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St. James Winery Peach Wine

When we say everything’s peachy at St. James Winery, we’re not kidding because our fruit wines are the most awarded fruit wines in the nation!

What’s really interesting is that each year it seems a different one of the fruit wines is the standout at wine competitions. Some years it’s our Strawberry Wine, some years it’s Raspberry or Blackberry or…. Well, you get the picture.

This year — 2013 — is the year of the Peach! Check out all the major awards this little $8.99 bottle of wine has brought home:

  • Best of Class / Double Gold (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Double Gold (Florida State Fair)
  • Best of Class (LA Wine Competition)
  • Chairman’s Best of Class (Long Beach Grand Cru)
  • Gold (Indy International)

So right now while it’s peach season at the farmer’s markets, pick up some St. James Winery Peach Wine to enjoy during these mellow days as summer draws to a close.

And be sure to check out all our delicious Peach Wine Recipes, too!

St. James Winery is helping clean up the Missouri River by funding Missouri River Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to river clean up. For each bottle of St. James Winery wines purchased at participating Missouri retail stores during August and September, St. James Winery will contribute to Missouri River Relief’s work.

“By the time the Missouri River joins the Mississippi in St. Louis, some of the water has traveled more than 2,300 miles and, unfortunately, it picked up garbage along the way,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “St. James Winery supports clean-up efforts that make the river a better place for wildlife, outdoor enthusiasts, and farmers.”

“It’s incredible that last year Missouri River Relief organized 1,365 volunteers to remove 42 tons of trash, including 364 tires, from 79 miles of the Missouri River. When you’re pulling that much trash out of the river, you need a lot of boats, gloves, and trash bags,” said Hofherr. “Last year we funded Missouri River Relief for the first time, and in doing so we raised awareness along with a significant amount of money. St. James Winery is also a co-sponsor of the Race to the Dome, the canoe and kayak race on the Missouri River from Hartsburg to Jefferson City which benefits Missouri River Relief.”

“There’s no substitute for getting people out on the river in boats, getting their hands dirty and pulling a massive pile of trash out of the river,” said MRR Program Manager Steve Schnarr. “Since our organization began in 2001, we’ve done 104 clean-ups, with 17,906 volunteers, over 863 miles of river, and removed 718 tons of trash. Plus we sort through the trash and recycle what we can, so there’s no doubt the Missouri River region benefits from our clean-up efforts.”

Becoming part of St. James Winery’s efforts to support Missouri River clean-up efforts is as simple as purchasing a bottle of St. James Winery wines at any participating retail store in Missouri during the months of August and September. St. James Winery will donate a portion of the proceeds to Missouri River Relief. Funding will help remove an estimated 10 tons of trash, including 100 tires, from the Missouri River, and money raised in the Springfield area will go toward the James River Basin Partnership which works to keep waterways in the southwestern part of the state clean.

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 Missouri River Relief
Missouri River Relief is a grassroots volunteer and equipment-based non-profit dedicated to connecting communities to the Missouri River through hands-on, on-the-river clean-ups and river education. Since their first Missouri River clean-up in 2001, 104 clean-ups, with 17,906 volunteers, over 863 miles of river, and removed 718 tons of trash (over one million pounds!) from the river and its banks in 22 communities. Find Missouri River Relief online at www.riverrelief.org.

About the James River Basin Partnership
The James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) is a grassroots, not-for-profit organization working to improve and protect the water quality of the springs, streams, rivers, and lakes in the James River Watershed which consists of almost a million acres of land in portions of 7 counties in southwest Missouri. Find JRBP online at www.jamesriverbasin.com.

Grape harvest is getting closer, and the St. James Winery winemaking staff is checking on the grapes regularly to see how they are doing.  It’s always a guessing game as to when the grapes will be ready, so each year the winery has a Harvest Pool to predict the start of harvest.

Please join our Harvest Pool with your best guess!  Here’s what you need to know:  1) at St. James Winery, we mark the official start time of harvest at the moment the first grapes hit the crush pit, and 2) think late in the day when those sugars get all nice and happy.

