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Father’s Day is coming up and we’ve created this list to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone you call dad! Our Tasting Room in St. James, Missouri has a wide variety of gifts to choose from that go beyond the vast selection of wines we offer. Stop by and discuss ideas with one of our friendly associates or shop online and have a gift delivered straight to your dad’s doorstep! Through the month of June you can take 50% off ground shipping on online orders of $75 or more with coupon code JUNEDEAL.

Check out the list of ideas below for inspiration. You’ll find gift boxes, wine and craft beer to help you with discovering the right gift for your dad!

GIFT BOXES
You can choose from the gift boxes we’ve made just for Father’s Day or have a custom one created that is unique and specially tailored for your dad. Speak with an associate during your next visit to the Tasting Room or call 800.280.9463 to build the ideal gift for your dad today!

WINE
For the dad who enjoys wine, we have more than 45 varietals to choose from at St. James Winery. Check out these selections that are sure to be a hit with your dad this Father’s Day!

Estate Norton
If he’s a dry red lover, then we recommend our Estate Norton. This dry red is complex and rich with layered flavors of berries, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate. Aged in oak for 12 months, this estate-grown Norton is an elegantly structured, full-bodied dry red wine.

Estate Norton Ozark Highlands Dry Red Wine - St. James Winery Missouri

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Winemaker Series Chambourcin
Another dry red to consider is the Winemaker Series Chambourcin. This dry red wine has smoky and dark flavors entwined with raspberry and dark chocolate aromas, exposed on the palate as liquorice, tobacco and oak. Plus, the Winemaker Series features select wines that are carefully crafted by our St. James Winery Cellar Crew. These wines are handmade in small batches and feature the best-of-the-best varietals and blocks of grapes.

Chambourcin Winemaker Series Dry Red Wine - St. James Winery Missouri

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 Velvet Red
For those dads who enjoy something sweet, we recommend our flagship wine, Velvet Red. St. James Winery has produced Velvet Red sweet wine for nearly 50 years and it’s the best-selling wine in Missouri. Your dad will enjoy it’s fruity, sweet and velvety smooth taste. Best served chilled to enjoy during those warmer days of summer! Keep an eye out for the new label when shopping for this sweet red wine.

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Fruit Wine Collection
Other sweet wines for you to consider are the Fruit Wine Collection. These internationally awarded wines are the most awarded fruit wines in the U.S. and are made from 100% fruit with no grape wine base. With eight different fruit flavors to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one for the dad who loves a smooth and deliciously sweet wine. Any of these wines are great to serve as a dessert paired with angel food cake.


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Pioneer White
If your dad enjoys dry white wine, then consider our Pioneer White. This dry white presents smoky oak and pineapple aromas with zesty gooseberry and kiwi on the palate. Crisp balanced acid and a lively finish make this dry white blend of Chardonel, Seyval and Vignoles grapes special and a perfect tribute to the St. James Winery founders Jim and Pat Hofherr.


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Winemaker Series Chardonel
Another dry white your dad will love is our Winemaker Series Chardonel. This varietal is soft and creamy yet extremely rich and complex. Fragrant aromas of vanilla, pear, pineapple and apricot evolve alongside a full flavor, which is complex and has a silky texture. Oak fermentation and aging create a wine with depth, texture, richness and integrity. Let your dad know he can pair this wine with pork, chicken or lamb.

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Friendship School White
For a semi-dry, white wine we recommend our Friendship School White. This internationally awarded wine has aromas of grapefruit and marmalade with crisp green apple and lemon flavors. Try gifting it with the Raspberry Ale BellaVitano cheese available in our Tasting Room.

Friendship School White - Semi-Dry White Wine - St. James Winery Missouri

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All of these wines are available in our Tasting Room and through our online store. Don’t forget that through the month of June you can take 50% off ground shipping on online orders of $75+ with coupon code JUNEDEAL.

You can also find Estate Norton, Velvet Red, the Fruit Wine Collection, Pioneer White and Friendship School White in stores that carry St. James Winery selections.

BEER

Yes, you can get your dad Public House Brewing Company beers from the Tasting Room and, if your dad lives in Missouri, we can ship beer directly to him when you shop online with us! There are plenty of flavors to choose from and here are some limited/seasonal beers we highly recommend.

Among the Willows Pilsner Lager
This Pilsner Lager is the ideal beer for the summer for your dad to enjoy while barbecuing or after mowing the lawn. Among the Willows Pilsner Lager is refreshing, light-bodied, crisp and clean with a light malt flavor that is balanced by medium hop bitterness.

