wineries in missouri

Noboleis Winery to Host Total Eclipse in the Vineyard

Day-Long Totality Event at Noboleis Vineyard and Winery Augusta, MO/July 30, 207 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s been 575 years since the St. Louis area was graced with a total eclipse of the sun.  It will happen again on Monday, August 21, 2017.  That’s when the moon will move between the earth and sun, creating the illusion … Continue reading Noboleis Winery to Host Total Eclipse in the Vineyard

LaChance Vineyards in Jefferson County

Growing Grapes, Making Wine, and Celebrating Life – LaChance Vineyards Desoto, MO/February 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) LaChance Vineyards – Nestled in the gently rolling hills of Jefferson County is a growing winemaking community.  Even with a history of German and Italian immigrants in the area growing grapes and making wine for personal use, JeffCo isn’t known … Continue reading LaChance Vineyards in Jefferson County

The Rack House West Winery

Cottleville Winery Built On Wine, Whiskey & Cigars – The Rack House West Winery Cottleville, MO/January 31, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) The Rack House West Winery – John and Bridgette Hamilton are wine lovers, but they may seem an unlikely pair to go into the winery business. They both have degrees in Pharmacy.  Bridgette also has a master’s … Continue reading The Rack House West Winery

Noboleis Breaks Ground

New Warehouse Expansion at Popular Augusta Winery AUGUSTA, MO/January 4, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) One of Augusta’s favorite Vineyard’s is starting out 2017 with some exciting news.  Noboleis is moving forward with plans to expand by building a big new warehouse on the hillside just north of the winery.  They recently broke ground on the expansion which … Continue reading Noboleis Breaks Ground

Respecting a Past President’s Vision of Diversity in American Viticulture – Noboleis

Noboleis Wins Jefferson Cup Invitational St. Louis, MO – (STLRestaurant.News) As if they haven’t already won enough awards, Nololeis Winery, the charming Augusta vineyard that sits on 74 beautiful green acres perched on a hilltop overlooking their crops, has done it again.  Their latest feat was their 2015 Norton being named a Jefferson Cup Invitational … Continue reading Respecting a Past President’s Vision of Diversity in American Viticulture – Noboleis

TOASTING FALL AT CEDAR LAKE CELLARS

Great Weather Expected for Last Weekend at Lakeside Grill – Cedar Lake Cellars

WRIGHT CITY, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) — With unseasonably warm weather this fall and the trees at the height of their color, a weekend drive to an elegant winery in the countryside beckons.  And those venturing west from St. Louis to Cedar Lake Cellars (11008 Schreckengast Road near Wright City and Forestell) can sip some excellent wines, enjoy a lovely meal, or simply soak up the autumn scenery surrounding their two picturesque lakes.  The winery is about 50-miles from downtown St. Louis, about 36-miles west of Interstate 270, in Warren County.

Schreckengast Farm dates back to the 1930s. Carl Bolm bought it and began restoring it in 2002 with plans to create a premier events location.  The centerpiece is the charming, big red barn with its original timbers and embellishments made from reclaimed wood.  Bolm was aiming for a venue that offered cosmopolitan country charm in a beautifully sustainable environment.  He hit the mark with the barn and then in 2010 he restored the old machine shed and storage area, creating the wine tasting bar and restaurant.

Cedar Lake Cellars has grown into a charming destination for weekend retreats from the city.  The winery makes it an ideal destination for lunch or dinner, as well as private events or corporate gatherings.  There are three primary ways for weekenders to enjoy Cedar Lake Cellars: the Lakeside Grille (lunch and dinner), the formal Dining Room (dinner and Sunday brunch), or simple picnic fare along the lake.

Unless you’re attending a private event at the Big Red Barn, Cedar Lake Cellars is an over 21 only establishment.  They have lovely grounds, but they don’t allow pets either.  There are no exceptions.  Also, they’re only open on weekends: Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Certain amenities are seasonal, and others have limited hours.  The tasting bar is available any time the winery is open; so is the grab and go counter offering light snacks, salads and wraps.  And there is live music most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The first weekend in November is the last one of the season for the fire pits.  The warmer weather we’re having this year makes this a terrific destination for an autumn evening.  For $60 you can reserve a fire pit from 6 to 9 p.m. and a dedicated server for beverage service.  For $75, you can upgrade your package to include s’mores, water bottles and a bottle of Cedar Lake Cellars Fire Truck to share!

