Sip & Shop Local this Summer in KC

May 18, 2023

Collage of MO Wine Sampling at the KC City Market Mark your calendars! We’ve partnered with the Kansas City Historic City Market to bring Missouri wine country to the Farmers Market this summer. Each date will feature a different winery from across the Show-Me state. Taste award-winning wines, discover new favorites, and purchase bottled and canned wine directly from the producers. 

Event Location:

City Market
5th & Walnut
Kansas City, MO 64106

 

May 21: Stone Hill Winery – Hermann

May 27: Adam Puchta Winery – Hermann

June 3: Edg-Clif Vineyard, Winery and Brewery – Potosi

June 24: Jowler Creek Winery – Platte City

July 1: Fence Stile Vineyards & Winery – Excelsior Springs

July 2: Baltimore Bend Vineyard – Waverly 

July 8: Augusta Winery, Balducci Vineyards, Montelle Winery, & Mount Pleasant Estates – Augusta

July 15: Viandel Vineyard – Mountain View 

July 22: St. James Winery – St. James 

July 23: Prairie Barn Winery – St. James 

Aug. 26: Noboleis Vineyards – Augusta

Sept. 9: Fountain City Winery – Kansas City

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about varietals and local growers, and destinations throughout Missouri for wine enthusiasts. 

Collage of MO Wine Sampling at the KC City Market

 

Live Music @ Fountain City Winery featuring Lindsay Blacksher

Location : Fountain City Winery 1409 W 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64101
Phone : 8166689523
Email : melissa@fountaincitywinery.com
Lindsay Blacksher - Live! We are looking forward to welcoming Lindsay back—she’s a fan favorite! Don’t miss this night of terrific music! Be sure to check out and follow Blacksher Music on Facebook!
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Brisket and Norton: Cuts Above the Rest

May 13, 2023

Brisket and Norton

Brisket is one of the most delectable cuts of beef, and a glass of Show-Me State Norton is perfectly enticing. Put the two together in this simple five-ingredient recipe and you will get tender, mouthwatering results.

 

Serves: 5-6 peopleBrisket and Norton Recipe Ingredients

 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Marinade time: 3-4 hours (or overnight)

Bake time: 3 hours

 

Ingredients:

 

4-5 pound beef brisket

1 c dry red wine - we used Missouri Norton from Dale Hollow Winery

½ c chicken broth - substitute with other liquids as desired

1 medium to large onion - one half minced, one half sliced

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

 

Instructions:Brisket and Norton Recipe Marinade

  1. Place beef brisket in a plastic bag or container that will accommodate meat and marinade. In a bowl, combine wine, broth, minced onion and garlic.
  2. Pour marinade over brisket, seal or cover and place in refrigerator for a minimum of 3-4 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place brisket in a dish (dutch oven or small casserole pan is ideal), top with sliced onions and pour the marinade over top. Cover with lid or foil and place in oven.
  4. Bake the brisket for 3 hours until tender. Check the level of the liquid halfway through the baking time and add water or broth, if needed, to prevent the brisket from drying out. 
  5. Allow brisket to rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Slice across the grain of the meat. Add additional flavor with with sauce, salt and pepper or other ingredients as desired and enjoy!

This simple 5-ingredient brisket is sure to impress a crowd. Enjoy alongside a glass of Missouri Norton and say ‘Cheers!’ over a delicious meal.

Brisket and Norton Recipe Process

 

DI-Wine Hummingbird Feeder

May 11, 2023

Use your empty Missouri wine bottles to give Missouri’s smallest birds a little place to stop and sip with this beautiful (and simple) DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder.

What You Will Need

  • Clean, empty wine bottle with the label removed
  • Copper wire
  • Pliers
  • Hummingbird feeder tube and stopper (Amazon has a few options)
  • Hummingbird nectar (4 cups of water to 1 cup of granulated sugar — heated to combine and cooled to room temperature)

Step-by-Step

Step 1 – Cut two, 5-foot sections of copper wire. Fold in half. Take each wire and wrap the middle of the wire around the neck of the wine bottle, twisting the wires together near the neck of the bottle with the two ends sticking out from the bottle. Fasten each wire so the ends are on opposite sides of the bottle.

