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St. James Winery at Los Angeles Wine Competition

Eight St. James Winery wines received 90 points or better, including two 97 point ratings, at the 2013 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition, held May 15 and 16 at the Los Angeles County Fair. The LA Wine & Spirits Competition uses a 100 point rating scale for gold medal winning wines.

Best of Class winners were:

  • 2012 Vignoles (97 points)
  • Friendship School White (97 points)
  • Peach (91 points)

Other gold medal award winners include:

  • Cynthiana (92 points)
  • Blackberry (90 points)
  • Blueberry (90 points)
  • Mango (90 points)
  • Raspberry (90 points)

“Our 2012 Vignoles is absolutely amazing! The exceptional quality of the wine is thanks in part to last year’s drought. The lack of rainfall resulted in pristine Vignoles grapes,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “Our Friendship White Wine is another wine that has traditionally done well for us, and over the years it’s won quite a few Best of Class awards in wine competitions.”

“It was also gratifying to see our fruit wines continue to be standouts in wine competition, too. This year at Los Angeles, Peach led the way with the Best of Class award,” Hofherr continued, “but Blackberry, Blueberry, Mango, and Raspberry were close behind with gold medals of their own. In fact, all 16 wines St. James Winery entered in LA, won medals, and half of those were gold 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.

St. James Winery Mango Wine

Feeling the need for a beach getaway but no vacation time on the horizon? Running a little short on Vitamin “Sea”? For a tropical taste treat, grab some St. James Winery’s Mango Fruit Wine, it’s the next best thing to a vacation in the sun.

“Now that the days are getting longer and the countdown to summer is on, it’s time to enjoy Mango Fruit Wine,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “Better hurry though, our Mango wine is a seasonal selection and only available for a limited time.”

Like all other St. James Winery fruit wines, Mango wine makes a delicious wine cocktail. This weekend for Cinco de Mayo try a Mango-Rita. For on the rocks drinks grab a big pitcher and mix a bottle of St. James Winery Mango wine with seven ounces of tequila and a half cup of chopped fresh mango. Add the juice of a lemon and a dash of lime juice and serve them up in salt-rimmed margarita glasses with a snip of mint.

For food and wine pairings, Mango wine goes well with either sweet or salty (or both!) It’s terrific with angel food cake or orange pound cake and tasty with chili spiced nuts or garlic bagel chips. Or try layering flavors: slice fresh mango off the sides of the seed, leaving the peel on. Sprinkle the top of the fruit with raw sugar and broil until the sugar caramelizes. Scoop the warm fruit from the peel and enjoy with a glass of mango fruit wine. Mango fruit wine also makes a delicious smoothie by blending equal parts fresh mango, mango fruit wine, and ice, then adding raw sugar to taste.

St. James Winery Mango Wine can be found wherever St. James Winery wines are sold. Look for the mango sunshine label or order online right now!  And with Mother’s Day coming up, why not share the Mango Wine love with Mom — she’ll thank you for it!

 

 

St. James Winery Frontier Selections

St. James Winery has always drawn inspiration for its award winning wines from the spirit of the early Italian immigrants who settled the area around St. James, Missouri, during the late 1800s. Now with the introduction their Frontier Selection label, St. James Winery is re-branding five of its award-winning varietal wines — Cynthiana, Estate Norton, Moscato, Riesling, and Vignoles — and developing two new dry wine blends, Pioneer Red and Pioneer White.

“We’re very excited about our Frontier Selections line for many reasons,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “Since St. James Winery first opened its doors, we have pioneered the art of creating award-winning wines made from hybrid and native grape varietals. People talk about the wine frontier of South America or the South Pacific, but it’s also right here in Missouri. Because the wine frontier is any emerging wine region, and the Ozark Highlands of Missouri where we grow and make our wines is definitely the wine frontier.”

