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We invite you to a complimentary tasting of this dry red wine on Thursday, November 15 in our Tasting Room from 4 – 6 p.m. This year’s Winemaker Series Nouveau displays aromas and flavors of black cherries and plums, and we will be pairing it with Irish Stew from our campus partner’s kitchen at Public House Brewing Company.

In honor of this year’s harvest, we not only created a our annual Nouveau wine, but also a three-part video series covering the harvest from our St. James Winery vineyards. The videos are posted below for you to enjoy prior to our Nouveau Release Party.

The tradition of creating a Nouveau wine originated in the Beaujolais region of France. Beaujolais Nouveau began as an early release wine to celebrate the end of harvest with the intention of it being enjoyed young. Under French law, it is to be released on the third Thursday in November after each harvest.

In the early 1960’s some of the local vignerons saw potential to promote the wine with a contest to see who could get the first bottle to Paris. From there it spread throughout Europe, and by the 1980’s North Americans had joined the party followed by Asia in the 1990’s.

It’s so popular that one third of Beaujolais’ production is dedicated to the Nouveau style with over 28 million bottles produced annually. Following in this French tradition, St. James Winery began creating our own regional Nouveau over 20 years ago right here in the Meramec Highlands.

We hope you will join our St. James Winery family and be a part of this tradition to help us celebrate our bountiful harvest! Until then, enjoy the below video series where our Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, discusses the topics of weather conditions affecting harvest, quality vs. quantity and farm to table agriculture in Missouri.

It takes the hard work and effort of an entire vineyard and cellar crew to produce our internationally awarded wines. Discover how the fruit is carefully cultivated to ensure the integrity of the wines you know and love!

Halloween is almost here! Make your party frightful with our devilishly delicious cocktails to serve your ghosts… ahem… guests.

Our Black Widow Punch is a hauntingly dark drink perfect for your Monster Mash. For a svelte, mysterious presentation, we recommend serving in a martini glass with dry ice. Featuring our Blackberry fruit wine, this drink is sure to satisfy a deadly hunger for something sweet.

Next, is our Redrum Sangeria. This killer recipe calls for either our Pioneer Red or Friendship School Red wines and presents a blood red color that is beautifully presented in a any witch’s cauldron. Use orange slices for garnish to add a punch of seasonal color.

Lastly, may we suggest trying our Not-So-Poisoned Apple Punch. Unlike Snow White, your guests can experience this delicious punch without fear. Try this recipe with our Moscato or Riesling wines and add any ripe, red apples of your choice.

All of these wines are available in stores, online and in our Tasting Room. Happy Halloween from the St. James Winery family!

 

Join us as we celebrate the fall season with our 2018 Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 13.

Spend your day with us in The Gardens at St. James and enjoy live music, local vendors, good food, great beverages, games, activities and much more!

This is always a fun event each year with the local community and is a great family-friendly way to spend your day!

Live Music:
11 to 2 PM – Jonathan McCammon
4 to 7 PM – The C&S Folk Company

Vendors:
  • Bourbon Honey Farm
  • JJ’s Craft & Home Décor
  • Gemstone Farm
  • Ronni’s Ovenless Lovin’s
  • Woodchucks
  • Ozark Forest Mushrooms
  • MASH Club
  • Moonshadow Farm
  • Food For Your Soul Catering

If you are a local vendor and interested in showcasing your products at our event, please contact our Events Coordinator, Gina Maben at 573.261.3338.

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!

We are thrilled to be the official wine and cider sponsor of this year’s Big BAM rides! The Big BAM on Route 66 is June 17 through 22 and offers cyclists a 304 mile journey through Missouri, starting in Joplin and ending in Eureka.

That means you’ll find us at the six consecutive days of FREE concerts throughout our beautiful state! The concerts are open for both cyclists and community members to experience! The gates open at noon and the each concert starts at 6 p.m. for all locations.

Find a concert in a community near you:
•  Sunday, June 17 | Kick-Off Concert and Opening Day Ceremony| Schifferdecker Park in Joplin, MO. | Featuring Aina Cook Band

•  Monday, June 18 | Jackson Street Park in Willard, MO. | Featuring The Kay Brothers Band

•  Tuesday, June 19 | Boswell City Park in Lebanon, MO. | Featuring The Nace Brothers Band

•  Wednesday, June 20 | Waynesville City Park in Waynesville, MO. | Featuring Two-Bit Steve

•  Thursday, June 21 | Hood Park in Cuba, MO. | Featuring Violet and the Undercurrents

•  Friday, June 22 | Lions Park in Eureka, MO. | Featuring Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players

Find our tent each day to purchase a beverage card and enjoy responsibly!

Our wine of the week is The Folly!

A blend of Aromella, Valvin Muscat and Vignoles grapes, The Folly is a medium-bodied, white wine with honeyed peach overtones and beautiful tangerine spice flavors. This dry wine is part of our Winemaker Series, which 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.

In the words of our Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, “There are many definitions of the word ‘Folly’ – ‘lack of good sense and foresight’ or ‘an extravagant picturesque building erected to suit a fanciful taste.’ Both might define the rationale for attempting to make this wine. After travelling in the Provence region of France where I tasted the dry, full-bodied, fresh and fruity wines, I wanted one of my own to remember my travels. I hope this wine will take you on a journey of your own. Enjoy with good food and good friends.”

Each season, our St. James Winery Cellar Crew selects the best grapes within our vineyards and carefully crafts them into small batches made for wine connoisseurs, as part of the Winemaker Series. The Folly is a limited release wine that is exclusively available at the St. James Winery Tasting Room and online, while supplies last.

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!

Let’s help others stay toasty and warm this winter at our second annual Warm up Winterfest, Saturday, January 27 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. at the Public House Brewing Company St. James Taproom. We are hosting an all-day coat drive and are asking everyone to consider bringing donations of new or gently used coats, jackets, gloves, hats, etc. Our hope is that this event will help everyone in our community stay warm this winter!

This is a kid friendly event and includes several activities for the whole family. Mark your calendar and join us for winter kid crafts, wood-fired food specials, live music, winery and brewery combo tours, a blind tasting contest and evening trivia!

Schedule of Activities:
• All Day – Coat Drive
• All Day – Wood-
Fired Food Specials
• 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Live Music by Two Far Gone
• 2 p.m. – Winery & Brewery Combo Tour
• 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Winter Crafts for Kids
• 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Mark Moebeck
• 4 p.m. – Winery & Brewery Combo Tour
• 5:30 p.m. – Blind Tasting Contest – $5 per person [$5 per person hyperlinks to: https://phbc.ticketspice.com/warm-up-winterfest-blind-tasting-contest ]
• 7 p.m. – Trivia

We look forward to seeing you at Warm Up Winterfest!

 

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