Dining and Drinking

Ring in the New Year with Missouri Sparkling Wines

Get your pop, fizz, clink on this New Year’s Eve with Missouri sparkling wine! Come midnight on December 31st, a celebratory sip of some local bubbly is a great way to toast to the coming year. Missouri’s sparkling wines range from dry to sweet, white to rosé, and can have a light to medium body. Whether you’re hosting a New …

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Pruning: Behind the Scenes in MO Wine Country

As the cold winter weather travels across Missouri, grape growers throughout the state begin the process of pruning their vineyards. To produce the highest quality grapes, vines need to be pruned and trained as the grapevine re-invents itself each year. It’s a critical process to ensure proper vine growth and well-formed grape clusters at harvest. Using hand tools and much …

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Missouri-Made Cheese

Growing up with a non-cooking mother, my exposure to cheese was woefully limited. I knew American, Velveeta (forgive me!), and the catch-all category of “stinky cheese you can’t make me eat.” Fortunately, as I matured, so did my palate – but even so, I labored under the impression that most dairy products came from other states. And although that might …

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Holiday Shopping Just Got Easier and More Fun

There might be a holiday shopping resource you haven’t thought of before. One where you can get unique items and products, support small businesses, and have a good time while you’re at it. We’re talking about Missouri wineries. Most Missouri wineries have great gift shops where you can not only buy your favorite Missouri wines, but also fun and unique …

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Explore International Flavors in Missouri Neighborhoods

Typically when you think of Missouri cuisine, I would guess that images of slow-cooked, smoky BBQ or decadent gooey butter cake come to mind. What you may not know is that Missouri is home to several ethnic food neighborhoods where you can broaden your culinary horizons and eat your way around the globe. Southwest Boulevard – Kansas City Located on …

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MO Wine Country Knows How To Throw A Holiday Party

Tis the season… for holiday events. Whether it’s family, friends or coworkers, everyone wants to gather and celebrate the season. Are you looking to get a few friends together to catch up and exchange gifts or will the whole office be coming together to celebrate the holidays? Either way Missouri wine country is the perfect place to host your holiday …

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Show Me Five: Holiday Goodies

What would the holidays be without treats you get only at this most wonderful time of the year? Everyone has special recipes they use that never see the light of day any other time of the year. I suspect there is some kind of cosmic law that prevents me from making my family Christmas cookies any time except at Christmas. …

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Holiday Entertaining Tips with Missouri Wines

The holidays can be hectic and stressful, especially as you plan seasonal gatherings. The holidays are happier with Missouri wines! Here are some tips, recipes, and pairing ideas to take away some of the stress and make your holidays merry and bright. Tips What are the three main questions that come up when planning to serve wine at a get-together? …

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Head to Wine Country for the Weekend

Wine country is closer than you think. Missouri is home to more than 130 wineries and 11 wine trails. There’s fascinating history, breathtaking views, and of course who can forget about the delicious, award-winning wine? Everyone can find something appealing about Missouri wine country. Here are some ideas to inspire your next vino adventure. Like antiques? Northwest Missouri has 20+ wineries and a plethora of …

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Show-Me Five: Caramel Apples

Once upon a time, there were candy apples. Invented around the turn of the 19th century with Christmas shoppers in mind, they feature a bright red hard sugar shell, traditionally flavored with cinnamon. That original sugar-coated apple was overshadowed in the 1950s when Kraft Foods developed a way to use leftover caramel candy from Halloween. Caramel apples … you’ll know …

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