Missouri Wine: The Seasonal Shift

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The change in seasons often signals an internal shift. We’re ready to wrap up in a sweater and slow things down a little and savor seasonal comfort foods. Often, the season also sees a change in wine preference as well. If you’re a Missouri wine fan feeling the seasonal shift, here are some ways to make a smooth and delicious transition.

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Red Wines and Rich Flavors

The crisp white and rosé wines that were perfect for spring and summer may not cut it as fall and winter arrive. If you’re looking for richer flavors, try Chardonel, Chambourcin and Norton. Chardonel is a white wine that is full of flavor and can be creamy and rich when aged on oak. Chambourcin is an earthy and often jammy red wine that is very food friendly and great for sipping. Norton, Missouri’s official state grape, makes big and bold dry red wines. If you’re looking for something slightly sweeter, try Concord or look for semi-sweet red wine blends at local wineries.

Favorite Pairings

As the temperature drops, the light fare of summer gives way to more warming dishes such as chili, soup and casseroles. The one thing most cold-weather foods have in common is heartiness. This guide can help you find the perfect pairing for delicious seasonal favorites.

Seasonal Sangrias and Such

Who says you can’t combine apple cider and wine? This Apple Cider Sangria recipe is easy, delicious and perfect for get-togethers. Other seasonal favorites to seek out include pumpkin, apple and cranberry wines.

A number of Missouri wineries make festive seasonal wines that are almost always small batches with limited availability. Wineries that have offered these specialty wines in the past include: 7Cs Winery, Edg-Clif Vineyard, Endless Summer Winery, Hemman Winery, Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery, Meramec Vineyards, Riverwood Winery, St. James Winery, Wenwood Farm Winery, and Windy Wine Co.

Wineries across the state release new wines all the time. Head out to Missouri wine country to find your new seasonal favorites.