Cloves, whole 

2 - Cinnamon sticks 

2 bottles - Missouri Chambourcin 

For the garnish: 

1 cup - Raisins 

1/3 cup - Cointreau 

1/2 cup - Almonds, whole 

Fresh orange slices 



Prepare the garnish- 

Combine raisins and Cointreau in a small bowl. Let sit at room temperature for 2+ hours. (Raisins may prepares up to one week in advance. Refrigerate unil use.) Toast the almonds on a baking sheet at 400 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. 

Combine all ingredients except the Chamboucin in a large pot with a lid. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered until reduced to approximately 2 cups, 12-15 minutes. Add Chambourcin and warm over low heat with the lid on. Do not boil. To serve, add a spoonful of each the raisins and almonds to a glass or mug. Strain the mulled wine into each glass. Garnish with fresh orange slices. 

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Gifts for MO Wine Fans: Homemade Edition

November 29, 2016

A gift that is homemade is guaranteed to be one-of-a-kind and appreciated by the recipient. Plus, it’s usually less pricey and can be a lot of fun! Here are a few ideas for homemade gifts for the Missouri wine fans on your holiday shopping lists.

A chalkboard table runner is a great gift for the host/hostess on your list. It’s perfect for the next dinner party or wine tasting they’re planning, and it pretty much guarantees you’ll get an invite.

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For your foodie friends and family, turn a couple of empty wine bottles into classy and useful oil and vinegar holders. It’s a simple and quick craft, and you get to empty the bottles… win(e), win(e).

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The fantasy fans on your list will go crazy for this Harry Potter themed wine cozy. Snuggle a bottle of your favorite Missouri wine in this Weasley sweater cozy and you’ve got a great gift! (A glass of wine is our patronus.)

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A personalized wine cork shadow box is a wonderful gift for the sentimental folks on your list. A great way to cherish the good times is to write the date on the cork of a wine enjoyed on a special occasion or just a night of really great conversations. Making memories with Missouri wines!

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Show your Show Me State pride this holiday season by creating a Missouri Made gift basket full of delicious, award-winning local wine, cheese and chocolate. Who wouldn’t want to get that gift?

MO Made Gift Basket

Give the gift of your time and creativity with these DIY presents this holiday season. Cheers! 

MO Wine and Pie Please!

November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means it’s time for pie and wine. We suggest using Missouri wine of course! A Thanksgiving meal just wouldn’t be complete without a cornucopia of pies to try. As you plan your Thanksgiving feast, keep in mind all of the delectable pies you can pair with Missouri wines. From pumpkin pie to apple pie, we’ve got you covered. Here is our list of Missouri wine pairing options for some of America’s favorite Thanksgiving pies.

Pumpkin Pie + Traminette

Sweet Potato Pie + Traminette

Pecan Pie + Vignoles

Apple Pie + Chardonel

Key Lime Pie + Vidal Blanc

Lemon Meringue Pie + Seyval Blanc

Blackberry Pie + Norton

Blueberry Pie + Norton

Cherry Pie + Chambourcin

Chocolate Crème Pie + Chambourcin

Peanut Butter Pie + Concord

We’re thankful Missouri wineries continue to put in the work it takes to make award-winning wines we can enjoy with others during this holiday season. What Missouri wines are you most thankful for? Share your Thanksgiving wine and pie experience with us on social media by using the hashtag #MOwineandpie.


Marinate Venison with a Missouri Chambourcin

November 17, 2016

Missouri is one of the best places to hunt white tailed deer, and many hunters will be harvesting a deer this year. When it comes to cooking venison, a Missouri Chambourcin makes an excellent marinade. Fruity, with notes of cherry and earthy flavors, Chambourcin Marinade.jpgChambourcin has lower acidity, which leaves the meat tender. The marinade seasons the lean meat wonderfully, allowing it to remain moist without overpowering its delicious taste. This marinade works great for venison steaks, roasts, and tenderloins. The marinade instructions below were used for a deer tenderloin that was two to three pounds, but adjustments can be made to fit the cut of meat you’re planning to cook.


  • 1 cup Missouri Chambourcin

  • ½ cup of olive oil

  • ½ small chopped onion

  • 2 tbsp - Worcestershire sauceDeer Tenderloin on Smoker.jpg

  • 1 tbsp - minced garlic

  • 1 tbsp - honey mustard

  • ½ tbsp - sugar

  • ½ tbsp - salt

  • ½ tbsp - pepper

  • ½ tbsp - Montreal steak seasoningDeer Tenderloin with Chambourcin.jpg

  • 1 deer tenderloin - about 2-3 pounds, trimmed if necessary


  1. Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Place tenderloin in plastic bag or glass bowl and pour marinade over, turning tenderloin to coat well. Cover/seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours.

  3. Prepare smoker with charcoal and apple wood chips. Place tenderloin on the grill. Pour the excess marinade in a water pan and place it below the tenderloin. Depending on thickness and your preference, smoke for 5 hours turning tenderloin once every hour. Venison is typically served rare to medium rare.

A glass of Missouri Chambourcin pairs perfectly with venison! Try serving mashed potatoes and green bean casserole with this finished venison dish.


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