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Dry Fly Session IPA
Does your dad like IPA’s? Then, you gotta snag him a six-pack of Dry Fly Session IPA. This ale is a lighter, more balanced version of an American IPA. Public House is showcasing two distinct American hop varieties in this low ABV beer. Citra brings aromatic characteristics of grapefruit, melon and notes of passion fruit. Mosaic rounds out the aroma with more tropical notes of tangerine and papaya.

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Strawberry Cream Ale
This limited, seasonal beer from Public House is one your dad can kick back with while relaxing on the porch on a warm day. Strawberry Cream Ale is crisp with a clean taste and wonderfully rich mouthfeel that will satisfy his thirst.

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All of the beers listed are available in the Tasting Room, online for Missouri shipping and in Missouri stores that carry Public House Brewing Company products.

We hope you found this list to be helpful! Remember to call customer service if you have questions about any of the products on this list or for any gift box needs you may have – 800.280.9463. As an added bonus, through the month of June, you can take 50% off ground shipping on online orders of $75 or more with coupon code JUNEDEAL. Cheers!

 

We are looking forward to your return!

For your safety and ours, we have instituted new policies to ensure an excellent visit with us at the St. James Winery for our reopening on Wed., May 6, 2020.

The CDC, Federal Government, and county commission have provided us with guidelines for operation to ensure your safety and wellness as we transition back into service.

We are preparing for your return by instituting the following practices:

  • Safe Social Distancing and Promotion of General Wellness
    • We ask that social distancing be observed by all parties.  Please respect and maintain a 6-foot distance from each other at all times. Our staff will be taking the extra step to promote wellness in our Tasting Room by wearing masks and gloves while providing you with a wonderful experience during your visit.
  • Extra Hygienic Practices
    • Our team will provide you with sanitizing stations upon entry, and we will be sanitizing all service areas several times per day.
  • Spacious Seating
    • All inside and patio seating, located next door in The Gardens at Public House Brewing Company, is spaced 6 to 8 feet apart. According to the policies set forth by the Phelps County Commissioner’s Office, we will only allow parties of 8 guests or less in our seated areas. The public will be allowed in the Tasting Room, next door at Public House Brewing Company St. James Taproom and in The Gardens.
  • Recyclable Drinkware & Menus
    • We will offer wine flights in place of tastings and will be switching to single-use menus and biodegradable drinkware that will be recycled after each use.

For the safety of all, we urge that if you are not feeling well please stay home and visit us again at a later date.

Thank you for your continued support of Missouri’s largest winery!

Please contact us if you have any questions about our preparation prior to your visit or to place curbside orders.

Call 1.800.280.9463 or discover more at StJamesWinery.com.

Please check out our Plan Your Visit page for more details of our current Tasting Room offerings.

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!

 

Our partner, Public House Brewing Company, is delivering beer and wine as far east as Cuba, MO and as far west as Waynesville, MO. Check out the requirements below and place your order online or by calling 573.426.2337. They’re looking forward to bringing St. James Winery selections and Public House beer straight to you if you live within the delivery radius. Be sure to choose either pick-up (from the St. James Winery in St. James, MO next day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or delivery (next day between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) when placing your online order.

Here’s a quick video with Public House Brewing Company’s co-founder, Josh Stacy, explaining how this works or continue reading below for more info.

 

 

Due to food being perishable, Public House offers a smaller delivery radius (see map below), to ensure quality and safety. The Bulk Beer & Wine Delivery has a considerably larger radius (see map below), but there are certain requirements to meet. Please read these requirements (see below) before placing your order. Cheers!

BULK BEER & WINE PICKUP:

Pick-up your bulk beer or wine order at St. James Winery in St. James, MO next day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Upon arrival, call St. James Winery customer service at 1.800.280.9463.

RULES & CONDITIONS FOR BULK BEER & WINE ORDERS:

All bulk wine and beer deliveries require a $50 minimum order. Orders taken before 5 p.m. will be delivered the next day between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Orders taken after 5 p.m. are second-day delivery.

DELIVERY REQUIREMENTS:

All wine and beer deliveries require an adult (21 years or older, with proper identification) for delivery. If someone 21 years of age or older will not be available during delivery hours, we strongly recommend requesting delivery of your order to a business address, within our delivery range, where someone will be able to provide proper identification and accept the delivery.

