This week, Cat joins McGraw Milhaven on KTRS to chat about the winners of the 2016 Missouri Wine Competition.

Cat recently judged over 300 wines at the Missouri Wine Competition along with a number of people, including Andrey Ivanov of Reeds American Table and Glenn Bardgett of Annie Gunn's.

For the second year in a row, the Governor's Cup (the best wine in the state) was awarded to St. James Winery for its Vignoles.

"If you've never had Vignoles before, it's a white wine and it's a hybrid," Cat says. "It is well-known and very prized for the extremely balanced and fruity (and fruity does not equal sweet) wines that this particular grape produces."

The Vignoles from St. James is a semi-sweet, which means it has a tiny bit of residual sugar to help to balance out the acidity. In particular, Cat recommends pairing the wine with spicy food or pork dishes.

The C.V. Riley Award went to Noboleis Vineyards for its 2014 Norton. The Augusta winery is known for producing rich, jammy, dense red wines.

While in Columbia for the competition, Cat also visited Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, which has a brand-new tasting room. The Rocheport Distilling Co. distills on site, and Broadway Brewery brews its beers at Les Bourgeois. 

"It's right along the Missouri river, so when you wind down the road to their A-frame, you can sit and have sandwiches and get a bottle of wine, and they're up on a cliff so it overlooks the Missouri river."


Tune into the BIG 550 KTRS' McGraw Milhaven Show every Wednesday at 8:35am as Feast publisher Catherine Neville chats with host McGraw Milhaven and gives her weekly picks for the best places to eat and drink in the St. Louis area. 

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