September 21, 2017

Swedish Roots in Southern Illinois

It started with a move from Sweden that was only supposed to last one year. Anders and Gerd Hedman never had any intention to stay for longer, but during their short time in Southern Illinois, Anders decided to buy a farm in Alto Pass, Illinois.But the rustic property, which includes a 70 year old peach barn, seemed like home to the Hedmans. So 10 years into their "one year stay," Anders and … [Read more...]

Weston Wine Company Pairs Cupcakes and Wine

Entering the doorway to Weston Wine Company,  the "pink" hits you all at once. (We're talking about the color, not the musician.)Between the pale red colors on the walls and the way the light dances off the winery's chandeliers, you will be transplanted to a fairy tale of sorts. But don't let the girlie décor deter you from staying awhile and sampling Missouri wines paired with gourmet … [Read more...]

Adam Puchta Winery Rich in History and Flavor

Nestled in the German town of Hermann Missouri is the oldest family winery in Missouri.Adam Puchta Winery is filled with history, strong family roots, perseverance and a love of wine.The story of Adam Puchta Winery began in 1839 when Adam Puchta, then seven years old, emigrated from Bavaria to Hermann along with his older brother and three step sisters. Adam and his brother worked on the … [Read more...]

Sheep, Chickens and Bats Help Make Great Wine at Jowler Creek

Jason and Colleen Gerke are a husband and wife team from different backgrounds who came together over Missouri wine. Jason is a 5th generation farmer from Central Missouri who majored in Agriculture Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia.Colleen grew up among the vines in Santa Maria, California and went on to study viticulture and enology at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. After … [Read more...]