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Issue 5: Winter is upon us, but that doesn't stop our enjoyment of fine wines, in fact, it just enhances it!
December 2010

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the fourth MissouriWineCountry.com Newsletter! We appreciate your time and attention, and thank you for being part of our community of Missouri wine lovers. If you find this newsletter useful, please forward it to a friend or a colleague. Thanks for helping us spread the word!


  1. The Newswire
    All the Missouri wine news posted within the past month.
  2. December Events Calendar
    Upcoming Missouri wine events in December.
  3. What's New
    Two new feature articles for your reading pleasure this month: one about serving Missouri wines at Thanksgiving dinner, and one about pairing candy with Missouri Wines - just incase you were wondering what was the suitable fit for a bite of that snickers bar!
  4. Facts & Figures
    Updated traffic report for MissouriWineCountry.com.
  5. Wine Notes
    Winter Rears Its Ugly Head Again, Hits Wine Grapes Hard!

1. The Newswire

St. James Top Winner at International Competition
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 competiti

Grape & Wine Program Winter 2010 Newsletter Published
The Missouri Grape & Wine Program has published its Winter 2010 newsletter. Read the entire contents online on MissouriWineCountry.com.

Mississippi River Hills to Host First Annual Meeting
The new Mississippi River Hills Association will hold their first annual and first official meeting next Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 pm at the National Tiger Sanctuary in Bloomsdale.

“America’s Midwest Winery” Ranked in Top Ten of Gold Medal Winning Wineries
St. James Winery is proud to announce it is ranked among the top ten Gold Medal winning wineries as announced by American Gold Medal Wines.

St. James Winery Announces Expansion Plans
St. James Winery is excited to announce plans for expansion of their present tasting room and gift shop renovations to be completed by June 1, 2007.

Mount Pleasant to Open New Winery in Branson
Chuck Dressel, owner and president of Mount Pleasant Winery, is expanding his operations to Branson with a $2 million wine tasting and retail facility scheduled to open in fall 2007.

More Missouri Wine News...

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2. December Events Calendar


December 11th, 2010  
Say Cheese! Wine Trail
Travel to seven local wineries and taste gourmet cheese creations paired with wine!

Berger, Missouri

Travel to seven local wineries and taste gourmet cheese creations paired with wine. A great way to be ready for the holiday parties!

Locations: Bias Vineyards & Winery/Gruhlke's Microbrewery

Wine Diva Weekend
Visit www.visithermann.com for advance ticket purchase information.


December 10th, 2010
The Great Stone Hill Beast Feast
Stone Hill Winery, Hermann, Missouri

December 10th, 2010
Pizza on the Patio
Rayville, Missouri

December 11th, 2010
Black Tie Wine Maker Dinner
Augusta, Missouri

December 11, 2010
A Christmas Carol: Dessert Theatre at the Winery
Vöan Till Family Vineyards - Rayville, Missouri

December 11th, 2010
Deck the Vines
Sand Creek Vineyard & Winery, Farmington, Missouri

December 11th, 2010
Route Du Vin - Deck The Halls Event
Chaumette Winery - Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

December 11th, 2010
A Merry Michele Christmas
Wenwood Farm Winery - Bland, Missouri

December 12th , 2010
Live Music by Lucky Dan & Naked Mike
Chandler Hill Vineyards - Defiance, Missouri

December 17th, 2010
Taste and Tour
Noboleis Vineyards - Augusta, Missouri

December 18th, 2010
Jowler Creek Winery's Christmas Cookie and Wine Pairing Event
Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery - Platte City, Missouri

December 31st, 2010
Jowler Creek Winery's New Years Eve Pre-Party Celebration
Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery - Platte County, Missouri

December 31t, 2010
New Year's on the Blufftop
Les Bourgeois Winery - Rocheport, Missouri

December 31st, 2010
New Year's Eve Gala Event
Chaumette Winery - Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

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3. What's New on MissouriWineCountry.com

Feature Article:

Missouri's Terroir d'Exception
The Ste. Genevieve area is the focus of a bold campaign
to create the first U.S. food and wine "appellation."


Feature Article:

Norton, America’s True Grape
Explore Norton's shadowy origins, discover how Norton landed in Missouri and find out what makes it so special.


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4. Facts & Figures

The continued growth of MissouriWineCountry.com is a testament to the popularity and quality of the Missouri wine industry. Last month saw another record number of website visitors and pages viewed. Now that spring is here, we predict more and more visitors will visit us here before they visit wineries there. So, if you're with a winery, please remember to send us your news and events!

Page Views
February 2007
March 2007

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5. Missouri Wine Notes

Here's what's new and notable in the world of Missouri wine this month:

Winter Rears Its Ugly Head Again,
Hits Wine Grapes Hard

As you probably know by now, the Midwestern grape crop was pretty much wiped out by the recent spate of cold weather. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a front-page article about the weather's effects not only on the grape crop but on apple trees, peach trees and other flowering fruits that started budding weeks ahead of schedule due to the unseasonably warm weather in March.

Here is a link in case you haven't read the news:

Winemakers say another late freeze could doom crop
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 11, 2007

We here at Missouri Wine Country hope the damage to the vineyards doesn't end up being as bad as many in the industry fear. Whatever the case, there will be plenty of wine to taste at Missouri wineries because the 2007 vintage won't be ready for 1 to 2 years, so don't let the bad news get you down. Show your support for Missouri wineries this spring, summer and fall by making a visit to wine country!

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"In Conclusion... "

Well, that's all for this time! Thanks for reading, and please remember to visit www.missouriwinecountry.com whenever you want to learn what's new or notable
in the world of Missouri wine.


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