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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been recommended by the CDC to stay home. St. James Winery has brought people together and allowed them to share experiences over their favorite glass of wine for 50 years, and we want to continue to do this even during these trying times. With that, here’s a list of four ways to inspire you to connect with the ones you love while staying in.

1. Try our new Sparkling Fruit Wines. We recently released four new wines that are fun and sparkling variations of our popular fruit wines and now come in 375ml cans. These lighter, lower ABV versions have a sparkling effect and come in four flavors – Blackberry, Peach, Strawberry and Mango. For a night in idea, try the canned sparkling version and the traditional 750ml bottled wine to compare the differences. You could also do a blind taste test to see if your partner can guess the flavor! To purchase, you can find them online here in a special sampler combo pack.

2. Get outside. Staying home and social distancing doesn’t mean staying inside. As the spring weather warms up, go outside and enjoy the season. Sit around a fire with a glass of red wine, have a midday picnic with our limited release Strawberry Moscato, or sit on the porch or patio and watch the sunset with your special someone and favorite wine. Sunshine and warmer weather are sure to lighten everyone’s moods after a long winter.

3. Fruit wine mixology fun. Our popular fruit wines are made with 100% real fruit and are perfect to use as a base for mixology for some fun wine cocktails. Browse our website for different recipes such as Blackberry Mojito, Strawberry Lemonade, or Blueberry Gin Fitz. You can also have fun at home mixing up your own recipe. It’s simple –

    • Start with one of our eight fruit wines.
    • Add a spirit of your choice such as tequila, vodka, gin, or rum. Flavored spirits can add in another layer of flavors like vanilla or citrus!
    • Add some optional club soda or lemon-lime soda to give it some fizz.
    • Give it a splash of citrus such as lemon or lime.

The possibilities are endless and you can create some fun recipe inventions! Snap a picture of your recipe and share it with friends and family on social media. Maybe, take a moment to tag @stjameswinery while you’re at it.

4. Host a virtual comparative tasting. Make sure you and your friends have the same wines on hand and meet online!
For example, you and your friends could compare a Chardonnay to our Chardonel.

Or you could do a vertical tasting of the same wine but from different years. Currently, we have the following Norton wines available for purchase online:
Norton 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2011
Try the different wines, take notes, then compare and contrast to discuss them.

As a reminder, you can purchase our wine at stjameswinery.com, with curbside pick-up, and we just launched local delivery within the radius found on the map below. Read more about how our local delivery works here.

We hope these ideas will help you to sip back and relax in the weeks ahead! Cheers!

 

For the fourth year in a row, our partner at Public House Brewing Company in St. James, MO, presents Beer, Pizza & a Movie in The Gardens. To kick off this year’s film series, the first movie will play on the outdoor big screen in The Gardens on Thurs., Apr. 25 (rescheduled for May 9th due to inclement weather) with Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

Admission is free. Come early to grab a seat and bite to eat. Please, no outside food or drink is allowed, but you may purchase wine (keep receipt) from the St. James Winery Tasting Room and bring it in The Gardens.

The movie starts after sunset – it has to be dark to view the movie on the screen. Limited seating is available, so feel free to bring your own. Nights can be chilly, so bring jackets or blankets as needed.

Where:

The Gardens
Located between the brewery and St. James Winery Tasting Room
551 State Route B
St. James, MO 65559

2019 Movie Schedule:

  • May 9 – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • May 30 – O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • June 27 – The Goonies
  • July 25 – Aquaman
  • August 29 – Dirty Dancing
  • September 26 – The Wedding Singer
  • October 24 – Beetlejuice

Halloween is almost here! Make your party frightful with our devilishly delicious cocktails to serve your ghosts… ahem… guests.

Our Black Widow Punch is a hauntingly dark drink perfect for your Monster Mash. For a svelte, mysterious presentation, we recommend serving in a martini glass with dry ice. Featuring our Blackberry fruit wine, this drink is sure to satisfy a deadly hunger for something sweet.

Next, is our Redrum Sangeria. This killer recipe calls for either our Pioneer Red or Friendship School Red wines and presents a blood red color that is beautifully presented in a any witch’s cauldron. Use orange slices for garnish to add a punch of seasonal color.

Lastly, may we suggest trying our Not-So-Poisoned Apple Punch. Unlike Snow White, your guests can experience this delicious punch without fear. Try this recipe with our Moscato or Riesling wines and add any ripe, red apples of your choice.

All of these wines are available in stores, online and in our Tasting Room. Happy Halloween from the St. James Winery family!

 

Our Informational Technology Department developed this luscious recipe for you to share with your friends and family at holiday gatherings. With flavors of cranberry and peach, this is sure to please any crowd.

Ingredients

2 bottles Sauvignon Blanc
1/2 bottle Peach Wine
3/4 bottle Cranberry or Sparkling Cranberry Wine
Bag of cranberries
Bag of frozen peaches
Splash of club soda or ginger beer (optional)

Instructions

Mix ingredients and allow to sit in refrigerator for 6-12 hours prior to serving. Serve chilled.

Our Baked Apple Pie is a warm and simple way to spread season’s greetings with your loved ones after a holiday meal.

Ingredients:

1 bottle Apple Pie Wine

1/2 shot of Crown Royal or your choice of brandy

Coat rim of glass with brown sugar (optional)

Garnish with a cinnamon stick (optional)

Instructions

Simmer ingredients in a medium-sized pot over medium-low heat until warm. Serve to friends and family in warm, cozy mugs.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, mix a bottle of Velvet White with the fresh orange juice and lime juice.
  2. Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours until chilled.

Serving Suggestion

Recommended to serve in tall glasses filled with ice. Pour the cocktail over the ice, garnish with an orange or lime slice and enjoy!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium-size pot, simmer cider, sliced oranges, ground cloves and cinnamon for about 10 minutes over medium-low heat.
  2. Shut off heat, and leave steeping for an hour.
  3. Pour a bottle of Cynthiana into the mixture. Bring back to a simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.

Serving Suggestion

Recommended to serve in a comfy mug with an orange slice and cinnamon stick to garnish.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups St. James Winery Moscato
  • 1 cup chilled cranberry-apple juice drink
  • 1 cup chilled sparkling water
  • Fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  2. Add all ingredients.
  3. Garnish with mint
  4. Enjoy!

Variations

This spritzer is delicious with our Strawberry Moscato seasonal wine — then substitute cranberry-strawberry juice for the cranberry-apple.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup each dried apples, cranberries, and raisins
  • 6 dried apricots, cut into slivers
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise
  • 1 short stick cinnamon
  • 1 bottle St. James Winery Pioneer Red Wine
  • 2 cups club soda

Instructions

  1. Stir together the dried fruit, brandy, honey, vanilla bean, and cinnamon in a large saucepan.
  2. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a gentle boil. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  3. Stir in wine. Transfer mixture to a glass pitcher. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours to blend flavors.
  4. Immediately before serving, stir in club soda. Serve in glasses over ice.

Special Notes

Skewer fruit onto toothpicks for garnish to the glasses.

Recipe courtesy of Christa Holtzclaw

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle St. James Winery Blackberry Wine
  • 16 ounces vodka
  • 20 ounces pomegranate blueberry juice
  • 6 ounces simple syrup (optional)
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries, frozen

Instructions

In a large pitcher or punch bowl, mix chilled wine, vodka, and juice. Taste, to determine sweetness. If sweeter punch is desired, add simple syrup.
Add frozen blackberries to keep punch cool. Garnish with fresh blackberries.

Notes

This punch is a really dark purple, almost black, so it makes for a great Halloween party punch!