100% Vignoles from the Ozark Highlands, Missouri. SRP of $10 and available at that price. Sample received courtesy the winery for review purposes. From the bottle:
“SIP: Tropical aromas of pineapple, melon and citrus. Flavors of marmalade and apricot with a lemon zest edge. SAVOR: Excellent with spicy Asian foods, lemon pepper chicken or a variety of cheeses. SHARE: Wine is best enjoyed with friends and family. St. James Winery invites you to share and enjoy our award winning wines. 11.5% Alcohol”
Yes, that’s right this wine is from Missouri. Not exactly the first wine region that comes to mind, I admit, but evidently they can grow some really nice grapes in the Ozark Highlands. In fact, wine has been made here since the mid-1800s and today they grow just about every variety of grape. Not only do they make wine here, but they make good wine here. St. James Winery has won all kinds of awards for their wines, including today’s wine made from the Vignoles grape. Vignoles is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and a grape called Seibel and is popular in cooler areas like the Ozarks and the Finger Lakes region in New York. The 2010 St. James Winery Vignoles Ozark Highlands Semi-Dry White Wine begins with balanced aromas of pineapple, citrus and melon. The wine tastes of lots of sweet pineapple. There are apricot and lemon flavors as well, but really just a lot of pineapple. This wine is sweet like a Moscato and has some of the same flavors in addition to all the pineapple. The pineapple continues on the finish and a little citrus zest also makes an appearance. Really very tasty, especially for pineapple lover’s! See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.