Wine Reduction Sauce

April 12, 2016

Prep Time- 5 minutes        |    Cook Time- 20 minutes

1 ½  cup     Red wine
½  cup        Balsamic vinegar
2                 Shallot, diced
2 tbsp         Butter
2 tbsp         Flour
2                 Fresh rosemary sprigs, leaved trimmed from stem and finely diced 
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Sauté shallots in butter over medium-low heat until the shallots are soft, approximately 2-3 minutes. Add flour, stirring constantly until fully coated. 
  2. Stir in red wine, vinegar and rosemary.
  3. Bring to a simmer and reduce by half, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  5. Serve immediately. 

* This sauce is great on top of meats, like pork chops or steak, and on roasted vegetables.     

White Wine Lemon Bundt Cake

April 12, 2016

Vidal Blanc wine is light and bright with delicious citrusy notes. It’s perfect for adding extra flavor to this springtime lemon cake. This recipe is simple and delightful! Don’t forget the glaze; it might be the best part!

Prep Time- 25 minutes         |     Cook Time- 45-55 minutes


Pan prep 
2 tbsp    Melted butter
2 tbsp    Flour 

1 box     Lemon cake mix 
¼ cup    Brown sugar
¼ cup    White sugar 
1 box     Instant lemon pudding mix (3.4oz)
Zest of 1 lemon
4    Eggs 
¾  cup    Water
¾  cup     Vegetable oil 
½  cup     Missouri Vidal Blanc Wine 

1 cup    Confectioners’ Sugar
2 tbsp    Missouri Vidal Blanc Wine  
Zest of 1 lemon 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). 
  2. Melt two tablespoons of butter. Add two tablespoons of flour, and whisk together until smooth. 
  3. Using a pastry brush, coat the inside of a bundt pan generously with the butter/flour mixture. Set aside. 
  4. In a large bowl, combine all the cake ingredients (cake mix, sugars, pudding mix, lemon zest, eggs, water, oil, and wine).  
  5. Beat with an electric mixer until fully incorporated, approximately 2 minutes.
  6. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan.
  7. Bake cake 45-55 minutes, until cake tester comes out clean. 
  8. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze. 
  9. Glaze instructions: Stir wine into confectioners’ sugar one tablespoon at a time until smooth. Stir in the lemon zest and let sit at room temperature for at least 10 minutes. 
  10. Remove cake from oven and let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert on a wire rack to cool completely. 
  11. Once cool, drizzle with glaze.

Click play to learn how you too can make a White Wine Lemon Bundt Cake!

Warm Up with Missouri Wine Hot Cocoa

April 12, 2016

What’s better than a steaming mug of hot cocoa when the temperature is too low to think about outside? That’s easy… hot cocoa with red wine! This recipe is simple, quick and delicious. Warm up with a mug full of Missouri wine hot cocoa tonight. 

Missouri Wine Hot Chocolate 

Makes 2-3 servings    Prep Time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 5-7 minutes 


2 ½  tbsp    Unsweetened dark cocoa powder
3  tbsp        Sugar
2/3 cup       Missouri red wine (we recommend a big, bold Norton) 
2 cup          Milk (whole milk makes a richer hot cocoa) 
1 tsp           Pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp          Salt


  1. In a bowl combine the cocoa, sugar and ½ cup of the milk. Whisk until well combined.
  2. Pour into a medium saucepan, and add in the rest of the milk and whisk until smooth.
  3. Slowly add in the wine to the mixture, stirring constantly.
  4. Once all ingredients are combined, heat the mixture over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla and salt, and serve. 
  6. Enjoy! 

If you want to try this recipe with a sweet Missouri red wine or fruit wine (raspberry or cherry, perhaps), omit the sugar from the first step. Wait until the mixture is fairly warm, taste it, and add sugar to taste.

Click play to learn how you can warm up with Missouri Wine Hot Cocoa!  

