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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!

 

During the month of August, St. James Winery is celebrating Vignoles grapes in honor of Vignoles Month!  This French-American hybrid white grape is one of Missouri’s most versatile since it can be used to make dry, semi, sweet and dessert wines. Vignoles plays a large part in our state’s vineyards, accounting for 15% of all grapes grown in the state. Not only do Vignoles grapes thrive growing in Missouri, but they sell well too. Vignoles is Missouri’s most popular white wine.

St. James Winery has had great success with Vignoles and uses the grapes to make both semi-dry and dry wines. Our Frontier Series Vignoles is an easy-drinking semi-dry white wine that contains floral and fruity aromas with flavors of marmalade and pineapple with a crisp, clean finish. This wine is popular among customers and has won several prestigious awards. We take great pride in sharing that our 2016 and 2017 Vignoles together brought home five gold medals in several international wine competitions this year. With wine from all over the world being judged, this is a major accomplishment!

St. James Winery also uses the best of our Estate-grown Vignoles grapes to create our Dry Vignoles as part of our Winemaker Series. It has a beautiful floral nose with juicy, bright flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Dry Vignoles possesses a crisp, light mouthfeel with excellent acid and a fruity finish. Our Dry Vignoles has also competed well this year with winning a Double Gold and two Gold in 2018. Our 2017 Dry Vignoles took home Best of Class and Gold in the Indy International Wine Competition this year.

We invite you to celebrate “Vignoles Month” this August by picking up a bottle of Missouri’s most popular white wine. You can find our Frontier Series Vignoles in our Tasting Room, online or in a store near you, and our Winemaker Series Dry Vignoles exclusively in our Tasting Room and online.

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This week’s wine of the week is Riesling!

Riesling is one of the most popular white grapes in the world so it’s no wonder why it makes such an incredible tasting wine! Having been around for hundreds of years, Riesling grapes are able to make both a sweet and dry wine. Due to the higher levels of acidity, this wine typically provides a crisp taste.

Looking for a wine with distinctive florals? Try St. James Winery Riesling. It is a beautifully balanced, well-structured and distinctive semi-dry white wine. St. James Winery Riesling features apple-like aromas and flavors of tart green apples, lemon and peach.

St. James Winery Riesling is part of our Frontier collection along with seven other delightful wines. Pick up a bottle or two and check out the rest of the collection at our Tasting Room or a store near you!

 

Looking for a way to cool down in this heat? Try our Riesling Pear Pops recipe.

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.

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2015 Vignoles Beat Out 308 wines for Missouri Wine Competition’s Top Award

St. James Winery won the prestigious Missouri Governor’s Cup for the second year in a row. Out of seven best-of-class winners, the 2015 Vignoles, a semi-dry white vignoles, took the top award at the Missouri Wine Competition. A total of 308 wines were submitted from vineyards across the state to compete in the premiere competition designed to recognize and promote quality wines made in Missouri.

The winery’s 2015 Dry Vignoles and Friendship School White also won Gold Medals. Additionally, St. James Winery won four Silver Medals and five Bronze Medals for wines entered in other categories.

“We are extremely proud of Andrew Meggitt and his team on this outstanding achievement,” said Peter Hofherr, St. James Winery chairman and CEO. “Over the last three years, the team has won five international wine competitions, two Governor’s Cups and scored a top 14 ranking in the world. These are truly extraordinary accomplishments given the challenging weather patterns we’ve experienced. Without the day-to-day hard work and attention to detail in the vineyards and cellar, these incredible results would not have been achieved.”

2016_governors_cupThe Missouri Wine Competition took place in Columbia, Mo. on July 19 and 20. The competition is judged by the top wine and beverage experts from around the nation. Only Missouri wines are judged in this competition – those that received best-in-class honors were considered for Governor’s Cup.

Missouri’s premier white varietal, the Vignoles, is a French-American hybrid grape. Out of 150 acres of grapes that St. James Winery farms in the Ozark Highlands American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Missouri, 10 percent are Vignoles.

Founded by the Hofherr family in the Meramec Highlands region of Missouri in 1970, St. James Winery, located in St. James, Mo., is celebrating 46 years as a family owned and operated winery. It is Missouri’s largest and most awarded winery. St. James Winery produces 500,000 gallons (225,000 cases) of wine per year and is sold in 18 states and Washington D.C. For more information, visit StJamesWinery.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Sonoma, CA—St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles of the Ozark Highlands, Missouri was voted the Best White Wine at the recent East vs. West Wine Competition held in Santa Rosa, CA. On its way to the top prize, Vignoles was also named Best White Wine at the International Eastern Wine Competition.

The IEWC, which includes wines from all over the east coast and Midwest to the continental divide, determined the best wines in various categories (Sparkling, White, Rose, and Red), with the winners tasted blind against the best from a concurrent West Coast Competition. The St. James 2014 Vignoles won over a noted California Sauvignon Blanc.