November 4 – 6 is the last weekend this year for The Lakeside Grille as well.  It’s open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.  The Grille features a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches made with locally grown ingredients.  Sandwiches made of smoked chicken, turkey, pork shoulder, or beef brisket.  Nachos topped with smoked pork, chicken or beef brisket.  Warm Bavarian pretzels (from Companion Baking) served with a white cheese sauce.  And sides like baked beans with ground beef and molasses, apple slaw, and artisan chips (Billy Goat Chip Company).  You can enjoy your meal inside their cozy hearth room or outside under the covered patio.

Dinner in the main dining room is a special experience.  Executive Chef Aaron Lyons has designed an elegant menu that pairs well with wine.  There are simply no bad choices on it.  You might start with the baked chèvre (with sundried tomato pesto), or the duck confit sliders (topped with apple slaw and a fried quail egg).  Follow with a fresh salad topped with one of their house made dressings.  Then move on to the prime rib and roasted garlic mashed potatoes, or try the wild caught Alaskan Salmon with sweet bourbon glaze and wild mushroom risotto.  They also offer an excellent Andouille-stuffed Quail and a delicious take on the classic shrimp and grits.  There are wine pairings suggested for each menu item, or you can ask the tableside sommelier for guidance.

Whatever you do, don’t skip dessert!  You’ll regret it!  You can’t pass up choices like the merlot brownie, a flourless chocolate brownie made with their 3 Swans Napa Valley Merlot and served with fresh Chantilly cream.  Not into chocolate? Then try the goat cheese cheesecake, fresh baked and served with a seasonal fruit compote made with their own Vignoles.  Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Reservations are available.

Cedar Lake Cellars is an excellent choice for Sunday brunch as well.  Their extensive Wine Country brunch is available every Sunday year-round from 10:00 a.m. to 1: p.m.  The brunch menu includes rotates regularly, so check the website to see what it will be on your chosen date.  Besides the omelet station, it generally includes various smoked and roasted meats, fresh breads, potato dishes, seasonal vegetables, salads, soups and desserts.  Like their other public venues, the brunch is for those 21 and older, and it includes your choice of a Bloody Mary, a mimosa or a glass of their seasonal sangria.  Reservations are strongly recommended.

So whether you want to sample wine while soaking up the sun and autumn foliage of a warm November weekend, enjoy an elegant dinner in a lovely lakeside retreat, or roast marshmallows while sipping wine with friends, Cedar Lake Cellars offers a charming place in the country to do it.

Contact Information:

Cedar Lake Cellars
Owner: Carl Bolm
11008 Schreckengast Rd.
Wright City, MO 63390
636-745-9500

BRINGING IN AUTUMN GERMAN STYLE – OKTOBERFEST IN HERMANN

Oktoberfest in Hermann – Stone Hill Winery HERMANN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Oktoberfest in Hermann – Stone Hill Winery is a serene place to hang out any time of year, but it’s especially beautiful in the fall and autumn due to the colorful turning of the leaves.  And for four weekends in October, Stone Hill wants to … Continue reading BRINGING IN AUTUMN GERMAN STYLE – OKTOBERFEST IN HERMANN

DELICIOUSLY BOLD, FRUITY, and DRY TASTING – NOBOLEIS VINEYARDS and WINERY

Noboleis Vineyards and Winery – Introducing Noboleis 2015 Norton Wine ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Noboleis Vineyards and Winery – With summer behind us and fall upon us, we can look forward to beautiful autumn days in Wine Country.  And where better to spend that time than at Augusta’s quaint Noboleis Winery.  Perched on a hilltop … Continue reading DELICIOUSLY BOLD, FRUITY, and DRY TASTING – NOBOLEIS VINEYARDS and WINERY