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Join us for Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 17th, in The Gardens at Public House Brewing Company.  This annual, family-friendly event allows us to come together and celebrate the culmination of our grape harvest. The day’s schedule includes a Winemaker Series wine tasting, live music, and crafts for kids. The Gardens are decorated beautifully for fall, admission and activities are free, and the forecasted weather looks ideal. Read more on the Public House Event Page: https://www.publichousebrewery.com/upcoming-events/2020-harvest-festival/

There is much to celebrate! Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, and Vineyard Manager, Sam Cobb, shared some insights about this year’s Harvest.  During the forty two day Harvest, over 950 tons of grapes were gathered from our local vineyards.  This tonnage includes twelve varietals of grapes that are in full production, and five from our experimental blocks.  Sam and Andrew agreed that, while the environmental factors created challenges, the hard work of our dedicated staff paid off.  Sam further explained, “As a whole, I think Missouri had a rough growing season. Some of our favorite varietals suffered significant damage from the frost early in the season, while others tolerated the inclement weather better”.  While overall yield was down, Andrew added, “The quality we harvested was excellent. Norton was more consistent from site to site than we have had in ten years”.

Speaking of Norton, the long-awaited Norton 42 is available now in our tasting room.  Read more about our Winemaker Series wines here, and remember there’s a tasting from 1 pm – 3 pm in The Gardens during Harvest Festival.

Cheers to our cellar and vineyard crews for their outstanding work and dedication. 🥂 Let’s celebrate together at Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 17th!

For the second year in a row, St. James Winery is happy to announce being a proud sponsor of Sporting KC.

As part of this sponsorship, you might notice giveaways, contests or joint advertising with Sporting KC. Another great perk, you can enjoy some of your favorite Missouri wine while watching a game at Children’s Mercy Park stadium in Kansas City.

We’re looking forward to what the 2019 soccer season will bring to the team and wish them the best of luck. Cheers to Sporting KC!

 

St. James Winery’s Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, and his team (both vineyard and cellar) have developed a line of specialty wines for your enjoyment. These wines are produced in a small batch and will be available while supplies last. Two whites and two reds make up this limited line of 2017 vintages.

The two sweet whites include our Late Harvest Traminette and Late Harvest Chardonel. The 2017 harvest season in the St. James Winery vineyards presented the ideal conditions for a late ripening season which produced the perfect fruit for these unique wines.

The Late Harvest Traminette was made in the hope of capturing all the best flavors of Traminette, with the concentration that we get from late harvest grapes. Our executive winemaker noted that it is notoriously difficult to get Traminette very ripe, but the ideal growing season for 2017 ultimately produced a high quality wine. It is the first time St. James Winery has ever crafted this wine and we’re in love with the flavors.

For Late Harvest Chardonel, the last time St. James Winery presented this wine was in 2007. The 2017 vintage is a wonderful example of a late harvest Chardonel with concentrated apricot and supple fruit flavors.

Both of these whites are great served chilled with a variety of foods including brie, poached pears or even crème brûlée.

The two reds in the new specialty line are dessert wines that provide warmth with their elevated alcohol levels. These wines are an ideal night cap for a cold winter’s night. Imagine curling up with your favorite book, in front of the fireplace and sipping on one of these reds from a sherry glass.

The 2017 Blackberry Dessert Wine was a research and development project that all the production team contributed to. This dessert-style wine is a 50/50 blend of an experiment of two wine making techniques: one traditional and one innovative. The result is a sweet, warming sensation for the palate.

Our Fiddler’s Duet Dessert Wine is a blend of Norton and Rougeoun combining to create a port-style wine. St. James Winery first crafted this style of wine in 2006. From there, Fiddler’s Duet was born providing a mildly sweet taste to the palate.

Our tasting room associates recommend the process of tasting this wine in three parts. The initial sip will provide the palate with the elevated alcohol, while still presenting the notes of the wine. During the second taste, the wine’s profile develops on the palate revealing the complexity of the blend. With the third sip, we recommend the pairing of dark chocolate. This takes the wine to a new level of decadence.

Visit our Tasting Room and ask about sampling or visit our online store to discover these wines more in depth.

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!

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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!