Step 2 – Take the end of each wire on the same side of the bottle, pull them down and together to form a small diamond shape, and twist them together. Do the same on the opposite side of the bottle. Continue taking one wire from each twist and combining them to make a new twist, down the side of the bottle to create a diamond, lattice-like pattern around the bottle. Adjust and straighten the wire as you continue to work, so the pattern is even and nice looking.

Step 3 – Once you have made it to the bottom of the bottle and fastened your final twist on that side, twist the remaining ends of the wires together to create one, thicker wire sticking out from the bottom of the bottle. Repeat this step on the opposite side, before taking each 2-ply wire and twisting them together in the middle to create a hanger.

Step 4 – Fill the bottle with hummingbird nectar. Carefully fill the feeder to near the brim of the bottle. Insert the hummingbird feeder tube and stopper, and make sure there are no air bubbles in the bottle, to avoid leaks.

Step 5 – Slowly flip the bottle over so the feeder/stopper is at the bottom, and it can be hung by the twisted copper wire hanger.

Step 6 – Enjoy watching some of the fastest and smallest birds take a sip from your beautiful feeder.

Supplies & step 1, 2, 3

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Take Their Words for It

May 10, 2023

There are many reasons to love Missouri wines, but don’t just take our word for it. We visited with fellow Missouri wine enthusiasts to see just what they loved about sipping wine in the Show Me State. Read the many reasons they love Missouri wine and take note of how you can elevate your experience in Missouri wine country.

Bask in the Beauty

Missouri wine country has no shortage of stunning vistas and getting there might be half the fun. Whether you arrive by plane, train, automobile or even trolley, Missouri wine country’s unique topography makes it worthy of sight-seeing. You can even plan a road trip to see some of these scenic drives available statewide. 

“Traveling Missouri’s highways and byways has created marvelous memories while leading us to the best wineries with picturesque views! Picnic, find a commonplace to meet friends, or surprise someone with a romantic getaway the possibilities are endless. Venture out and create memories with your person or crew, you might find another favorite winery.”Scott Rombach, Washington, MO

 

Experience Missouri Wine

With more than 125 Missouri wineries to visit, you will be able to find the perfect fit for you. Look for local wineries using this interactive map or taste your way through a region with one of 10 Missouri wine trails.

“My husband and I love the friendly and relaxed environment of Missouri wineries! Whether it be sitting under a tree at Noboleis Vineyards or by the fire at Hermannhof Winery, we receive wonderful service and great wines!”Denise D, Palmyra, MO

 

Explore Missouri Wineries and Vineyards

Missouri wine country is full of special events, festivals and celebrations to explore. Check out our  calendar for upcoming events or download a regional travel guide to see what the state’s well-known wine regions have to offer.

“Several years ago, when my husband and I were the chase crew for a hot air balloon pilot in the New Haven Balloon Race, the pilot led us down a gravel road when he landed in one of Kuenzel Valley Winery’s pastures. Now the vineyard is one of our favorites”Christina G, Ballwin, MO

 

Appreciate QualityAerial image of vineyard stating "MO Wine, Take Their Words for It"

Missouri wine country offers more than good views and good times, it is full of great wine! Did you know that Missouri’s own Augusta region was the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) recognized in the U.S. as a region that produced high-quality wine? This means Missouri wines were noted for their quality before California. Today, the Show-Me State boasts five AVAs — each with their own unique terroir. Check out the winners from Missouri’s own Governor’s Cup or top-ranking wines from contests around the country.

“Watching Missouri wines evolve for four decades has been head-spinning, but more’s the pleasure upon showing these wines to wine experts from other regions and countries. They’re shocked by the balance, the subtleties, the distinctive character now being coaxed from a variety of grapes. More than anything, people are wowed by our dry and off-dry wines.” — Doug Frost, Beverage Director, The Restaurant at 1900

 

Sample Missouri Varietals

Part of what makes Missouri wines so wonderful are the many unique varietals that thrive in the Show-Me State. These grapes, which grow well in Missouri’s climate and soil, can please a range of palates. Simply taste or pair your favorite Missouri varietal with a dish or dessert.

“Missouri definitely offers a wide variety of dry to sweet wines. The Norton wine stands out as one that is widely available across the state. As a person that enjoys a good steak, the quality of a Norton is a perfect pairing for bold and dry red wine lovers.”Dearion B, St. Louis

 

Take a Weekend Getaway

From girls’ trips to family gatherings, make a weekend of it in Missouri wine country. These handy travel guides can help you plan your weekend getaway. Whether you want to curl up at a quaint B&B or camp out under the stars, there are plenty of place where you can stay and play.

