Dogs of Missouri Wine Country

August 25, 2016

Meet some of the dogs you’ll run into while you’re exploring wineries throughout the Show Me State. 

Winery: Chaumette Vineyards & Winery (pictured center)
Name: Norton 
Age: 7 years old 
Bio: He follows Owner Hank Johnson everywhere on property, either running beside Hank's kubota or riding along. Norton is a friend to all, he's a gentle soul and he loves to chase the birds out of the vineyard. He also (really) loves skunks. 

Winery: Fence Stile Vineyard & Winery (pictured top left)
Name: Becca 
Age: 9 years old 
Bio: Becca is a golden doodle (retriever / poodle) and has a great temperament.  She is great with kids and other dogs (both are welcome at the winery). She has been part of the vineyards & winery since they first planted in 2007. There is a wine named after her (Becca's Blend) and her likeness is on the label.  She eagerly waits by the door for people to come in and will show them to the tasting bar or a table.  She barks at familiar people (like we say nice to see you)!  When guests are leaving, she will walk them to the parking lot as well.

Winery: Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery (pictured bottom left)
Name: Vidal
Age: 4 (her 5th birthday is St. Patty’s Day)
Bio: Named after one of Missouri’s premier white grapes, Vidal, protects the flock of “lawn-mowing” vineyard sheep at Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery.

Winery: Peaceful Bend Vineyards (pictured top right)
Name: Maggie 
Age: 11 years old 
Bio: A yellow lab mix, Maggie came to Peaceful Bend as a rescue and is super sweet with customers, however, she has rules for visiting puppies such as 'no running on the porch' and 'leave me alone when I nap!'. 

Name: Pepe (pictured bottom right)
Age: 8 years old 
Bio: Pepe, an 8 year old black lab, loves to sit in a chair and discuss which is better: Cheddar or Swiss?  Of course, sausage always wins! Maggie is Pepe’s mom.  

Many Missouri wineries are pet friendly. Click here for a list.

Become an MVP: Earn Rewards for Visiting Missouri Wineries

August 23, 2016

The Missouri Wine and Grape Board is excited to announce the launch of the Missouri Winery Visitors’ Program (MVP).  MVP encourages you to visit Missouri wineries where you collect points that may be redeemed for rewards.  The more wineries you visit, the more points you can earn to redeem for rewards such as cool MVP gear, fun wine experiences, and special sweepstakes giveaways!  As if you really needed another reason to explore Missouri wine country…  The program is free to participate and will officially launch on Thursday, September 1st, just in time for Missouri Wine Month!

Ok, so this is how it works.  MVP participating wineries will hand out MVP tickets at their tasting rooms, each with a unique code, which you can collect every time you visit.  These codes are then entered into your MVP account on MissouriWineMVP.com for points.  You can become an MVP by registering an account at MissouriWineMVP.com.  Once registered, we will mail you a welcome packet with a map, program information, and a special gift!  Your first visit to a winery will earn you 500 points, but visits 2 through 10 to that same winery will get you 100 points.  If you continue to visit that same winery more than 10 times, you’ll receive 10 points each thereafter.  You only get one ticket per person per winery visit, so keep those tickets safe and secure.  The best strategy to earn points for rewards is to travel around Missouri and discover new wineries throughout the state. 

So, what are you waiting for?  Your vino adventures await you!  Head over to the MVP website to get registered.  Don’t forget to sign up for our MVP newsletter to get updates on wineries, rewards, sweepstakes giveaways, and more!  Check out the MVP program Terms and Conditions and FAQ if you want more information.  All MVP points must be redeemed by December 31st, 2017.

Explore the science behind wine at Science Uncorked!

August 16, 2016

 

The Saint Louis Science Center is hosting a special wine and spirits tasting event for your brain and your tastebuds.  On August 27th, adults 21 years old and older can learn about the chemistry and science behind the entire wine making process.  Discover new wines produced right here in Missouri.  This total sensory experience will introduce you to some of winemaking and distilling’s most popular ingredients.

Guests will have the opportunity to taste more than 70 different wines and spirits from throughout the state.  Not only can you drink the wine, but there will be small plates of food cooked with wine as well.  The event will feature “Science of Wine” demonstrations, guest speakers, live music, and more.

