St. James Winery Dominates Taster’s Guild Wine Competition

St. James Winery is honored to be again, the most awarded winery of the entire competition.

May 28th, 2007

The Taster’s Guild 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 again, the most awarded winery of the entire competition.

This makes the second time in just a little over 30 days St. James Winery has been the leader in awards in an international competition.

Last month, they had the privilege of being the most awarded winery at the New World International Wine Competition winning over 20 medals and attending the awards ceremony in Ontario, CA.

St. James Winery was one of only three wineries in the country awarded 3 Double Gold Medals for their entries. St. James received 30 medals total from the competition to include 5 Gold Medals, 15 Silver Medals, 7 Bronze, plus the 3 Double Golds.

The second most awarded winery was a Canadian winery which was a distant follower winning only 21 total awards.

St. James Winery Double Gold winners were 2006 Vintner’s Select Vignoles, 2005 Vintner’s Select Seyval, and 2003 Reserve Norton.

Gold Medal winners were Velvet Red and Velvet White, 2003 Norton, Velvet Red Port, and Blackberry.

Rodney Lough, General Manager of St. James Winery stated, “We are delighted to see our wines are continually being recognized on a national basis against such worthy competition for the quality and consistency we put in every bottle.”

With over 325 medals awarded alone in 2006, 154 so far in 2007, and 2,000+ awards to date, St. James Winery is ranked 7th in total Gold Medals won in the top 21 prestigious wine competitions in the United States in 2006.

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 recognized nationally as a leader in the field.

St. James Winery vintages may be found in your favorite retail liquor store across the Midwest or available on line at

Be sure to “Ask for us by Name”. 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

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