“Each year my friends and spouses spend a weekend in Hermann enjoying the local wineries and atmosphere. The trip is a blast composed of creating memories and sharing laughs. The first year, one of the couples got engaged on the trip!” Tessa B, Kansas City

Enjoying Wine at Home

You don’t have to leave your house to enjoy Missouri wines. Curl up on the couch with a good book. Add a splash of your favorite Missouri wine to your favorite recipe or find other inventive ways to cook with wine. Host an at-home tasting or have a DI-Wine night with your favorite upcycling bottle craft. Simply rest and relax with your favorite Missouri wine and while practicing a little self-care.

“Spending time with friends while sharing our favorite Missouri wine is priceless.  Truly the best wine is the wine we drink together.”Melissa H, Rolla, MO

 

Variety is the Spice of Life

As you can see, there is no shortage of reasons to love Missouri wines. From the 125+ unique wineries to the regions that grow them, getting there may be half the fun, but we know you’ll want to stay. So, have a taste, there’s something for everyone to love.   

“The variety and personality of wineries in Missouri is almost overwhelming! We boast scenic views overlooking the Missouri River such as Oak Glenn in Hermann and Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport. We have remote settings like Jowler Creek Winery near Platte City with their fall hayrides and White Mule Winery outside of Owensville. We have destination area wineries like Lindwedel Winery and Bear Creek Winery near Branson and Shawnee Bluff and Seven Springs Wineries at Lake of the Ozarks. Missouri also features wineries in highly populated areas such as Amigoni Urban Winery and Fountain City Winery in Downtown Kansas City. Unique wineries include the haunted Belvoir Winery in Liberty and the Cave Winery outside of St. Genevieve.
Missouri has wineries to fit any mood you're in!”
David B, Louisiana, MO

 

Tell us in all the reasons you love Missouri wine — #missouriwine and @missourwine on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

Winemaker’s Way: The Art of the Blend

May 09, 2023

WQW-theartofblendWinemakers combine art and science when crafting new vintages. Wine blends are the perfect example of this delicate balance. Blending is an incredibly important tool for winemakers. When a wine has a name that isn’t a varietal, it is likely a blend of several different varieties. Are some of your favorite wines blends?

“Personally I prefer blends, in Missouri or from other winemaking regions,” says Jacob Holman, Owner and Head Winemaker at Les Bourgeois Vineyards on The Blufftop at Rocheport. “Overall they can often make a better wine.”

Winemakers can use blending for a number of reasons, such as developing a distinctive style by mixing and matching the flavors & characteristics of different varietals. Encouraging consistency is another benefit of blending as winemakers can adjust from year to year based on what is coming out of the vineyards.  

When making non-vintage blends, its key that the wines are similar from year to year. Customers like consistency so the goal is to avoid differences when there is a new bottling.

“Blending can provide some protection from weather,” says Holman. “It’s so easy to have a hard year in the vineyard for one varietal or another.”

For smaller wineries, blending can be an amazing tool for inventory management, ensuring there is enough wine to fulfill their customers’ demand until the next year’s harvest is available.

“Our process, for a smaller winery, is always quantity,” says Chuck Gillentine, Owner of Defiance Ridge Vineyards. “We want to make sure our main varietals can make it through the year. Then we start playing with different ideas.”

Winemakers agree, there can be a lot of fun in creating a blend. It allows them to be creative while crafting a delicious wine. As another winemaker suggested “For example, Vignoles is very powerful in aroma and flavor and has high acid. When it is made in a semi-sweet style wine, it can give varietals like Vidal Blanc or Traminette extra aroma and flavor on the nose and palette.” A blend combines the beauty of different varietals creating improved mouthfeel or additional acid for length.

The process of blending is done differently depending on the winemaker, but testing several variations of ratios is always a part of the process and often the winemaking teams’ favorite part.

“Figuring out the percentages is always the fun,” says Gillentine. 

A great deal of time, work, thought, and care go into every wine. Next time you’re sipping on a delicious, award-winning Missouri wine, consider everything that makes that sip so good. Cheers!

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