Have a crowd-pleasing chili recipe that could win awards?

Love eating chili on cold days?

Public House Brewing Company and St. James Winery are hosting a Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The event will be held at Public House: St. James Taproom in the Mezzanine (551 State Route B St. James, MO 65559).

Event Schedule
11 a.m. | Chili Cook-Off Contestants Arrive

11:30 a.m. | Chili Cook-Off Judging Begins

12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Free Chili Samples

All Chili Cook-Off contestants will be serving free samples of their homemade chili recipes (while supplies last). Pair them with a Public House beer or a glass of St. James Winery wine for the perfect combination.

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Live Music by CUZ

2 p.m. | Chili Cook-Off Awards

Chili Cook-Off winners announced and prizes awarded.
o $100 for first place
o $75 for second place
o $50 for third place

All Day | Special R&D Beer & Bowls of Chili

Try our special R&D beer on tap and order a hot bowl of Public House chili with all the fixings. A match made in heaven on a cold February day.

To Enter the Chili Cook-Off

  1. Download the Chili Cook-Off Entry Form.
  1. Fill out the form, and attach a copy of your ingredient list to the form (for food allergy purposes only – we will not share this publicly).
  1. Bring your form, ingredient list and $25.00 non-refundable entry fee (cash, check or credit card) to any one of our three locations by end of business on Saturday, February 11, 2017.
  • Public House Brewing Company: Rolla Brewpub | 600 N Rolla St, Rolla, MO 65401
  • Public House Brewing Company: St. James Taproom | 551 State Route B, St. James, MO 65559
  • James Winery Tasting Room | 540 State Route B, St. James, MO 65559

Please note: The Chili Cook-Off is limited to the first 20 entries received.

  1. Prepare your chili (minimum of 8 quarts) using the ingredient list you submitted with your entry form.
  1. Bring your chili to Public House Brewing Company: St. James Taproom Mezzanine on Saturday, February 18 at 11 a.m. You must bring:
  • A minimum of 8 quarts of your chili in a working crockpot (must be at serving temperature by 11:30 a.m.)
  • A serving spoon (for filling small 2 oz. sample cups)

We will supply an electrical outlet for the crockpot, table space, sampling cups and spoons for samples. Entries must arrive at Public House no later than 11:30 a.m. or they will not be included in the judging.

  1. Judging starts at 11:30 a.m. with a panel of three specially selected judges. The chili will be judged based on the following criteria:
  • Color – Does the chili look appetizing? Does it look bright and colorful or dull and bland?
  • Aroma – Does it smell good? Does the aroma make you want to dig in?
  • Consistency – How is the meat-to-sauce ratio? It shouldn’t be runny, mushy or overly thick.
  • Taste – How is the flavor? Do the ingredients blend well, or is one too overpowering? Does the first bite make you want another one?
  • Aftertaste – Once you swallow, is there a spicy taste (“bite”) that stays on your tongue? Is it pleasant?
  1. You will serve samples of your chili to the public from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m in the Public House: St. James Taproom Mezzanine. Note: This is a requirement for all contestants in the contest, no exceptions.
  1. Winners of the Chili Cook-Off will be announced at 2 p.m. First place receives $100 cash, second place receives $75 cash, and third place receives $50 cash.

For more details about the event, contact the Events Coordinator Gina Maben at 573-261-3338 or gina.maben@stjameswinery.com.

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company invite you to beat the winter doldrums with fun activities at our first annual Warm Up Winterfest at the St. James Fermentation Campus (540 State Route B St. James, MO 65559) on Saturday, January 28 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We’ll have live music and dancing demos, a wine and beer tasting contest, winter crafts, and food specials.