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company invite you to celebrate the bountiful fall harvest with us at the family-friendly Second Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 7 in The Gardens at St. James from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Gardens is an outdoor gathering place shared by and located between the winery and brewery in St. James, Mo. (551 State Route B, St. James, MO 65559).

Activities include:

Farmer’s Market | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Honey, heritage foods, mums, crafts, meats, homemade pies and bread, with more items added everyday

Vendors:

  • Cottage Made Soaps
  • Bourbon Honey Farm
  • Arbor Vitae Pendants
  • Gemstone Farm
  • Joyce Schaefferkoetter Baked Goods
  • Lavender and Culinary Herb Farm
  • Circle B. Ranch
  • Show Me Kettle Korn
  • Ronni’s Ovenless Lovin’s
  • Food For Your Soul

Family Activities and Games | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Face painting, pumpkin painting, hula hoops, pumpkin ring toss

Live Music and Dance

• 11 a.m. – Hey Dave
• 2:30 p.m. – Italian Dance Performers
• 3 p.m. – Red Velvet Crush
• 7 p.m. – Shakey Deal

Free Winery and Brewery Tours

• 2 p.m. – Public House Brewing Company and St. James Winery tour (meet at the Brewery Tasting Bar)
• 2 p.m. – St. James Winery Vineyard Tour (meet at the Vineyard Cottage – 19506 County Road 1000, St. James, MO 65559)
• 4 p.m. – Public House Brewing Company and St. James Winery tour (meet at the Brewery Tasting Bar)

Ticketed Blind Tasting Contest
5:30 p.m. – $5 per person – limited to 30 people.
Taste and identify wine and beer in the Brewery cellar (meet at the Brewery Tasting Bar). The fastest wins a prize.

• 1st place wins $30
• 2nd place wins $20
• 3rd place wins $15

Purchase tickets at: https://phbc.ticketspice.com/blind-tasting-contest-at-the-harvest-festival

View Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/218610762005212/

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!

It’s a beautiful day – the sun is shining and a warm breeze is blowing through the trees. You’re out enjoying the best activities the outdoors has to offer. There’s not much that can make this summer day better, except perhaps a cool drink with the light and delicious flavor of ripe peaches made with real fruit juice.

This summer St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company are teaming up to share how life is sweeter with peaches. These two unique brands have a special offering of wines, beer and hard cider to make your summer more satisfying:

St. James Winery Peach Wine
The next best thing to biting into a fresh, ripe peach! This Peach fruit wine uses 100% real fruit juice and brings fresh-from-the-orchard peach flavors and aromas to your glass.

St. James Winery Peachy Sangria Seasonal Wine
A fresh and fruity blend of Peach, Raspberry and Moscato wines. This wine has aromas and flavors of freshly sliced peaches and juicy Moscato with a touch of raspberry on the finish.

McIntyre Cider Peach Hard Apple Cider
The aromas are juicy peaches mixed with fresh apple notes. The cider is a clear, sparkling blond in color. There are subtle flavors of biting into a ripe peach along with juicy apples, which comes from real fruit juice. The finish of the cider is clean and crisp.

Public House Brewing Company Farmstand Peach Ale Seasonal Beer
We captured juicy peach flavors in this golden easy-drinking seasonal and made sure the real fruit juice used was a good accent to the base beer, bringing balance and allowing the beer flavors to be present.

You can find these products together in local retailers throughout Missouri this summer.

You can also try the beverages at the Fermentation Campus in St. James, Mo. The campus contains award-winning, next-door neighbors St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company, with The Gardens between them acting as a shared outdoor wine and beer garden. Visit the Fermentation Campus today to discover more about how life is sweeter with peaches.

One of the best things about summertime is getting to enjoy the outdoors, and there are few things better than an outdoor movie and cold drinks with friends after the sun goes down.

Back by popular demand, St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company are excited to announce their outdoor movie line-ups for Beer, Pizza & a Movie in The Gardens, as well as Movie Night in the Vineyard for the 2017 season.

BEER, PIZZA & A MOVIE IN THE GARDENS
Beer, Pizza & a Movie in The Gardens is held the last Thursday night of every month from April to October in The Gardens (551 State Route B, St. James, Mo. 65559), the beautifully landscaped outdoor seating area between the Public House Brewing Company St. James Taproom and St. James Winery. Admission is free.

