Articles and Editorials

Enjoy feature articles and opinion pieces about Missouri wine in this section.

Terroir Southeast

Uniqueness of Place: “Terroir” in Southeast Missouri

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(This is part 1 of our series on the "terroir" of Missouri's wine regions. Look for part 2 coming soon.)Terroir is a scary looking word. Yet, take a closer look. Terroir is actually a...
Hank Johnson

Missouri’s Terroir d’Exception

The French call it terroir, a practically untranslatable word describing how that nation's special soil imparts subtle, sophisticated qualities of taste to their wine. Of course, France being France, the term also means much, much...
Norton Grapes

Norton, America’s True Grape: Whence, and Whither?

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Wind turns grape flowers to berries by pollination. Yeast turns its berries to wine by fermentation.Such transformations have captivated man since the dawn of time, but perhaps wine holds its special prominence in the...
Hermann, Missouri

Hermann: A Rhineland Village on the Missouri

GERMANS drink wine, too. And that goes a long way toward accounting for Hermann, Mo.It explains why the German settlers who fled Philadelphia formality and founded Hermann in the 1830s planted grape arbors on...
Black Pearl Wine Label

The History of Missouri Wine

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Immigration Surges with Missouri's Entry into StatehoodWhen Missouri achieved statehood in 1821, tens of thousands of immigrants came looking for a better life. Many were escaping political, religious and economic oppression in Europe. Missouri's...
Chaumette Winery

Missouri’s New Wine Country

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from the January 2007 issue of Wines & Vines Highlights Missouri has a thriving wine business, but it's challenging when you're a new winery in a new wine region. The wineries in southeast Missouri are in that...
Missouri Wine Country Fall Drive

Missouri Fall Drive Between the Bluffs

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By Tom Uhlenbrock // Photos by Tom Uhlenbrock ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH 09/10/2006CLARKSVILLE, MO. - Bring your checkbook on this road trip, and not because of the price of gasoline.Artists appreciate beauty, and that may be why...
Sweet Wine

What’s so Bad About Sweet Wine?

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October 2006 issue of Wines & VinesParker Carlson, owner and winemaker of Carlson Vineyards outside Palisade, Colo., just loves to hear customers in his winery's tasting room walk in and proclaim, "Oh, I only drink dry."Carlson...