Win VIP Tickets to the Citizen Jane Film Festival

October 05, 2016

The Citizen Jane Film Festival, one of the only film festivals in the nation that highlights the work of female filmmakers, returns to downtown, Columbia for its ninth year.  What started as a lecture series at Stephens College, the second oldest women’s college in the country, has grown into a three-day festival that celebrates and supports women filmmakers.  The festival will be held November 3rd - 6th, 2016.  View the festival’s schedule to see what films will be screened this year.  Missouri Wines is proud to be a sponsor and we want to share the love by giving away a pair of Insane Jane passes!

What you could win:

2 Insane Jane passes to the Citizen Jane Film Festival - VALUE $210

Tickets include - all access passes to the vibrant world of Citizen Jane.

  • Early ticket reservations
  • Access to the opening night reception
  • Access to all screenings
  • Access to all events
  • Access to the Citizen Jane Summit, film school, special screenings, music events, live performances, and art installations
  • Access to Filmmaker Brunch
  • Access to Citizen Jane Dance Party
  • Access to Filmmaker hike
  • Access to the Citizen Jane late night dance party
  • Ticketless Access

How to enter:

  1. Follow @MissouriWine on Instagram

  2. Post a Missouri wine related photo on Instagram with the hashtags #MOwine and #CJFF by 10pm (CST) on Sunday, October 16th, 2016.

Things to note:

  • One entry per Instagram account.

  • If your account is set to private, we won’t be able to see that you posted an entry. So, you’ll need to make your account public for the duration of the contest to be entered.

The winner will be chosen at random from all qualified entries and contacted on Monday, October 17th by noon (CST) through Instagram.  If the selected winner does not respond or meet the requirements within 24 hours of being contacted, a new winner will be selected.

If you have any questions, please email missouri.wine@mda.mo.gov.

Tacos + MO Wine

October 04, 2016

Tacos and wine pairings October 4th is Taco (Tues)Day! There seems to be a day for everything, but who wouldn’t want to celebrate the delicousness that is… the taco?! And to top it off, Taco Day falls on a Tuesday this year. Most of the time when you order tacos, you may think of accompanying them width a beer or tequila cocktail, but don’t count wine out. Vino has a long history in Mexico (The oldest winery in North/Central America is in Coahuila, Mexico [Est. 1597].) and pairs incredibly well with Mexican dishes like tacos. Let’s talk pairings!

There are three primary components to consider when pairing wine and tacos:

  1. Sweet cuts heat! The spicier the dish, the sweeter and colder the wine should be to help put out the fire. Wines with high alcohol content and tannins will intensify the burn, so avoid those if you like your tacos spicy.
  2. Color coding: The stand-by rule of white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat, works fairly well with most dishes, including tacos. That being said… rosé wines can often toe the line and work with both red and white meats.
  3. Is it herb-y? Fresh, green herbs tend to work well with acidic wines that have herbaceous flavors. So, if you’re one of the people that piles on the cilantro, reach for a Missouri Vidal Blanc to go with your tacos.

Mouthwatering Match-ups:

  • Chicken Tacos + Vidal Blanc
  • Tacos de Carne Asada + Chambourcin
  • Carnitas Tacos + Dry Rosé (or Catawba if they’re super spicy)
  • Chorizo Tacos + Vignoles
  • Veggie Tacos (Mushroom, Onion, Peppers) + Chardonel
  • Fish Tacos + Seyval Blanc

Try these pairings and enjoy #TacoDay with #MOwine!

 

Harvest 2016 Update

September 29, 2016

It’s hard to imagine a more exciting time in Show Me wine country than harvest. Tons (literally, so many tons) of beautiful grapes are picked from the vine and start their journey to your glass. Harvest looks a little different at each winery. Some wineries kick it old school with traditional equipment, while others employ all the latest technology. If you’re interested in seeing how the delicious wine in your glass comes to be, now is the time to get out to local wineries.

Here’s a glimpse into the amazing sites you’ll discover in wine country this harvest season.