In the event you are unable to take delivery of your wine or beer after an attempt to deliver, we will return the package to the Public House Brewery. If you wish to schedule another delivery time and/or date for your order, or if you wish to cancel your order, you must contact customer service at 573.426.2337 with any questions or changes.

BULK DELIVERY RADIUS & HOURS:

Next day delivery between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

FOOD, BEER AND WINE RADIUS & HOURS:

Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Our Strawberry Moscato is back after we sold out at a record rate last year! We have ramped up production to make more of this limited release, fan-favorite for the 2020 spring season. As the weather starts to warm up and we see the first signs of spring, nothing pairs better with patio relaxation than this light and refreshing blush wine.

Our cellar crew carefully blended our award-winning Strawberry and Moscato wines to create this unique taste experience. This wine envelopes the palate with naturally sweet, bright strawberry flavors that are delicately muted by our semi-dry, estate-grown Moscato introducing a layer of subtle apricot to the mix. This creates a light, fresh taste experience that is free of added colors or flavors.

This wine pairs beautifully with pork tenderloin or pork cutlets and would be perfect with an Easter meal. Strawberry Moscato also pairs well with milk chocolate such as Easter bunnies! With a beautiful label, this wine would also be perfect for a Mother’s day gift.

Look for this limited selection in our St. James Winery Tasting Room or in a store near you. Remember, with our seasonal wines, they will only be available as supplies last.

Harvest is a crazy, busy time of year at St. James Winery. Grapes come in by the truckload to swirl in the crush pit and flow through the juicer to move along into the cellar where they will become wine. The aromas alone are intoxicating. Vignoles grapes smell of fresh-cut-grass and honey. Concord fills the air with palpable homemade jam aromas.

Our vineyard and cellar crews work day and night to make it happen. St. James Winery has 185 acres of vineyard, with the annual harvest being the culmination of growing flavors that are crafted into award-winning wines you know and love. This is truly farm-to-table agriculture in the heart of Missouri wine country.

With us being a little over three weeks into our 2019 grape harvest, we thought it was time to give you an update on what’s happening by asking Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, a few questions.

Of the varieties you’ve harvested so far, which are you most excited about and why?
Valvin Muscat and Seyval. Valvin has an aroma profile that crosses from floral to tropical – bodes well for the wine (Valvin Muscat is in our Moscato).
Seyval has a depth and tannin structure that we have not seen in 5-6 years. (It) should transform into a very interesting wine (Seyval is in the Winemaker Series Seyval).

How are you feeling about the grape harvest so far (i.e. quality, aromas, taste, etc.)?
(I’m) never really happy with it until I see the wines in December, January.
Quality has been consistent through all the varieties, standouts are the Valvin Muscat and the Seyval.
The Vignoles is like a snow leopard. You know it’s there but can’t find it and when you do, it’s magnificent.

How much tonnage have you harvested so far?
1300 + / –

How has the weather impacted this year’s harvest?
Yes, the rain has made it very challenging. All varieties are 10-20 days later than normal.
The rain and cooler summer made harvesting condensed on the early varieties where we may have normally had 10 to 12 days – we had 10-24 hours between varieties.

The first night of harvest you mentioned wanting to focus on the winemaking more in-depth this year. Can you elaborate on this statement?
We have constantly pushed ourselves to run trials over the past few years. That’s where we get better results and see improvements in the wines. The last 2 years, we have not done this due to time and space constraints. We are experimenting on varieties this year.

What are some of the difficulties you’ve faced with this year’s harvest?
Weather – space – staff shortage – compressed harvest period – weather (did I mention that?).

How many employees are on the farm crew and how many employees are on the cellar crew?
Farm: 9 + Raul (Viticulturist) and Sam (Vineyard Manager)

Cellar: Myself + Aaron (Assistant Winemaker)  + Chaz (Winemaker) + Kendra (Lab) + 6
(3 of the farm staff are currently working in the cellar for harvest)

What is the estimated number of weeks remaining for harvest? 
Approximately, 4 more weeks.

We hope you look forward to seeing how the 2019 varietals turn out. Until then, you can enjoy our current selections and as always, cheers! 

The results are in and St. James Winery showed exceptionally well at the 2018 Tasters Guild International Consumer Wine Judging Competition. Held September 28-29 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this competition is unique in that wine consumers evaluate the entered wines. While not judged by professionals, consumer participants receive instructional seminars on how to judge wine objectively. As an insurance that the consumer judges are giving fair, objective consideration to each wine, the panels are guided by an experienced advisor, who has evaluated wines at advanced levels.

