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For years St. James Winery has said, “Friendship School White very well may be the perfect white wine.” Now we’ve got proof!

The 2014 Pacific Rim Wine Competition selected St. James Winery’s Friendship School White wine as its Grand Champion, besting approximately 1,200 other wines entered to be named top wine at the 29th annual competition, a two day event held April 23-24 in San Bernardino, California.

“This Grand Champion award is very affirming to the high standards our winemaking team strives for here at St. James Winery,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “We are quite pleased because not only did our Friendship School White wine win at Pacific Rim in California, but our Riesling also won the John Rose Best of Show Award for Riesling at the Finger Lakes Competition just a few weeks earlier.”

In addition to Grand Champion, St. James Winery won four other Gold / Best of Class awards at Pacific Rim for its Moscato, Riesling, Friendship School Red, and Strawberry. St. James Winery Peach wine also received a gold medal, and six other wines received silver or bronze medals.

All of St. James Winery’s wines are available in 750ml bottles; however, Friendship School White and Friendship School Red are also available in convenient eco-friendly one liter pouches, each of which contains the equivalent of six glasses of wine.

In recognition of the results at the Pacific Rim and Finger Lakes wine competitions, St. James Winery is offering a $15 flat rate shipping special for a limited time from May 5-15. Case orders of 12 bottles or more also receive the standard 10% case discount.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrating more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery; St. James Winery wines are sold throughout the Midwest and South, their wines are also available for sale online at www.stjameswinery.com

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St. James Winery’s Riesling has been named Best of Show-Riesling at the 14th annual Finger Lakes Wine Competition, winning the John Rose Award for the Best in Riesling.

With nearly 4,000 individual wines entered, the Finger Lakes Wine Competition described the event as “their tightest competition ever.” St. James Winery competed with wineries from 20 countries, all 50 states, and 6 Canadian provinces. Seventy-five national and international judges presented Best of Show awards to four wines, of which St. James Winery Riesling was one.

“It’s always sweet winning a Best of Show Award, but when we win Best of Show for Riesling in a wine competition located in the heart of Riesling country like the Finger Lakes Competition, it’s definitely cause for celebration,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery.

In addition to the four top wines, the judges awarded 140 double gold, 284 gold medals. Of these awards, St. James Winery also received two double gold awards, one for its 2013 Vignoles and another for its 2013 Pioneer White (a dry white blend). The winery was awarded gold medals for St. James Winery Friendship School White (a semi-sweet white blend) and St. James Winery Blueberry Fruit Wine, as well as six silver and two bronze medals.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrating more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery; St. James Winery wines are sold in 19 states and is online at www.stjameswinery.com

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Look for the colorful handprint graphics on St. James Winery point-of-sale materials in stores around Missouri

St. James Winery is beginning its annual campaign against childhood hunger running through March and April 2014. After raising more than $14,000 last year, St. James Winery will once again donate a portion of proceeds from in-store sale of their wines to support the Missouri Food Bank Association and regional food bank child-feeding programs.

“Because March is National Nutrition Month, it’s a good time to bring childhood hunger issues to the forefront,” said Peter Hofherr CEO of St. James Winery. “In Missouri alone, thousands of children live in poverty. Hunger is an everyday reality for them, and it’s also a roadblock to learning.”

For at-risk kids, school breakfasts and lunches are often their only source of reliable nutrition; food is scarce on weekends and holidays. Missouri’s Food Bank programs offer backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritious foods to supplement their meals when there’s not enough to eat at home.

“For many years, the St. James Winery family has raised money for the backpack program that helps children here in St. James, Missouri,” Hofherr continued. “In 2013 we decided it was time for more Missourians to be aware of this issue. But awareness isn’t enough, which is why we encouraged them to take action with our End Childhood Hunger program. “

St. James Winery customers responded, and the program raised more than $14,000 in 2013 to significantly improve the quality of life for children around the state of Missouri.

St. James Winery, working in tandem with Missouri’s Food Bank Association, a coalition of the six Missouri food banks, seeks to provide hunger relief to every county in the state. It’s a simple philosophy: feed a child, build Missouri.

Customers should look for the colorful handprint graphics on St. James Winery point-of-sale materials in stores around the state of Missouri or visit the St. James Winery Web Site (www.stjameswinery.com) to learn more about how to help and how to donate.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery located in the heart of Missouri. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in stores and online at www.stjameswinery.com.

