April 9th, 2007
The New World International Wine Competition has been identified over the years as one of the top ten wine competitions in the United States, and “America’s Midwest Winery”, St. James Winery is honored to be the most awarded winery of the entire competition.
With over 2,000 entries at the annual two-day event held in Southern California on March 18 & 19, 2007, “It’s quite an achievement to win a medal or trophy. Only 249 wines won either a Gold medal or Best of Class…” said Dr. Richard G. Peterson, Chief Judge. Wines entered into NWIWC are judged “double blind” meaning the judges do not know the identity of the wines they are judging and are never exposed to the bottle labels. The judges make descriptive notes for each wine and discuss them in detail until an award is unanimous, then recorded for that wine in the flight with none of the results released until the conclusion of the competition.
St. James Winery was awarded over 20 medals to include 3 Best of Class, 8 Gold, 6 Silver, and 3 Bronze Medals. Other well recognized top contenders competing against St. James Winery included, just to mention a few, Kendall-Jackson with 18 medals, Rodney Strong Vineyards with 10, Barefoot Cellars with 10, Fetzer Vineyards with 15, South Coast Winery with 15, and V. Sattui Winery with 17 total medals.* Additionally, several other Missouri and Midwestern regional wineries were entered into the competition with the highest other winery winning a total of 8 medals.
Andrew Hofherr, President of St. James Winery exclaimed “We are really excited about the results of this competition and to know our hard work is now also being recognized by others. Producing consistent quality wines at an excellent value has been our focus and our wines are being awarded accordingly with such prestige competitors”.
St. James winners included in Best Of Class & Gold Medals were: 2005 Vintner’s Select Vignoles, 2003 Norton, and Velvet Red Port. Other Gold Medal winners included: Friendship School Blush, 2004 Late Harvest Vignoles, Sparkling Blush, Chardonel Port, and Strawberry wine. Silver Medal winners were: Velvet Red, Velvet White, Pink Catawba, Country Red, Friendship School White and Cherry wine, ending with the Bronze Medal wines of: Riesling, Friendship School Red, and Peach wine. St. James Winery vintages may be found in your favorite retail liquor store across the Midwest or available on line at www.stjameswinery.com . Be sure to “Ask for us by Name”.
With over 2,000+ awards to date, St. James Winery was named by Wine Business Monthly Magazine, February 2006, as the Number 4 Hottest Small Brand of 2005.
St. James Winery has surpassed all other wineries, not only in Missouri, but in the entire 12 state Midwest Region in terms of case volume and is in the top ten most awarded wineries in the United States.
St. James Winery is owned and operated by the Hofherr Family since 1970, conveniently located on Interstate 44, on Old Historic Route 66, only 90 miles southwest of St. Louis, Missouri in St. James, Missouri. With over 700 miles of vines in Missouri, Arkansas, and Michigan, no other winery in the Eastern United States utilizes such state of the art technology from the vineyards to the bottling room as St. James Winery bringing you consistent, quality, vintages for your enjoyment. St. James Winery, “Award-Winning Wines from America’s Midwest Winery” with over 2,000+ medals awarded to date is distributed in nine states presently and available on-line at www.stjameswinery.com.
*All other winery names used in this article are registered trademarks of the particular winery and are used for informational purposes only as published in the results of the wine competition.