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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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New!” is the theme for St. James Winery this spring.  We’ve introduced our new Strawberry Moscato seasonal wine, our new line of Heritage Recipes gourmet foods, and now we’re introducing new labels on our award-winning sweet wines.

Be on the lookout for the new labels on :

While we may have freshened up the outside label, inside the bottle you’ll find the same sweet, deliciousness you’ve always loved! So go satisfy your sweet this spring!

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This spring we are also introducing Heritage Recipes, our new line of gourmet foods for scrumptious flavor profiles designed to perfectly complement the wines that inspired them.

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 has a perfect wine and food pairing for the holidays. St. James Winery wines paired with a collaborative menu of Lou Rook from Annie Gunn’s in Chesterfield, and served in the beautiful surroundings of Sybill’s Saint James. This unique culinary experience begins on November 24th at 4:30pm at Sybill’s Saint James.

The meal consists of appetizer, three courses, and dessert. Highlights from the menu include House Smoked Vermont Maple Glazed Jumbo Shrimp, Prince Edward Island Mussels, Roasted Local Pumpkin Risotto with Pumpkin Seed Oil and Prosciutto Chips, Colorado Lamb Chops Marinated in Rosemary, Garlic & Dijon, and Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Ginger Crème Anglaise. Among the St. James Winery wines served will be Pioneer White and Pioneer Red (2012), Seyval (2012), Dry Vignoles (2012), Cynthiana (2012), Norton 42 (2012), and Late Harvest Seyval (2010). For the complete menu, please visit us online.

Tickets for the wine dinner are $85 per person and may be purchased by calling Sybill’s Saint James at 573-265-4224.

Additionally, and beginning at 3:30pm, St. James Winery is hosting an exclusive barrel tasting led by head winemaker Andrew Meggitt followed by a cellar tour hosted by St. James Winery CEO Peter Hofherr. During the tour samples of the 2013 Nouveau, St. James Winery’s first bottling from the 2013 harvest, will be available. There is no charge for the barrel tasting and tour; however, space is limited so separate reservations are required by calling 573-261-3308 or emailing tickets@stjameswinery.com

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 Annie Gunn’s Chef Lou Rook
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, and the University of Missouri, Lou Rook worked at Cardwell’s in Clayton, then co-owned Grappa, a café in St. Louis’s Central West End, before coming to Annie Gunn’s where he’s been since October 1993 creating with food and wine “inspired by the richness of country life.” Chef Rook uses the best ingredients and the traditions that are most appropriate to them and imbues them with his own talented creative spin within the rhythm of the seasons.

About Sybill’s Saint James
When Tom & Janet Scheffer and their daughter Sybill opened Sybill’s Saint James Restaurant , it was the blessing of a reputation for good food and attention to detail that preceded them to St. James from the legendary Zeno’s in Rolla. Since the restaurant opened in 2006, it has become the place to eat in St. James and along the I-44 corridor.

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.


This fall, St. James Winery is giving you the opportunity to reconnect with some of your favorite wines. Now is the time to grab a favorite book and a glass of wine from our Library Selections.

Library Selections — The Red Wines
These delicious red wines are aging beautifully and will drink well over the next several years.

Library Selections — The White Wines
The white wines are both reaching their peak of flavor, which means they are perfect to enjoy right now.

These vintage year wines reflect the grapes’ unique growing season, but because we can’t turn back the clock, when these beautiful wines are sold out, they are gone forever, so pick up your favorite Library Selection today!

St. James WInery Wine Pouches

It’s back to school time — Friendship School wine time!

For years people have loved St. James Winery’s Friendship School White and Friendship School Red wines for their high quality and great value.

But they’re also a perennial favorite because of their versatility. Here are some of our favorite ways to indulge in these two delicious wines.

    • Enjoy them before dinner with spicy peanuts or crackers and cheese or barbequed wings.
    • Add them to your favorite dishes when the recipe calls for a semi-sweet red or white wine.
    • Give food-friendly Friendship School Red or Friendship School White a place on your table to complement your meal.
    • Savor these award-winning wines all by themselves to unwind at the end of a long day.
    • Now that these two great wines are available in 1 liter pouches, take them along in their on an outdoor outing picnic or hike.

And here’s a Cook’s Tip: our wine pouches are also great for at-home use keeping because wine stays fresh for up to a month after opening!

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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.

What’s on the schedule for this weekend? Headed out for a picnic? Maybe a campout?

If you are, it’s definitely time to stock up on St. James Winery’s Velvet Red and Velvet White wine in 187ml mini-bottles.

Minis come in a handy 4-pack carrying case, and because they’re small and lightweight, minis are super-easy to take along on in a cooler on

  • Campouts
  • Canoe Trips
  • Picnics
  • Hikes
  • Backyard BBQs

Look for St. James Winery Velvet Red and Velvet White minis in our Tasting Room or wherever you usually shop for St. James Winery wines. And be sure to check the refrigerated section — Velvet Red and Velvet White taste best nicely chilled!