The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for July, 2017

Next Meeting:  Yearly Picnic

Meeting Place: Brenner Farm

Time:  July 22 – arrivals starting at 11:00 am

MWS Website:  www.mowinemakers.org

Submitted by:   Lisa Nordmann

July’s Picnic at Mark and Teri Brenners on July 22nd

Word’s from Mark Brenner“I am enclosing a map to our farm, the location of the MWS picnic on July 22nd beginning at 11 am.  It is about an hour and a half travel time from our home in Wildwood so folks can use that as a guide.  We will serve lunch at noon to give stragglers an opportunity to gather before the food is set out.  

We have a barn with a kitchen, a modern bathroom and a very large screened in porch with seating and tables.  If guests can bring a folding chair, we can insure all have a comfortable place to sit.  If anyone has a portable table or two that may come in handy as well.  We have several and depending on the size of our gathering the additional table may be an asset.

Please have everyone bring the drinks of their choice and pot luck dish to share with the group.  We have fresh water from our well and some glasses.  We will provide paper plates, plastic silverware and plastic cups.  If folks could bring their own wine glasses for their own wine enjoyment that would be great.  We have hot water and a nice farm sink to clean up dishes in before packing things away for the trip back to the city.

The club will provide the meat for the picnic and I will work that out with officers before the picnic.  Please get an approximate count of those planning on attending at the June meeting or by devices of your own choosing

We have a three acre lake with a nice dock and a ladder that makes it easy for swimmers to enter and leave the lake.  Fishing is great and we have a small row boat with oars for those with a yen to fish the far reaches of the lake.  The field and woods have paths for hiking and checking out nature.  We have an assortment of chiggers and ticks so bring your repellant of choice if you plan on venturing far from the barn.

Teri and I are looking forward to hosting you all at a favorite hangout of ours.  If the weather threatens on the 22nd, don’t throw in the towel, porch the screened porch provides plenty of cover and the barn is not bad for gathering either.  I will not be at the meeting in June and apologize for being in the Sonoma Valley, CA for the week attending a wedding.”

June’s Program Favorite White Wine Contest   We had a wonderful evening tasting 10 different wines from our members.  There were several different varieties of white wine.  We all scored them and guess who wasthe winner of our favorite white wine contest is - drum roll please - none other than our president of Missouri Winemaking Society - Steve Brunkhorst. Steve's award winning white wine was his 2016 Chardonel that was absolutely delicious. He purchased his grapes from Shady Oak Vineyards. Our 2nd place winner was Warren Williams with a Peach wine made from a kit. It was delightfully refreshing. And 3rd place went to Phil Rahn with a Chardonnay from frozen juice from Brehm Vineyards. It was his 2012 vintage with a 10% addition of Sauvignon Blanc. We had 10 very interesting and wonderful wines. It was a great wine tasting evening.

President’s Message  We are halfway through our program year with six enjoyable and educational meetings behind us and six more ahead.  The officers (Steve, Phil, Lisa, Dave, John) have finished a mid-year review and concluded we are on track with membership (31 paid members) and budget ($2,973 account balance) and mission (share grape growing & wine making knowledge & skills). 

 The officers have selected two wine making projects for member participation on a volunteer basis.  Interested members will make specific white or red wines, and share results at club blind tastings; the white in 2018 and the red in 2019.  Detailed information will be e-Mailed before the July 22nd picnic and participants will need to commit by the date of the August 17th meeting.

  Grapes For Sale

If you are looking to purchase grapes this year we have the following contacts:

Shady Grove Vineyards (Clarence Meyer) St. Genevieve, MO  Chardonel, Vignoles, Norton, and Chambourcin  cvjam@aol.com

Vine & Branches Vineyard (Bob Streubing) Defiance, MO   Chambourcin, Norton, Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Chardonel  bobstruebing@gmail.com

Concord Hill Vineyard • Mike & Mary Kalish    mary_kalish@yahoo.com
16782 Concord Hill Road
Marthasville, MO 63357
314 348-5100

Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you. Please pay by check but cash is also accepted.

Missouri Winemaking Society Facebook Page  Our MWS Facebook Page is up and running.  For all of you Facebook users, log into Facebook and search for Missouri Winemaking Society.  If you have not joined please do so.  I am hoping that every Facebook user will join this group.   It is a great way for our members to share with what they are doing in their vineyard and wine cellars.  Also, if you have any files you would like to share with the group please post them. This is a closed group just for MWS members.  

 Wine Making Tips:   Don’t forget, there is lots of useful materials and information on our website. 

