As the weather turns colder, we heat up the fireplaces, break out the winter gear and hope for a white Christmas. This is definitely the season for family and food gatherings. Hermann Missouri hosts an assortment of Wine Trails, but the 2014 Holiday Fare Wine Trail prepared its attendees for the holiday season.
The Savory Chicken Chutney at Robller was excellent. The spoonful warmed your spirit despite the cold weather and the Gabrielle’s Blush enhanced the flavor and sustained that warmth throughout the day. Moving towards Hermann along Highway 100 we stopped into Bias Winery and were greeted by smiling faces and a Bacon Cheddar Beer Bread paired with their Jubilee White. The thick bread and the hearty cheese paired with a savory white were the perfect combination.
Just outside of Hermann at OakGlenn, the smell of Rum Cake filled the tasting room. When you bit into the cake, the apple flavor exploded in your mouth. Pairing the cake with the Trolley Red, OakGlenn did a fantastic job of bringing the holiday flavors.
Our next stop was the combination of Dierberg Star Lane and also Hermannhof Winery. The Star Lane selection included a Roasted Pork Roulade with Cranberry Gravy. The pork itself was divine but adding the cranberry and then a splash of their Pinot Noir made the cold day much more bearable. The sidewalks were cleared from the fresh fallen snow and the short walk was worth it when you stepped into the cellar at the Hermannhof Winery. Down in the cellar, they had prepared a Sausage and Raisin Stuffed Baked Apples paired with their White Lady. Combining the salty sausage and sweet raisins and apples was certainly a treat. We were fortunate enough to look out onto the freshly fallen snow through a window in their warm sitting room.
Adam Puchta Winery never disappoints when it comes to their selection of food and wine pairings and today was no different. Quickly walking down to the cellar you were greeted by several of the feline friends along the way. Puchta advertised a dish called All About the Leftovers and they succeeded. Warm stuffing with a white gravy and cranberry sauce was an excellent addition to the day. Paired with their Hunter’s Red, each bite was divine. Stepping into the cold again was a difficult but necessary decision and we left for our final destination.
We at last came to Stone Hill Winery and enjoyed their Spiced Raisin Oatmeal Bars with a Butterscotch Glaze before taking a trip to the wine cellar tour. Each bite of the Bar was filled with a light sweet flavor and then paired with their Warmed Mulled Wine was the perfect and warm ending to the day.
We are so blessed to live in an area that spends the kind of time and attention to their guests as each of the wineries on the Hermann Wine Trail. If you would like more information about the different wine trails throughout the year, please visit their website and be sure to get your tickets ordered for the Say Cheese Wine Trail in December.
As for now, be blessed and enjoy the holiday season!