Vineyards and Winemakers

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 14 to 16

    Believe it or not, there's snow in the forecast for this weekend. Snow. We haven't quite come to terms with it, so we've come up with plenty of delicious weekend activities to keep us occupied. Continue on for our food-related recommendations. See also: 5 St. Louis Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014
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    July 17, 2014

    Little Hills Winery Expanding With Vineyard in St. Charles

    Little Hills Winery (501 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-946-9339) has been quietly serving St. Charles for the better part of 40 years. It was once called Winery of the Little Hills and was one of the first 25 wineries in the state of Missouri. David and Tammy Campbell acquired it about sevente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Farmhaus Hosting Shane Wine Cellars Dinner on May 8

    Seats remain for the first wine dinner at Kevin Willmann's acclaimed Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800) next Wednesday, May 8. The dinner will pair four courses with wines from Shane Wine Cellars. Shane owner and winemaker Shane Finley will attend the event. In an e-mail to Gut Check, Far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Schnucks Offers 15 Percent Off 6 Bottles of Wine on Wednesdays

    Last week Gut Check shared a list of a half-dozen wine values you could find at your neighborhood Schnucks. Why six? Because Schnucks will knock 10 percent off the price if you buy six bottles -- any six bottles -- of wine. See also: - Six Solid Wine Values from the Shelves at Schnucks Well, the g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Six Solid Wine Values from the Shelves at Schnucks

    A lot of people feel intimidated about shopping for wine at a wine store. Gut Check understands this -- for the uninitiated, darkening the doorway of a retailer that specializes in wine can be as daunting as walking onto a used-car lot: What are they going to try to sell me? How will I know if they' ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012
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    November 8, 2012
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    July 6, 2012

    Heat Wave has Missouri Winemakers Sweating

    St. Louis Public Radio reported this week that heat-ocalypse 2012 is "good news for Missouri winemakers." Not so, says Jon Held, vice president of Stone Hill Winery (1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann; 800-909-9463). Those precious booze-making grapes aren't exempt from the sweltering heat that has sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: December 9-11

    ​Saturday (December 10): Holiday Open House @ Downtown Dutchtown Dutchtown merchants offer special deals on food, clothing, antiques, candy and more. Stop by Maude's Market for cookies and hot apple cider, shop for art and crafts and Urban Eats Café, and enter a contest for a chance to win a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Murphy Lee, Kyjuan and The Bachelorette's Masked Man Celebrate the One Year Anniversary of Freaky Muscato

    Two vegan rappers, a masked man and a wine company might seem like an odd combination (or a very poor TV sitcom pitch), but in the case of St. Louis-based Freaky Muscato, that recipe's been making beautiful music for nearly a year. Local entrepreneur Jeff Medolla (otherwise known as The Bacheloret ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Alias California Cabernet Sauvignon at Kaya's Import Wine & Spirits

    Gut Check loves us some wine. We want a bottle with bang and a bang for our buck, so every week we will visit a local wine shop, where an expert will recommend a good-value wine priced under $15. We'll drink some and tell you wether we want to continue -- because the only time Gut Check has our nose ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Coastal Vines 2009 California Pinot Noir at Garland Wines

    Gut Check loves us some wine. We want a bottle with bang and a bang for our buck, so every week we will visit a local wine shop, where the experts will recommend a good-value wine priced under $15. We'll drink some and tell you wether we want to continue -- because the only time Gut Check has our no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Repackaged Industrial Ground Beef Recalled

    The USDA has ordered a ground beef recall. Ozarks First reports that 226,000 pounds of hamburgers have been recalled by One Great Burger in New Jersey. The company, which mainly sells to institutional customers, allegedly repackaged meat that had been returned to them, changing the date on the packa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Cheap Pinot Noir -- Not an Oxymoron?

    Dave Nelson​Finding good pinot noir for under $30 is a tough task, but there's hope, in the form of a positive trend arising from our nation's recent, ahem, financial difficulties: Top wineries have been releasing value-priced bottlings. When we spot a pinot noir that fits this profile, Gut Ch ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010
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    March 11, 2010

    Wine Buy the Bottle - Great Values in St. Louis: Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine

    Given Gut Check's never-ending quest for obsession with great wine values, we figured it'd be a good idea to check in from time to time with local merchants. They pick three wines they consider to be excellent values, and Gut Check buys and tries one of them. Price is important, but value is really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Thrill or Swill? Georgian on My Mind!

