There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to advice
on the best wine pairings: a bold Cabernet Sauvignon with filet mignon; Chenin
Blanc with raw clams and oysters; Pinot Noir with duck. When it comes to wine
and art, the Show-Me State has the best pairings.
The choices are legion at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau. Whether your taste runs to
visual arts, performing arts or public arts, they have you covered. Their
galleries feature the work of local talent and the Visual Arts
When you’ve browsed to your heart’s content, adjourn 12 miles north of
Cape to Hunter Valley Winery for some refreshment: choose a glass of your favorite – and
perhaps a picnic basket – and stroll through the winery’s Beyond the Pedestal
Variety is the spice of life and Hannibal invites you to
explore the work of amazing artisans specializing in everything from
photography to carpentry at Fresh Ayers and regional work in painting, pottery, jewelry and fiber at the Alliance Art Gallery.
It’s not fair to let your eyes have all the fun, so take a break between art
stops and let your taste buds come out and play at Cave Hollow West Winery – it’s part of the Mark Twain Cave Complex. Exclusive to this
location are the Mark Twain Reserve semi-dry red and An Innocent Broad, a sweet
Some people think Missouri wine is an art form all its own.
If you’re one of them, pair the beauty of nature along the Big Muddy with
fabulous foods and decadent wine tasting with a trip on the Hermann Wine Trail. Between Hermann and New Haven, seven wineries have formed a 'wine trail' to hold special events.
The more than 9,000 objects in the Springfield Art Museum's permanent collection represent nearly all media, so you’re sure to
find much to delight the soul. Although their primary focus is American art,
the Museum collection contains items from a variety of European, Asian and the
American cultures. Carry that international inspiration over to your winery
choice with OOVVDA Winery,
three miles north of I-44. The third and fourth generation wine makers trace
their roots to 1189 Norway. Their Cayuga white is a perfect choice after a
visit to the museum.
“Unique” is an often-overused adjective, but nothing else
will do to describe the National Silk Art Museum in Weston. This small town boasts the world’s largest collection of
woven silk tapestries which span the 15th through 20th centuries. These
timeless works of art are considered to be the most beautiful tapestries in
existence. Continue your unique art adventure into the circa 1867 German
Lutheran Church that houses Pirtle Winery. Although they offer a variety of grape and fruit wines, Pirtle is
known for their mead – a wine made from honey and thought to be the oldest
fermented beverage on Earth.
You can combine the art and the grape in one
visit if you stop in at The Vine Wine Bar and Art Gallery in Osage Beach, which blends elegant dining, fine wines and
a vibrant gallery of fine art from many regional artists.
Perhaps you have a perfect pairing of your own. We’d love to
hear about your favorite wineries and art venues. Visit our VisitMO Facebook page and give us your
PLEASE NOTE: It is
against Missouri law to carry any outside beverages of any kind onto a winery’s
property – leave your beer, wine (from other sources), soda and other beverages
in the car.