Dining and Drinking

Why You Should Be Sipping Missouri Dessert Wines

What is dessert wine, exactly? It’s a fairly overarching category of decadently sweet, complex wines that are often enjoyed with or as dessert in small glasses, one indulgent, delicious sip at a time. Missouri wineries make several styles of dessert wines. In this post we’ll break them down: First things first, let’s clarify Port vs. “dessert wine” verbiage. Not all …

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Missouri Eats: May Contain Nuts

In a small, sparkling shop, Cherry Mash, Zotz and other candy fill every nook and cranny. A drawer filled with candy cigarettes sits below a shelf lined with Fruit Stripe gum and Cow Tales. Pez dispensers shaped like classic TV cartoon characters peer from a top shelf. This isn’t a candy shop from decades ago, though – it’s Columbia, Missouri’s …

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Thanking the Forefathers of Missouri Wine

The winemaking history of Missouri is long and proud. Prior to prohibition, Missouri was ranked second in the nation in wine production and was winning prestigious awards for its quality wines. It is even credited with helping save the French wine industry. So where did this illustrious history begin? Here is a highlight of some of the forefathers of the …

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Missouri Eats: Wicked Greenz

There’s no shortage of lunch spots on the busy streets of downtown Clayton but for a quick and healthy meal, your options are more limited. Enter Wicked Greenz. The fast-casual eatery opened its doors at the end of September in the former home of Bocci Wine Bar. It offers (and delivers) chef-made salads either “bowled” in the traditional style or …

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Missouri Wine Always Pairs Well with Missouri Chocolate

Much like wine, high quality chocolate is something to be savored and appreciated. The fermentation of grapes for wine and cacao seeds for chocolate is what gives both their complex flavors. Some dark chocolate is even aged like wine to bring out more of its delicious qualities. With so many similarities, it is no surprise that wine and chocolate are …

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Missouri Eats On Trend: Éclairs

Traditional French éclairs are beautiful in their simplicity: Pâte à choux pastry dough is baked, filled with vanilla pastry cream and then finished with chocolate icing. From Japan to London to cities across the Midwest, pastry chefs are redefining the classic pastry with modern flourishes. When pastry assistant Alice Harvey started making éclairs at Brasserie by Niche in St. Louis, James Beard award-winning chef Gerard …

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Super Bowl LI Calls for MO Wine

Down. Set. Hut-hut! The 51st installment of the biggest game in professional football is almost here. Sunday, February 5th, the top teams will faceoff. Whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl soiree or going to a friend’s, we’ve got some great ideas for winning food and local wine match ups. Do you dip? Guacamole is a festive favorite that pairs perfectly …

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Missouri Eats: Ugly Mugg

Ugly Mugg is downtown Columbia, Missouri’s latest coffee option, but with a twist: alcohol. “We tried to make sure we had a different niche than other coffee shops in town,” says owner Jenny Thompson. Ugly Mugg offers a variety of hot and cold coffee and spirit concoctions. Thompson says the Northern Irishman, nitrogen-infused cold-brew coffee with a house blend of …

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Missouri Wine and Book Pairings    

When the temperature dips and we’re in the heart of a Missouri winter, there’s nothing better than curling up under a cozy, warm blanket with a good book and a glass of wine. Try out these Missouri wine and book pairings for a nice night in. Norton is undeniably original and complex. These books are a perfect pair. Gone Girl …

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Show-Me 5: Soups & Chili

Companion, St. Louis: Longstanding lunch favorite Companion has two café locations in the St. Louis area that feature the bakery’s fresh bread, sandwiches, salads and four daily rotating soups, including chicken-artichoke-Brie, butternut squash and cabbage, and favorite New England clam chowder. 314.352.4770. The Fountain on Locust, St. Louis: Aside from boozy ice cream martinis and award-winning restrooms, the St. Louis …

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