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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • St. James Winery grabs 10 awards in state wine contest

  • St. James Winery won one gold medal for its Velvet White and nine silver and bronze for its other wines.
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  • While the St. James Winery didn't win the coveted Missouri Governor's Cup in the 2012 Missouri Wine Competition, it did bring home 10 awards this year.
    The Missouri Governor's Cup, the top award in the annual competition, went to Stonehaus Farms Vineyard and Winery, of Lee's Summit, for its Strother Ridge Vignoles. The award is supposed to represent Missouri's best wine.
    In addition, judges passed out 47 gold medals, 87 silver medals and 82 bronze medals.
    St. James Winery won one gold medal for its Velvet White and six silver medals for its Chardonel 2010, 2011 Vignoles, Traminette 2011, Rougeon Rosé 2011, Cynthiana 2010 and Late Harvest Seyval. The local winery also was awarded three bronze medals for its Chambourcin 2010, Reserve Norton 2008 and Rougeon Dessert.
    Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery and chairman of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, which sponsors the competition, said while it would have been nice to win the governor's cup, he was excited for the winery to be involved in the contest.
    “It gives us a chance to talk about Missouri wines and let everyone know that there is a Missouri industry that makes good wine,” he said.
    “Our Velvet White that won gold has also won gold and double gold in national and international contests,” Hofherr said, noting that St. James Winery usually is in the top five winners of gold medals in national contests.
    Hofherr said the timing of the contest is tough for St. James Winery, which is one of the larger wineries in the competition.
    A total of 38 Missouri wineries participated in this year's competition. A panel of eight national judges from across the U.S. and one industry judge blindly tasted 297 wines during the two-day competition Aug. 1-2, in Columbia.
    “This competition truly showcases the top wines in Missouri,” said Jim Anderson, executive director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. “This year, more wines were entered and more medals were awarded than ever before, which is a direct reflection of the quality of wines Missouri is producing.”
    Last year, 266 wines were tasted and 38 gold, 92 silver and 62 bronze medals were awarded.
    Judges also gave the second annual C.V. Riley Award for Best Norton to Montelle Winery near Augusta for its 2009 Norton.
    A complete list of winners is available online at missouriwine.org.

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