Thursday, December 31, 2009


19 bins of cranberries
The cranberries we got in Wisconsin are still fermenting, well, some of them anyway. Cranberry is one of the hardest wines I make, but it is fastly becoming one of our most popular wines. I recently brought in all the bins of cranberries to warm them up, and you can see in the middle of each bin I added more yeast, 71B, which is supposed to be more acid tolerant. I think 5 bins are actually fermenting, hoping to get the rest of them fermenting soon, and then add some yeast nutrient.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Light Dusting

One of the first snows of the season, it barely flurried this morning, just enough to take a much anticipated picture or two (or three.) The first two pictures are indivual snowflakes on our old Concord vines, and the third picture is of the floor mat right outside the door.
Hope your holidays are going well, and you can delight in the season and the "icing" that winter can put on the familiar.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Same Building, Different View

I like this one too, also not taken by me. I like the white-ness of the porch and the sky.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Open Daily

This picture was taken this fall and emailed to me, and for whatever reason I thought it was a fresh take on a building I've seen a zillion times. I like the angle, and the shadows, and the way the flag is blowing. Come by this winter for some authentic radiator heat, and of course, oodles of great wines to taste. We're open until the end of the year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed early at 3 p.m. New Year's Eve, closed all day New Year's Day and then start with our new hours of being open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays from January through March.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Muffin Top

Some people think this is a muffin top, and it is.
some might consider this a different version of a muffin top

this is a winemaker's muffin top

These are pictures of my fermenting apple juice in a variable capacity tank. The first day or two it just rose high like a yeast bread and the surface bubbled just a tiny bit. Now it has large clear bubbles covering the surface and extending far and wide across the tank, and smells divine. Mmmmmmmmm.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Chicken with Rosemary Butter Sauce

This recipe was recommended by Sara and I tried it last night with our Seyval Blanc, and am having it again for lunch today and all I can say is, "wowsa!" I'm a very big fan of dishes with such full flavor and so little ingredients. It came from Taste of Home so you know it's going to be a winner.

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz. each)
4 tblsp. butter (divided)
1/2 cup Sainte Genevieve Winery Seyval Blanc wine
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary

In skillet over med. heat, cook chicken in 1 tbsp. butter (4-5 min. each side, til juices run clear). Remove from pan and keep warm.

Add wine to pan; cook over med-low heat, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Add cream and bring to boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in rosemary and remaining butter until blended. Serve sauce over chicken.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Daddy's Girl

Having a family business isn't always easy. The line between employer/employee, father/daughter is often muddled. We're doing our best over here, though, and this picture sure does warm my heart on this chilly fall morning.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Quick Paint

We hosted a quick paint this year as part of the Plein Aire event in Ste. Genevieve, and this is our favorite local artist, Chuck Drost doing what he does best. Brilliant.

Friday, October 23, 2009

From Bog to Bottle!

Me with the hip boots on in the cranberry bog

Tamarack Tree

wild swans on a flooded part of the marsh

This is how they get the cranberries out of the water, this conveyor belt carries them to a truck, and the truck is like a sieve that lets the water out and keeps the berries

two different types of cranberries in one bog

Dad and I took our annual trip to Wisconsin to buy cranberries from Mary Brazeau Brown and her Glacial Lake Cranberry Marsh. This year the weather was a balmy 64 degrees. As always, I took many pictures.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wine and Food Pairing at Chef's Stop in Festus

Thursday October 22, 2009

Our holiday entertaining menu will be presented by Personal Chef Debbi Gordon and will feature updated appetizers for spontaneous get-togethers. Bite size bliss begins here!

Mini Caesar Salads: chopped and served in mini cups;
Cranberry-Mustard Pork Tenderloin: Pork Tenderloin baked w/whole cranberry sauce, Dijon mustard, thin sliced and served on mini buns or cocktail croissants;
Sun-dried Tomato/Basil Polenta "Pizzas": Seasoned Polenta rounds baked w/a sun-dried tomato & basil pesto, then topped w/shaved Parmesan cheese;
Cocoa Marshmallow Puffs: Chocolate Marshmallows baked in a Crescent Roll...this is truly a one-bite bliss!

Wine pairing will be provided by Sainte Genevieve Winery! Sainte Genevieve Winery Another stop along the Route du Vin!
Cost: $30.00 per person 3 easy ways to register: call 636-937-3333; register on line at Chef's Stop , or register in person at Chef’s Stop

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bolduc Braised Short Ribs

3-4 pounds bone in beef short ribs
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
1 medium onion, peeled and cubed
1 garlic bulb, peeled and sectioned
1 Tablespoon flour
1 bottle Sainte Genevieve Winery Bolduc
1 14 ounce can reduced sodium beef broth
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches in a large pot, cook ribs in oil on medium high heat until well browned. Remove from pot and set aside. Add parsnips, carrots, onion and garlic; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Stir in flour and cool one minute more. Add wine, broth and Dijon to pot, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. Return short ribs to the pot. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over low heat, covered but with the lid cracked, for 2 hours. Remove cover and simmer over medium high heat for 30 minutes. Season to taste with thyme, salt and pepper. Serve over soft polenta or mashed potatoes. Makes 4 servings.