Breathtaking grapes ready for harvest at West Winery

Breathtaking grapes ready for harvest at West Winery


Beautiful bunch of Ellen Scott grapes at Vox Vineyard

Beautiful bunch of Ellen Scott grapes at Vox Vineyard


Harvester at St. James Winery

Harvester at St. James Winery


Bins of grapes headed for crush at Stone Hill Winery

Bins of grapes headed for crush at Stone Hill Winery


Grapes get the royal treatment at Claverach Farms & Vineyard

Grapes get the royal treatment at Claverach Farms & Vineyard


Old school press at VanTill Family Farm Winery

Old school press at VanTill Family Farm Winery


Bin upon bin of gorgeous grapes headed for crush at Pirtle Winery

Bin upon bin of gorgeous grapes headed for crush at Pirtle Winery


Juice flows during crush at Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery

Juice flows during crush at Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery

 

Be a Tourist in Your Own Town

September 21, 2016

Visit a local winery | MO wineThere are 130 wineries spread across Missouri. No matter where you call home in the Show Me State, chances are you’re not far from a winery (or ten). Have you visited the ones in your own backyard? Discover the local wines being made just down the road and meet the people making them. Every bottle has a story. Go on an adventure in Missouri wine country and find out why.

Being a tourist in your own town helps you look at your surroundings with a new perspective and appreciation. Use our interactive winery map to find wineries near you. You can search by distance with zip codes or by keyword if you’re looking for something in particular. Find it here.

Enjoy your next vino adventure! Share it with us on social media with #MOwine. 

Fall Favorites in Missouri Wine Country

September 21, 2016

Fall (or autumn if you prefer) is a wonderful time of year in Missouri wine country. The breathtaking colors of the changing leaves are a sight to be treasured, and the cool, crisp air is ideal for snuggling up with a glass of your favorite local wine. These are some seasonal favorites we think should make it into your plans this fall.

  1. Become an MVP. Visit wineries and earn points toward rewards in the Missouri Winery Visitors’ Program. With 130 wineries to explore, your fall will be full of vino adventures.
  2. Visit a wine trail. There are 10 in the state and they all have something different to offer. Several of them have unique events planned for this fall such as the Wine Diva Weekend on the Route du Vin in Ste. Genevieve, Holiday Fare on the Hermann Wine Trail, Sip & Soup on the Missouri River Wine Trail, and Taste of the Holidays on the Missouri River Hills Wine Trail.
  3. Savor the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. A scenic drive to a winery, a marvelous view from a winery’s outdoor seating, or hiking/biking the Katy Trail from winery to winery… There are lots of options for getting out and really appreciating the beauty of this season of transition.
  4. Taste a seasonal wine. Several wineries in the Show Me State make limited run, small batches of seasonal wines that range from Pumpkin Pie, to Cranberry, to Gingerbread. They are most often only available at the wineries and for a limited time. It’s almost a treasure hunt to find and taste these fun seasonal varieties.
  5. Listen to live music at a winery. Before the chill in the air gets too cold, enjoy some live music at a winery. Many wineries feature bands on the weekends.
  6. Try mulled wine (AKA Gluhwein). A traditionally German recipe, served warm, of spiced wine and fruit. It’s unique and delicious. Whether you try your hand at making it at home or enjoy it at a winery, it’s a must as the weather cools down.
  7. Create and share a fall inspired wine cocktail like this Apple Cider Sangria.
  8. Go to a fall festival. There are many at wineries, others where wineries are in attendance, all are a great time. Check out this list of fall festivals in Missouri for some ideas.
  9. Sip your favorite Missouri red wine, fireside. Fall is bon fire season and there is nothing better than enjoying a bon fire with a glass of warming, red wine.
  10. Add wine to your favorite fall baking recipe. Incorporating wine to your baking can add a unique flavor and richness. This guide will help you figure out the best way to wine-up your recipes.
  11. Pair the first batch of chili with the perfect Missouri wine. Chili season is so close we can taste it, and that first batch always tastes the best. Doesn’t it? Be sure to pick up the ideal wine to go with it.

The list of fun things to do this fall in Missouri wine country could go on and on and on, but these should get you started! 