When: Saturday, August 27th at 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Where: Saint Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave, St. Louis MO 63110

Tickets:  $50 Members, $55 non-Members, or $60 at the door (day of the event)

Click Here to purchase your tickets online.

For more information call 314-289-4424

Vignoles and Food

August 15, 2016

Vignoles grapes are used to make a wide range of wines with a variety of sweetness levels, making it ideal for pairing with all kinds of foods. Use this guide to match up dishes with delicious, award-winning Missouri Vignoles! 

Vignoles and Food Pairings

 

MO Wine Slushy

August 09, 2016

MO Wine Slushy Recipe

Your new favorite summer sipper is here! Beat the heat of August with a Missouri wine slushy. Wine slushies can be made two ways. You can combine cold wine with frozen fruit in a blender, or you can freeze wine in ice cube trays and blend it with fresh fruit. Whichever method you choose, you’re in for a delicious, refreshing treat! There are practically endless flavor combinations, but because August is Vignoles Month, this recipe uses Missouri’s favorite white wine.

Fruity Vignoles Slushy Recipe

Time: 5 minutes | Servings: 6

Ingredients:
10 oz Frozen Peaches 
10 oz Frozen Strawberries 
1 bottle Semi-Sweet Vignoles Wine, chilled

Directions: 
Put frozen peaches in blender. Add half the bottle of Missouri Vignoles. Blend fruit and wine until smooth and slushy. Pour into a bowl or pitcher and set aside. Place frozen strawberries in blender. Add the remaining Missouri wine. Blend until smooth and slushy. Pour slushies into glasses 2-3 ounces at a time, alternating between the flavors. Enjoy! 

Add sunshine to your summer with Vignoles and wine slushies! 

MO Wine Slushy

August 09, 2016

MO Wine Slushy Recipe

Your new favorite summer sipper is here! Beat the heat of August with a Missouri wine slushy. Wine slushies can be made two ways. You can combine cold wine with frozen fruit in a blender, or you can freeze wine in ice cube trays and blend it with fresh fruit. Whichever method you choose, you’re in for a delicious, refreshing treat! There are practically endless flavor combinations, but because August is Vignoles Month, this recipe uses Missouri’s favorite white wine. Vignoles is the most commonly grown white wine grape in the state. 

Fruity Vignoles Slushy Recipe

Time: 5 minutes | Servings: 6

Ingredients:
10 oz Frozen Peaches 
10 oz Frozen Strawberries 
1 bottle Semi-Sweet Vignoles Wine, chilled

Directions: 
Put frozen peaches in blender. Add half the bottle of Missouri Vignoles. Blend fruit and wine until smooth and slushy. Pour into a bowl or pitcher and set aside. Place frozen strawberries in blender. Add the remaining Missouri wine. Blend until smooth and slushy. Pour slushies into glasses 2-3 ounces at a time, alternating between the flavors. Enjoy! 

Add sunshine to your summer with Vignoles and wine slushies! 

Wine Hack: Chill Your MO Wine with Frozen Fruit

August 03, 2016

Frozen fruit in wine is a great way to get and keep it chilled.

[photo via Delish.com

August in Missouri can be downright sweltering. A chilled glass of Missouri wine is just the ticket for a refreshing break from the heat. One of the easiest and quickest ways to chill your wine without watering it down is to use frozen fruit as “ice cubes”. They keep your wine cool as you sip, don’t dilute the flavor, and when you’re finished with your wine, you have a delicious snack waiting for you.

Beat the heat of August with these frozen fruit and Missouri wine pairings:

  • Pineapple + Vignoles (*August is Vignoles Month!*)
  • Melon + Vidal Blanc
  • Strawberries + Catawba
  • Peaches + Chardonel
  • Mango + Traminette
  • Blueberries + Seyval Blanc
  • Grapes + Concord
  • Blackberries + Sparkling Wine
  • Raspberries + Dry Rosé

You don’t have to color inside the lines on these pairings. Mix and match to find your favorites. Savor summer with a glass of perfectly chilled Missouri wine paired with delicious frozen fruit! 

Vignoles: Sunshine in a Glass

August 01, 2016

August is Vignoles Month in Missouri Wine Country

Sunshine in a glass… the perfect description of Missouri Vignoles wine, and why August has been named Vignoles Month. August cues the winding down of summer activities, but a glass of Missouri Vignoles is the perfect way to hang on to the sunshine and summer fun all month long!

