Wine Lover’s Calendar – 2023

Celebrate Missouri wines year-round with these holidays. Mark your calendars and enjoy the best of Missouri wine country for every occasion.

Tag us in your wine country adventures this year on social media @missouriwine and #MissouriWine.

Mint Margarita Winetail

Serve up a simple sparkling winetail at your upcoming holiday celebration. Mint flavors match the chilly weather but this unique margarita recipe is sure to warm you up.

Time: 5 mins

Serves: 2


1 box of spearmint candy canes

2 limes

1 package of mint leaves

1 bottle of Blanco tequila

1 bottle of dry sparkling wine (we used Stone Hill Winery’s Blanc de Blancs)



  1. Take spearmint candy canes, crush finely and add to bowl.
  2. Half and juice one lime. Take two lowball glasses and rim in lime juice, followed by crushed candy cane.
  3. Add mint leaves to cocktail mixing glass, followed by 4 oz of Blanco tequila. Muddle mint leaves in glass.
  4. Add mixture to shaker over 5-6 cubes of ice. Shake vigorously and strain evenly in each glass over ice.
  5. Top glass with dry sparkling wine and remaining lime juice. Garnish with an additional lime slice if desired.
  6. Add whole candy cane to each glass and enjoy!

Mix this easy margarita winetail up at home during the holidays. The bold mint flavor is refreshing and enjoyable for any celebration! Let us see your creations by tagging #missouriwine and @missouriwine on social media.

Mint Chocolate Brookies

Baking with wine is easy! Just exchange the parts of water required in the recipe with wine. This pro-tip is sure to elevate both your recipes and your Missouri wine experience!

Prep time: 5 minutes (25 with time to chill dough)

Serves: 10-12


1 box brownie mix

2 eggs

1/2c canola oil

1 bottle fruit or sweet red wine (we used Windy Wine Company’s Good News Red)

1/2 bag of mint chocolate baking chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine brownie mix, eggs, canola oil, and 2 tbsp of wine together by hand or mixer until smooth in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add mint chocolate baking chips into bowl and stir into mixture.
  4. Chill dough in the refrigerator to allow it to set for 30 minutes.
  5. Use a cookie scoop and place each cookie 1-2 inches apart on a nonstick baking sheet.
  6. Bake cookies for 4-6 minutes. Repeat steps with remaining dough.
  7. Let cookies cool & serve with a glass of Windy Wine Company’s Good News Red.

These brookies are sure to satisfy your friends and family this holiday season! They’ll be surprised how good they taste and how easy they were to make. Share your wine baking recipes for this holiday season with us by tagging #missouriwine and @missouriwine on social media.


Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Port Cookies

These cookies will be the star of the show this holiday season! This port reduction will not only “wow” your friends and family but also their taste buds. Try these cookies for a flavor trifecta!

Prep time: 40 minutes

Serves: 10-12



1 package of ready-bake peanut butter cookie dough

1 bottle of Port-style wine (we used Adam Puchta Winery’s Signature Port)

1/2c white granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon

1 package of white chocolate melting wafers



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place medium-pot on stove with low heat.
  2. Add Port-style wine to pot, followed by white granulated sugar, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon. Whisk ingredients together and simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Stir pot every 8-10 minutes.
  3. Roll out cookie dough and use cookie cutters to cut desired shape. Make sure the shape you choose has enough room for the size of a thumb to make indentation.
  4. Place shaped cookies on a non-stick pan and bake for 6-8 minutes. Press center with a clean thumb or round object of similar size.
  5. Let cookies cool on pan or remove to a baking sheet. When Port mixture is fully reduced by half, remove from stove and allow mixture to cool.
  6. Prepare to melt chocolate by stove or microwave as desired. Follow instructions that accompany the chocolate’s packaging for best results.
  7. Pour about 1tsp of the port reduction into the indentation of each cookie. Allow each cookie to cool.
  8. Add white chocolate on top of port. Allow cookie centers to harden.
  9. Serve, share and pair with your Port!

This simple and delicious recipe is unique and perfect to surprise your friends and family this season. Even give the host the gift of a Port wine for gathering your loved ones together! Stay tuned for more recipes by following @missouriwine and #missouriwine on social media.


Coconut Vignoles Fruit Dip

Coconut Vignoles RecipeVignoles is a great way to add a tropical twist to your meals and desserts. When Vignoles meets coconut, the results are delicious! Try this quick 4 ingredient recipe to serve as a sweet summer treat with fresh fruits.

Yields about 2 cups

Serves 10-12


1 (8oz) package cream cheese – softened

½ c semi-sweet to sweet Vignoles wine

½ (8oz) container of Cool Whip

½ c coconut flakes (or shredded coconut)


1.In a large bowl, use a mixer to whip together cream cheese and wine until smooth.

2.Add the cool whip and coconut and lightly whip until blended.

3.Serve the dip with fresh fruits and graham crackers. Keep refrigerated.


This light and refreshing fruit dip will keep you coming back to the bowl for more. Give it a try and share with us on social media @missouriwine and #MissouriWine.

Cranberry Orange Cake Cookies

Zest up cookies with an easy wine icing glaze. Just two ingredients – wine and powdered sugar – will take your baking skills up a notch. Try it out in this easy recipe!

