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St. James Winery Peachy Sangria

This is not the first time St. James Winery has released the limited, seasonal wine Peachy Sangria. This wine is released in the summer because nothing speaks to this season better than sweet, ripe peaches and Peachy Sangria delivers just that. The sweet flavor from St. James Winery Peach fruit wine is blended to perfection with Raspberry and Moscato wines. The combination culminates into being a sweet wine perfect for sipping on the patio during a warm summer day.

To further share info about this wine, we decided to interview St. James Winery Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, to learn more about Peachy Sangria. Here’s how the Q&A session went.

What made you first decide to make Peachy Sangria?
It was an R and D (Research and Development) project in the lab about 5 to 6 years ago. We wanted to develop a wine that had a different flavor profile and feel to our traditional fruit wines.

What are three food pairing ideas for Peachy Sangria?
Pulled barbecue pork, chicken quesadillas and any red sauce pizza.

Aside from color, is there much difference between this year’s release and past releases of Peachy Sangria?
Taste and alcohol (ABV) are very similar. The color will vary year-to-year, but it does not affect the flavor.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
This began as a conversation within the production team. It started life as red, white and blue and evolved into less of the red fruits. Raspberry is still there to give it the acid it needs to balance the sweetness. Enjoy!

Well, there you have it! For many, this is a beloved seasonal wine that tends to sell out quickly. If you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing Peachy Sangria, then you probably want to try and find it while it’s available in stores that carry St. James Winery selections, in our Tasting Room and online. Cheers!

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!

 

Releasing today, July 1, is a seasonal wine perfect for relaxing poolside with friends – St. James Winery Strawberry Rosé. A premium blend of 100% real strawberry fruit with light rosé creates a refreshing blush wine.

This wine is delicately sweet with the initial taste on the palate of true, tart strawberry. With additional sips, you’ll be whisked away by the aromas of the fruit and gentle honeysuckle with the taste sweetening slightly to reveal the true strawberry essence.

Serve this wine chilled and try pairing it with grilled pork steaks and a summer staple, Caprese salad.

This limited selection is available in the St. James Winery Tasting Room, online or in a store near you soon. As with all our seasonal wines, Strawberry Rosé will be available as supplies last.

We’ve created a new seasonal for your enjoyment! Cherry Moscato combines the light, tropical sweetness of Moscato wine with the fresh, tart fruit of the Montmorency cherry. This premium blend is a seasonal selection available for a limited time only.

Our cellar crew carefully blended our 100% real Cherry fruit wine with our Moscato wine to create a light, refreshing taste experience that is free of added colors or flavors.

This spring seasonal wine will make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift or is an ideal addition to Easter celebrations. For a savory option, try serving it with prosciutto and Gorgonzola cheese or with pork steaks and barbecue ribs. For dessert, we recommend pairing this wine with a warm cherry tart à la mode.

Look for the newly designed label for this limited selection in our St. James Winery Tasting Room or in a store near you. Remember, with our seasonal wines, they will only be available as supplies last.

With the New Year, comes a fresh take on a seasonal wine we released several years ago. Strawberry Moscato is making its return and is now available outside of our home state.

Our cellar crew carefully blended our award-winning Strawberry and Moscato wines to create this unique taste experience. This wine envelopes the palate with naturally sweet, bright strawberry flavors that are delicately muted by our semi-dry, estate grown Moscato introducing a layer of subtle apricot to the mix. This creates a light, fresh taste experience that is free of added colors or flavors.

This wine pairs beautifully with pork tenderloin or pork cutlets. Set the scene for a candlelit dinner for two by presenting this blush wine in your best stemware. Your significant other will surely raise a glass of this seasonal selection to toast the quality of the wine, along with the time spent with you. Serve it with your meal or dessert, as our Strawberry Moscato compliments milk chocolate truffles. In fact, this light pink wine makes for a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life.

Look for the newly designed label for this limited selection in our St. James Winery Tasting Room or in a store near you. Remember, with our seasonal wines, they will only be available as supplies last.

Cranberry season is here! For six consecutive years, St. James Winery’s Cranberry sweet wine will be available for a limited time starting Monday, October 1.

