May 30, 2017

MO Wine Industry Seeks Winery Definition Change

Leading members of Missouri's wine industry are calling for changes to the way a winery is defined."It's got to the point now where there are actually restaurants that are calling themselves wineries," said Tony Kooyumjian, chair of  a special sub-committee set up a few months ago by the Missouri Wine and Grape Board (MWGB) to look into the winery definition issue.Under current state … [Read more...]

Eckert’s Food and Wine Festival

On March 3 & 4, 2013 Eckert’s Country Store and Restaurant in Belleville, Illinois hosted a Wine and Food Festival with cooking demos, wine tastings, and samples. The crowd enjoyed a wide variety of samples, including wines from St. James Winery, Montelle Winery, Grafton Winery and beer from Crown Valley Brewery.Demonstrations included Wine Tails (mixed drinks with wine) by Missouri based … [Read more...]

River City Vignoles Wins 2012 Indy Int’l Wine Competition

The first non vinifera wine won Wine of the Year at  the 2012 Indy International Wine Competition.  River City Winery of New Albany,  Indiana took the top prize for its 2011 Vignoles at the largest independent and scientifically organized wine competition in America.  "This award is huge for the Midwest wine industry," said Gary Humphrey owner and winemaker at River City Winery.   "The award also … [Read more...]

St. James Chambourcin Label Profile

St. James is Missouri's largest winery, producing over 200,000 cases per year. Because St. James' wine is distributed to retail stores in 17 states, packaging is an important marketing consideration according to marketing manager Ann Miller.Chambourcin, a top-selling red wine at St. James, is supported by both novel labeling and imaginative packaging.   St. James Chambourcin is sold both by … [Read more...]

Chardonel or Chardonnay? Herman’s Liquors Helps Midwest Wine Clients Decide

Often, it’s hard to find a parking spot at Herman’s Liquor Store in Ottawa, Illinois.  The lines at the check out counter, always managed by at least two friendly and knowledgeable staff, attest to the popularity of the place.  Once inside, you realize that this is not an ordinary liquor store.  The well-stocked shelves not only display carefully selected wine from around the world, but also a … [Read more...]