“We are delighted at this prestigious honor, and very proud of our team here at St. James for their commitment to quality in the vineyards and wine cellar,” said CEO Peter Hofherr. “Their efforts and the professionalism of the competition judges confirm that we make superb wines here in Missouri.”

In addition to Vignoles’ top prize, St. James Winery Friendship School White, a blend of estate grown grapes, was also judged as Best of Class for white blends. St. James Winery also won several other medals for other wines.

“Vignoles is a grape variety that grows very well in Missouri, and can make different styles of wine from dry to medium sweet and even late harvest dessert wines,” said Executive Winemaker Andrew Meggitt. “It is encouraging that even judges from California, where they don’t grow Vignoles have an appreciation for its special aroma and taste.”

The 2014 Vignoles has already won a host of wine competitions. It was awarded the Missouri Governor’s Cup and named Best Wine in Missouri and a last July. Other awards for the 2014 Vignoles include three Best of Class, two Double Gold, and four Gold medals.

In 2015 St. James Winery wines won a total of more than 200 medals in major wine competitions including 13 Best of Class awards, 7 Double Gold medals, and 36 Gold Medals, and during the first two months of 2016, St. James Winery has already won more than 40 medals.

St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for more than 45 years. Learn more about St. James Winery at stjameswinery.com.

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Making wine is the true passion of St. James Winery’s Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt’s, and it’s no surprise, as a New Zealand native, that Sauvignon Blanc is one of his favorite wines. To honor Meggitt’s exceptional winemaking skills as well as his homeland, St. James Winery has released a new Sauvignon Blanc for 2016.

The Sauvignon Blanc Meggitt has crafted for St. James Winery is a straightforward, honest wine with bold, clean favors and the characteristic Sauvignon Blanc zing on the palate. This new wine also reflects Meggitt’s penchant for blending old and new world winemaking techniques, techniques he learned earlier in his career while working at wineries in France and New Zealand.

Made with fruit from Washington state’s Yakima Valley, Meggitt’s Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of guava, kiwi, and white peach. Enjoy a bright fresh palate and characteristic flavors of key lime and bell pepper. A dry white wine, St. James Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc has no residual sugar and 12% alcohol.

Look for St. James Winery Sauvignon Blanc online at stjameswinery.com and in stores wherever St. James Winery wines are sold.

St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for more than 45 years.Learn more about St. James Winery at stjameswinery.com

St. James Winery Sauvignon Blanc Bottle Shot:
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St. James Winery’s 2014 Vignoles won the coveted “Governor’s Cup” trophy at the 2015 Missouri Wine Competition, an event held exclusively for Missouri wineries. This year’s competition received 270 entries, all of which were judged during the two-day event held July 14 and 15 in Columbia, Missouri.

During the competition St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles first won Best Vignoles, topping 30 other Vignoles before moving on to be chosen Best Semi-dry White, then Best of Class, and finally Best of Show.

“We are ecstatic for our vineyard and winery team,” said Andrew Meggitt, St. James Winery Executive Winemaker. “They work hard to ensure the grapes and wine are the best they can be. This honor is the result of great teamwork.”

St. James Winery farms 15 acres of Estate grown Vignoles grapes in the Ozark Highlands AVA of Missouri. Vignoles, a French-American hybrid grape, is Missouri’s premier white varietal.

“This award is very humbling,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “When my mom and dad founded the winery in 1970, their goal was to make wines that reflect our region. The Governor’s Cup recognizes the hard work, research, and development we have invested since the 70s to show the quality of the grape varieties that grow here.”

In addition to the Missouri Wine Competition, the St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles earned top honors in other 2015 wine competitions: Best White Wine at the Riverside International and Best of Class/Gold at the Pacific Rim International. These top awards make it the first Missouri Governor’s Cup winning wine to win not only the top prize in-state but in out-of-state competitions open to international entries.

St. James Winery has won the Governor’s Cup twice previously, in 1997 and 1998, each time winning for their Vignoles.

St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in the state of Missouri, recently placed in the top 15 of the World Association of Wine and Spirits Writers and Journalists annual list of the 100 Top Wineries in the World.

Founded by the Hofherr family in the Meramec Highlands region of Missouri in1970, St. James Winery is celebrating 45 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery wines are sold in through the Midwest and South. Find the winery online at www.stjameswinery.com.

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2014 Vignoles Tasting Notes

White wine is a summer staple. It’s just not summertime without sipping a refreshing glass of white wine during a backyard cookout or while watching the sunset at the lake.

This year, there are even more white wines on the scene. I’m all for a good Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio, but instead of slipping into your same old summer habits, mix things up with newer grape varieties.

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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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