To access all the terrific things in the Library section, click on the website link at the top of this newsletter, scroll down to the Membership section, and click on the Click here link under MWS Library.  Be sure to check these materials out; they are chock full of knowledge and wisdom – you are sure to glean many gems. 

There are many useful publications in the Missouri Winemaking Society Library – be sure to check out the books, papers, past presentations, and articles available in the Library by clicking on the link below.  The MWS rules for borrowing books is also found there.  http://www.mowinemakers.org/library.html#_Toc84355471

We are in the process of updating the books and files we have.  If you are interested in borrowing a book please let me know and I will be happy to bring it to our next meeting.

 

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for June, 2017

Next Meeting:  Favorite White Wine Contest

Meeting Place: St.Gerard Majella Church

1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd

St Louis, MO 63122

Time:  June 15 at 7:30

MWS Website:  www.mowinemakers.org

Submitted by:   Lisa Nordmann

June’s Program  

Favorite White Wine Contest  Members only can enter 1 white wine made from grapes.  Please bring 2 bottles to share and check it in with John Merkel with your wine information.  Everyone will taste the wines and vote for your very favorite white wine. Just to be clear, it won’t be a favorite Chardonel or a favorite Vignoles or a favorite white varietal.  It will just be the favorite wine of all the entries. For all those entering a wine; please be prepared to discuss how you made it so the rest of us can pick up pointers to improve the overall quality of our wine.  It will also help if you bring your wine slightly chilled. 

 May’s Program  Our yearly outing was held at Noboleis Vineyard and Winery.  Brandon Dixon, the main winemaker, gave a wonderful presentation about Noboleis wines.  He gave us an interesting tour of the winery and the construction site of their new wine facility.  The club purchased some wonderful wines that were enjoyed by everyone. 

 

July’s Picnic at Mark and Teri Brenners on July 22nd

Word’s from Mark Brenner   “I am enclosing a map to our farm, the location of the MWS picnic on July 22nd beginning at 11 am.  It is about an hour and a half travel time from our home in Wildwood so folks can use that as a guide.  We will serve lunch at noon to give stragglers an opportunity to gather before the food is set out.  

We have a barn with a kitchen, a modern bathroom and a very large screened in porch with seating and tables.  If guests can bring a folding chair, we can insure all have a comfortable place to sit.  If anyone has a portable table or two that may come in handy as well.  We have several and depending on the size of our gathering the additional table may be an asset.

Please have everyone bring the drinks of their choice and pot luck dish to share with the group.  We have fresh water from our well and some glasses.  We will provide paper plates, plastic silverware and plastic cups.  If folks could bring their own wine glasses for their own wine enjoyment that would be great.  We have hot water and a nice farm sink to clean up dishes in before packing things away for the trip back to the city.

The club will provide the meat for the picnic and I will work that out with officers before the picnic.  Please get an approximate count of those planning on attending at the June meeting or by devices of your own choosing.

We have a three acre lake with a nice dock and a ladder that makes it easy for swimmers to enter and leave the lake.  Fishing is great and we have a small row boat with oars for those with a yen to fish the far reaches of the lake.  The field and woods have paths for hiking and checking out nature.  We have an assortment of chiggers and ticks so bring your repellant of choice if you plan on venturing far from the barn.

Teri and I are looking forward to hosting you all at a favorite hangout of ours.  If the weather threatens on the 22nd, don’t throw in the towel, porch the screened porch provides plenty of cover and the barn is not bad for gathering either.  I will not be at the meeting in June and apologize for being in the Sonoma Valley, CA for the week attending a wedding.”

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the Brenners for a fun filled afternoon.

PLEASE NOTE:  CHANGE TO OUR CALENDAR   There has been a change in August and September’s program.  Missouri Gold Medal Wines will be presented by Steve Brunkhorst in August and Wine Juice Testing and Sanitation presented by John Merkel will be in September.

WINE FAIR 2018  Greg Stricker is the committee chair for the 2018 wine fair.  He is looking for volunteers.  Also, if you know of a facility that would be able to accommodate the fair please let Greg know.

 President’s Message   Our June meeting will be last call for ideas for "wine experiments" for our 2018 meeting year, our officers will meet later this month to select ideas for next year.  Also, we will issue our "rev1" version of "Subject Matter Volunteers" at the June meeting, if you have not yet joined but would like to, please send your info to me before the meeting at stevebrunkhorst@att.net. (See previous meeting notices on our website for details)."

 Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you. Please pay by check but cash is also accepted.

