Friday, January 26, 2007

Baby It's Cold Outside!

The Wineries of Ste. Genevieve Present
Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Weekend on Ste Genevieve’s Route du Vin
February 10th & 11th, 2007
11am - 5pm

Spend a chilly Valentine's weekend keeping warm with the one you love on the Route du Vin!
Visit all 5 wineries on Ste. Genevieve’s Route du Vin, as each winery will offer complimentary wine samples and special “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” treats for each ticket holder. If your passport is stamped at all 5 wineries your name will be entered in a drawing for a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” giveaway! A little more than an hour’s drive from St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, journey through the rolling hills, big skies and beautiful views of the 5 unique wineries on the Route du Vin:

Sainte Genevieve Winery Cave Winery Chaumette Winery
Crown Valley Winery Charleville Winery
Cost: $15/person until February 3rd ; $20/person after February 3rd
(includes complimentary wine glass, and 10% off wine purchases made that day)
Please call for advance reservations Sainte Genevieve winery (800) 398-1298

Wine & Food Pairing Menu:

Sainte Genevieve Winery
Serving Beef & Barley Soup with fresh baked bread, paired with their Genevieve Red

Cave Winery
Serving wine brownies with a warm chocolate wine sauce, paired with their Chambourcin

Chaumette Winery
Serving Norton Wine & Cheddar Gratin with Artisan Breads, paired with their Assemblage

Crown Valley Winery
Bittersweet Chocolate Pot de Crème Tartlets w/ Port Soaked Cherries, paired with their Port

Charleville Winery
Serving Hot Chili paired with the Genevieve Rivard--Sweet Chardonel

Sainte Genevieve Winery - $50 gift certificate,
Cave Winery - private group tasting for 10 to include select food& wine pairings,
Crown Winery - tour and tasting for four at Crown’s Champagne House opening February 18th, 2007
Chaumette Winery - mixed case of white wine, Charleville Winery - a snack basket with cheeses and sausage

For more info, hours and directions, visit:,,,

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

As you can see, they are beautiful.

Occassionally there are good deals to be had when it comes to fresh produce, and Dad happened upon one yesterday. Blueberries on sale. Rare but true. We haven't made blueberry wine for a couple years because the price of blueberries has skyrocketed lately.

This is a picture of Glenn pouring the blueberries into the crusher.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

"Whiskey For My Men,

Wine For My Horses." Is that how that song goes? ;) This is my horse, Shadow. I got him for my 15th birthday. He's a Quarter Horse. During the winter he goes in the barn, but on some nice winter days he roams the barnyard, as shown here. Do you have a horse nibbling grass outside your office window?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Lovely B&B guests from Illinois

On the Front Steps of the Tasting Room

Friday, January 05, 2007

Education Available

At the beginning of February there is the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference at Tantara Lodge in the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are interested in growing grapes or making wine in Missouri or any part of the Midwest, this is the conference to attend. There are many great speakers lined up, plus a great tradeshow too. It's a great place to learn, mingle, drink wine, and really understand the wine industry in this part of the world. Click on the link for more information and registration.

At the end of January I will be teaching a Fundamentals of Enology class at Mineral Area Junior College in Park Hills, Missouri. I will be honest and tell you that I have never taught such an in depth class before, but I am looking forward to it. It is 15 weeks long, on Monday evenings and starts on January 22nd. It's not too late to sign up! We'll cover everything to the history of winemaking, how to make red, white, sparkling wine, along with lab analysis. We will also be tasting some wines, and visiting Missouri wineries. Now who doesn't want to take a class like that?