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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!

 

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.

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!

Help us celebrate the start of Grape Harvest in the Meramec Highlands with our Second Annual Crush Festival! St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company are hosting the event in The Gardens Saturday, August 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 11 p.m. You can find The Gardens at St. James between the winery and brewery.  (551 State Route B, St. James MO 65559).

There will be several fun, free activities going on all day long! Partake in a grape stomp, watch wine and beer making demonstrations, or hang out and listen to live music while exploring the delicious new menu The Gardens has to offer.

Schedule for the day:

Live Music
11:00 – 2:00 pm – Trilogy
3:00 – 6:00 pm – Hey Dave
7:00 – 10:00 pm – Even the Losers

Grape Stomp
12:00 – 4:00 pm

Demonstrations
10:00 am – Wine making demonstration
12:00 pm – Small batch brewing demonstration
1:00 pm – Wine making demonstration
2:00 pm – Cooperage demonstration
4:00 pm – Cooking demonstration

In addition to the activities happening in The Gardens, the St. James Taproom Mezzanine will be holding a ticketed Shrimp Boil dinner at 6:00 p.m. Each course of the meal will be expertly paired with our premier Winemaker Series wines. This dinner has limited seating and sold out quickly last year, so purchase tickets before they are gone!

Menu:

Starter: Featuring Winemaker Series Blend 43 (dry red) – House-baked beer bread with Mood Dance Farms grilled sirloin. Topped with cream cheese and fresh herbs whipped together with our stout onion jam.

Shrimp Boil: Paired with Winemaker Series The Folly (dry white) – Shrimp, crawfish, andouille, corn, potatoes, onions and spices.

Dessert: Served with Winemaker Series Chardonel (dry white) – Deconstructed fruit tart.

Purchase Shrimp Boil tickets: http://bit.ly/CrushFestShrimpBoil

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 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!

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company are proud sponsors of the four-day True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Mo. for the next three years.

According to their website, True/False offers a heightened four-day weekend of creative placemaking in which filmmakers, artists, musicians and others remake the mid-sized college town into a one-of-a-kind utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of T/F creates a cathartic journey that forces participants to do nothing less than to re-imagine reality.

Like our winery and brewery, True/False believes in doing what is environmentally and socially just for our local and global community.

St. James Winery is a super sponsor and the exclusive wine and cider sponsor of the festival. Public House Brewing Company is a silver sponsor. The wine, hard cider and beer from both companies will be poured at all events throughout the festival.

There’s still time to purchase passes to the True/False Film Fest March 2-5, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!

Andrew Meggitt, Executive Winemaker at St. James Winery, has had exceptional year in wine competitions.

Andrew Meggitt, Executive Winemaker at St. James Winery, has had exceptional year in wine competitions.

Wine has been called “poetry in a bottle.” If that’s the case, then the results of the 2014 wine competition season make it clear that St. James Winery’s Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, is a wine poet laureate.

“Last year during harvest, the fruit quality from our vineyards was superb, and I thought we could expect some excellent wines, but one would never imagine the record number of awards we have won this year,” said Andrew.

Outstanding is the word that describes the year Andrew and the St. James Winery winemaking team have had in international and national wine competitions in 2014, earning top honors at three international competitions, receiving 13 Best of Class awards, bringing home more than 70 gold medals. The winery was also named one of the Top 15 Wineries in the World.

“Our Riesling won the John Rose Award for the Best in Riesling at the Finger Lakes Wine Competition in March. In April, Friendship School White won Grand Champion at Pacific Rim. In May, it scored 95 points at Los Angeles, and in July, was named Best White Wine at Long Beach Grand Cru, “ Andrew said. “It’s been a very good year.”

In addition to the award winning Riesling and Friendship School White, St. James Winery’s Moscato earned Best of Class at three international competitions: Pacific Rim, Riverside, and Los Angeles. The 2013 Vignoles won two Best of Class awards: Riverside International and New World International. Friendship School Red and Riesling each won Best of Class at Pacific Rim, bringing the total for Best of Class awards to an impressive thirteen. Additional honors include two Double Gold medals for the 2013 Pioneer White at Finger Lakes and Florida.