Our Warm Up Winterfest Schedule of Events:

Family-Friendly Activities
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Winter Crafts

Live Music & Dance
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Live Music
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Ozark Spirit Cloggers
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Missouri S&T Swing Dance Club Performance & Lesson
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Shakey Deal Live Music

Winery & Brewery Experience
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | St. James Winery & Public House Brewing Company Blind Tasting Contest
($5 per person; limited to 30 people)
Identify what wine or beer you are drinking by taste, smell and sight. The fastest wins!
Food & Drink
All Day | Winter Food Specials & Warm Drinks

We’ll offer three delicious soups, deep-fried Bitterballen bites, and hot chocolate, plus our full Taproom menu will be available all day as well.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.| Hot Chocolate Toppings Bar

Join us on Thursday nights in The Gardens for drinks, pizza and a cult classic movie! We’ll be setting up our huge outdoor movie screen in The Gardens, located between the winery and brewery (551 State Route B, St. James, MO), so you can enjoy drinks with a wood-fired pizza and a warm fire pit, all while watching a movie outdoors.

Movie Schedule
Strange Brew | Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Canada’s most famous hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, get jobs at the Elsinore Brewery, only to learn that something is rotten with the state of it.

Top Gun | Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
As students at the United States Navy’s elite ­fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Princess Bride | Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride.

Be sure to bring warm clothing and blankets as needed, because it will be cool weather. Limited seating is available, so feel free to bring your own seating.

Click here to see the flyer.

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company are excited to announce our First Annual Harvest Festival.  This family-friendly Italian heritage event celebrates the bountiful harvest of the Meramec Highlands. Join us on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in The Gardens at St. James (540 & 551 State Route B, St James, MO).

Harvest festival activities include:

Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Honey, heritage foods, mums, crafts, meats, homemade pies and bread

Family Activities & Games
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Face Painting and Pumpkin Painting
1 p.m. | Hula Hoop Contest (prizes will be awarded)
2 p.m. | Pumpkin Ring Toss (prizes will be awarded)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Learn & Play Bocce Ball

Live Music & Dance
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Clayton Caspari
3 p.m. | Italian Dance Performance
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Red Velvet Crush
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Rosewood Band

Winery & Brewery Tours
1 p.m. | St. James Winery Vineyard Tour & Tasting
($5 each; includes one winery wine glass and tastings of two wines or juices; all ages welcome; purchase tickets day of event; meet at The Vineyard Cottage – 19506 County Road 1000, St. James, Mo.)

  • Hear from Wayne Bledsoe, historian and host of KMST’s Bluegrass for a Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Sounds, about the Italian history of the area. After Bledsoe’s history lesson, Peter Hofherr, the winery’s CEO, will guide you through the vineyards explaining how the grapes are grown. During the tour, you will taste two different wines (or juices).

3 p.m. | St. James Winery Tour and Wine Blending Experience
($25 each; includes your choice of one bottle of wine [excluding Podium or Library wines] or six-pack of cider to take home; limited to 20 participants; purchase tickets day of event; must be 21 years old to participate)

  • Peter Hofherr, the winery’s CEO, will take you on a journey through the cellar and warehouse, all while explaining the winemaking process and history of the winery. After the tour, you’ll get to blend your own glass of wine with the help of Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker.

4 p.m. | Public House Brewing Company Tour and Beer Styles Sensory Experience
($25 each; includes your choice of one six-pack of beer or cider to take home; limited to 20 participants; purchase tickets day of event; must be 21 years old to participate)

  • Matt Burkhardt, the brewery’s head brewer, will explain how beer is made and show you the 20-barrel brew house. You’ll even get to try fermenting beer, pulled straight from the fermenter. After the tour, you’ll get to sample nine different styles of beer and Burkhardt will explain what flavors and aromas you can expect from each style.

Food & Drink
All Day | Italian-Style Food Specials
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Mixology demonstrations

If you are a local farmer, and would like to participate in the farmer’s market, contact:
Gina Maben, Event Coordinator
573-261-3338 | gina.maben@stjameswinery.com


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!


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.

