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Did someone say rosè?!

This week’s Wine of the Week spotlight is Pink Catawba! Pink Catawba is a blush-style wine made from the pink Native American Catawba grape, first found by the Catawba River in North Carolina.

The original rosé wine trend started in the early 19th century. Rosé wine lovers can thank Nicholas Longworth of Cincinnati, Ohio. He founded the first commercially successful winery using the Catawba grape to make sparkling rosé wine from the 1830s to 1850s.

We take pride in growing grapes suitable for our area, and Catawba fits the bill. It is a late ripening grape and does best in a long ripening season area like Missouri. This variety of grape has thick skin and a mild, fruity taste. Throughout the years, Catawba has been used to make various versions of wine such as sweet, dry, still and sparkling.

St. James Winery uses this grape to create this wine of the week. It’s a lovely rose color with a delightful balance of sweetness and tartness, like a ripe apple. Pink Catawba is a great sipping wine, and it’s also a lovely complement to fresh fruits, cheeses and light desserts. It is best served chilled and it hits the spot for a sweet after-dinner wine.

It is the perfect time of year for sangria and what better way to make it than with Pink Catawba? Try it in our Party Sangria recipe, which also includes the bubbly and flavorful Sparking Blush, which is featured during the Rosè All Day Wine Trail at the St. James Winery stop this Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10.

Grab a bottle of Pink Catawba to quench your rosè thirst!

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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.

We know you’re out there, you sweet wine lovers! And we know that you know that nobody does sweet wines better than St. James Winery.

We were counting up the gold medals for our three flagship sweet wines — Velvet White, Velvet Red, and Pink Catawba — and realized we had won a total of 15 gold medals, including a Best of Class and Double Gold –during the 2012 wine competition season.
Check it out this list!

Velvet White

  • Riverside (Best of Class)
  • Florida State Fair International (Double Gold)
  • San Diego International
  • Pacifc Rim
  • Los Angeles International (92/100 points)
  • San Francisco International
  • Consumer Wine Awards
  • Missouri Wine Competition
  • Long Beach Grand Cru

Velvet Red

  • Pacific Rim
  • Consumer Wine Awards

Pink Catawba

  • San Diego International
  • Consumer Wine Awards

And if you’re snowed in where you are, today’s a great time to order wine — you can save big with $9 flat rate shipping on the purchase of 6 or more bottles of wine, now through the end of February.

Order up!

When it’s time for a party to spice up a bleak mid-winter weekend, think 1.5 liter bottles from St. James Winery. Three of our most popular wines –Velvet Red, Velvet White, and Pink Catawba — are all available in the 1.5 liter size.

Stir up a punch bowl full of deliciousness and still have plenty leftover to enjoy! Here are three great recipe ideas to try:

Remember, when these recipes call for a “bottle of wine” it’s a 750ml sized bottle. So use half for the punch and save half for your guests who would like to enjoy a glass of wine.

Look for the 1.5 liter bottles of St. James Winery Velvet Red, Velvet White, and Pink Catawba in your favorite grocery or liquor store!

Three of St. James Winery’s most popular wines—Velvet Red, Velvet White, and Pink Catawba—are now available with twist-off bottle caps in the 1.5 liter size.  Look for them in the wine aisles of your favorite grocery stores or wine stores this May.

Several years ago, St. James Winery became one of the first Missouri wineries to embrace twist-off cap technology for their wines. “For winemakers, twist-off caps are a godsend,” said Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker at St. James Winery. “They provide the absolute, best possible seal for wines. If you want to control the quality of the wine, and believe me at St. James Winery we’re all about quality, then this is just so much better than traditional cork closures.”

When asked why twist-caps are important to improving quality, Meggitt replied, “Wine is an organic, changing thing, and oxygen is not its friend.  Once the wine is bottled we absolutely want to keep oxygen out and flavors in. Twist-cap seals do exactly that.  They’re tighter, more secure, and much more reliable.  St. James Winery’s Velvet Red, Velvet White, and Pink Catawba wines are made to enjoy young, so if you want those fresh, bursting with fruit flavors, then you want twist-off caps on your wine.  Not only do they keep the wine fresher in the first place, they also help with storing leftover wines to maintain the flavor of the wine.”