Collectively, the Missouri Food Bank Association distributes more than 90 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 2000 community programs, including the child-feeding programs for kids. For more information on the Missouri Food Bank Association and the six food banks who will receive funding from St. James Winery visit:

St. James Winery - Missouri State Parks Collector's Series

St. James Winery - Missouri State Parks Collector's Series

There is an ongoing trend toward making the holiday season meaningful, whether it’s the events we attend or the gifts we purchase. For wine lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, St. James Winery’s Missouri State Parks Collector’s Editions wines – Johnson’s Shut-Ins Red and Montauk White – embody this principle.

St. James Winery developed a series of wines that celebrate Missouri’s exquisite state parks, and through their partnership with the Missouri State Parks Foundation, proceeds from these wines will go to keep Missouri State Parks strong and sustainable, providing for their future.

The Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines are wonderful additions to your holiday entertaining. Johnson’s Shut-ins Red, a 2012 Norton, is a dry red wine with a fruity nose of plums and red cherries with dynamic flavors of black cherries and blackberries. Montauk White, a 2012 Seyval, is a dry white wine with aromas of melon and grapefruit, bright acid accentuating crisp lemon, green apple, and slate flavors.

Limited amounts of Johnson’s Shut-Ins Red and Montauk White have been bottled, making these true collector’s items, and the specially designed labels are inspired by vintage travel posters. The Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines are available for sale online at www.MOStateParksWine.com for $19.99 a bottle.

If someone you love values the beauty of the natural world, particularly Missouri’s exquisite state parks, then St. James Winery’s Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines are a gift that gives twice – once to the person on your list and once to the future of Missouri’s State Parks.

About St. James Winery
St. James Winery, located in St. James, Mo., is the state’s largest winery. This family owned winery is dedicated to sustainable practices and ensuring Missouri’s state parks stay both vibrant and viable.

About the Missouri State Parks Foundation
The Missouri State Parks Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 for the purpose of helping Missouri State Parks in its mission of providing unparalleled recreation and education opportunities for Missourians.

St. James Winery 2013 Nouveau

For wine lovers November is the month for all things “nouveau,” the name given to wine made from the fruit of the current harvest season. Following the tradition of other wineries around the world, each year St. James Winery releases its Nouveau wine the third Thursday of November. This year that’s November 21.

Nouveau wine customs date back many years and find their roots in the Beaujolais region of France where Nouveau began as a celebration commemorating the end of the grape harvest. However, in a cash-strapped Europe after World War II, the Beaujolais wineries and winemakers developed a wine style designed to be enjoyed right away, without an extended aging process. When the Nouveau was sent to stores in Lyon, France, for sale on the third Thursday of November a new tradition was born.

“This year’s Nouveau is full of the aromas and flavors of black cherries, plums, and wild raspberries. It really fills your mouth and has a lasting finish. It’s going to be perfect with some turkey and fresh cranberry sauce,” says Andrew Meggitt, Executive Winemaker at St. James Winery. “Nouveau is also a wine specially made to drink young, and it’s at the height of its flavor for the first six months, during the red wine drinking months of November through March or April.”

“St. James Winery is one of a very few wineries in Missouri to make a Nouveau wine, our 2013 Nouveau is a rare opportunity for wine lovers to get a sneak peek at the grape harvest which just ended a few weeks ago,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “For us, Nouveau is part of our end of harvest celebration, and this is a really a great wine for the holidays.”

Because St. James Winery Nouveau is produced in small quantities – only 100 cases – fans of the wine know to shop early. Nouveau is available only in the winery’s Tasting Room or online at stjameswinery.com.

St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for more than 40 years. St. James Winery wines are sold in stores throughout the South and Midwest. The winery can be found online at www.stjameswinery.com.

Cut Line: St. James Winery’s 2013 Nouveau will release for sale on November 21. Nouveau is avaible only in the Tasting Room and online at www.stjameswinery.com.

St. James Winery and the Missouri State Parks Foundation have partnered to create a series of wines that celebrate the state’s exquisite state parks and help provide for their future. The first two Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines, Johnson’s Shut-Ins Red and Montauk White, will be available online at www.MOStateParksWine.com October 10 for $19.99 a bottle and at StJamesWinery.com.

All proceeds from the Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines will go to keep Missouri State Parks strong and sustainable.

A limited amount of each wine has been bottled, making these true collector’s items. The Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines feature bold, specially designed labels inspired by vintage travel posters promoting breathtaking destinations. Future bottlings will showcase different Missouri state parks.

“We are pleased to help contribute to the preservation and sustainability of Missouri’s great state parks,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “Our hope is that this collection will raise awareness of one of the finest parks systems in nation and the mission of the foundation.”

