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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 Blend #43!

Blend #43 is masterly blended between the best of our Norton 42 barrels and the best of Chambourcin barrels, creating a delicious dry, red wine. When the wine was first created, our Cellar Crew was a bit stumped on what to name the new beverage. When asked how Blend #43 was chosen, Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt said,

“Every name we came up with, that we thought was original, had already been taken. We got a call from the marketing department and they said we need a name now. I said call it 43. We’ve got 42. It’s just one more step in improving wine.”

Blend #43 lives up to its improving standards and has received several international awards this year. Its blackberry and red currant, along with cigar box aromas, fuse together to present an elegant and unassuming aroma profile. The palate begins with an intense burst of berry fruit, followed by silky smooth chocolate cherry flavors.

This red wine is part of the Winemaker Series which features select wines that are carefully crafted by our St. James Winery Cellar Crew. The wines in this series are handmade in small batches from the best-of-the-best varietals and blocks of grapes.

Find Blend #43 and the rest of the Winemaker Series exclusively in our Tasting Room!

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!

This week’s Wine of the Week is our Pioneer White! This dry white is near and dear to us because it was created as a tribute to our founders, Jim and Pat Hofherr. Their story is a journey of humble beginnings in re-establishing the wine industry in Missouri after Prohibition nearly wiped it out.

Prior to Prohibition, Missouri was the second largest wine producing state in the United States. Once Prohibition went into effect, barring the manufacture and sale of alcohol, many vineyards were destroyed. The Italian immigrants in the Meramec Highlands region predominantly used their grapes for creating juices, jelly and jams. This kept the vineyards alive and well in our area.

As Missouri wines began to comeback in the 1960’s, Jim and Pat Hofherr decided to re-establish the craft of winemaking here in St. James, Missouri. Using the same grapes and similar wines that made the region world famous a half-century before, they created the now famous Velvet Red and Velvet White that remain a hallmark of the St. James Winery lineup. In their inaugural year of 1970, they produced 8,000 gallons of wine. Now, nearly 50 years later, St. James Winery produces more than 500,000 gallons of wine a year in a variety of flavors from sweet to dry.

Pioneer White is a dry, white wine that delivers smoky oak and pineapple aromas with zesty gooseberry and kiwi to the palate. Crisp and balanced acidity with a lively finish make this blend of Chardonel, Seyval and Vignoles grapes special and the perfect tribute to our own Missouri wine pioneers, Jim and Pat Hofherr.

We recommend enjoying this wine with smoked pork, grilled chicken or trout. You can also try our delicious Angel Hair Pasta with Feta and Broccoli recipe.

Our Pioneer White is available in our Tasting Room and in a store near you.


Our wine of the week is Country Red!

Part of our Heritage collection, Country Red is a tribute to the history of the Meramec Highlands region that is home to the St. James Winery. Iconic Route 66, also known as the “Main Street of America,” is a fixture in popular culture and an everyday part of our life since Jim and Pat Hofherr opened the winery here in 1970. The original route runs right past our vineyards and through the town of St. James, Missouri. Our Country Red label celebrates and honors the tradition and heritage of Route 66, as well as our little piece of “The Mother Road” here at St. James Winery.

Country Red is a medium-bodied, ruby-red wine with a brilliant bright hue. This fruity wine is lively and balanced with a delicate fresh berry flavor that is reminiscent of cherries and blackberry flower blossoms. Country Red is refreshing chilled or at room temperature, and is exquisite when paired with red meats and pasta. Try our steak topper mushroom recipe to liven up your next family meal!

Let the sunshine in with our wine of the week, Summer Berry!

You may recognize the name Summer Berry from our 2017 Podium Series. This innovative blend rapidly sold out in our Tasting Room and online and blew our customers out of the water.

This fresh, sweet blend of Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry and Raspberry wines make Summer Berry the ideal summer seasonal. It’s crisp, lively fruit flavors with tart berry and stone fruits will certainly help you defeat the heat. Made with 100% real fruit, Summer Berry has no added color or flavors. Try it chilled or add a splash to your summer mixology with our Summer Berry Sangria.

Keep an eye out for Summer Berry at a retailer near you and get it while you can! It’s our most recent addition to our seasonal line-up meaning it will only be available for a limited time.