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“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried,
with fewer tensions, and more tolerance.”
~Benjamin Franklin

We definitely agree with Benjamin Franklin! And with springtime finally here, we’re all about living easier, being less hurried, and feeling fewer tensions.

Now that it’s becoming white wine season, St. James Winery is here with a wide range of delicious white wines: sweet, dry, and plenty in between. So chill a bottle or two of white wine, grab a few friends and enjoy!

Springtime Fruit Soup

Fresh fruit is showing up at the market, bursting with flavors and tasting like spring. For a new twist on some traditional fruit flavors, try our Fruit Soup with Blueberry Ginger Ice Cubes

Our Blueberry Wine mixes with strawberries, mango, pineapple, and citrus for a cool treat on warm spring days.

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Labor Day Weekend is coming up, the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the late summer sunshine. Take St. James Winery wines along with you. It’s easy when you think outside the bottle…to the 1 liter pouch and the 3 liter box!

St. James Winery’s Friendship School White (Pacific Rim Grand Champion & Long Beach Grand Cru Best White Wine) and Friendship School Red (Pacific Rim Best of Class) are both available in travel and eco-friendly 1 liter pouches.

For the sweet wines you love best, try St. James Winery’s three liter boxes of Velvet Red and Velvet White. Sip all weekend long without needing to make an emergency run to the wine shop!

Quick Facts:

  • Wine pouches (1L) contain 6 glasses of wine.
  • Wine boxes (3L) contain four bottles of wine.
  • Wine stays fresh for up to four weeks after opening.

Find A Store Near You

Wine pouches and boxes are not for sale online, but use our handy store locator to find St. James Winery wines near you so you can enjoy a fine wine weekend!

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!

Get the Recipe!

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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.

What’s on the schedule for this weekend? Headed out for a picnic? Maybe a campout?

If you are, it’s definitely time to stock up on St. James Winery’s Velvet Red and Velvet White wine in 187ml mini-bottles.

Minis come in a handy 4-pack carrying case, and because they’re small and lightweight, minis are super-easy to take along on in a cooler on

  • Campouts
  • Canoe Trips
  • Picnics
  • Hikes
  • Backyard BBQs

Look for St. James Winery Velvet Red and Velvet White minis in our Tasting Room or wherever you usually shop for St. James Winery wines. And be sure to check the refrigerated section — Velvet Red and Velvet White taste best nicely chilled!

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!


At St. James Winery there aren’t any tricks involved in making our delicious wines. Still, sometimes when we taste the results, we wonder if maybe there was a little bit of magic involved after all.

Certainly, the results of the 2012 wine competition year have been magical. Here’s how some of your favorite wines have done.

Raspberry: 3 Best of Class, 5 Gold
Blackberry: 2 Best of Class, 2 Double-Gold, 3 Gold
Strawberry: 1 Best of Class, 8 Gold
Peach: Best of Show (Fruit), 1 Gold
Velvet White: 1 Best of Class, 1 Double-Gold, 1 Gold
Riesling: 1 Double Gold, 3 Gold
Friendship School White: 1 Double Gold, 3 Gold
Vignoles: 1 Best of Class, 1 Double Gold, 1 Gold
Rougeon Rose: 1 Double Gold, 1 Gold
Traminette: Best of Class, 1 Gold

Take advantage of our $15 flat rate shipping deal and have a case of gold medal goodness shipped straight to your front door!

PS–Remember, you’ll get our St. James Winery logo wine carrier absolutely free when you order 6 or more bottles of wine.

S. James Winery Velvet Red and Velvet White

Good news for fans of St. James Winery’s Velvet Red and Velvet White wines!

These two wines are now available in single-serving sizes in a handy 4-pack.

Convenient, lightweight and 100% recyclable, the 187ml PET bottles are non-breakable and great to take to the river, camping, poolside, concerts and other outdoor venues.

And remember to think “Minis!” for the holidays.

  • Adult Halloween Party? They’ll be a perfect “treat” for the goody bags.
  • Gift Giving? Our minis make a perfect add-on gift or stocking stuffer.

Look for them wherever you usually purchase St. James Winery wines, or use our convenient store locator to find a location near you.

And if you don’t find them in stock yet, please ask for them by name!

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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