Proceeds from sales will go to the Missouri State Parks Foundation’s endowment, which provides funds to assist Missouri’s award-winning state parks system stay a place for Missourians recreate and connect with nature, friends and families.

“The Parks Foundation jumped at the opportunity to work with a leader in Missouri’s wine industry to promote our state parks and historic sites,” said Sam Phillips, president of the Missouri State Parks Foundation. The fruit of this partnership will be the joy of park visitors for years to come.”

Johnson’s Shut-ins Red, a 2012 Norton, is a dry red wine with a fruity nose of plums and red cherries with dynamic flavors of black cherries and blackberries.

Montauk White, a 2012 Seyval, is a dry white wine with aromas of melon and grapefruit with bright acid that accentuates crisp lemon, green apple and slate flavors.

About St. James Winery
St. James Winery, located in St. James, Mo., is the state’s largest winery and is dedicated to sustainable practices and ensuring Missouri’s state parks stay both vibrant and viable.

About the Missouri State Parks Foundation

The Missouri State Parks Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 for the purpose of helping Missouri State Parks in its mission of providing unparalleled recreation and education opportunities for Missourians.


Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker at St. James Winery, was recently named to IntoWine.com’s list of “Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers.” A native of New Zealand, Meggitt joined the winemaking team at St. James Winery in 2002 and moved to the position of executive winemaker in 2006.

IntoWine.com recognized Meggitt for his work as executive winemaker, work which has consistently placed St. James Winery among the top gold medal awarded wineries in the U.S. The article also noted Meggitt’s stretching the boundaries of traditional winemaking by integrating both old and new-world techniques.

When asked about the recognition, Meggitt said,“I’m very happy to be named to the list, because being on it is better than not being on it. But in truth making wine is such a team effort, seeing just my name up there…, well, it isn’t accurate. Winemaking, at least here at St. James Winery, is more like an orchestra, one in which we all participate equally to create a vast array of music. No one person can play all the instruments at the same time, but together, we can create something very special.”

“Obviously Andrew’s recognition is great for St. James Winery,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery, “but it also boosts awareness of Missouri winemaking as a whole. His inclusion on this list of 100 Influential US Winemakers really draws attention to Missouri as an emerging wine region and the high quality wines we are producing here.”

About St. James Winery
St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in stores throughout the Midwest and the South. St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.

IntoWine.com
IntoWine.com has made it their goal to aggregate the collective knowledge and experience of the wine community on one site, a site geared purely for those people who are into wine. They have contributors from nearly all walks of “wine life” including sommeliers, chefs, bartenders, waiters, wine industry professionals, wine producers, as well as a gaggle of super enthusiasts. Visit them online at www.intowine.com

St. James Winery is helping clean up the Missouri River by funding Missouri River Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to river clean up. For each bottle of St. James Winery wines purchased at participating Missouri retail stores during August and September, St. James Winery will contribute to Missouri River Relief’s work.

“By the time the Missouri River joins the Mississippi in St. Louis, some of the water has traveled more than 2,300 miles and, unfortunately, it picked up garbage along the way,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “St. James Winery supports clean-up efforts that make the river a better place for wildlife, outdoor enthusiasts, and farmers.”

“It’s incredible that last year Missouri River Relief organized 1,365 volunteers to remove 42 tons of trash, including 364 tires, from 79 miles of the Missouri River. When you’re pulling that much trash out of the river, you need a lot of boats, gloves, and trash bags,” said Hofherr. “Last year we funded Missouri River Relief for the first time, and in doing so we raised awareness along with a significant amount of money. St. James Winery is also a co-sponsor of the Race to the Dome, the canoe and kayak race on the Missouri River from Hartsburg to Jefferson City which benefits Missouri River Relief.”

“There’s no substitute for getting people out on the river in boats, getting their hands dirty and pulling a massive pile of trash out of the river,” said MRR Program Manager Steve Schnarr. “Since our organization began in 2001, we’ve done 104 clean-ups, with 17,906 volunteers, over 863 miles of river, and removed 718 tons of trash. Plus we sort through the trash and recycle what we can, so there’s no doubt the Missouri River region benefits from our clean-up efforts.”

Becoming part of St. James Winery’s efforts to support Missouri River clean-up efforts is as simple as purchasing a bottle of St. James Winery wines at any participating retail store in Missouri during the months of August and September. St. James Winery will donate a portion of the proceeds to Missouri River Relief. Funding will help remove an estimated 10 tons of trash, including 100 tires, from the Missouri River, and money raised in the Springfield area will go toward the James River Basin Partnership which works to keep waterways in the southwestern part of the state clean.