The person who picks the date and time closest to the actual harvest start time is the winner!  The lucky person will receive:

  • Official 2013 St. James Winery Harvest Crew T-shirt
  • Opportunity to join Andrew for a private barrel tasting

Go to our Harvest Pool Entry Form and enter your best guess.  Harvest Pool closes at midnight August 4th, so visit us online and enter today!

From left to right: Peter Hofherr, CEO St. James Winery, David Rodholm, Major Brands; Adam Babcock, Major Brands; Kim Sheridan, Major Brands; Steve Drewry, Major Brands; Bart Brown Executive Director Ozarks Food Harvest.

St. James Winery’s first an annual campaign against childhood hunger, which began in March and ran through the end of May 2013, raised a total of $14,100 in support of child feeding programs throughout the state of Missouri.

“The St. James Winery family is so thankful for the generosity of our customers who supported our to feed Missouri children,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “We weren’t sure what to expect for a grand total, but we are thrilled with the $14,100 we raised. Now we can’t wait until next year to see if we can beat mark we’ve established with our 2013 campaign.”

“Unfortunately, there are thousands of children living in poverty in Missouri, kids living in every county and in every community. For these at-risk children, breakfast and lunch at school are the only source of reliable nutrition, and backpack programs make a difference because the packs are stocked with hygiene supplies and kid-friendly, nutritious foods when there’s simply not enough to eat at home.”

“For the past five years, our winery family has been dedicated to the reduction of childhood hunger by raising money for the Buddy Pack program here in Phelps County, Missouri,” Hofherr continued. This new, larger program simply gives our customers the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for children in a very concrete way.”

Monies from St. James Winery’s fundraising efforts were divided among the six food banks in Missouri: Ozarks Food Harvest (Southwest Missouri); Southeast Missouri Food Bank; St. Louis Area Foodbank; Harvesters Community Food Network (Kansas City Area); Second Harvest Community Foodbank (Northwest Missouri); and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The Missouri Food Bank Association distributes more than 90 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 2000 community programs, including the child-feeding programs for kids. The MFBA and its local food bank child-feeding programs are active in every county in the state of Missouri and serve tens of thousands of at-risk children each year.

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. Look for St. James Winery online at www.stjameswinery.com

For more information on the Missouri Food Bank Association and the six food banks who received funding from St. James Winery visit:

It’s summertime, and the St. James Winery calendar is filling up with lots of great festivals and events around the heartland and right here at home in St. James, Missouri.

If you’d like to know where St. James Winery will be exhibiting and what special events will take place here at the winery, subscribe to our events newsletter at stjameswinery.com/events.

You’ll be notified of upcoming events like these:

Hope to see you at an event sometime soon!

Strawberries and barbecue!

These are two great ways to herald the arrival of warmer temperatures.  It’s time for outdoor living and entertaining!

Get inspired for the arrival of the summer season when you try these tasty recipes featuring our award-winning St. James Winery Strawberry Wine!


Harvest 2012 is has proven to be one for the record books.

In all the years St. James Winery has been in operation, no one can ever remember harvest beginning in July, but thanks to very hot summer temperatures, the grapes were really on the grow.

Usually at the end of August, harvest crews would still be in the thick of things, but because an early start means an early finish, harvest 2012 is really winding down. The only grapes remaining in the vineyard are a few Chardonel grapes and, of course, the Norton, which always takes its good sweet time to ripen.

What does the harvest look like so far?

Around 1,200 tons of grapes — including Seyval, Niagara, Cayuga, Rougeon, Chambourcin, Valvin Muscat, Vignoles, Catawba, Chardonel, Concord — have hit the crush pad. We expect the Norton to be ready very, very soon.

Everyone in Missouri has complained about the heat and drought this summer (did we mention it’s was brutally hot here?), but because the vineyards are irrigated, the lack of rainfall was not problematic.

There was, however, another side effect to the drought. The minimal rains paired with our carefully controlled watering meant less disease pressure on the vines. There were fewer insects, and the rot issues which can arise with too much rain were non-existent.

Everyone on the winemaking staff is thrilled with the exceptional grape quality and outstanding flavor profiles, so we’re already looking forward to the third Thursday in November (the 15th this year!) when we release our 2012 Nouveau — a first taste of this season’s harvest!

Tag Archive for: missouri

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