Provenance: Augusta, Missouri

Pairings: Cheese ∙ Charcuterie

Noboleis Vineyards is one of the relatively new kids on the block in the Missouri wine industry, and the winery has hit the ground running. The Noboleis Chambourcin reminds me of a quality Beaujolais-Villages or a Loire Valley Cabernet Franc/Gamay blend; bright blueberry, huckleberry and raspberry fruit are framed by savory toasted oak and brown spices, followed by brilliant acidity and chalky tannins on the finish. Chambourcin is a teinturier, a grape whose juice is colored rather than clear like most red common grapevine varietals. The end result is a wine with a beautiful bluish-purple color and moderate tannins. Beaujolais is always one of my go-to wines to recommend with holiday fare, but this year I’ll be pouring local Chambourcin.

Noboleis Vineyards, 100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, Missouri, 636.482.4500, noboleisvineyards.com

Ryan Sciara has been in the wine business for more than half his life and has spent the past nine years solely dedicated to selling wine, spirits and craft beer in the retail market. His latest venture, Underdog Wine Co., is the culmination of 23 years of knowledge and experience all crammed into a 600-square-foot retail shop in Kansas City.


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