Exploring Missouri wine country is a cinch on the Katy Trail, a 240-mile state park that reaches across most of the state. It’s built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) Railroad – hence the name. Thanks to Missouri’s German immigrant communities, this section was also …

Missouri wines are made mostly of French-American hybrids – crosses between European Vitis vinifera grapevines and native American grapevines. Outside of the East Coast and the Midwest, grapes such as Chardonel and Traminette are rarely used for wine production, and therefore don’t have the …

Meet the rising star chefs in mid-Missouri who are doing extraordinary work at every station in the kitchen, from executive chefs who are poised to make lasting impacts on their local dining scene to the line cooks who will soon be doing the same.

The medals have been announced for the 2014 Missouri Wine Competition that was judged July 15 to 16. The competition showcased the top wines in Missouri, and this year, more wines were awarded gold medals than ever before. 

Go behind the scenes at an exclusive Missouri Grape and Wine Board workshop and blind tasting designed to select the glass shape that best highlights Vignoles, a popular local varietal. Georg Riedel, 10th generation head of Riedel, the world-renowned wine glass manufacturing company, travele…

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Sustainable grape growing takes root at wineries across the region.

Though I know now that it’s not true, I’ve long imagined that the relationship between Missouri winemakers, brewers and distillers is much like that of the Sharks and Jets in West Side Story. You know, just with another culturally defined gang of street toughs in the mix.

Dinner-show

Do you feel it? The warm sun is starting to shine down at long last. Just as we all emerge from our homes and stretch our arms, tree limbs lift to show off their buds and new leaves. The Missouri landscape is filled with color and life once again, which lures artists to capture our state’s n…

Congrats to Montelle Winery! The team behind one of Missouri's oldest and most respected wineries received word this week that the director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Dr. Jon Hagler, and the director of the Missouri Wine & Grape Board, Jim Anderson, will be presenting Mon…

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At Geisert Farms, fifth-generation farmer Todd Geisert sorts, feeds and tends to the hogs by hand, just like his predecessors did when they established the farm just east of Washington, Mo., in 1916.

Every industry needs a cheerleader. Someone who not only strives to succeed individually but also offers guidance to others in his field and extolls the virtues of what he and his contemporaries have set out to accomplish. For Missouri wine, that person is Tony Kooyumjian, and his mission is…