Dining and Drinking

Come for the Baseball Stay for the Wine

Missouri baseball fans are some of the best in the world. As you’re planning your next trip to the ballpark, whether you’re headed to Kaufman or Busch Stadium, include a Missouri winery or two on your itinerary.   Wineries near St. Louis: The Augusta/Defiance area just southwest of St Louis is home to: Augusta Winery Balducci Vineyards Blumenhof Vineyards & …

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Spring Festivals and Events for Missouri Wine Lovers

Shake off your winter doldrums at these fun festivals and events featuring local wineries. Whether you’re interested in an old-fashioned good time, or want to toast the new life of spring, these events are a great way to celebrate the season in Show Me wine country. Cork & More Wine Walk in downtown New Franklin – March 17 Stroll downtown …

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Try These Missouri Decadent Desserts on Fat Tuesday

Today is officially Mardi Gras – French for Fat Tuesday – a day famous for satisfying your ultimate food cravings, not to mention parades, beads and hurricanes (but that’s another story). To celebrate, indulge in one (or two… or three) of the Show-Me State’s extravagant desserts sure to appease any sweet tooth. Visit Cyrano’s Café in St. Louis where pastry …

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6 Ways to Celebrate Drink Wine Day in Missouri

Finally, a holiday we can really get excited about! Drink Wine Day is observed on February 18, and is the perfect opportunity to start a new tradition you can look forward to all year long. Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate… Head to your local winery. Where better to celebrate? Wine country is closer than you think with 130+ …

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11 Wine Trails to Discover in Missouri Wine Country

Missouri has more than 130 wineries and many of them have grouped together in their areas to form eleven unique wine trails. Pre-planned wine adventures… yes, please! Augusta Wine Growers Association The Augusta Wine Growers Association is located in the middle of the first area ever designated as an official American Viticulture Area, (you guessed it!) Augusta, Mo. Taste the …

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Missouri Cajun and Creole Cuisine 101

It is Mardi Gras season and you’re in the mood for an exciting New Orleans-inspired food adventure, but you’re not sure where to go or what to try. The terms and dishes can be daunting, for sure, but here’s a quick down-and-dirty cheat sheet to guide your decision-making process. A little background:  Creole and Cajun cuisines are similar due to …

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How to Pair Chocolate and Missouri Wine

There are so many different ways to enjoy chocolate: dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate and the fillings… the possibilities are endless. How do you even begin pairing your favorite chocolate treat with the perfect Missouri wine? Don’t let the diverse selection intimidate you. There are a few solid, basic rules that will guide you to get the most from your …

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Show-Me Five: Tater Tots

In 1953 the Ore-Ida founders, F. Nephi Grigg and Golden Grigg, created an ingenious use for the potato slivers leftover during the French fry making process. The result was the golden, crispy, barrel-shaped delight we know today as the tater tot. Thus, on National Tater Tot day, it feels appropriate to pay homage to this wonderfully tasty creation, and Missouri …

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Romantic Getaways in Missouri Wine Country

There is a long and fascinating winemaking history in the Show Me state steeped in culture brought over by French, Italian and German immigrants with their vines more than 150 years ago. Experience international influence and local deliciousness on one of these tours through Missouri wine country, perfect for a romantic getaway! French Colonial Tour– Travel just an hour south …

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Show-Me Five: Hot Chocolates

Braving Missouri’s wintertime cold and snow are the perfect excuse to reward yourself with a steaming cup of hot chocolate.  No, I’m not talking about ripping open a paper packet and adding hot water (although, in a pinch, it will suffice).  Envision a delicious amalgamation of high-quality chocolate and hot, creamy milk; it’s the perfect winter treat to warm you …

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