    Less well-known than the other ancient cradles of wine-drinking, Georgia is home to the earliest archaeological evidence of intentional cultivation of grapes to produce wine. Whether the region truly is "the" birthplace of viticulture, the inhabitants of this small mountainous nation (about the size ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 2.22

    ​ What to expect from the new Cooking Channel, and why number-crunchers think we need it. (New York Times)A dozen French wine traders convicted for misrepresenting grapes sold to California's E&J Gallo Winery. (Los Angeles Times)Cargill accepts liability in high-profile E. coli case. (KA ... More >>

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    February 10, 2010
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    January 5, 2010

    The Noble Writ's New Year's Resolutions

    Unlike several of my fellow Gut Check contributors, I'm not much for reminiscing about, dissecting or ranking the past year. Instead, I enjoy the challenge of looking forward and setting goals. So here are my plans for both my personal wine consumption and The Noble Writ in 2010.Aaron Logan, Wikime ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    The Noble Writ Wishes You a Merde Christmas

    User "doomych," Wikimedia Commons​I track my wine inventory online with CellarTracker, which lets me update my Twitter account with what I'm drinking. Here's a recent example: "Not for the poop-averse, but sleek Cab. Franc underneath."A good friend replied that he most certainly was poop-averse. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    The Noble Writ: A Natural Whine

    ​No concept is generating more discussion, misuse, vitriol or hype in the wine world right now than "natural" wine. If you've been spared the hubbub to this point, this should offer a gentle and balanced introduction.What is a natural wine? Well, the very term is a primary cause of the friction t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    The Noble Writ in the Lion's Den of California Cabs

    ​Following up on my post a couple of weeks ago about wine being fun, I decided to have some fun myself. I saw a post on the Wine and Cheese Place's blog about an upcoming tasting featuring the wines of Chateau St. Jean and Beringer. Regular readers of the Noble Writ will likely realize that these ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    FoodWire: More on New Balaban's

    As I reported on Monday, Steve McIntyre, who owned Balaban's in the Central West End for a good portion of its 36-year run, is opening Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar this November at 1772 Clarkson Road in Chesterfield.Today I received the official press release announcing the opening, and it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Are Sulfites Friend or Foe?

    One of the larger areas of misconception surrounding wine is the use of sulfur compounds, most commonly sulfur dioxide (SO2), during the wine-making process. Many consumers seem to misunderstand why most winemakers add SO2 and what ill effects it might cause. Given that all wines containing more tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 7.16

    Controversy about the sustainability of seafood sold at Trader Joe's. (LA Weekly)Love meat but worried about its carbon footprint? Grass-fed might be the way to go. (UTNE Reader)Italian winemakers cut production to improve quality. (Reuters)

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    The Noble Writ: A Trying Time for Wine

    Like many sectors of the economy, the wine industry isn't doing well. You might suppose that alcohol sales would be more resilient than most things, and to some extent that's true -- sales of inexpensive wines remain relatively robust. However, high-end wines are being hit hard.My first clue that so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Thinking Clearly about Alternative Closures

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.As I've researched the many issues surrounding cork and its alternatives, a central theme has emerged: Little solid research has been done into both the chemistry of wine aging and the impac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    The Noble Writ's Producer Profiles: Clos Roche Blanche

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.Over the past decade I've consumed more wine from Clos Roche Blanche than from any other producer. In fact, it's not even close. The quality, variety, value and philosophy offered by the est ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008

    The King Is Dead

    Long drin the King

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    May 14, 2008
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    April 2, 2008
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    January 2, 2008
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    October 24, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 15, 2007

    Festival for Winemakers

    Make your own wine? At least curious about it? I just learned that www.WinePress.US -- according to its Web site, "the largest wine-making and grape-growing discussion forum on the Internet" -- will host its third annual WineFest here in St. Louis Thursday, August 23 - Saturday, August 25. The festi ... More >>

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    February 7, 2007
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    January 10, 2007
  • News

    July 19, 2006

    Bounty by the County

    The states winemakers and food producers arent exactly key playersin the global economy. A Mizzou professor aims to change all that.

  • Calendar

    March 1, 2006
  • Film

    May 18, 2005

    The Grapes of Mirth

    Jonathan Nossiter's wine documentary is subversive, funny and humane

  • Dining

    April 21, 2004

    $12 Wine Flight

    The Crossing, 7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, 314-721-7375

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Sommelier

    I Fratellini Caffe and Rosticceria

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Missouri Winery

    Stone Hill Winery

  • Dining

    March 13, 2002

    Best of the Wurst

    Hermann welcomes sausage connoisseurs for its totally tubular festival

  • Restaurants

    April 18, 2001


    Big Sky Café

  • Dining

    January 3, 2001

    Side Dish

    The latest offering from wine purveyors: the white merlot

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Winery

    Mount Pleasant Winery

  • Dining

    June 23, 1999
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    May 12, 1999
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