Stone Hill Winery is hosting a bevy of events over the coming weeks and months to coincide with the most beautiful time of the year in Missouri wine country: fall. There are harvest, Oktoberfest and Christmas celebrations in Hermann every year, but for the first time, Stone Hill is hosting a farm-to-table pairing dinner overlooking its historic vineyard.
"As a company and as people, we try to use local products. Here in the restaurant, we always try to highlight that when we have those things available," Stone Hill restaurant manager Jill Pinter says, "so we wanted to do an event based on that."
The menu was developed as Stone Hill contacted local farmers and vendors to see what they would have this time of year — the dinner is August 14 — especially since an unusually rainy summer has hurt some farmers' crops.
The evening will begin with an heirloom tomato panzanella salad with cucumbers, red onions, cucumber, olives, Gouda and white truffle lavosh with basil dressing paired with Stone Hill's Blanc de Blanc. The main course is tea-crusted chicken breast with leg confit, chicken-fat fingerling potatoes and bi-color eggplant caponata with pecan-smoked bacon vinaigrette, paired with Stone Hill's Chambourcin. Dessert is a peach coffee cake with marscapone cream and Stone Hill Concord syrup paired with the Late Harvest Vignoles.
All of the evening's vendors are coming from within 30 miles of Stone Hill, including Hermann, Marthasville and Morrison, Missouri. Pinter says the she and the Stone Hill team hope to make it an annual event.
"In the winemaking process, we're using our grapes from our vineyards in the Hermann area, cutting down on waste, emissions from transporting, things like that," Hinton says. "Just like we want other businesses to buy our wine from us, we always want to patronize local businesses and keep our business somewhat close to us."
Stone Hill's Farm-to-Table dinner is August 14, from 6:30 to 8:30pm on the Vineyard Deck. Tickets are $55 per person, including tax, gratuity and wine pairings, available here.
Stone Hill Winery, 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, Missouri, 573.486.2221, stonehillwinery.com.