20 New Wineries to Discover in MO Wine Country

September 15, 2016

Discover New Missouri Winery September is Missouri Wine Month and it is the perfect time to discover a new winery (or ten). The number of wineries in Missouri has grown drastically in the last twenty years to a formidable force of 130, producing 1.25 million gallons of wine and supporting nearly 15,000 fulltime jobs. Owning a winery is no easy task, but the passionate and hard-working winemakers of the Show Me State love a challenge. And they sure are rising to the task, growing 1,700 acres of grapes and bringing home award after award from national and international wine competitions. Experience the beauty of Missouri wine country and enjoy the fruits of their labor!

Here are some of the most recent additions to the Missouri wine family. If you’ve not checked them out yet, what are you waiting for?

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Meet the Grapes of Missouri

September 13, 2016

Missouri red grapes on the vineThe Missouri wine industry has an annual economic impact of $1.76 billion. We’d like to introduce you to all the different wines the Show Me State has to offer. As you’re sure to have noticed, the weather patterns in Missouri can range from hot and humid, to downright frigid, and everything in between. As a result, local vintners grow mostly Native American and hybrid grapes that can handle our demanding weather. Learn more about these hardy grapes and the delicious wines they become.

Norton is a Native American red grape that produces big, bold dry red wines. Norton (AKA Cynthiana) was named the Official State Grape of Missouri in 2003 and is the most commonly grown grape in the state.

Chambourcin (pronounced sham-bor-san) is a French-American hybrid grape often made into earthy, dry red wines and refreshing rosés. Chambourcin is very food friendly and it’s a great “gateway red” for those just starting out.

Catawba is a Native American grape that makes delightful rosé style wines. Catawba wines range in hue from pink to orange and are perfect for sipping on a warm summer day.

Concord is also a Native American grape and wines made from it are usually luscious, sweet red wines. Concord is the quintessential ‘grape’ flavor and a fan favorite at many Missouri wineries. 

Vignoles (pronounced veen-yole) is the most popular white grape in the state and is used to make everything from Late Harvest dessert wines, to refreshing, fruity dry whites. Most frequently, you’ll find semi-sweet to semi-dry Vignoles wines with wonderfully fruity aromas and flavors. No wonder it’s so popular!

Vidal Blanc is an incredibly versatile grape and you’ll find wines made from it in the dessert, sparkling, semi-dry, and crisp, refreshing dry wine categories. It’s delicious and award-winning in many of its styles.

Chardonel is a hybrid grape and wines made from it are often aged on oak, producing wines similar in style and flavor to one of its parent grapes, Chardonnay. You can also find unoaked Chardonel wines at some Missouri wineries, letting more of the apple and citrus notes of the grape shine through.

Chicken and Missouri Wine

September 07, 2016

Chicken is a delicious, nutritious, and affordable staple found in most kitchens. No wonder there’s a whole month devoted to this classic protein. In honor of National Chicken Month, let’s talk chicken and Missouri wine!

Chicken and MO Wine

Cooking Chicken with Missouri Wine

Cooking with wine can add flavor and depth to your dishes. (Not to mention it gives you an excuse to open a bottle of wine and enjoy a glass while you’re cooking.) Wine is used in three primary ways when cooking… as a marinade ingredient, a cooking liquid (think simmer or braise), and flavoring in finished dishes (sauces, primarily). Click here for more info about cooking with wine.

Try one (or all) of these delicious recipes to celebrate Missouri Wine Month and Chicken Month!

Grilled Chicken Beurre Blanc paired with Chardonel from Feast Magazine

Skillet Lemon Chicken paired with Vidal Blanc from The Cookie Rookie

Classic Chicken in Red Wine paired with Chambourcin from the Food Network

Pairing Chicken with Missouri Wine

White meat pairs with white wine is a general rule, and it does work quite often. However, don’t lock yourself in that box. If you do, you might miss out on some really delicious flavor combinations…

  • Fried Chicken + Sparkling Wine (Find more info on this rebellious pairing here.)
  • Chicken Parmesan + Chambourcin
  • Barbecue Chicken + Catawba

Find the perfect wine for your favorite chicken dishes with this guide. 