The Vignoles (veen-yole) grape is a French-American hybrid varietal that thrives in Missouri wine country. It is the most popular white grape in the state; 14 percent of all grapes grown in the “Show Me” State are Vignoles.

Vignoles grapes are used to make a wines that range in style and sweetness from dry, refreshing white wines to sweet, luscious Late Harvest dessert wines, and everything in between. A 2015 Vignoles from St. James Winery was recently awarded the Governor’s Cup for best wine in the state at the 2016 Missouri Wine Competition.

Vignoles wines are known for fragrances of fresh cut tropical fruit. This refreshing varietal boasts citrus, floral and tropical flavors which make it a great choice on hot summer days. Vignoles is a food friendly wine; fresh fruit and spicy dishes pair especially well with Vignoles.

Add sunshine to your wine glass with Missouri Vignoles this August! During the month of August, Missouri wineries will feature Vignoles with wine releases, special events, themed tastings and much more.

With 130 wineries and 10 wine trails in Missouri wine country, what are you waiting for? Head out to a nearby winery and experience Vignoles – it’s the perfect way to celebrate a unique grape variety and an award-winning wine industry dating back more than 160 years.

What is Véraison?

July 28, 2016

Véraison is a fancy French word that simply means the grapes are beginning to change color. A more complete definition is that Véraison is the beginning of berry ripening when the berries on a grape vine become soft and take on the colors characteristic of their specific varieties. 


What makes Véraison exciting? It means harvest is just around the corner, and the grapes are beginning to take on all of the wonderful characteristics that present themselves in the finished wine we enjoy so much. The aromas and flavors wine-lovers experience in a great glass of wine are starting to show themselves in the grapes. It’s also a really beautiful and obvious visual example of the lifecycle of grapes. 


Véraison is quite obvious in red grape varietals, changing the grape berries from green to varying shades of purple. There is however, a more subtle change in white grapes from green to a golden hue.


Many Missouri wineries offer vineyard tours. Now is the perfect time to visit a local winery and vineyard to see where your delicious, award-winning wine comes from. It is a beautiful and exciting time in Missouri Wine Country. 

 

Discover a New Class of Winners

July 26, 2016

Drum roll please… We are thrilled to introduce the winner of the 2016 Missouri Governor’s Cup, St. James Winery’s 2015 Vignoles. 

Congratulations to St. James Winery for winning the 2016 Governor's Cup for their 2015 Vignoles
The Governor’s Cup is the top honor or the Missouri Wine Competition. A total of 308 wines were entered into this year’s competition from wineries across the state. The wines were blind tasted by a panel of industry experts from all over the country, and judged on a variety of factors. The judges named 23 gold medals, 99 silver and 114 bronze. Wines that received gold medals competed for Best of Class, and Best Varietal honors. From the Best of Class recipients, the Governor’s Cup (i.e. best wine in the state) was selected. 
Congrats, St. James Winery, for bringing home the big one with your 2015 Vignoles! Vignoles is a French-American hybrid grape and Missouri’s premier white varietal. This versatile white grape produces a wide range of wines from dry to dessert, and boasts luscious floral aromas and fruity flavors of pineapple and apricot.

The CV Riley Award for the best Norton wine was awarded to Noboleis Vineyards in Augusta for their 2014 Norton. 

Meet the rest of the 2016 Best of Class winners: 

  • Sparkling: Effervescent Mead, Pirtle Winery – Weston  
  • Dry White: 2014 Vidal Blanc, Stone Hill Winery – Hermann  
  • Semi-Dry White: 2015 Vignoles, St. James Winery – St. James 
  • Dry Red: 2014 Norton, Noboleis Vineyards – Augusta   
  • Rosé: Twilight, Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard – Potosi 
  • Dessert/Fortified: Cream Sherry, Stone Hill Winery – Hermann  
  • Distilled Product: Grappa, Montelle Winery – Augusta 

Check out our trophy case for a full list of winners from the 2016 Missouri Wine Competition and to take a look back at the winners from the past. The winning wines will be showcased at the 2016 Missouri State Fair with many available for purchase at the Missouri Wine tent. 

Join us in congratulating St. James Winery on winning the Governor’s Cup and all the wineries earning honors in this year’s Missouri Wine Competition! 

There are so many award-winning Missouri wines; the hardest thing is choosing which to try first!

 

 

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