Enjoy popcorn, pretzels, our full restaurant menu and wood-fired pizza menu, along with craft beers, wine, hard cider, wine slushies (when the weather is warm) and spiked hot drinks (when the weather is cool). No outside food or drink is allowed in The Gardens.

The Gardens Movie Schedule
• Guardians of the Galaxy – Thursday, April 27
• The Breakfast Club – Thursday, May 25
• Batman – Thursday, June 29
• Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Thursday, July 27
• Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Thursday, August 31
• Happy Gilmore – Thursday, September 28
• Signs – Thursday, October 26

The movie starts at sunset. Please bring appropriate clothing and blankets as needed. Limited seating is available so feel free to bring your own.

MOVIE NIGHT IN THE VINEYARD
Movie Night in the Vineyard is held on select Saturdays from May to September at the St. James Vineyard Cottage (19506 CR 1000, St. James, Mo. 65559), the scenic outdoor area next to the St. James Winery vineyards and farm. Admission is free.

Wine, beer, hard cider, juice, and soda will be available for purchase – no outside alcohol is allowed. Bring your own picnic supplies, purchase our fresh popcorn or packaged candy, or try one of our new food trucks this year.

Vineyard Movie Schedule
• Mother’s Day – Saturday, May 13
• Star Wars: Rogue One – Saturday, June 17
• Moana – Saturday, July 15
• Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Saturday, August 19
• Grease – Saturday, September 16

The vineyard gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at sunset. Bring your own seating, as well as appropriate clothing and blankets as needed. Please, no smoking.

Winemaking, farming, food and coming together for community events have a long history in the St. James area. Known locally as the Meramec Highlands, our region is also fondly known as “Little Italy of the Ozarks” thanks to the establishment of an Italian settlement here more than a century ago.

Join St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company as we celebrate the area’s Italian heritage at our Little Italy of the Ozarks Festival on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20, 2017 at The Gardens. This beautifully landscaped outdoor seating area is located between the winery and brewery (551 State Route B, St. James, MO 65559).

In addition to many entertaining activities, the two-day festival ends on Saturday with a ticketed Traditional Rosati-style Spaghetti Dinner under an outdoor tent where you’ll feel like part of the family.

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Friday
First, we’ll kick off the festivities in the St. James Winery Tasting Room on Friday night from 5 to 8 p. m. with the release of the new Winemaker Series. This new line of wines is handmade in small batches by our St. James Winery Cellar Crew. Taste complimentary samples of the first four releases, along with Public House Brewing Company food pairings:

  • Chambourcin with Heritage Pasta
  • Dry Vignoles with Margherita Pizza
  • Seyval with Spring Salad
  • The Folly with Pretzel Bites

Next, walk over to The Gardens for a 9 p.m. showing of Under the Tuscan Sun (PG-13) on our huge outdoor screen. The movie features a writer who impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany, Italy in order to change her life.

Saturday
On Saturday, The Gardens open at 11 a.m. Our wood-fired pizza kitchen and regular kitchen will be open all day, serving made-from-scratch food, craft beer, wine, hard cider, wine slushies and non-alcoholic beverages.

Local youth soccer coach and St. James Winery Executive Winemaker Andrew Meggitt will host a Soccer Tutorial on foot skills for all ages from 2 to 3 p.m. to celebrate Italy’s most popular sport.

Kansas City band Red Velvet Crush will be performing pop and rock music from 12 to 3 p.m. Acoustic artist Nicole Nelson from Nashville, TN will perform pop and soulful rock songs with an earthy flair from 5 to 8 p.m.

Starting at 5 p.m. we’ll recreate the Traditional Rosati-style Spaghetti Dinners with a ticketed dinner under an outdoor tent. For $10, you receive a heaping portion of spaghetti in a traditional, local-recipe Italian sauce with meatballs, garlic bread sticks, spring salad, slice of cake and a non-alcoholic drink.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, May 19

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing
Winemaker Series Release
5 – 8 p.m.
St. James Winery Tasting Room

Outdoor Movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”
9 p.m.

Saturday, May 20

Live Music
Red Velvet Crush | 12 – 3 p.m.
Nicole Nelson | 5 – 8 p.m.

Soccer Tutorial

Foot skills for all ages
2 – 3 p.m.

Traditional Rosati-style Spaghetti Dinner
$10 per ticket
5 – 8 p.m.