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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!

 

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!

This whole month we’ll be celebrating Concord in Missouri. The grape makes up about 8% of all wine grapes grown in our “Show Me” state.

The wine is a tribute to the Concord grapes grown in the Ozark Highlands along Missouri’s Historic Route 66 for over 115 years. A long-term contract with a prestigious juice, jam and jelly company helped make these high-quality Concord grapes famous. Every year during harvest, Italian descendants still set up Concord grape stands along the highway to sell their fruit to travelers.

Our Concord wine is juicy and sweet, with an intense grape jam flavor and light finish. The red wine made from these grapes is usually served chilled, making it perfect for a hot day. Try it at refrigerator temperature, over ice or mixed with a club soda to create a light, grape spritzer.

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!

ST. JAMES, Mo. (March 9, 2017) – Originally released as a seasonal wine in 2015, Blackberry Blueberry from St. James Winery is now available all year in 16 states – everywhere their wines are sold.

“After successfully incorporating Blackberry Blueberry into our fruit wine line in 2016 in selected markets, our Tasting Room and online, we decided to expand to our other markets,” said Dean Chalem, vice president of sales at St. James Winery. “This wine is very popular and customers outside the limited distribution areas of Illinois and Ohio have been clamoring for us to make it available everywhere.”

Blackberry Blueberry is a sweet fruit wine that is a perfect blend of blackberries and blueberries. It has aromas of fresh baked berry cobbler with the intense, delicious flavors of blackberries and blueberries. These flavors develop evenly across the palate and remain for a rich, long berry finish.

Made with 100 percent real fruit, Blackberry Blueberry has no added colorings or flavors. As part of St. James Winery’s fruit wine line, it is on the list of the most awarded fruit wines in the U.S. This wine is a perfect addition to recipes for cooking, baking and mixed drinks. It comes in 750 mL bottles with a twist-off cap closure.

St. James Winery is excited to announce our new Concord sweet red wine, which releases on March 31, 2017.

The wine is a tribute to the Concord grapes grown in the Ozark Highlands along Missouri’s Historic Route 66 for over 115 years. A long-term contract with a prestigious juice, jam and jelly company helped make these high-quality Concord grapes famous. Every year during harvest, Italian descendants still set up Concord grape stands along the highway to sell their fruit to travelers.

The Concord wine is juicy and sweet, with an intense grape jam flavor and light finish. Serve it at refrigerator temperature, over ice or mixed with a club soda to create a light, grape spritzer.

On March 31, the new Concord sweet red wine will be available for purchase in the Tasting Room, online at StJamesWinery.com and in retail stores where St. James Winery wines are sold.

That evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., we will host a special tasting event in our St. James Winery Tasting Room in St. James, Mo. Second-generation owner Peter Hofherr will discuss how Concord grapes have shaped the history of the area and sign bottles upon request. We’ll also be serving complimentary samples of the new Concord wine along with food pairings.

Our hearts and souls are poured into each bottle of wine. The story of St. James is found in the Italian culture, and the winemaking and farming traditions of the Meramec Highlands. It’s a special place – like no other, where life is sweeter.

Grape and wine production 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 in the area more than 115 years ago. The Italians who settled here planted vineyards, and by the 1930s over 1,000 acres of grapes dotted the landscape.

These Italian immigrants were very important to Missouri’s wine industry. Instead of destroying their vineyards during Prohibition like others in Missouri, they formed a fruit grower’s association in order to keep growing and selling the grapes, as well as other fruits, to grocery stores in St. Louis.

During WWII, Welch’s® steps into the story. Welch’s remembered the quality of the area’s Concord grapes. When they received a government contract to supply the military with juice, jams and jellies, Welch’s contacted the Italian immigrants and set up an exclusive long-term contract for supplying them with grapes from 1941 to 1991.

Within Welch’s agreement, the Italians negotiated to be allowed to sell small quantities or quarts of their grapes to individuals. Every year during harvest, these Italian immigrants would set up grape stands along I-44 and Route 66 to sell their fruit to those living in the area and those traveling along the highways. The original Italian families still carry on the tradition to this day.

Throughout the years, making wine from the grapes they grew for family and community consumption was also part of the Italian tradition.

When Jim and Pat Hofherr established the St. James Winery in 1970, they were inspired by the Italian immigrants and the wines they made. Velvet Red, the winery’s first and still best-selling wine, was developed to pay homage to the Concord-based wines made by the Italian community.

The Friendship School House is the winery’s icon and represents a time when the Italians sent their children to the one-room school and where they gathered for community events. In addition to The Friendship School being our icon, it appears as a drawing on the Velvet Red, Velvet White and Pink Catawba labels.

On the Country Red, Country White and our new Concord wine labels, the drawing of the truck driving on Route 66 represents our vineyards, which are right along “The Mother Road.”

Today, Concord grapes still play a staring role in our Velvet Red, Country Red and Concord wines.

Today, through constant research and development, St. James Winery continues to sustainably grow flavors that reflect the natural character of each of our grape varieties and of the special place they are grown – the Meramec Highlands. This is where we make wine to make your life sweeter.

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St. James Winery and the Missouri Wine and Grape Board are excited to announce the launch of the Missouri winery Visitors’ Program (MVP). MVP will reward visitors to Missouri wineries through points redeemable for unique rewards. The program will officially launch on Thursday, September 1, just in time for the first weekend of Missouri Wine Month!

Participating wineries, including St. James Winery, will hand out MVP tickets, each with a unique code, which program participants can collect every time they visit. These codes are then entered into a free account the participant creates on MissouriWineMVP.com for points. The first visit to a winery will earn participants 500 points, with visits 2-10 to that same winery being worth 100 points each, and 11+ visits to the same winery accruing 10 points each. Points are redeemable for rewards on the MVP website. The best strategy to earn points for rewards is to explore Missouri wine country – visit new wineries throughout the state and you’ll not only earn more points, but you will also discover great wineries and award-winning wines along the way!

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Wine enthusiasts to those new to the wine scene will have the opportunity to get acquainted with St. James Winery and Missouri wines… and earn points for each winery visit! With more than 125 wineries and 10 wine trails in Missouri wine country, what are you waiting for?

Although wineries will not be handing out tickets until September 1, those interested in becoming an MVP can register ahead of time on the program’s website MissouriWineMVP.com. For more information about MVP, please review the program Terms and Conditions and FAQ on the MVP website.

It’s June at St. James Winery…and that means only one thing: St. James Winery’s original summertime seasonal Mango Wine is back in stock for your summer sipping!!

Experience aromas of sweet, fresh mango with fresh from the tree mango taste. This wine is a summertime topical treat! Enjoy St. James Winery Mango Wine with angel food cake, chili spiced nuts, or garlic bagel chips.

Mango Wine is available for sale online and our Tasting Room, or look for it wherever you shop for your favorite St. James Winery wines!