Fromage Fort a la Missouri Wine

April 12, 2016

Never let good cheese go to waste. This “Show Me” State take on a French classic is a delicious way to use every last bit of the cheese in your refrigerator. You can use any combination of cheese for this super speedy recipe. Fromage Fort can be used as a spread at room temperature or broil it on top of bread or crackers. It’s tasty, quick, and versatile! 

Prep time- 10 minutes 

1 pound     Cheese at room temperature (You can use any cheese you’d like. Left over bits and pieces are perfect!)
¼ cup    Missouri Chardonel Wine (or other dry white Missouri wine)
2 tbsp    Fresh herbs (parsley, basil, etc.)
1 clove     Garlic

Remove any rinds from the cheeses. Cut the cheese into ¼ - ½  inch cubes. Place the cheese, wine, herbs, and garlic in a food processor, and pulse until smooth, approximately 2 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate for a firmer consistency. 

Fromage Fort al a Missouri Wine can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week and is delicious spread on bread, crackers or vegetables.

Thomas Jefferson Loved Wine Too

April 12, 2016

Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States? Okay, you probably knew that, but did you also know that he was a total wine geek? No, really. Here are some fun facts about our fellow wine-lover. 

  1. He took a little break (a few months) while serving as a diplomat in France to tour the wine regions. He traveled anonymously and changed horses a few times throughout his journey to keep it that way. 
  2. His taste for fine wines didn’t go away during his presidency. While in the White House, he racked up a $10,000 wine bill in his first term alone. That would be around $190,000 today. 
  3. Even after his presidency came to an end, he still had a hand in wines at the White House. He served as wine advisor to Presidents Adams, Madison, and Monroe. 
  4. Not too surprisingly, he wanted taxes on wine to stay low. He’s quoted saying, “No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober, where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage.”
  5. He experimented for many years to grow his own grapes and make wine. He had two vineyards at Monticello. 

Cheers to Thomas Jefferson; he may have been the third president, but he was one of America’s first wine geeks!

Bud Break in Missouri Vineyards

April 07, 2016

Bud BreakSpring is a time of awakening. In the vineyards of Missouri wine country this means bud break. During the winter, a grapevine’s buds are isolated from the vine’s vascular system to protect them from the cold. As the temperatures rise in the spring and the buds are rehydrated, they begin to swell and break through the outer layer of the cane, i.e. bud break. 

The weather plays a huge role in the health of grapevines and the crop they will yield. While we can’t predict what Mother Nature will do, grape-growers have some control over how the vines will produce through pruning. The buds that will swell, break free and turn into shoots are left carefully in place by pruners; two buds on each spur. These buds will provide all of the new year’s growth, and eventually its bounty. 

Welcome back spring and the vines in Missouri wine country. We’ll see you soon! 

Chardonel: Missouri’s Classic White Wine

April 04, 2016

Chardonel is a hybrid grape with two well-known parents, Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc, but this grape doesn’t hide in the shadows. Missouri’s classic white wine, Chardonel, is the perfect pairing for spring weather, food, and fun. That’s why April has been named Chardonel Month! 

Pronounced shar-doe-nel, this white grape embodies the best characteristics of both Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc, producing quality wines that have a classic white wine profile and pair well with a wide variety of foods. Maybe that’s why it has been a long-time favorite with winemakers and consumers alike. Chardonel grapes account for eight percent of all the grapes grown in the “Show Me” State. 

Chardonel wines can vary depending on the winemaker’s style. If a winemaker chooses to age their Chardonel in oak, the wine has a rich, creamy character with notes of oak, apple and subtle spice. Chardonel wines made in an un-oaked style feature more citrus and apple notes with a light, crisp finish. Chardonel pairs particularly well with creamy white cheese, grilled chicken, mushrooms and apple dishes. It’s the ideal wine to have on hand for dinners, entertaining or simply sipping on the patio this spring season.

As the weather warms up, head out to Missouri wine country and celebrate Chardonel with us. Cheers to Missouri’s classic white wine! 