Within the Frontier Selections family there are two new dry wine blends — Pioneer Red and Pioneer White — which are named in honor of two Missouri wine pioneers. “Because we’re a family-owned winery, we believed it was important to honor the contributions of my parents, Jim & Patricia Hofherr, who founded St. James Winery more than forty years ago,” Hofherr said. “Pioneer Red and Pioneer White are perfect tributes to their entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering contributions to winemaking in Missouri.”

Pioneer White blends Chardonel, Seyval, and Vignoles to create a wine with smoky oak and pineapple aromas with zesty gooseberry and kiwi on the palate. Crisp balanced acid and a lively finish. Pioneer Red blends Norton, Chambourcin, and Rougeon grapes for a bright crimson wine with intense, layered flavors of plums, dark cherries and spicy oak.

“Another thing we’re very excited about with the Frontier Selections brand is the introduction of bottles with a carbonless footprint package,” Hofherr said. “Our labels are screen printed on the bottles using an organic, soy-based inks that are environmentally friendly, free of heavy metals, cadmium, solvents, and volative organic compounds (VOC). Because these are 100% recyclable through the traditional waste management process, the bottles are very eco-friendly. We chose the design to reflect the region and heritage of St. James Winery: the one-room schoolhouse and the rolling Ozark Highlands.”

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.

St. James Winery is launching an annual campaign against childhood hunger beginning in March and running through the end of May 2013. During this time, St. James Winery will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of their wine to support the Missouri Food Bank Association and its local food bank child-feeding programs. The winery’s goal is to raise awareness of childhood hunger issues, as well as educate and encourage others to get involved.

“March is National Nutrition Month and the right time to begin a campaign raising awareness of childhood hunger issues,” said Peter Hofherr CEO of St. James Winery. “In Missouri alone, there are thousands of children living in poverty, and school breakfasts and lunches are the only source of reliable nutrition. Weekends and holidays are especially tough for these at-risk children. Backpack programs provide kid-friendly, nutritious foods to supplement their meals when there is not enough to eat at home during weekends and holidays.”

“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 St. James, Missouri,” Hofherr continued. This new, larger program simply extends something we’ve already been doing and offers our customers an opportunity to improve the quality of life for children in a very concrete way.”

St. James Winery is working in tandem with the Missouri Food Bank Association, which is a coalition of the six Missouri food banks working to provide hunger relief to every county in the state. 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.

Customers should look for St. James Winery point-of-sale materials with colorful handprint graphics 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. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in stores in 19 states.


The past year, 2012, proved to be another outstanding for St. James Winery in international wine competitions. For more than forty years, St. James Winery has maintained an unwavering commitment to excellence. As a result, this family owned winery is not only the most awarded winery in Missouri, once again, it’s also a one of the most awarded wineries in the United States.

“Our wines were very competitive in 2011. At the beginning of last year we hoped to do just as well in 2012,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery, “but you never know because the final say goes to the wine competition judges. I’m excited to report that during 2012 we received 11 Best of Class awards, 8 double gold and 51 gold medals, plus nearly 200 additional silver or bronze medals!”

“Each year St. James Winery’s fruit wines continue to be real standouts in wine competition. We produce six fruit wines year ‘round, and every single one of those wines received multiple gold medals, and four of them – Blackberry, Peach, Raspberry, and Strawberry – received Best of Class awards,” said Hofherr. “We produce the most awarded fruit wines in the country, and because fruit wines are notoriously difficult to make, it’s safe to say St. James Winery is the premier producer of fruit wines in the US today.”

During the 2012 competition season, St. James Winery’s wines garnered a total of 11 Best of Class awards, 8 double gold, and 53 gold medals. And at the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine Competition, the only wine competition to assess point scores along with medals, St. James Winery once again this year had multiple wines scoring above 90 points: Blackberry (93/100), Country White (93/100), Cherry (92/100), Velvet White (92/100), Strawberry (90/100), Peach (90/100), and Raspberry (90/100).