Another benefit Meggitt is quick to point out is the ease of opening the bottles. “There’s nothing worse than getting to your picnic spot and realizing you didn’t pack a corkscrew. With twist-caps, you don’t need any special tools, and they’re a snap to open. Grab a 1.5 liter bottle of Pink Catawba, twist the neck sleeve – not the cap itself – counter-clockwise, and it’s open in a second.”

A pioneer in the production of sweet wines, St. James Winery has long been the premium producer of sweet wines in the United States. Perfecting the art and science of sweet wine making has been a passion at St. James Winery for more than 40 years. St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. A family owned and operated winery, St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.
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St. James Winery Velvet Red, Velvet White, Pink Catawba, Country Red, and Country White

A pioneer in the production of sweet wines, St. James Winery has long been the premium producer of sweet wines in the United States.  Perfecting the art and science of sweet wine making has been a passion at St. James Winery for more than 40 years.  This spring, St. James Winery celebrates their commitment to an award-winning line of sweet wines, by launching Satisfy Your Sweet, a new program designed to spotlight their sweet spot.

“We’re really excited about our new Satisfy Your Sweet program, because it reflects exactly what St. James Winery is all about, satisfying your taste for sweet wines with high quality and high value,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “The sweet wines in this program—Velvet Red, Velvet White, Pink Catawba, Country Red, and Country White—have won nearly 500 awards in just the past 5 years alone.”

Satisfy Your Sweet reflects St. James Winery’s dedication to spot-on flavor in every single bottle of wine they make.  “Delivering on quality is really important to us, especially in light of a recent study that proves people who prefer sweet wines actually have the highest level of taste sensitivity,” said Hofherr. “Here at the winery we work hard to make sure our sweet wines delivers consistent flavor from bottle to bottle, year in, year out. That consistency is one of the reasons our sweet wine fans are so devoted to our sweet wines. Our fans are tremendous brand ambassadors for us, and we love them for it.”

To connect with those brand ambassadors, St. James Winery plans for full social media engagement as part of the Satisfy Your Sweet campaign.  Anchored by a QR code promotion, there will be Facebook and Twitter contests for opportunities to win neoprene bottle holders or ice buckets featuring the St. James Winery logo.  Look for Satisfy Your Sweet point of sale materials for Velvet Red, Velvet White, Pink Catawba, Country Red, and Country White wine in the wine section of grocery, liquor, or wine stores throughout the Midwest and South.

St. James Winery has been growing grapes and making sweet wines for more than 40 years, and that makes them sweet wine experts.  St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. During the 2011 competition season alone, St. James Winery’s sweet wines earned 55 medals from national and international competitions.  A family owned and operated winery, St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.

St. James Winery - Missouri's largest and most awarded winery

If St. James Winery were playing blackjack, it would have definitely come up a winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition by hitting 21! Twenty-one bottles of wine were shipped from St. James, Missouri to California for the competition, and when it was all said and done, each one of those bottles came home with a medal.

At this kick-off competition for the 2012 wine judging season, two of St. James Winery’s wines were honored with Best of Class Awards: Best of Class for Red Native American went to the 2009 Cynthiana, and Best of Class for Fruits went to St. James Winery’s Raspberry. The good news continued with gold medals for 2010 Seyval and Strawberry.

St. James Winery also received silver medals for its 2010 Traminette, 2010 Chardonel, 2010 Vignoles, Velvet White, Friendship School White, Blackberry, Peach, and Cherry, bringing the total of silver medals to eight. Rounding out the award-winning entries were nine bronze medals, which went to 2008 Norton, 2009 Chambourcin, Riesling, Velvet Red, Friendship School Red, Country Red, Country White, Pink Catawba, and Blueberry.

“When you send wine to a major competition like the one in San Francisco, and every single bottle comes back home with a medal,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery, “that’s just a great way to start a new year! Especially when you consider that our wines were among 5,500 wines entered. This year San Francisco set a new American wine competition record for entries, and it’s the ninth consecutive year it will rank as the “Largest Competition of American Wines in the World. So, winning in San Francisco is big news!”

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. During the 2011 competition season, St. James Winery’s won a total of nine Best of Class, five double gold, and 42 gold medals, along with 126 silver and 76 bronze medals. Celebrating more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery, St. James Winery wines are sold in stores throughout the Midwest and the South. St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.

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