Recipe courtesy of my sister in law, Amanda, one of the best cooks I know. Yum-O!

Monday, October 05, 2009


Cecilia helped Dad this morning weigh some local pears.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Julie Wiegand to Conduct Painting Workshop on October 1 in Ste Genevieve

This year, the Ste Genevieve Art Guild has invited Julie Wiegand, a gallery artist at Gateway Gallery in Clayton, to conduct it's annual autumn workshop on October 1. Past invitees have included Billyo O'Donnell, Thom Buttner and Michael Anderson.

Growing up in what was once the "small town of Chesterfield, Missouri," Wiegand writes, her "youth was spent discovering nature, art, music and sports." Today, with her art studio in a one room schoolhouse in Berger, Missouri, Wiegand states, "A large percentage of my oils are painted en plein air and I truly enjoy this challenging and rewarding work. Many of my plein air subjects then become larger studio works. There is true joy for me in capturing a mood with light and color." Julie Wiegand is also a partner in an impressive artist cooperative known as the Gateway Gallery on Forsyth Boulevard in Clayton, Missouri.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2009. Many of the participating artists will meet between 8:00 and 8:45 AM for coffee and juice at Studio de Michel on North Main Street before heading out to the workshop location, the Moses Austin house and grounds, located at South Main and Gabouri Streets. About fifteen artists will be seen carrying their painting supplies, portable chairs and easels in backpacks, shoulder bags or rolling carts. The workshop location, in case of rain, will be announced on that day.

At 9 AM, Wiegand will begin the workshop with a short lecture and painting demonstration in oils. Artists of varying experience, from beginner to professional, will then begin their own paintings, in their chosen medium, under the close instruction of Wiegand. After a short lunch break, the workshop will continue until 4 PM culminating in a group critique. Some artists will then break for a short supper and then head out to begin their first painting for the Art Rendevous plein air competition, before the daylight fades.

There are a few seats left for the workshop. Artists wanting to learn how to paint outdoors are invited to attend. The public is invited to stop by and observe what happens at a plein air painting workshop. Once in awhile, an eager visitor or art collector will buy a wet painting off an artist's easel.

The Art Rendevous plein air event and competition will continue through Thursday, October 8 at 2PM and will culminate with a reception, auction and awards ceremony at 188 North Main Street at 6PM. The public is invited. The weekend of October 9 to 11 is filled with other art events such as the Autumn Daze Art Festival, Art Rendevous and the Promenade des Arts held downtown in various locations including the Lion's Club Park and the "Mammy" Shaw House.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Comedy Showcase

Don't delay, get your tickets now!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Bad on So Many Levels

This is me, circa 1986. What was I thinking? I clearly wasn't. Like my side ponytail, or my huge glasses, or the sunglasses around my neck (how did I wear those?)or the photo taker's fingertip? How about those old whiskey barrels, have to blame that one on Dad. Nevermind the blatant underage drinking, the best (or worst) is the plastic cup.

Friday, September 11, 2009

New Labels

Here is what our new grape labels look like. I have been showing you the full color fruit wine labels as they come along, and now we have this label that will go on all the wines we make out of grapes. So far we have the Concord and LaRose Rose ready. Once again, Chuck did an amazing job on the picture. These new labels are just now hitting the shelf. Let me know when and where you are seeing them.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A Better Perspective

I thought the picture I posted yesterday was pretty cool, until I saw this picture on Diane Wilson's facebook page. It's evident that she's the professional photographer. Check out more of her pictures, and just all sorts of good info on her shop at Center for the Arts. Brilliant.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

"Linus, You've Got a Loose Sprocket"

It's funny (not really) how quickly this scene...

can turn into this scene.

First day of picking grapes this year, and something has to go wrong. That wonderful harvester, the one I could write a poem to, is the same one I could kick in the shin on days like today. I don't know how to fix it, and I don't think Larry, Moe or Curly do either, but they are trying. I was clearly no help when one of the guys said, "Linus, you've got a loose sprocket," and I gave a little giggle. I can't help it that I think of The Jetsons and Spacely's Sprockets everytime I hear that word. They all gave me a dirty look when I snickered, so I excused myself back up to the winery to make better use of my time, like blog. =)

I hope we have better luck tomorrow.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Living is Easy

This is a picture of Lynn Rose Terry and Friends playing Summertime under the grape arbor at Jour de Fete. With the warm breeze, a glass of sangria, delightful music, Cecilia dancing around me and Charlotte asleep in my arms, I was the happiest woman around.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Buying Local Blackberries