“One thing worth noting is that we have a lot of different wines and flavor profiles that have been successful in competitions,” Andrew said. “ These wines are made from grapes grown and harvested here in St. James, proof that world class wines come from Missouri’s Ozark Highlands AVA.”

Andrew’s devotion to the Ozark Highlands AVA comes from his commitment to terroir: how the climate, soils and terrain affect the taste of wines from a particular region. Originally from New Zealand, Meggitt finished his university degree there before traveling the world for three years learning more about all the different winemaking styles and methodologies, and soaking in the way terroir influences the wine.

Andrew joined the winemaking staff at St. James Winery in 2002 and soon afterwards was named executive winemaker. Under his direction, St. James Winery has consistently been among the top four gold medal awarded wineries in the US. In 2013 he was named to IntoWine.com’s list of “Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers,” and in 2014 St. James Winery ranked in the top 15 on the World Association Wine and Spirits Writers and Journalists list of “Top Wineries of the World.”

Andrew quickly acknowledges the work of everyone at St. James Winery. “There are so many factors that have to come together to make a great wine. There’s the vineyard personnel whose work on the vines give us the best grapes possible. At harvest our crew brings the grapes in quickly and at the peak of flavor. Without all of them, I’m just a guy standing in front of a big empty tank. Then there’s the rest of the winemaking team, and the cellar staff and bottling line staff – our entire team plays a role in the wine that goes into the bottle.”

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrating more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery; St. James Winery wines are sold in 18 states. Find the winery online at www.stjameswinery.com.

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Food and wine lovers — are you ready to open the door to adventure and fun this summer?

Join St. James Winery as we partner with the University of Missouri’s Hospitality Management Program and the University Club of MU for a food and wine tour of Italy this summer from June 27 – July 5.

With first class accomodations, you’ll enjoy a gourmet Tuscan getaway that includes:

  • culinary classes at the Apicius Culinary School
  • a private tour of Parma’s Parmigiana Cheese Factory
  • tour of a traditional balsamic vinegar factory
  • tours of several wineries
  • walking tour of the fresh air market in San Lorenzo

You will travel with Chef Leslie Jett; John LaRocca, the General Manager of the University Club of MU; and one of St. James Winery’s very own wine experts. A portion of the cost of the trip (only $2,700 per person, double occupancy, excluding airfare) will benefit the MU Hospitality Management Students Scholarship Fund!

St. James Winery and the Missouri State Parks Foundation have partnered to create a series of wines that celebrate the state’s exquisite state parks and help provide for their future. The first two Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines, Johnson’s Shut-Ins Red and Montauk White, will be available online at www.MOStateParksWine.com October 10 for $19.99 a bottle and at StJamesWinery.com.

All proceeds from the Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines will go to keep Missouri State Parks strong and sustainable.

A limited amount of each wine has been bottled, making these true collector’s items. The Missouri State Parks Collector’s Edition wines feature bold, specially designed labels inspired by vintage travel posters promoting breathtaking destinations. Future bottlings will showcase different Missouri state parks.

“We are pleased to help contribute to the preservation and sustainability of Missouri’s great state parks,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “Our hope is that this collection will raise awareness of one of the finest parks systems in nation and the mission of the foundation.”

Proceeds from sales will go to the Missouri State Parks Foundation’s endowment, which provides funds to assist Missouri’s award-winning state parks system stay a place for Missourians recreate and connect with nature, friends and families.

“The Parks Foundation jumped at the opportunity to work with a leader in Missouri’s wine industry to promote our state parks and historic sites,” said Sam Phillips, president of the Missouri State Parks Foundation. The fruit of this partnership will be the joy of park visitors for years to come.”

Johnson’s Shut-ins Red, a 2012 Norton, is a dry red wine with a fruity nose of plums and red cherries with dynamic flavors of black cherries and blackberries.

Montauk White, a 2012 Seyval, is a dry white wine with aromas of melon and grapefruit with bright acid that accentuates crisp lemon, green apple and slate flavors.

About St. James Winery
St. James Winery, located in St. James, Mo., is the state’s largest winery and is dedicated to sustainable practices and ensuring Missouri’s state parks stay both vibrant and viable.

About the Missouri State Parks Foundation

The Missouri State Parks Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 for the purpose of helping Missouri State Parks in its mission of providing unparalleled recreation and education opportunities for Missourians.

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