One-Day Getaways in Missouri Wine Country

March 31, 2016

Exploring Missouri wine country for a week (or two) sounds like the perfect getaway, but what if you don’t have that much time to dedicate to your wine adventure? Don’t worry: with 10 wine trails and more than 130 wineries in the “Show Me” State, there’s a wine region closer than you might think. Spring is a great time to visit Missouri wine country, and these one-day getaways are sure to fit into even the busiest of schedules. So take a day and get away to Missouri wine country! 

Hermann, Missouri
Hermann’s long history of producing fine wines started in the 1830s when German immigrants established themselves and developed prosperous vineyards on the banks of the Missouri River. Today this area still celebrates rich culture through German traditions, festivals, museums and award-winning wines. Hermann is sure to provide the perfect day of wine, food & fun! 

Augusta, Missouri 
Only a 35 mile drive west of St. Louis, the Augusta region offers a quaint historic town and beautiful countryside that is home to several award-winning wineries. Augusta was named the first federally designated wine grape-growing region, American Viticultural Area (AVA), in the United States. Augusta’s long history as one of America’s oldest and foremost grape and wine districts is apparent the moment you arrive. Explore the rolling hillsides, bluff top views, and history Augusta has to offer one glass of Missouri wine at a time! 

Ste. Genevieve, Missouri 
The charming community of Ste. Genevieve is nestled on the west bank of the Mississippi River just 60 miles south of St. Louis. French settlers began growing grapes in this area in the early 1700s. Today, their impact is apparent in the region’s architecture, museums and wineries. Whether you’re looking to explore history, a quaint downtown or journey into the countryside, Ste. Genevieve has the perfect Missouri wine to pair with your adventure! 

Kansas City, Missouri 
The grand parks, boulevards, public squares and fountains of Kansas City, Missouri have earned it the nickname, “Paris of the Plains.” Kansas City offers rich history, soulful music, famous barbecue and its very own scenic wine country. With two wine trails in and around Kansas City, there are several options for your one day getaway in the KC area

Springfield + Branson, Missouri
Situated only 50 miles apart in southwest Missouri, Springfield and Branson create the heart of the Ozarks. These cities are known for attractions, shopping, entertainment, and of course wineries! With a wine trail connecting Springfield and Branson the one-day wine getaway options in this area are endless. 

Use these wine-tinerary suggestions, or create your own one-day adventure to Missouri wine country. There’s always time for Missouri wine and Spring is the perfect time to explore!

Join Missouri Wines at 417 Fashionation

March 29, 2016

Southwest Missouri’s premiere fashion event and 10th annual fashion show is bigger, bolder and better than ever… just like the local wines bringing home award after award. This exciting event, being held on Saturday, April 9th at the Springfield Expo Center, features a VIP party, runway show with the area’s best retailers and salons, live music by Pearl Nation, and appearances by 417 Magazine’s Best Dressed. Plus there is an after party with a live DJ and more fabulousness. 

You can get your tickets here, but the VIP tickets are already sold out. As a proud sponsor of the VIP Party, we do have a pair of VIP Runway Seats to give away (a $100 value!). Enter to win through our Instagram giveaway. Missouri wine is the perfect accessory to any outfit. Post a photo of your favorite fashion item (outfit, accessory, etc.) with the hashtags #MOwine and #417fashionation to be entered to win these exclusive tickets!

Giveaway rules: 

How to enter to win these VIP Runway Seats: (It’s super easy!)

  1. Follow Missouri Wines on Instagram @MissouriWine
  2. Post a photo of your favorite fashion item (outfit, accessory, etc.) with the hashtags #MOwine and #417fashionation in the caption no later than 5pm CST on Monday, April 4th, 2016.

KC Wineworks

KC Wineworks is a family owned and operated winery newly located in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City.  Our winemaker, James Lowery, couples Old World wine-making methods with leading-edge techniques to transform regional grapes into innovative wines for our customers.  We aim to delight your senses and bring the best of the vineyard to you in a glass.

We offer wine tastings, event space for meetings and celebrations, and winery tours, all in a relaxing, fun atmosphere.  Check our website for more information and stop by when you are in Kansas City.


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