Last week we bought homegrown blackberries and started fermenting them. We put an ad in the paper, and gardeners pick their blackberries, freeze them, and then we pick a day and everyone gets their berries weighed and we start the fermentation and they go home with a check. The first picture is Dad looking at the scale full of blackberries, and the second picture is Melvin Roth's pick up truck full of frozen blackberries he and his wife picked this year. We think these local berries make the best tasting blackberry wine around.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Unwelcome Guests

We have two hornet's nests on the property and we haven't quite figured out how to get rid of them yet. They need to find a new home soon, preferrably before harvest because all those sweet grapes attract so many bees. Any suggestions?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Nice Article

Here's a link to a nice article printed over the weekend in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Come to Ste. Genevieve this fall, you won't be disappointed.

Friday, August 14, 2009

After Hours

Our tasting room has a wonderfully large front porch and last Saturday evening we sat under the arbor with our good friends Sara and Chuck and their kids and watched Jour de Fete close up shop for the night. This is Cecilia and Char (short for Charles) peeking over the railing of our big front porch.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

These Are Long Days

We are super busy over here. Somehow we're juggling bottling, labeling, fermenting cherries, crop thinning (a month later than expected), shoo-ing away birds, cleaning bins to put harvested grapes in, getting the harvestor out and running once around the yard to make sure it's working, buying local blackberries, cleaning house to entertain travel writers, ordering yeast, and bottles, and T-shirts, all the while with a baby on my hip.

This is Dad taking a break after we bottles and labeled 56 cases of Concord to be delivered to the Sam's Club in Cape Girardeau.

Bring on the harvest of 2009!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Jour de Fete was a scorcher for sure, but we would expect nothing less from the Missouri summer. The Sangria was a big hit; who can resist cool wine and fresh fruit on a hot day. It was nice to see Vicki Meyer and her friend from Shady Grove Vineyard and finally put a face to the name.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

New Label

Here is another outstanding design by Chuck Drost. Dad gave him some ideas, and Chuck outdid himself again. He said the two people picking strawberries on the left are Dad and I. Come to the winery and check out the new label yourself, or look for it soon on a shelf near you.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Foggy Morning

funny how this picture and the link can make summer and winter look so different, and this foggy morning picture taken back in December 2007 can make August and December look similar.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Mommy's Little Helper

Cecilia is going to start coming to work with me on Mondays, after a nice long summer at home with my husband. She has grown quite a bit since the last time we saw her here on the blog. She's much more active now, and very "helpful." This is a picture of her inspecting the hose on the output of the filter.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Simple Sangria

1 Bottle White Wine (Vignoles, Valle Rhine, Amoureux, or Vidal)
2/3 cup sugar
3 oranges sliced
1 lemon sliced
1 lime sliced
1/2 liter ginger ale or club soda

Pour the wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the fruit into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges and add sugar. Chill overnight. Add the ginger ale or club soda just before serving using chilled wine and lots of ice.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Shake Your Tree

This is a picture of the Cherry Picker up in Michigan. The machine grabs a hold of the trunk of the Cherry tree, then this canvas fans out around the tree like wings. The machine shakes the tree, all the Cherries fall onto the canvas, and back to conveyor belts.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Dad just got back from a quick trip to Paw Paw, Michigan on Monday with 2 tons of fresh Montmorency cherries, and they are fermenting away. They smell divine. We don't crush them, we ferment them whole using carbonic maceration. Each plump cherry has it's own fermentation going on, and when you pop one in your mouth it fizzes, and tastes sweet, with just a hint of the alcohol forming inside. Sumptious!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Jour de Fete

On Saturday August 8th, and Sunday August 9th, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri's most historic town hosts it's annual Jour de Fete celebration with arts, crafts, entertainment and exhibits.

Jour de Fete Wine Cooler
1 bottle Sainte Genevieve Concord Wine
1 bottle Sainte Genevieve Cranberry Wine
Orange Slices
Fresh Cranberries

Chill all ingredients. Mix the wine together and add fruit just before serving.

This wine cooler is refreshing on a hot summer day and pairs well with barbeque.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Out and About

Want to taste some Sainte Genevieve Winery wine but you're not going to be in Ste. Genevieve? Don't worry, we're coming to a spot near you.

On July 25th we will be sampling and selling wine at the Sappington Farmer's Market on Watson from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On August 1st, we will be sampling and selling wine at Lukas Liquor in Ellisville.

On October 22, we will pouring wine with a food pairing at the Chef's Stop store in Festus.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Norton Bunch

Click here to see a Norton cluster this time last year.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Babies All Around

Baby Riesling cluster
Baby Seyval Blanc cluster

Baby Concord cluster

Baby Charlotte asleep after the walk through the vineyard