“What’s really gratifying to the winemaking staff is to see wines like our St. James Winery Velvet White, one of the original wines produced here, still winning gold, double gold and best of class this year,” added Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker at St. James Winery. “But at the same time, we’re also seeing our newer wines like Traminette or Raspberry, wines we’ve only made for a couple of years, also winning gold, double gold, and best of class.”

“Wine consumers are looking for value, the place where quality and price meet, and they’ve recognized Missouri is an emerging wine region,” said Hofherr. “St. James Winery is growing phenomenal fruit, crafting exceptional wines, and proving that great tasting wines don’t have to break your bank account.”

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Celebrating more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery, St. James Winery wines are sold in stores throughout the Midwest and the South. St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.

 

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The holiday season is right around the corner, and the extra-festive atmosphere at St. James Winery can be attributed to the release of their newest seasonal wine: St. James Winery Cranberry Wine.

Available in limited quantities and for a limited time only, St. James Winery’s Cranberry Wine is made from real fruit that results in a wine that’s sweet and tart. It’s a bright, festive cranberry color and bursting with authentic cranberry aromas, and taste. This wine offers fresh cranberry acidity with a nice long finish.

“Andrew Meggitt and his staff have made St. James Winery’s fruit wines the most awarded fruit wines in the US, so we were confident they would deliver a fruit wine that looks like cranberries, smells like cranberries, and most importantly tastes like cranberries,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery.

“This will be an excellent wine choice to complement your holiday turkey or a big slice of cheesecake, and like all of our fruit wines, it’s a great mixer for wine cocktails,” Hofherr continued. “Think Cranberry Wine Cosmopolitan or Cape Cod. And if you want ideas, visit stjameswinery.com for a wide variety of cranberry wine cocktails, sangrias, and mulled wines, or in recipes for main dishes and desserts. But, because this is a seasonal offering, it’s available only for a limited time. When it’s gone, it’s gone.”

St. James Winery Cranberry Wine will be available for sale online, in the winery Tasting Room, and where ever St. James Wines are sold around the United States. St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for more than 40 years. Learn more about St. James Winery at stjameswinery.com.

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Harvest 2012 is has proven to be one for the record books.

In all the years St. James Winery has been in operation, no one can ever remember harvest beginning in July, but thanks to very hot summer temperatures, the grapes were really on the grow.

Usually at the end of August, harvest crews would still be in the thick of things, but because an early start means an early finish, harvest 2012 is really winding down. The only grapes remaining in the vineyard are a few Chardonel grapes and, of course, the Norton, which always takes its good sweet time to ripen.

What does the harvest look like so far?

Around 1,200 tons of grapes — including Seyval, Niagara, Cayuga, Rougeon, Chambourcin, Valvin Muscat, Vignoles, Catawba, Chardonel, Concord — have hit the crush pad. We expect the Norton to be ready very, very soon.

Everyone in Missouri has complained about the heat and drought this summer (did we mention it’s was brutally hot here?), but because the vineyards are irrigated, the lack of rainfall was not problematic.

There was, however, another side effect to the drought. The minimal rains paired with our carefully controlled watering meant less disease pressure on the vines. There were fewer insects, and the rot issues which can arise with too much rain were non-existent.

Everyone on the winemaking staff is thrilled with the exceptional grape quality and outstanding flavor profiles, so we’re already looking forward to the third Thursday in November (the 15th this year!) when we release our 2012 Nouveau — a first taste of this season’s harvest!

St. James Winery Moscato Wine

Wine lovers around the world have gone just a bit mad for the fragrant light-bodied white wine, and in response to this wave of Moscato mania, St. James Winery is re-introducing its Moscato wine.

“Moscato wines have been enjoying a renewed popularity with the wine drinking public, and our customers have been asking for St. James Winery to bring back the Moscato we had produced several years ago,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery.

“Last fall we introduced a Sparkling Moscato, and after the rapid sell-out we saw with that, we decided to re-introduce our still wine Moscato to the wine list. So the good news is, St. James Winery’s Moscato is back, and it’s better than ever! Customers should begin seeing it on the shelves later this summer.”

“St. James Winery’s new Moscato is truly luscious,” said Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker at St. James Winery. “The flavor profile combines crisp nectarines and apricots, with juicy notes of tropical fruit, and coming together with a neat, clean finish. This wine also has a very nice, very delicate nose–just like dried apricot and pineapple. Plus, it’s golden color makes it a great late-summer wine to enjoy as the seasons start to turn.”

The love affair wine drinkers have with St. James Winery’s Moscato is no surprise, especially considering the variety of ways it can be enjoyed. This is a wonderful wine for a weekend brunch, it’s perfect as an aperitif, and delicious with cheeses or antipasto. Moscato also shines when paired with fruit-based desserts like pies, cobblers, and tarts. Its tremendous flexibility makes it a perfect all-purpose wine for just about any occasion.

Look for bottles of St. James Winery Moscato in select stores where St. James wines are sold. St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for more than 40 years. Learn more about St. James Winery at stjameswinery.com.


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

“As important as the Missouri River has been in Missouri’s history, it’s probably even more important to Missouri’s future. The cleaner the Missouri River waterway is, the better for all of us – farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, and businesses – who live and work along the river,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery.

“We’re the last of seven states to have the Missouri River’s waters flowing through it,” said Hofherr, “and some of that water has traveled more than 2,300 miles by the time it empties into the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Unfortunately, a lot of garbage has been tossed into it along the way. Missouri River Relief provides hands-on help to get that trash out of the river.”

“It’s one thing to talk about how great the river is in a meeting room or a magazine article, but 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. “After the devastating floods of 2011, we are working very hard this year with our partners to organize Missouri River clean-ups in Omaha, St. Joseph and Kansas City, communities impacted by last year’s flooding. And we rely on donations to maintain and fuel our fleet of five boats, as well as provide work gloves, trash bags, water, and lunch for our volunteers.”

St. James Winery has supported clean-up activities on the Missouri River for several years as a sponsor of Race to the Dome, a charity canoe/kayak race that helps fund Missouri River Relief.

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 give Missouri River Relief $1 per case of wine sold.

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, they’ve hosted 91 river clean-ups bringing 16,541 volunteers to the river to remove 676 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.

Three of St. James Winery’s most popular wines—Velvet Red, Velvet White, and Pink Catawba—are now available with twist-off bottle caps in the 1.5 liter size.  Look for them in the wine aisles of your favorite grocery stores or wine stores this May.

Several years ago, St. James Winery became one of the first Missouri wineries to embrace twist-off cap technology for their wines. “For winemakers, twist-off caps are a godsend,” said Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker at St. James Winery. “They provide the absolute, best possible seal for wines. If you want to control the quality of the wine, and believe me at St. James Winery we’re all about quality, then this is just so much better than traditional cork closures.”

When asked why twist-caps are important to improving quality, Meggitt replied, “Wine is an organic, changing thing, and oxygen is not its friend.  Once the wine is bottled we absolutely want to keep oxygen out and flavors in. Twist-cap seals do exactly that.  They’re tighter, more secure, and much more reliable.  St. James Winery’s Velvet Red, Velvet White, and Pink Catawba wines are made to enjoy young, so if you want those fresh, bursting with fruit flavors, then you want twist-off caps on your wine.  Not only do they keep the wine fresher in the first place, they also help with storing leftover wines to maintain the flavor of the wine.”

Another benefit Meggitt is quick to point out is the ease of opening the bottles. “There’s nothing worse than getting to your picnic spot and realizing you didn’t pack a corkscrew. With twist-caps, you don’t need any special tools, and they’re a snap to open. Grab a 1.5 liter bottle of Pink Catawba, twist the neck sleeve – not the cap itself – counter-clockwise, and it’s open in a second.”

A pioneer in the production of sweet wines, St. James Winery has long been the premium producer of sweet wines in the United States. Perfecting the art and science of sweet wine making has been a passion at St. James Winery for more than 40 years. St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. A family owned and operated winery, St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.
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