This wine is the perfect choice for gift giving, serving at your next holiday get together or for simply enjoying. Our wine is crafted from 100% cranberry juice with all natural ingredients, so there’s nothing artificial about this sweet, yet mildly tart seasonal. With premium ingredients and garnering international awards, you can rest assured you are serving friends and family a wine of integrity and excellence.

Consider this bright and festive wine at any holiday meal. It pairs wonderfully with ham or turkey and is the perfect choice for sharing with friends and family throughout the season.

Just remember, being our top selling seasonal selection, our Cranberry wine has become a favorite tradition and will not last long on the shelves. Make sure you pick up a case or two, to last you through the holiday season. Find it online, in our tasting rooms and in stores that carry St. James Winery products.

Season’s greetings from our family to yours!

Watch our bottling crew get this holiday wine packaged and ready to ship!

Jump into summer with the newest addition to our seasonal series, Summer Berry!

You may recognize Summer Berry from our 2017 Podium Series where this innovative blend blew our customers out of the water. The proof is in how quickly this small batch sold out in our Tasting Room and online.

A fresh, sweet blend of Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry and Raspberry wine, Summer Berry is here just in time for the summer season. Its crisp, lively fruit flavors with tart berry and stone fruits will certainly help you defeat the heat. Made with 100% real fruit, Summer Berry has no added colorings or flavors.

Try it chilled or add a splash to your summer mixology with our Summer Berry Sangria. Keep an eye out for this new seasonal wine at a retailer near you this April. You can also stop by our Tasting room or order a bottle (or two!) with our friendly customer service team!

 

Traditionally, Nouveau is the first wine bottled to celebrate the recent harvest. This year, our farm team harvested 1950.7 tons of grapes in just under two and a half months, so we certainly have a reason to celebrate! Our cellar crew selected some of the best grapes of harvest and has expertly crafted them into the 2017 St. James Nouveau.

After only a few weeks of fermentation, this small batch of excellence will debut Thursday, November 16. This wine is intended to be enjoyed young and, because it is handcrafted in an elite small batch, it is being introduced as a part of the St. James Winemaker Series. Our Winemaker Series selections are available only for a limited time online and in our Tasting Room. Don’t procrastinate ordering or you may miss the opportunity to enjoy them!

The tradition of creating a Nouveau originated in the Beaujolais region of France where the wine would release the third week of November after each harvest. Following in the French tradition, St. James Winery began creating a regional Nouveau 20 years ago from right here in the Meramec Highlands.

Our 2017 debut will begin with our complimentary annual tasting event, Friday, November 17. You are invited to sample this dry red wine from 5 – 7 p.m. in the St. James Winery Tasting Room. Nouveau displays aromas and flavors of black cherries and plums and we will be pairing it with roast beef, black olives, and chocolate covered cherries.

We hope your will join our St. James family and be a part of this tradition and help us celebrate our bountiful harvest!

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The Countdown to Cranberry is almost over! For the fifth year in a row, St. James Winery’s Cranberry sweet wine will be available for a limited time starting Sunday, October 1.

We have the perfect answer for holiday parties, cocktails and gifts. Our wine is crafted from 100% cranberry juice with all natural ingredients, so there’s nothing artificial about this sweet, yet mildly tart winter seasonal. With these premium ingredients, you can rest assured you are providing friends and family with excellence.

Serve this bright and festive wine at any holiday meal. It pairs wonderfully with ham or turkey and is the perfect choice for sharing with friends and family throughout the season.

In need of inspiration for planning that perfect holiday party? Then we invite you to visit our Cranberry Wine ideas page for featured recipes.

Just remember, being our top selling seasonal selection, our Cranberry wine has become a favorite tradition and will not last long on the shelves. Find it online, in our tasting rooms and in stores that carry St. James Winery products.

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Our St. James Winery vineyard team works hard year-round to grow the best flavors. Bud rubbing is an important task that typically takes place in late spring and directly impacts the way the grapes develop.

By removing the shoots and buds that are starting to grow on the lower parts of the vine, it helps send all the energy and nutrients into the grapes and canopy during this important growth time.

Watch William McIntyre, a member of our vineyard staff, show how it’s done in the St. James Winery vineyards:

Now that you are familiar with what bud rubbing is and how it impacts our grapes, taste the fruits of our past labors!