Prep time: 15 minutes (45 with time to chill dough)

Serves: 10-12



1 box yellow cake mix

1c softened butter (2 sticks)

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 orange (2 tbsp orange juice)

For icing:

1 bottle of St. James Cranberry wine

1/2c powdered sugar

1/2 orange (zest top of each cookie)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt butter and add to medium mixing bowl. Whip butter by hand or with blender until smooth.
  3. Add yellow (or white) cake mix to mixing bowl, followed by eggs, vanilla extract and juice from the fresh orange.
  4. Combine mixture by hand or on low with a mixer until smooth. Place dough in the fridge for 45 minutes to chill.
  5. Once chilled, scoop dough with a cookie scoop and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Repeat steps with remaining dough.
  6. Remove cookies from oven and let cool. While waiting, mix powdered sugar and gradually add in 2 tbsp of Cranberry wine and whisk together until glaze icing forms.
  7. Drizzle about 1 tbsp of icing on each cookie. Zest an orange and top each cookie with the zest before the glaze hardens.
  8. Plate and serve with a glass of cranberry wine. Enjoy!

Use any sweet or fruit wine to create an icing when baking! Try these fluffy cake cookies and let us know what you think. Tag us on social media with #missouriwine and @missouriwine.

Missouri wines win 2022 Jefferson Cup honors

Several Missouri wines garnered top honors at the 23rd annual Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition held Nov. 17-18. The Jefferson Cup, hosted by Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Doug Frost, invites the best wineries from the country’s prominent wine regions to compete. Eighteen judges tasted the 575 entries to find the wines which best exemplified American viticulture and winemaking. This year, forty-one wines from ten states grabbed top honors — the Jefferson Cup — including seven Missouri wines.

Jefferson Cup Winners:

Adam Puchta Winery - Hunter's Red

Adam Puchta Winery - Chardonel 2021

Adam Puchta Winery - Traminette 2021

Les Bourgeois Vineyards - Jeunette Rouge

Noboleis Vineyards - Norton 2019

Stone Hill Winery - Norton 2019  

Stone Hill Winery - Cream Sherry

Double Gold Winners:

Adam Puchta Winery - Judge's Heir

Adam Puchta Winery - Norton Estate 2018

Les Bourgeois Vineyards - Norton 2020

Pirtle Winery - Effervescent Rosé 2021

Stone Hill Winery - Chardonel 2020

Terra Vox Vineyards - Wetumka 2021

Gold Winners:

Adam Puchta Winery - Chambourcin 2021

Adam Puchta Winery - Cat's Meow

Adam Puchta Winery - Riefenstahler

Adam Puchta Winery - Misty Valley

Adam Puchta Winery - Desire

Adam Puchta Winery - Jazz Berry

Adam Puchta Winery - Signature Port

Amigoni Urban Winery - Urban Drover 2020  

Amigoni Urban Winery - Telegram T 10

Amigoni Urban Winery - Syrah 2020

Baltimore Bend Vineyard - Last Minute 2020

Dale Hollow Winery - Vignoles

Les Bourgeois Vineyards - Concord

Les Bourgeois Vineyards - Collector's Series Vignoles Traminette 2021

Les Bourgeois Vineyards - Riverboat White

Noboleis Vineyards - Steepleview 2021

Noboleis Vineyards - Vignoles Dry 2021

Pirtle Winery - Traminette (2021)

Pirtle Winery - Apple Wine

Pirtle Winery - Blackberry Mead

Stone Hill Winery - Norton 2020

Stone Hill Winery - Norton Old Vine Reserve 2019

Stone Hill Winery - Vignoles 2021

Stone Hill Winery - Vignoles Reserve 2020

Stone Hill Winery - 175th Anniversary Cream Sherry  

Terra Vox Vineyards - Sherryvox 2015

Congratulations to all of our award-winning wineries! For complete Jefferson Cup results visit:

Watch tasteMAKERS' documentary on Missouri wine industry

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Missouri Wines is excited to share this documentary from tasteMAKERS about the history of the wine and grape industry in the Show Me State. Roots run deep when it comes to this industry in Missouri, with the first vines planted in the 1830s.  Watch how the 19th century winemakers laid the foundation for today’s industry that was nearly decimated by prohibition. See what today’s leaders have done to reinvigorate the Show Me State’s wine industry. There are currently more than 125 wineries across the state are proudly producing award-winning, quality wines. Meet today’s industry leaders and hear firsthand about the passion today’s industry leaders put into growing, making and sharing Missouri wines.

We hope you enjoy this special! Watch and share with us your favorite fact you learned! Tag us on social media with #missouriwine and @missouriwine. Cheers!

Pennington Wines

Pennington Wines is a small family ran winery, focusing and striving for perfection from the vineyards to creating elegant uncomplicated wine where the story begins with every glass.


Prairie Barn Winery

Just off the famous Route 66, you'll find Prairie Barn Winery and Christmas Tree Farm. Located three miles north of St. James, Missouri, you'll find the historic barn tasting room where you can enjoy a selection of delicious wines, relax outside on the deck which overlooks the trees and vineyard. 


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