Missouri Winemaking Society Facebook Page  Our MWS Facebook Page is up and running.  For all of you Facebook users, log into Facebook and search for Missouri Winemaking Society.  If you have not joined please do so.  I am hoping that every Facebook user will join this group.   It is a great way for our members to share with what they are doing in their vineyard and wine cellars.  Also, if you have any files you would like to share with the group please post them. This is a closed group just for MWS members.  

 Wine Making Tips:   Don’t forget, there is lots of useful materials and information on our website. 

To access all the terrific things in the Library section, click on the website link at the top of this newsletter, scroll down to the Membership section, and click on the Click here link under MWS Library.  Be sure to check these materials out; they are chock full of knowledge and wisdom – you are sure to glean many gems. 

There are many useful publications in the Missouri Winemaking Society Library – be sure to check out the books, papers, past presentations, and articles available in the Library by clicking on the link below.  The MWS rules for borrowing books is also found there.  http://www.mowinemakers.org/library.html#_Toc84355471

We are in the process of updating the books and files we have.  If you are interested in borrowing a book please let me know and I will be happy to bring it to our next meeting.

 

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for May, 2017

Next Meeting:   Picnic and Wine Tasting

Meeting Place:  Noboleis Vinyards - 100 Hemsath Rd.   Augusta, MO

MWS Website:  www.mowinemakers.org

Submitted by:   Lisa Nordmann

 May’s Program We will be going to Noboleis Vineyard meeting at 10:45 AM on Saturday, May 13.

10:45 Arrive at Noboleis

11:00 Tour facility & vineyard with Brandon Dixon, winemaker

 Wine Tasting

Pot Luck Lunch - members bring dish to share

1:30   Approximate end of event, members can stay longer if they likeNoboleis Winery is located at 100 Hemsath Rd in Augusta MO. It is visible from Hwy 94.  Members should check googlemaps to get directions.   Members & guests will be responsible for tasting fees.   MWS will purchase some wine to enjoy with lunch as well as paper plates and utensils.  Please bring a pot luck lunch to share.

April’s Program   Our April’s meeting was presented by Jerry Mueller from Robller Vineyard and Winery. Jerry Mueller gave a compelling presentation about the history of Robller Vineyard and Winery.  He started winemaking at home with his father, and then moved to the site near New Haven when his parents bought the property 29 years ago. He brought 4 delicious wines for us to taste and he talked about his operation and his winemaking philosophy and styles.  You can view his whole presentation on our Facebook Page. 

PLEASE NOTE:  CHANGE TO OUR CALENDAR   Our yearly picnic at Mark and Teri Brenner’s house has been changed to July 22. Please download the new attached calendar with the new change.

WINEMAKER MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION   Winemaker Magazine has offered our club a wonderful deal.  We can have a full year’s subscription including a print and digital copy of their 6 magazines for only $16.  Normally it is $32.  If you already subscribe to the magazine you can extend your subscription for only $16.  Please e-mail me by May 20th if you are interested.   I have to get all of the paperwork in by the end of May.  If you have already signed up, I will need your house address and e-mail for the digital copy.

WINE FAIR 2018   Greg Stricker is the committee chair for the 2018 wine fair.  He is looking for volunteers.  Also, if you know of a facility that would be able to accommodate the fair please let Greg know.

 

 Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you. Please pay by check but cash is also accepted.

 

Missouri Winemaking Society Facebook Page   Our MWS Facebook Page is up and running.  For all of you Facebook users, log into Facebook and search for Missouri Winemaking Society.  If you have not joined please do so.  I am hoping that every Facebook user will join this group.   It is a great way for our members to share with what they are doing in their vineyard and wine cellars.  Also, if you have any files you would like to share with the group please post them. This is a closed group just for MWS members.  

 Wine Making Tips:   Don’t forget, there is lots of useful materials and information on our website. 

To access all the terrific things in the Library section, click on the website link at the top of this newsletter, scroll down to the Membership section, and click on the Click here link under MWS Library.  Be sure to check these materials out; they are chock full of knowledge and wisdom – you are sure to glean many gems. 

There are many useful publications in the Missouri Winemaking Society Library – be sure to check out the books, papers, past presentations, and articles available in the Library by clicking on the link below.  The MWS rules for borrowing books is also found there.  http://www.mowinemakers.org/library.html#_Toc84355471

We are in the process of updating the books and files we have.  If you are interested in borrowing a book please let me know and I will be happy to bring it to our next meeting.