About St. James Winery
St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in stores throughout the Midwest and the South. St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.

About Missouri River Relief
Missouri River Relief is a grassroots volunteer and equipment-based non-profit dedicated to connecting communities to the Missouri River through hands-on, on-the-river clean-ups and river education. Since their first Missouri River clean-up in 2001, 104 clean-ups, with 17,906 volunteers, over 863 miles of river, and removed 718 tons of trash (over one million pounds!) from the river and its banks in 22 communities. Find Missouri River Relief online at www.riverrelief.org.

About the James River Basin Partnership
The James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization working to improve and protect the water quality of the springs, streams, rivers, and lakes in the James River Watershed which consists of almost a million acres of land in portions of 7 counties in southwest Missouri. Find JRBP online at www.jamesriverbasin.com.

From left to right: Peter Hofherr, CEO St. James Winery, David Rodholm, Major Brands; Adam Babcock, Major Brands; Kim Sheridan, Major Brands; Steve Drewry, Major Brands; Bart Brown Executive Director Ozarks Food Harvest.

St. James Winery’s first an annual campaign against childhood hunger, which began in March and ran through the end of May 2013, raised a total of $14,100 in support of child feeding programs throughout the state of Missouri.

“The St. James Winery family is so thankful for the generosity of our customers who supported our to feed Missouri children,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “We weren’t sure what to expect for a grand total, but we are thrilled with the $14,100 we raised. Now we can’t wait until next year to see if we can beat mark we’ve established with our 2013 campaign.”

“Unfortunately, there are thousands of children living in poverty in Missouri, kids living in every county and in every community. For these at-risk children, breakfast and lunch at school are the only source of reliable nutrition, and backpack programs make a difference because the packs are stocked with hygiene supplies and kid-friendly, nutritious foods when there’s simply not enough to eat at home.”

“For the past five years, our winery family has been dedicated to the reduction of childhood hunger by raising money for the Buddy Pack program here in Phelps County, Missouri,” Hofherr continued. This new, larger program simply gives our customers the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for children in a very concrete way.”

Monies from St. James Winery’s fundraising efforts were divided among the six food banks in Missouri: Ozarks Food Harvest (Southwest Missouri); Southeast Missouri Food Bank; St. Louis Area Foodbank; Harvesters Community Food Network (Kansas City Area); Second Harvest Community Foodbank (Northwest Missouri); and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The Missouri Food Bank Association distributes more than 90 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 2000 community programs, including the child-feeding programs for kids. The MFBA and its local food bank child-feeding programs are active in every county in the state of Missouri and serve tens of thousands of at-risk children each year.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in 19 states. Look for St. James Winery online at www.stjameswinery.com

For more information on the Missouri Food Bank Association and the six food banks who received funding from St. James Winery visit:

St. James WInery Wine Pouches

This summer St. James Winery is thinking outside the bottle! For the first time, St. James Winery’s popular Friendship School line of wines – Friendship School Red and Friendship School White – are available in convenient, outdoor-friendly pouches.

Enjoy these fun, easy-drinking wines in any setting. Lightweight and portable with a built-in, cut-out handle, each one liter pouch holds the equivalent of six glasses of wine. Wine pouches fit easily in a cooler, and white wines can be chilled in less than 20 minutes. They are perfect for canoeing, barbecues, picnics, fishing, camping, concerts, poolside, tailgating, or any outdoor activity! Even after opening, wine stays fresh for up to a month.

“The Ozark Highlands St. James Winery calls home are an outdoor lovers paradise,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “Spring-fed streams with outstanding trout fishing wind their way through dense oak forests. Iconic Route 66, America’s Mother Road, runs right in front of our winery. With so much to see and do, making two of our most popular wines available in an easily portable pouch just makes sense.”

“Sustainability is an important part of what we do at St. James Winery. These eco-friendly pouches help us make the point that less really is more,” Hofherr said. “Reduced packaging takes less energy to produce, fewer materials to manufacture, and takes up less space during transportation.”

Look for St. James Winery’s Friendship Red and Friendship White wine pouches wherever you shop for St. James Winery wines.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in 19 states.

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Cut Line: Now available from St. James Winery, Friendship School Red and Friendship School White wines in eco-friendly pouches.

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Cut Line: Easily portable and eco-friendly, St. James WInery’s Friendship School Red and Friendship School White wine pouches are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts.