Chambourcin Cranberry Sauce

November 15, 2016

Chambourcin Cranberry Sauce is no ordinary sauce!This Chambourcin Cranberry Sauce, or Cham-berry Sauce if you’re in a hurry, is easy to make, stores well, and adds tangy flavor to a wide range of dishes. This recipe should definitely make it on to your Thanksgiving table, but it’s also great with pork, as a condiment on sandwiches, served over warm brie, or as simply as spread on your morning toast. Missouri Chambourcin, a dry red wine, really kicks up the flavor and complexity of this sauce. Give it a try today!


Time: 30-40 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 bag (12oz) fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup Missouri Chambourcin wine
  • 1 medium navel orange 
  • 2-3 (1/4 in thick) slices of fresh ginger [or ½ tsp ground]
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg


Zest and juice the orange, reserve.

Add sugar and water to a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir and heat until sugar is fully dissolved.

Rinse cranberries, add to pot and stir to coat in the sugar, water mixture.

Place lid over pot and increase heat to a gentle simmer until all cranberries have popped.

While simmering… Peel and slice the ginger (Crush with the flat of a knife or the back of a spoon just before adding to help release the flavors.)

Pouring wine into Chambourcin Cranberry Sauce

Once cranberries have all popped, add remaining ingredients: wine, ginger, orange zest and juice, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. 

Allow mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally until it becomes thick and syrupy. (20-25 minutes)

Remove from heat, cool, and transfer to a serving bowl or a container with lid if making ahead of time. 


This sauce is great fresh (don’t forget to let it cool though), but can be made up to a week ahead of serving and kept in the 

Celebrate Wine Tourism Day!

November 09, 2016

November 12th marks the 4th Annual Wine Tourism Day! It’s a day intended to feature wineries and wine related events throughout North America, promote the concept of traveling to wine regions, and bring to light the economic impact of wine tourism. The idea of a Wine Tourism Day was approved by the wine industry at the 2012 Wine Tourism Conference. European Day of Wine Tourism is celebrated the same weekend on November 13, 2016. You can join in on the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #WineTourismDay.0369_MWGB_Montelle.jpg

Missouri wine country is proud to celebrate the work it has done over the past few years. The Show Me State wine industry boasts a $1.76 billion annual economic impact and is responsible for $220 million in wine-related tourism expenditures. Nearly 950,000 tourists visit Missouri wineries each year, but that number continues to grow. The increase of tourist visits can be accredited to the growing number of Missouri wineries, continued improvement in wine quality, and more opportunities for visitors to experience Missouri wine country. With ten wine trails and five American Viticultural Areas, there’s a lot to see, do, and taste in beautiful Missouri wine country!     

Missouri wineries are continually bringing home awards from national and international wine competitions. Take a look at our trophy case to discover which Missouri wines have won awards. Wine tasting tours and wine-related events are a great way to try new wines and experience Missouri wine culture. Take a vino adventure and travel to a Missouri winery. You’ll not only enjoy fine wine, but you can earn points for it too! The Missouri Winery Visitors’ Program (MVP) is designed to increase winery tourism by rewarding people for visiting Missouri wineries. For each visit, participants will receive points which are redeemable for various rewards on the MVP website. It’s free to participate, so sign up for an MVP account today at!    

Surprising Sandwich Match-ups

November 03, 2016

Sandwiches may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about wine pairings, but after this, they’ll probably rank a little higher. There are few dishes in the world that are more customizable than the sandwich. That could be why November 3rd was named Sandwich Day. Use this guide to build your favorite sandwich and find the perfect Missouri wine to pair with it. 

Sandwich and MO Wine Pairings

Sandwiches aren’t just for lunch anymore. Enjoy a delicious sandwich and Missouri wine pairing, today! 


Chambourcin: Hard to Say, Easy to Enjoy

October 31, 2016

Chambourcin Infographic 2016-01.pngPronounced sham-bor-san, this French-American hybrid grape is an excellent gateway to dry red wines. As the fall season kicks in, many wine-lovers turn to a glass of delicious red wine. Despite the fact that red wine may be enjoyed year round, there’s something comforting about a glass of red wine as temperatures begin to drop. That’s why the Missouri Wine and Grape Board has designated November as Chambourcin Month. Fruity, with notes of cherry, and earthy with soft tannins, this medium to full bodied wine is incredibly food friendly.  It compliments spices fall is known for such as nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.

The 2016 harvest of Chambourcin is complete and winemakers are currently making this year’s vintage. Missouri wineries throughout the state will be celebrating this varietal by showcasing their Chambouricn wines and hosting special events. How will you celebrate?

November is the perfect time to visit a Missouri winery and give Chamborucin a taste. Share your experiences with us on social media by using the hashtags #Chambourcin and #MOwine.

Popular among Missouri winemakers, this versatile grape was developed by French biochemist Joannes Seyve to specifically withstand colder weather and be more resistant to disease. Seyve often used Seibel hybrids produced in the 1860s, but Chambourcin’s exact parentage is unknown.  It is thought to be a crossing of native North American vines with a Siebel hybrid. The medium-sized grapes are blue-black in color and generally produce large, loose clusters.

Missouri wines made with Chambourcin are collecting awards from competitions all over the nation. Check out our trophy case to find an award winning Chambourcin wine to try!    

Don’t Be Scared, Try Pairing Halloween Candy with Wine

October 26, 2016

Trick or treat!  Did you know some of your favorite Missouri wines pair well with Halloween candy?  Whether you’re planning a Halloween bash or simply want to enjoy a glass, we’ve got you covered.  Here’s our wine and Halloween candy pairing suggestions.

Candy Corn + Chardonel 

Dark Chocolate + Norton 

Mounds (or Almond Joy) + Vignoles 

Pumkin Kisses + Traminette 

Gummy Worms + Pink Catawba 

Peanut Butter Cups + Concord 


Pasta Possibilities with MO Wine

October 25, 2016

Pasta is a favorite on most dinner tables because it’s easy to make, inexpensive and there are limitless options and combinations. What could be better than a delicious bowl of pasta for supper? Pairing it perfectly with an award-winning Missouri wine, that’s what! Bonus… October 25th is World Pasta Day and the ideal time to find out which pasta and Missouri wine combo is a match for you. 


Pairing pasta and MO Wine Guide

Mark Your Calendar for These Fun Fall Events

October 19, 2016

Fall_AugustaPatioView_MW.jpgFall is finally here! The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, and there are plenty of events to attend. Bring a friend, bring a family member, or come by yourself and experience all that these Fall events have to offer. Below is a list of events you should check out this Fall season. 

October Events

  • Feast Taste & See: Go Fish – Oct. 21st – Come taste and see the beauty and the flavor of local, Midwest-raised fish!  Paired with excellent wines, guests will enjoy fresh seafood and experience live demos from local chefs.

  •  Annual Clinton Wine Stroll – Oct. 22nd - Grab a glass and enjoy 4 hours of strolling, wine tasting, snacks, shopping and fun at the historic downtown Clinton Square.

November Events

  • Citizen Jane Film Festival – Nov. 4th – One of the only film festivals in the nation that highlights the work of female filmmakers returns to downtown Columbia for its ninth year.  Missouri Wines will be providing wine tastings at the opening night ceremony.

  • Sip & Shop the Best of Missouri – Nov. 4th & 5th – At this upscale, holiday shopping experience guests will discover gifts of exceptional quality and distinctive style, all while sampling great Missouri wines!

  • Guess The Grape – Nov. 5th – Guests will test their taste buds in the tasting room by trying different varieties of wine and will be given raffle tickets for correctly guessing the subtle characteristics, varietal, and price level of each glass.  The event supports the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic, which provides eye care to the low-income and homeless.

  • Taste of the Holidays – Nov. 5th & 6th – Celebrate the season along the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail and enjoy holiday foods paired perfectly with featured wines.

  • Sip N Soup – Nov. 5th & 6th – Savor the flavor of some delicious soup pairings with wine from your favorite Mid-Missouri wineries along the Missouri River Wine Trail.

  • Holiday Fare Wine Trail – Nov. 19th & 20th – The Holiday Fare Wine Trail will open the holiday season with a celebration of food and wine pairings at Hermann-area wineries, featuring favorite holiday foods.

  • Wine Diva Weekend – Nov. 19th & 20th – Journey down Ste. Genevieve’s Route du Vin wine trail and be treated to fine wine perfectly paired with a delicious “Diva Treat” at each of the six distinctive wineries within the scenic region.

In addition to these events, wineries throughout Missouri will be celebrating Harvest Season by hosting their own special events featuring live music, wine pairings, and more!  Visit Missouri Wines’ Go-Do page to view more upcoming events.

7 Spooktacular DIY Halloween Crafts

October 18, 2016

Halloween DIY Ideas and Inspiration Halloween is a really fun time of the year; why not celebrate with a wine and craft night? Whether you’re prepping for a Halloween soiree or want to add some seasonal festiveness to your house, check out these fun and (not so) frightening DIY décor ideas.

Wine Bottle Craft Ideas:

Jack-O-Lantern Bottles- You won’t have to worry about finding the perfect pumpkins or getting pumpkin guts all over the dining table with these Jack-O-Lanterns.

Spider Web Wine- This is a craft you can do on full bottles you plan to serve, if you’d prefer. It’s easy, quick, and makes a spooky statement. Glue on some spiders for good measure!

Wine Glass DIY Inspiration:

Hand-painted Wine Glass Ghouls- Simpler than it looks and so much fun, these wine glass ghouls make a great center or mantle piece.

Candy Corn Candle Holders- You’d be hard-pressed to find an easier, speedier Halloween decoration than this!

Must-try Cork Crafts:

Cork Pumpkins- Fast and fun, these cork pumpkins would be an ideal craft to do with friends or family.

Skeleton- Who needs bones when you have wine corks? Build a skeleton out of wine corks; we won’t look too close for anatomical correctness.

Mini-Monsters- Sparkling wine corks transform into the cutest little spooksters! These mini-monsters are perfect for a door prize or goodie bags.

Get in the spooky spirit with Missouri wines!

Cooking Pork with Missouri Chardonel

October 12, 2016

A Missouri Chardonel is an excellent dry white wine to cook with, especially when making sauces.  We made sage pork tenderloin medallions with a Chardonel jus and the results were delicious!  A glass of Chardonel also pairs very well with this meal or while you’re cooking it.  This recipe comes from our friends at the Missouri Pork Association.  It takes about 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook.  This elegant dish is easy to make and tastes great!  These pork tenderloin medallions are the perfect meal to present to guests or cook for your family at home.       


  • 2 Tablespoons Whole-Wheat Flour

  • ½ Teaspoon Dried Sage

  • ¼ Teaspoon Salt

  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper

  • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder

  • 4 Teaspoons Olive Oil, Divided

  • 1 Pork Tenderloin (About 1 ¼ Pounds, Trimmed If Needed)

  • ½ Cup Chicken Broth, Reduced Sodium or Organic

  • ½ Cup Dry White Wine, Missouri Chardonel

  • 2 Teaspoons Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil, or Substitute Butter


Stir together flour, sage, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a shallow dish or plate, and preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Slice pork crosswise into 3/4-inch thick medallions and arrange flat on a cutting board. Pound with a mallet to 1/2-inch thickness and coat pork in flour on all sides.

Add 2 teaspoons oil to the pan.  Once the oil heats up, place the pork in a single layer. You might need to divide the pork into two batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.  Brown on one side for 2 to 3 minutes and turn to brown the other side.  Remove pork onto a plate and scrape the brown bits up from the bottom of pan with a wooden spoon, putting them into the measured broth or wine.  Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan and repeat the cooking procedure.  Add the pork to the plate.

Remove pan from heat, add wine, place back on heat, and simmer for 4 minutes or until wine reduces down to a couple of tablespoons.  Add broth and simmer 3 minutes or until reduced by half.

Remove from heat, swirl in butter, and add pork back to the pan to coat.  Arrange pork on plates and spoon sauce on top.



Show Me Wine Country: Fall Drives

October 11, 2016

Fall foliage in MO wine country is beautiful! In Missouri Wine Country, getting to the wineries is often just as beautiful and picturesque as the wineries and vineyards themselves. Driving along tree lined roads and rolling hills is part of the relaxing experience of a Missouri winery adventure. This is particularly majestic during the fall, when the Show Me State does not disappoint, offering mesmerizing views. These are just some of the great fall drives you’ll discover in Missouri wine country.

Highway 94 southwest of St. Louis is laden with many award-winning wineries.

Highway 100 between Hermann and New Haven is home to several unique wineries.

Along Highway 24 north of Interstate 70 and just east of Kansas City you’ll find a number of quaint, welcoming wineries.

Route 66, the mother road, leads you on a journey sprinkled with history and dotted with wineries.



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