Missouri Wines Poetry Challenge

March 20, 2018


We want to thank all the talented people who submitted their poems into the Missouri Wines Poetry Challenge. Carl Kinsky won the challenge with his poem titled "A Sense of Place." We hope you enjoy his entry as much as we did.

A Sense of Place
by: Carl Kinsky

As every wine lover knows,
A wine's more than just its nose.

A wine's more than just its taste.
A wine's about a sense of place.

A barren vine, stark and still,
Set against an Ozark hill.

Green grape shoots on a prairie slope,
Without any worries, full of hope.

Ripening grapes, lazy, no hurry,
                                                                                         On a bluff above the hazy Missouri.

                                                                                             A hint of color in the tree leaves,
                                                                                            Harvest comes to Ste. Genevieve.

                                                                                            Now I've heard folks praise Zinfandel,
                                                                                             But I'd rather have my Chardonel.

                                                                                            So call me a Missouri Pollyanna,
                                                                                            But pass me a glass of the Cynthiana.


A great poet can do more than just put words on paper. Poets like Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and Robert Frost have a way of stirring emotions from deep within us. Poetry in books, canvas and songs (“Red Red Wine” by UB40 anyone?) has enchanted us since Shakepeare’s sonnets.  

World Poetry Day is Wednesday, March 21, 2018 and is a day set aside to celebrate our favorite poets and discover new ones. It is also a great time to try our own hand at poetry. Missouri Wines invites you to share your poetry about Missouri wine country with us. Tickle the keyboard or blow the dust off your journal and let the words flow. One lucky poet will receive a pair of tickets to the Farmers’ Table Wine Trail event in Hermann. This special event takes place on Saturday, April 7 and includes delectable wine and food pairings at seven wineries on the Hermann Wine Trail.

Submit your poem via this link by 11:59 p.m. CST on March 27, 2018. Winner will be notified on March 28, 2018.

We even tried our hand at a little poetry and, no, we won't quit our day jobs. 



Always Time For Missouri Wine 

While the horizon’s vivid hues change with the passing of time
Her beauty remains constant
Velvety soft meadows
Never ceasing valleys and peaks
Meandering trails and winding roads

While fog gently rolls in
Her beauty is shrouded 
Mist laces the vines and leaves with dewy droplets
Until the sun shines through
Lifting the veil of cloud from the vineyards

Thus the day finds me
Enjoying the beauty in a glass that comes with hard work and care
Greeted by a hearty handshake and a welcome smile somewhat debonair
And, although not until the end did this poem rhyme
There’s always time for Missouri wine

Old Farm Winery

Our family has farmed land in the hills of Missouri for more than a century. Today, as they did then, we pour our hearts and labor into what we do. Our roots run deep on this farm and we’re proud to present the fine wines we have crafted. Come and taste our wines. Enjoy our small family run winery. Take a stroll through the country side or bring a picnic to enjoy. A selection of cheese and sausages are available in the tasting room. We are just a short drive from Six Flags St. Louis. Check our website for more information and follow us on Facebook @oldfarmwinery


The 5 Most Common MO Wine Questions

March 14, 2018

The 5 Most Common MO Wine QuestionsIn honor of International Ask a Question Day (March 14), we wanted to take some time to answer questions we get asked frequently. Most of these questions come to us during events where we are sampling local wines or Missouri Wine 101 classes. Wine is a broad subject with a great deal of information, and Missouri wine has its own long list of facts, figures and details.

Q: Aren’t all Missouri wines sweet?

A: Nope. With more than 125 wineries across the state, Missouri wines are as varied and unique as the people who make them. There are sweet wines, dry wines and everything in between.

Q: Why doesn’t Missouri have Cabernet and Chardonnay?

A: Many varietals of wine you may be used to hearing about or seeing on retail shelves are what you call Vinifera (originally European varieties). Most Vinifera simply can’t handle Missouri’s growing conditions (weather, primarily). So, local vintners focus on native varietals and hybrids that are more hardy and can handle our cold winters and humid summers. Bring on the Norton and Chardonel!

Q: How long is wine good after I’ve opened it?

A: “It depends” is the short answer. A slightly longer and more complicated answer is… it depends on which wine it is. Whites will last 3-5 days after being opened, reds 5-7, and port-style desserts wines for up to a few weeks. More info on how to preserve open wine can be found here.

Q: What kind of Missouri wine should I pair with _________?

A: We have an entire section on our website that can help answer this question! Food and wine pairing is tons of fun and all about trying new things, but this interactive guide is a great place to start.

Q: Why is it called fruit wine when a wine isn’t made from grapes?

A: This question totally makes sense. After all, grapes are a fruit too, right? Yes. However, in the wine world, a wine made from grapes is referred to as wine (plain and simple), and a wine made from other fruits (cherries, blueberries, pineapple, apple, etc.) is called fruit wine. (Don’t look at us. We didn’t make the rules.)

We hope this short Q and A has cleared up some things for you. If you ever have Missouri wine questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out on social media. We’re on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and we are happy to be your resource for all things Missouri wine! 

