Last week, nine judges – including Feast publisher Catherine Neville – tasted 308 wines for the 2016 Missouri Wine Competition held in Columbia, Missouri.
Out of hundreds of different wines, St. James Winery took home the top prize, the Governor's Cup award, for its 2015 Vignoles. This is the second consecutive year the winery, which was founded in 1970 in the titular Missouri town, has taken the top award.
"I am ecstatic to win this award with the 2015 Vignoles," Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker for St. James Winery, said in a release. "Our vineyard and cellar crews work very hard to produce these great wines, and this award is a validation of all that hard work. We are all delighted."
St. James Winery produces more than 500,000 gallons of wine per year and is sold in 18 states. Vignoles is a versatile, French-American hybrid grape with a floral aroma and fruity flavors. The white wine is popular among Missouri wine customers.
Noboleis Vineyards took home the C.V. Riley Award for its 2014 Norton. Here are the seven Best of Class winners:
- Sparkling: Effervescent Mead, Pirtle Winery
- Dry White: 2014 Vidal Blanc, Stone Hill Winery
- Semi-Dry White: 2015 Vignoles, St. James Winery
- Dry Red: 2014 Norton, Noboleis Vineyards
- Rosé: Twilight, Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard
- Dessert/Fortified: Cream Sherry, Stone Hill Winery
- Distilled Product: Grappa, Montelle Winery
For a full list of winners, click here.