St. James Winery received a medal for every wine entered into the competition, 30 in total. Of the awards, we received 10 Gold and 6 Double Gold. We feel this showing is a true reflection of what we already know – our wine is loved and highly valued by consumers. To celebrate, we are offering $5 off shipping when you buy any of the following double gold winners online and use coupon code WINNER until October 31, 2018.

Double Gold
Blackberry Blueberry
Blueberry
Country Red
Cranberry
Pink Catawba
Strawberry

Gold
Blackberry
Concord
Moscato
Pioneer White
Podium Chardonel
Raspberry
Summer Berry
Velvet Red
Vignoles
Winemakers Dry Vignoles

Silver
Cherry
Cynthiana
Mango
Peach
Pioneer Red
Velvet White
Winemaker The Folly
Winemakers Norton 42
Winemakers Seyval

Bronze
Country White
Friendship School Red
Friendship School White
Winemakers Blend 43
Winemakers Chambourcin

If your favorite wine is featured on this list, why not pick up a bottle to celebrate its win or pick up a different award-winner and see if you find a new St. James Winery favorite!

September’s wine of the month is Dry Vignoles!

Our Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, provides an in depth description of the taste profile for this dry white, Missouri wine in the video below. As part of the Winemaker Series, our Dry Vignoles features the best-of-the-best blocks of grapes and is handcrafted in small batches by the St. James Winery Cellar Crew.

Our Winemaker Series Dry Vignoles has a beautiful floral nose with juicy bright flavors of mango, pineapple and dried apricot. It is crisp and light with a fruity finish. Perfect for a warm summer or early fall day.

Discover the flavors of our Dry Vignoles!

In celebration of April being Chardonel month, our wine of the week is 2015 Chardonel!

From our Podium Series, 2015 Chardonel is soft and creamy, yet extremely rich and complex. Fermented and aged in oak barrels, this golden, dry white wine has depth, texture, richness, integrity and features fragrant aromas of vanilla, pear, pineapple and apricot.

See the handy Chardonel and Food Pairing infographic from Missouri Wines for inspiration on what food goes best with this wine.

Chardonel grapes, a cross between Seyval and Chardonnay, were created in 1953 in the hopes of producing a grape that could withstand the cold like Seyval, but possessed a similar character as Chardonnay. Its high productivity and durability to frigid weather makes Chardonel ideal for growing in Missouri!

The Podium Series is a collection of innovative wines that reflect our winemaking creativity. Handcrafted in small lots, and created in celebration of wine, our 2015 Chardonel is exclusively available in the St. James Winery Tasting Room. You can also reach out to our friendly customer service team at 800-280-9463 for information on ordering a bottle (or two!).

 

Our wine of the week is the highly awarded Friendship School Red! This medium-bodied, semi-dry red is made from our estate-grown Rougeon grapes and comes in a bottle worthy of display. It is rich with the flavors of black cherry and blackberry with a deep purple hue. This versatile wine is great to pair with herbed goat cheese, barbecue pork ribs or even chocolate cheesecake making it a wonderful table wine for any gathering.

In addition to its award-winning taste and beautiful presentation, this wine is a toast to the one-room schoolhouse adjacent to our vineyards. The Friendship School was built in the late 1800s, by Italian families who brought winemaking to our Meramec Highlands region. They used this one-room schoolhouse to educate generations of children in both academics and heritage. This schoolhouse is preserved today in our vineyards and our Friendship School wines were created to reflect the sense of community and heritage represented in that little schoolhouse.  

In fact, we are so inspired by this schoolhouse, we have formed a Friendship School Foundation to continue the work of preserving the cultural and environmental sustainability of our community. Through our partnership with this foundation, we are able to invest in and work to sustain the cultural heritage of our vineyards, our craft and our community. We love the land we work and practice sustainability wherever we are able. A few of our sustainable efforts are:

  • Use of a fine-tuned irrigation and soil monitoring system so we use less water in our vineyards.
  • Creation of energy savings through efficient harvesting equipment and low-energy wine fermentation storage processes.
  • Leadership of a large solar energy investigation project with our local community.
  • Use of recyclable screw tops versus hard-to-recycle cork as our wine closure method.
  • Eco-friendly lighting. Business recycling program.
  • Large composting efforts to create less impact to waste streams.

These are just a few of our sustainability efforts today and with the help of our Foundation, we are always investigating how we can do even more. So, the next time you lift a glass of your favorite St. James Winery selection, especially our Friendship School Red, know you are supporting a Missouri winery, its community and our shared environment. Cheers!

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