DIY Cork Shamrock Craft for St. Patrick’s Day

March 08, 2018

DIY Cork Shamrock Craft for St. Patrick’s Day

Originally a religious feast day to honor Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved over the years into a day to celebrate all things Irish across the globe. Whether it’s festivals or special foods, St. Patrick’s Day revelry is a good time for all… unless you forget your green of course! Here is a fun and easy craft project you can do to join in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Show your Irish spirit with this DIY Cork Shamrock.

Watch this video for a step-by-step, how-to guide:



  • 47 used wine corks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Paint brush


  • Plug in hot glue gun to warm up.
  • Using this downloadable diagram, arrange your corks into the shamrock shape.
  • Begin attaching the corks to each other one by one until you have connected them all in the shamrock shape.
  • Once the glue has dried, remove any excess strings left behind from the hot glue.
  • Paint the ends of the corks green and let dry.
  • Display your festive wine cork shamrock!

Have a great St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte! 

Mulled Wine: Spice Up Your Winter

March 01, 2018


Mulled wine is a warm, flavorful beverage that can remove the chill from a cold winter’s day. Although there are many mulled wine recipes, here is a simple and delicious version that features Missouri Chambourcin and port-style dessert wine, guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds.


Mulled Wine

Time: 25 to 30 minutes    l    Yield: 4 to 6 people

750 ml (1 bottle) - Missouri Chambourcin
1 cup - Missouri port-style dessert wine
⅓ cup - Brown sugar
½ cup - Mulling spices: cloves, nutmeg, star anise, ginger
1 - Orange

1 - Orange
4 to 6 - Cinnamon sticks

Prep work:
Wrap spices in a cheese cloth. Tie with kitchen twine and set the sachet to the side. Slice 2 oranges.

Pour the bottle of Missouri Chambourcin into a large pot. Add ⅓ cup brown sugar and 1 cup Missouri port-style wine. Heat on medium for 12 to 15 minutes. Add fresh orange slices and the sachet of spices then cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes. Do not boil. Ladle mulled wine into each glass. Optional: garnish your glass with a fresh orange slice and cinnamon stick. Serve warm and enjoy.

You can combine a variety of spices to create a mulled wine that is perfect for you. Check out this more traditional Missouri Wines' mulled wine recipe here


Winter Friendly Missouri Wineries

February 27, 2018

Winter Friendly Missouri Wineries: Two MO wine fans enjoying the warmth of the fireplace and the atmosphere at Keltoi Vineyard.

Winter is sometimes thought of as the off season in Missouri wine country, but that isn’t the case for these wineries. They all offer something special for the season and welcome you to come visit any time of the year. In addition to these seasonal specialties, more than 100 wineries across the state offer indoor, weather-proof seating. So, there is no reason to limit your Missouri wine country adventures to the summer and fall.


Mulled Wine or Cider


Seasonal Events

Seasonal Wine

7Cs Winery





Arcadian Moon Winery





Augusta Winery





Baltimore Bend Vineyards





Curling Vine Winery





Edg-Clif Winery & Brewery





Grindstone Valley Winery





Hemman Winery





Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery





Keltoi Vineyard & Winery





Montelle Winery





Mount Pleasant Estates





Peaceful Bend Vineyards





Serenity Valley Winery





Seven Springs Winery





St. James Winery





The Barrens Winery





Tipple Hill Winery





West Winery





Wild Sun Winery





Head out to Missouri wine country and enjoy some mulled or seasonal wine next to a fireplace. Sounds like a great way to beat the winter blues, doesn’t it? Cheers!  

Decanting Wine: A Step-By-Step Video Guide

February 22, 2018

Decanting wine is a simple act of pouring wine from a bottle into a vessel like a decanter. Decanting is a great tool that removes sediments from older vintages, and also aerates wine, releasing more of its aromas and flavors. Full-bodied wines with rich, supple tannins like Missouri’s Norton especially benefit from decanting. Check out this Missouri Wines video for a quick step-by-step guide on how to decant wine.

Winter Wonderland in MO Wine Country

February 20, 2018

Many people think of winter as the off season at local wineries, but you’d be pleasantly surprised by the beauty and welcoming atmosphere of Missouri wine country during this chilly season. The views may be different, but that doesn’t make them any less wondrous – from snow covered vines, to a bluff top view of a crawling, ice-filled Missouri river. There are great things happening inside the winery this time of year as well – wines age and mature into the favorites you know and love all while friends and family gather by the fire and enjoy the slower pace that comes with the season. 

Winter in the vineyards at St. James Winery | MO Wine
St. James Winery 
Nature's refrigerator... Hemman Winery wine nestled in the snow. | MO Wine
Hemman Winery 
Frozen Missouri River view from Les Bourgeois Vineyards | MO Wine
Les Bourgeois Vineyards 
Barrel work inside KC Wineworks | MO Wine
KC Wineworks 
Snow covered vines at Chaumette Winery | MO Wine
Chaumette Winery 
Mulled wine at Riverwood Winery | MO Wine
Riverwood Winery 
Fireplace burning bright and warm at Keltoi Vineyards | MO Wine
Keltoi Vineyards
Ice covered vineyard at Stone Hill Winery | MO Wine
Stone Hill Winery 

Cheers to a beautiful winter in Missouri wine country! 

Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food

February 15, 2018

Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food

The Show Me State loves Chinese food. And why wouldn’t we; it’s delicious! Missourians also love local wine, so here are some great pairing ideas. Match up these locally crafted wines with your favorite Chinese dishes for a delicious dinner! 

Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food: Crab Rangoon + Vignoles Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food: Egg Rolls + Traminette
Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food: Fried Rice + Traminette Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food: Shrimp Lo Mein + Vidal Blanc
Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food: Cashew Chicken + Traminette Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food: Sweet & Sour Pork + Catawba
Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food: General Tso Chicken + Vignoles Pairing MO Wine and Chinese Food: Broccoli Beef + Norton

If you’re serving several different dishes, the best overall pairings for Chinese food tend to be Vignoles and Traminette. The fruity and floral notes combined with the slight sweetness are a great match for the flavors and spices in many Chinese dishes.

Cheers to Chinese food paired with Missouri wines!  

A Love Story in Missouri Wine Country: Katie and Clyde

February 12, 2018

They say it only takes seconds to make a first impression, but Katie Nott wasn’t watching the clock when she first saw Clyde Gill. She was trying to make a good impression of her own. Katie had recently graduated with a degree in horitculture from Michigan State University. She was in the middle of a tour, hoping to secure an internship at one of the largest wineries in Missouri. He was in the middle of a fermentation gone wrong. Clyde, the self-titled “cellar rat,” didn’t make a great first impression. She thought he looked like an angry man. Katie’s plan was to avoid him, but that became difficult after her internship started and their paths began to cross.

One such occasion occurred during the week of Maifest. Katie was stationed behind a cash register when Clyde walked through and teased, “Is that what you got your fancy degree for?’” If Katie was upset, she didn’t let it show. “Cash Register 101,” she quipped, “coming at you right now.”

The couple are quick to laugh and forgive, two traits they have always admired in each other. Although neither were looking for love at the time they met, they fell in love with each other and the wine industry. The two also found success, (Katie was promoted to vineyard manager while Clyde became the cellar master), and a growing desire to own a winery someday.

As fate would have it, one of the couple’s first dates was a float trip near Peaceful Bend Vineyard. (The winery gets its name from a 3-mile bend in the Meramec River.) Katie recalls, “I found out this place closed down and we had been talking about starting our own place way down the road but then Clyde got on the phone.” And the rest just fell into place. Katie and Clyde leased the winery for two years, then bought it in 2000, becoming the winery’s fourth owners since it opened in 1972. “It was such a whirl wind,” said Katie. “We signed papers and then he asked me to marry him.”

The couple continued to make wine and entertain guests in the original winery building until tragedy struck in November 2016, the day after Thanksgiving. Katie woke up early, unable to sleep. “I walked out the door and that’s when I saw it all engulfed in fire.”

By the time firefighters arrived, their winery was a total loss. “There was nothing you could do at that point,” said Clyde, “There was just this hopelessness. It was…gone.”

A devastation like a fire would strain the bonds between some couples, but Katie and Clyde found strength in each other, something they desperately needed as they faced an uncertain future. An investigation into the fire began and days soon turned into months, giving the couple plenty of time to visualize different scenarios for their future.

“We had a decision to make,” said Clyde, “do we rebuild a winery from the ground up? Or,” he continued, attempting to take some of the seriousness out of the situation, “do you buy a big boat?”

The two were cleared in the investigation and by the time the insurance check arrived, their minds were made up. “We knew we were going to do this again,” said Katie. The community’s support and willingness to help them after the fire was a constant source of hope for the couple. “Early on, the business becomes a lot larger than what you are,” explained Clyde. “Wineries become a part of the community.”

With the community’s encouragement, the couple began to make plans for their new winery building. Now in the construction phase, the 2400 square foot building will feature a tasting room, restaurant and public areas located above an underground cellar. Guests will enjoy beautiful views from the large deck overlooking the hayfield and hiking trail. “We obviously have hopes of some level and it feels like the situation has changed and evolved,” said Clyde. “It’s the same operation but it’s going to be a lot different. We’ll have different services available.” The couple smile at each other. Although they are co-captains at the helm of the winery, their customers are helping guide Peaceful Bend Vineyard into the future. “It’s what customers have been saying they wanted for 20 years," explained Clyde. "It's extremely exciting, extremely frightening too."

The new building will open sometime this spring. In the meantime, Katie and Clyde will continue to welcome guests at their interim tasting room, an old shed that’s been enclosed and insulated, a perfect oasis for those trying to find a little peace.

Although Clyde is thrilled about his new loading dock, he finds the greatest joy in knowing what the winery means to their customers. “What I get excited about it is just being able to provide an escape for a while, a place for visitors to just do whatever they want to do, to be in nature, find their own spot to enjoy the scenery and serenity of the country.”

There will be plenty of space for visitors to find their own niche and yes, even fall in love. It can happen when you least expect it, watching a sunrise or working as a cashier and cellar rat in Missouri wine country.

*Peaceful Bend Vineyard is located at 1942 Highway T in Steelville.

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