Lisa and John Nordmann, joined Missouri Winemaking Society in 2014.  They started their journey in 2012 with their son,Timothy.  Timothy had just purchased 500 pounds of Chardonel grapes from a local vineyard.  We will say it was by far a very bad wine.   We decided that the grapes were at fault.  So we went back to the same vineyard andpurchased 700 pounds of Vignoles.  Again, the wine was not great.  Our theory of bad grapes was not adding up.  So that is when John and I decided to join Missouri Winemaking Society. 

One of the meetings we attended was about fault wines.  So we brought our bottle of Chardonel.  Right away the members said the fault was caused by not chilling the grapes prior to pressing.  We then delved into every book, online research and a free file on white wine making from More Wine.  In 2015 we purchased 200 pounds of Chardonel from Shady Grove Vineyard, 200 pounds of Cayuga from 4M Farms and Vineyard and 200 pounds of Chambourcin from Jacob Schneider.  We also made Chardonnay and Reisling from Winexpert Kits and several fruit wines.  Our goal was not to make an award wining wine.  All we wanted was to make a drinkable wine.  Mission accomplished. 

Today I have become the main winemaker where as John is the taster and moral support guy.  We have had insurmountable support from every member in the Missouri Winemaking Society.  Everyone is so willing to help out and give us so much information.  With their support and helpfulness, in 2016 I was brave enough to purchase 1200 pounds of grapes - Cayuga, Seyval Blanc, Chardonel and Chambourcin.  I will say that our 2016 may be good enough to enter into a wine competition. But more importantly we are enjoying our wine, one bottle at a time.

Picking up 300 pounds of Cayuga from 4M Farm and Vineyard in St. James, Missouri.

Picking up 300 pounds of Cayuga from 4M Farm and Vineyard in St. James, Missouri.

300 pounds of Chardonel grapes picked up from Shady Grove Vineyard in St. Genevieve, Missouri

300 pounds of Chardonel grapes picked up from Shady Grove Vineyard in St. Genevieve, Missouri

I am with Jacob Schneider owner of Cane Pole Vineyard in Hermann, Missouri.  This was my first trip to pick up 300 pounds of Seyval Blanc and then a return trip a few weeks later to pick up 300 pounds of Chambourcin. 

I am with Jacob Schneider owner of Cane Pole Vineyard in Hermann, Missouri.  This was my first trip to pick up 300 pounds of Seyval Blanc and then a return trip a few weeks later to pick up 300 pounds of Chambourcin. 

John pressing Chambourcin grapes on a warm fall day.

John pressing Chambourcin grapes on a warm fall day.

Some nice fine Chambourcin juice. 

Some nice fine Chambourcin juice. 

The beautiful, luscious cake. 

The beautiful, luscious cake. 

The final stages of winemaking.  Waiting, waiting and waiting.

The final stages of winemaking.  Waiting, waiting and waiting.