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If you’ve been in the restaurant industry for any significant amount of time, you’re probably well aware of how it has transformed over the years.

Perhaps most noteworthy is how the Internet has created a more knowledgeable client base. Customers have access to a lot more information than they did 15 years ago. Now, they can find recipes online and watch videos on technique. But if customers can easily find out how to flambé their bananas foster online, why would they bother to go out and pay for someone else to set their dessert on fire?

The answer is in the experience.

But emphasizing personality and experience doesn’t mean knowledge is no longer important. Of course, you probably already have a training system in place to show new hires the ropes, but in the digital age — where industry standards can change at the drop of a hat — you need to take it one step further and bake a culture of continuous learning into your establishment.

Read the full article on FastCasual.com.

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The dog days of summer are upon us, and St. James Winery’s new Blackberry Blueberry Fruit Wine, a summertime perfect blend of blackberries and blueberries, is a great way to beat the heat.

Like all St. James Winery’s award-winning fruit wines, Blackberry Blueberry is made from 100% real fruit with no added colors or flavorings, making it a delicious starting point for wine cocktails, a cool treat when sipped chilled, and a great secret ingredient for cooking.

Use it to make a genuine fruit cocktail by pouring the wine over blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, refrigerating the mixture for a couple of hours, then serve on skewers.

Blackberry Blueberry wine is the perfect base for cool treats like Fruit Wine Pops and Fruit Wine Shooters.To make the pops, blend 4 cups of blackberries and blueberries in a food processor, add sugar to taste (about 3/4 cup), then add 3/4 of a bottle of Blackberry Blueberry Wine, and a squeeze of lemon juice.Blend together, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze until solid. For the shooters, dissolve a two 3-ounce boxes gelatin (one blackberry one blueberry) in 2 cups of boiling water, add 2 cups of wine and pour into 1-ounce shooter glasses and chill until set.

Look for more recipes featuring St. James Winery’s Blackberry Blueberry wine online at stjameswinery.com/recipes.St. James Winery Blackberry Blueberry Wine can be found wherever St. James Winery wines are sold – just look for the berry delicious label.

St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for more than 40 years.

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Welcome to the Wine Frontier, an emerging wine region, a place where new and traditional grape varieties are used in winemaking. The Meramec Highlands of Missouri that St. James Winery calls home are on the wine frontier.

At St. James Winery, 45 years of winemaking in this challenging environment has resulted in consistently excellent — and highly awarded — wines.

Join the adventure in the wine frontier with St. James Winery’s Frontier Selections varietals.

Winemakers Dinner at Sybill’s St. James

You’re invited to Sybill’s St. James for a St. James Winery Winemaker’s Dinner on June 18. The menu features five courses with amazing gourmet foods paired with St. James Winery wines.

See the menu and get event details.

Make reservations by calling Sybill’s at 573.265.4224. Cost is $60 per person.

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Exploring Italy, particularly the wine and cheese region of Tuscany, is almost always on a wine-lover’s bucket list. Meandering through the gorgeous countryside, indulging in fine food and savoring incredible local wines – this is the year to make it happen! Join St. James Winery, along with the University Club of MU, and the Mizzou Hospitality Management School on a Tour of Tuscany.

The ten day trip, scheduled from June 26 – July 4, 2015, includes culinary classes at Tuscany’s Apicius Culinary School, private tours of Parma’s Parmigiano Cheese Factory, winery and traditional balsamic vinegar factory tours, as well as walking tours of San Lorenzo’s fresh food market and Renaissance Florence. Daily breakfast plus most lunches and dinners are also part of the first-class accommodations.

Learn more about the tour on Monday, February 9, at an informational meeting hosted at the University Club from 5:30pm-7pm. The reception features photos from last year’s trip, Italian specialty foods, and award-winning wines from St. James Winery. Attendees from last year’s trip will also be in attendance. Prizes (Riedel wine glasses, University Club gift certificates, and St. James Winery wines) will be awarded to people who sign up for the trip during the meeting.

The reception is complimentary; however, reservations are required (call 573-882-2586). Applications and reservations for the Tour of Tuscany must be paid in full no later than May 1, 2015. For the tour, per person rates are $3,100 (double) $3,700 (single), not including airfare. A tentative schedule of events for the trip is available here.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Celebrating 40 years of business, St. James Winery wines are sold in stores throughout the South and Midwest.