 

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for April 2017

Next Meeting:      Thursday April 20, 2017 • 7:30

Meeting Place:     St.Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd, St Louis, MO 63122

                             MWS Website:  www.mowinemakers.org

Submitted by:       Lisa Nordmann

April’s Program

On Thursday April 20th we will be back at St. Gerard Magella for a presentation by Jerry Mueller from Robller Vineyard and Winery.  This is a program not to be missed. Jerry Mueller will be giving a compelling presentation.  He started winemaking at home with his father, and then moved to the site near New Haven when his parents bought the property 29 years ago. He will bring 4 wines for us to taste, as he talks about his operation and his winemaking philosophy and styles.

Please bring a wine to round out the tasting.

May’s Program We will be going to Noboleis Vineyard meeting at 10:45 AM on Saturday, May 13; after the tour will be the potluck picnic.  More info to come. 

March’s ProgramMarch’s meeting was so much fun at Total Wines at 13887 Manchester Rd.  Ballwin, MO63011.  The program theme was Proud to Drink American.  We tasted eight amazing wines.  I will say there was not a bad wine in the tasting. Brad was the supervisor from Total Wines and did a fantastic job describing each and every wine.   And all the members out did themselves providing the delicious snacks.

Words From our President – Stephen Brunkhorst   Please bring your ideas for a WINE MAKING EXPERIMENT to our April 20th meeting.  I want to finalize our plan in May so that we can execute one of the ideas for our 2018 meeting schedule.  Those who attended our February meeting learned from a very nice experiment performed by Phil Rahn where chardonnay juice was fermented using 10 unique yeast strains with 10 markedly different results.   If you will not be able to attend the meeting, you can send your idea to me by email atstevebrunkhorst@att.net.    Steve

 PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: Are you a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the area of grape growing or wine making? Do you have the answers to all the questions?  Probably not and neither do I. However, you and I may certainly have the real life experience to answer some of the questions.  Introducing Missouri Wine Society"Subject Matter Volunteers (SMVs)".

We are looking for members who are willing to share their experience and expertise with other members who want to know.  This is one more way for our society to fulfill our core mission of "Sharing of Grape Growing and Wine Making Knowledge and Skills". 

Q&As: 

Q1) What are the responsibilities of being a SMV?

A1) Be open to contact by phone or email from another member to answer questions you feel qualified to answer or to direct the questioner to another member you may know has the expertise.Q2) How do I qualify as an SMV?

A2) The SMV decides for himself or herself to volunteer as a SMV.  An SMV does not need to know the answer to every question,  on the other hand an SMV should recognize what is beyond his or her knowledge and be able to refer the questioner to other potential sources for additional information. Other resources may be other members, or published information or perhaps web based information.

Q3) Will my contact information be shared on the website or facebook.

A3) NO!  We respect and will protect our personal information. Our SMV contact information list will be distributed to MWS members only. 

Q4) How do I sign up to be a Subject Matter Volunteer.

A4) Just answer these 6 questions and submit toSteve Brunkhorst or Lisa Nordmann.

1) Name, 2) Phone #, 3) email 4) Experience, 5) Favorite Home Produced Wine, 6) Other,

The information will be tabulated into a table like below:

Name/Phone/email

Experience

My Favorite Home Produced Wine

Other

                                                                 Volunteer Winemaker: Steve Brunkhorst

Making dry & off dry wine from fresh Missouri Grapes

Off Dry Chardonel with Oak

Compares with good Chardonel from Missouri Wineries

 

Future Meetings:   Our 2017 calendar is complete.  See the attachment.

Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you. Please pay by check but cash is also accepted.

Missouri Winemaking Society Facebook Page:  Our MWS Facebook Page is up and running.  For all of you Facebook users, log into Facebook and search for Missouri Winemaking Society.  If you have not joined please do so.  I am hoping that every Facebook user will join this group.   It is a great way for our members to share with what they are doing in their vineyard and wine cellars.  Also, if you have any files you would like to share with the group please post them. This is a closed group just for MWS members.  

 Wine Making Tips:  Don’t forget, there is lots of useful materials and information on our website.   To access all the terrific things in the Library section, click on the website link at the top of this newsletter, scroll down to the Membership section, and click on the Click here link under MWS Library.  Be sure to check these materials out; they are chock full of knowledge and wisdom – you are sure to glean many gems. 

There are many useful publications in the Missouri Winemaking Society Library – be sure to check out the books, papers, past presentations, and articles available in the Library by clicking on the link below.  The MWS rules for borrowing books is also found there.  http://www.mowinemakers.org/library.html#_Toc84355471

We are in the process of updating the books and files we have.  If you are interested in borrowing a book please let me know and I will be happy to bring it to our next meeting.