St. James Winery is once again bringing back Movie Night in the Vineyard for another season. This year our lineup of movies includes:

May 21 – Jurassic World
June 25 – Dirty Dancing
July 16 – Inside Out
August 13 – A League of Their Own
September 10 – Forrest Gump

Movies take place outdoors at the St. James Winery Vineyard Cottage. St. James Winery wines and Public House Brewing Company beers are available for purchase. Bring your own seating. No outside alcohol allowed. Must be 21 to purchase, ID required. O’Doggy’s will have food available for purchase each night.

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company open the doors to The Gardens to kick off summer.

St. James, MO – April 4, 2016 – St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company in St. James, Missouri are officially kicking off summer with the grand opening of The Gardens on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11AM until close. The Gardens is a beautifully landscaped outdoor wine and beer garden, located directly between the winery and brewery. It’s the perfect place to gather, relax, and enjoy St. James Winery wines and Public House Brewing Company beers.

For the grand opening event, The Gardens will offer four wood-fired specialty pizzas highlighting locally-sourced ingredients from Missouri farmers, all designed by Public House Brewing Company’s Chef and Food Director, Alex Giger.

The brewery will feature their summer seasonal, Thorn & Heat Strawberry Wheat Ale, and the winery will pre-release their popular summer seasonal, Peachy Sangria.

There will be live band performances – at 12PM Brian Muench, at 3PM Shakey Deal, and at 7PM The Meanwells. Attendees can enjoy on-site Bocce Ball, life-size Chess, and Bean Bag Toss. Families and pets are welcome at the event.

The Gardens is easily accessible to I-44 (540 State Route B St. James, MO 65559), and abundant parking is available.

For More Information Call 800-280-9463, visit www.stjameswinery.com/the-gardens, or view the Facebook event.

The days are getting longer, and that extra bit of sunshine is perfectly suited to St. James Winery’s newest wine, Sauvignon Blanc.

Our Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp dry white white featuring aromas of guava, kiwi, and white peach. Expect a bright, fresh palate and characteristic flavors of key lime and bell pepper.

Since trout season is right around the corner (opening day is March 1!), plan a day here in St. James Missouri at Maramec Spring Park!

Stop by the winery to pick up some Sauvignon Blanc, and then pair it with appetizers of herbed cheeses on crackers and a main entree off fresh grilled trout.

Food and wine lovers!

Prepare for the ultimate experience in wine, exquisite cuisine, and rich culture as we explore all Tuscany has to offer.

Join the University Club of the University of Missouri, St. James Winery, and COMO Living Magazine for this amazing excursion hosted by the University Club’s John LaRocca and St. James Winery’s Peter Hofherr.

This year’s tour runs June 19 – 25 and includes:

  • Culinary classes at Apicius Culinary School in Florence
  • Private tours of Parmigiano Cheese & Prosciutto Ham factories in Parma
  • Guided tour of sustainable winery + wine tasting and lunch
  • Guided tour traditional balsamic vinegar factory
  • Walking tour of Renaissance Florence
  • Guided visit to Galleria dell”Accademia with Michelangelo’s David
  • First class accommodations in a boutique hotel in Florence
  • Daily breakfast + most lunches and dinners
  • Wine workshop

Visit the CAFNR at the University of Missouri for complete details and registration information!

January in Missouri is cold temperatures, snowy landscapes, and chilly winds. It’s easy to see why January is also Norton Month in Missouri — Norton is a great way to warm up when you come inside.

St. James Winery’s Estate Norton showcases Missouri’s state grape in a wine that has aromas of mixed berries mingled with flavors of vanilla, black cherries, blackberries, and pepper. This full-bodied dry red (only .4% residual sugar!) has been aged on oak for 12 months. It looks beautiful in the glass and tastes even better!

Enjoy St. James Winery Estate Norton with grilled lamb or venison!

In honor of Norton Month and the cold temperature, here are some of our favorite warm and hearty soup recipes featuring St. James Winery’s Estate Norton.

And our Cherry Fudge Cake is delicious for dessert…served with a glass of Norton. Of course!