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Summer may be winding down, but holding on to the flavor of summer is as easy as picking up a bottle of St. James Winery’s Peach Wine.

It’s the next best thing to biting into a fresh, ripe peach, so fill your glass with fresh from the orchard peach flavors and aromas. Then hit the kitchen for some positively peachy pairings:

Looking for easy peasy? Grab some spicy cheeses and crackers to pair with peach wine as an fun and kicky appetizer or serve pecan shortbread cookies with peach ice cream and a glass of peach wine for dessert.

August is Vignoles Month in Missouri! A versatile, French-American hybrid grape, Vignoles is a favorite at St. James Winery because it is so uniquely suited to flourishing in Missouri’s Ozark Highlands AVA.

Our Vignoles is a perfect balance of sweet fruit and citrus zing. This delicious white wine features crisp grapefruit and pineapple flavors which complement the clean, lingering finish.

Vignoles wines are delicious when served alongside late summer foods like apples, squash, and pears. Vignoles is also a perfect pairing for spicy Asian or Mexican dishes.

Recent Winners

At the recent Indy International Wine Competition and Missouri Wine Competition, St. James Winery was once again golden! Gold medal award winning wines were:

blueberry_month1It’s the middle of summer. The days are still long and hot…and weeds might just be winning the battle in your flower beds, but have no fear!

It’s also the time of year that all those perfect round little blueberries pop into season. It’s just nature’s way of making your breakfasts and brunches and desserts a little bit more delicious!

What’s even better? St. James Winery’s Blueberry Wine is always in season!

Try our delicious blueberry wine along with fresh blueberries in these yummy recipes to sweet up your summer!

Taste the Adventure

Thursday, July 31, Sybill’s St. James comes together with St. James Winery and New Zealand’s Spoonbill Winery for an adventure of food and wine.

Menu includes Chilled Asparagus Soup, Rosemary Skewered Sea Scallops, Colorado Lamb Chops, and Molten Chocolate Cake — all paired with delicious wines like Pinot Gris, Vignoles, Pinot Noir, Cynthiana, and Norton .

Tickets are $75. Seating is limited, so to make reservations please call 573.265.4224. Dinner begins at 5:30pm.

sjw_april_3L_boxesYou asked….we answered. St. James Winery’s best selling wines — Velvet Red and Velvet White — are now available in eco-friendly three-liter boxes!

Available just in time for Memorial Day Weekend and the kick-off to summer, these convenient three-liter boxes make it easy to plan for

  • parties, parties, parties
  • camping & boating outings
  • festivals & concerts (where glass may be prohibited)

Each box contains approximately the same amount as four bottles (20 glasses), and they fit easily in the refrigerator. Once opened, wine stays fresh for up to four weeks!

Look for three-liter boxes in wine stores or markets where you purchase St.James Winery Wines!

Riesling Pear Pops

For Memorial Day Weekend fun, here’s a super-simple recipe with only five ingredients (and one of them is water!).

In a small saucepan make a simple syrup of two tablespoons water and two tablespoons sugar. Bring to simmer to dissolve the sugar.

Pour the syrup into a medium bowl with two pears (peeled, cored, & chopped) and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Make sure pears are coated.

When syrup/pear/lemon mixture has cooled, place in a food processor, add 1/2 cup of St. James Winery Riesling.

Pour into fruit pop molds and freeze until hard. Or skip that step, pour into a glass and enjoy as a slushy!

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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.

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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.

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Food and wine lovers — are you ready to open the door to adventure and fun this summer?

Join St. James Winery as we partner with the University of Missouri’s Hospitality Management Program and the University Club of MU for a food and wine tour of Italy this summer from June 27 – July 5.

With first class accomodations, you’ll enjoy a gourmet Tuscan getaway that includes:

  • culinary classes at the Apicius Culinary School
  • a private tour of Parma’s Parmigiana Cheese Factory
  • tour of a traditional balsamic vinegar factory
  • tours of several wineries
  • walking tour of the fresh air market in San Lorenzo

You will travel with Chef Leslie Jett; John LaRocca, the General Manager of the University Club of MU; and one of St. James Winery’s very own wine experts. A portion of the cost of the trip (only $2,700 per person, double occupancy, excluding airfare) will benefit the MU Hospitality Management Students Scholarship Fund!