Chicken and MO Wine Pairing Guide

10 Ways to Celebrate Missouri Wine Month

August 30, 2016

September is Missouri Wine Month September is Missouri Wine Month. What does that mean exactly? It means it’s the perfect time to discover or rediscover the beauty that is your local, award-winning wine scene. There are 130 wineries in the state and the industry has a $1.76 billion impact each year. There are so many wonderful things to experience in Missouri wine country. Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate #MOwineMonth!

  1. Visit a Missouri Winery. With 130 in the state, you’re never far from one, and September is the perfect time to check out a new one… or several.
  2. Sign up for MVP and start earning rewards for exploring wine country. This new program is as simple as 1, 2, 3. 1) Visit wineries. 2) Earn points. 3) Get rewards. What are you waiting for?
  3. Go on a wine trail. There are ten different wine trails throughout the state, each offering a unique experience. A wine trail is a great way to get to know several wineries in an area.
  4. Master the 5S’s of wine tasting. See, swirl, smell, sip, savor… repeat. Become a pro with this guide.
  5. Discover a new varietal. You may have noticed we don’t grow the grapes you’re used to hearing about. Missouri has demanding weather and winemakers have found that hybrid grapes and Native American varieties grow the best in the Show Me State. Discover some of these awesome varieties at a winery or your local retailer.
  6. Take a winery/vineyard tour. There’s no better way to learn than to immerse yourself. Winery and vineyard tours take you into the heart of the winemaking culture, and September is the perfect time for it because it’s harvest season!
  7. Host a local wine tasting (+ local cheese for the win!). Have some friends, family over for a fun night of wine tasting featuring local wines. Add some delicious local cheese to really take your event over the edge!
  8. Pair Missouri wine with your favorite foods. Food and wine are meant to go together. Use this guide to find which Missouri wines pair perfectly with your favorite fare.
  9. Add complexity to your cooking/baking by incorporating local wines. Cooking and baking with wine is fun and delicious. Try one of these recipes.
  10. Share your Missouri vino adventures with us on social media. #MOwineMonth Let’s get social! You can find Missouri Wines on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

Cheers to Missouri Wine Month! Let’s celebrate.

*Bonus* Check out the exciting events going on in wine country through our calendar

Making Great Marinades

August 30, 2016

Making Wine Marinades Infographic

Whether you’re preparing meat, seafood or vegetables, a well-made marinade can make all the difference. There are four primary components to any good marinade: Acid, Fat, Herbs + Aromatics, and Spice. Marinades are designed to impart flavor and in the case of meat, act as a tenderizer.

Building your best marinade is easy…

  1. Acid: You can use anything acidic for this such as vinegar, lemon/lime juice, or wine. Obviously, we think wine is the way to go because you can customize the level of acid by which wine you select. Plus, you get the added bonus of imparting delicious, complex flavors. The amount of time you will be marinating and what you will be marinating determine how acidic the wine you choose should be. The more acid… the more tender. There is such a thing as too tender that gets into mushy territory. Lower Acid Missouri Wines: Chambourcin, Chardonel | Higher Acid Missouri Wines: Norton, Vidal Blanc
  2. Fat: The classic is extra virgin olive oil, but you can use butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil… and the list goes on. Keep in mind the flavor and smoke point when selecting your fat.
  3. Herbs and Aromatics: There are almost countless options to play with in this category. Everything from rosemary, to orange zest, to lavender, and everything in between. Remember dried herbs are more concentrated than fresh. You want to add flavor to the dish, not overpower it.
  4. Spice: Salt and pepper are the old stand-bys, but you don’t have to stop there. Vanilla, anise, and chili powder are a few other options to consider.

As for amounts of each, it depends on how much meat/fish/vegetables you are marinating. You want to make enough to fully coat what it is marinating. Good amounts to start with are: 1 cup wine, ½  cup oil, ½- tsp - 2 tbsp herbs (less for dry, more for fresh), and ½- tsp - 2 tbsp spice. For info on how long to marinade different meats, click here.

Whichever Missouri wine you choose to use in your marinade will pair nicely with the meal when it’s finished. Cheers! 

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