 

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for March, 2017

Next Meeting:      Thursday, February 16, 2017 • 7:30

Meeting Place:     St.Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty FerryRd, St Louis, MO 63122

                             MWS Website:  www.mowinemakers.org

Submitted by:       Lisa Nordman

February’s Program:

Phil Rahn gave a compelling presentation on how different wine yeasts create different profiles.  He started the process with a Winexpert Eclipse Chardonnay wine kit.  He then divided the juice into 10 different ½ gallon jugs.  He inoculated each jug with a different wine yeast.  And the best part was that we got to taste each one of the wines.  First, I’ve got to say that each wine we tasted was delicious. And secondly, I had no idea that a different yeast could give such a different taste.  The taste was slight but definitely noticeable.  Please see the attachment of Phil’s presentation. 

Phil Rahn's Wine Yeast Comparison

March’s Meeting   Please note that we will be meeting on Wednesday March 15 from 6:30-8:30.  We will be meeting at Total Wines at 13887 Manchester Rd.  Ballwin, MO63011.  The program hosted by Phil Rahn is Proud to Drink American.  We will be tasting eight delightful wines.  There will be a tasting charge of $10 per member and $20 per guest.  Also, please bring a snack /appetizer to share. 

Wines Needed for St. Gerard Majella Auction

Dave Anderson is collecting wines for St. Gerard Majella’s Auction.  Please bring your tasty bottle of wine to our next meeting. 

Words From our President – Stephen Brunkhorst

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: Are you a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the area of grape growing or wine making? Do you have the answers to all the questions?  Probably not and neither do I. However, you and I may certainly have the real life experience to answer some of the questions.  Introducing Missouri Wine Society"Subject Matter Volunteers (SMVs)".

We are looking for members who are willing to share their experience and expertise with other members who want to know.  This is one more way for our society to fulfill our core mission of "Sharing of Grape Growing and Wine Making Knowledge and Skills". 

Q&As:

Q1) What are the responsibilities of being a SMV?

A1) Be open to contact by phone or email from another member to answer questions you feel qualified to answer or to direct the questioner to another member you may know has the expertise.

Q2) How do I qualify as an SMV?

A2) The SMV decides for himself or herself to volunteer as a SMV.  An SMV does not need to know the answer to every question,  on the other hand an SMV should recognize what is beyond his or her knowledge and be able to refer the questioner to other potential sources for additional information. Other resources may be other members, or published information or perhaps web based information.

Q3) Will my contact information be shared on the website or facebook.

A3) NO!  We respect and will protect our personal information. Our SMV contact information list will be distributed to MWS members only. 

Q4) How do I sign up to be a Subject Matter Volunteer.

A4) Just answer these 6 questions and submit toSteve Brunkhorst or Lisa Nordmann.

1) Name, 2) Phone #, 3) email 4) Experience, 5) Favorite Home Produced Wine, 6) Other,

The information will be tabulated into a table like below:

Name/Phone/email- Experience - My Favorite Home Produced Wine - Other

Volunteer winemaker :Steve Brunkhorst

Making dry & off dry wine from fresh Missouri Grapes _ Off Dry Chardonel with Oak

Compares with good Chardonel from Missouri Winerie

 Future Meetings:

Our 2017 calendar is complete.  See the attachment.

Society Dues:

The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you. Please pay by check but cash is also accepted.

Missouri Winemaking Society Facebook Page

Our MWS Facebook Page is up and running.  For all of you Facebook users, log into Facebook and search for Missouri Winemaking Society.  If you have not joined please do so.  I am hoping that every Facebook user will join this group.   It is a great way for our members to share with what they are doing in their vineyard and wine cellars.  Also, if you have any files you would like to share with the group please post them. This is a closed group just for MWS members.  

 Wine Making Tips:

Don’t forget, there is lots of useful materials and information on our website. 

To access all the terrific things in the Library section, click on the website link at the top of this newsletter, scroll down to the Membership section, and click on the Click here link under MWS Library.  Be sure to check these materials out; they are chock full of knowledge and wisdom – you are sure to glean many gems. 

 

There are many useful publications in the Missouri Winemaking Society Library – be sure to check out the books, papers, past presentations, and articles available in the Library by clicking on the link below.  The MWS rules for borrowing books is also found there.  http://www.mowinemakers.org/library.html#_Toc84355471

We are in the process of updating the books and files we have.  If you are interested in borrowing a book please let me know and I will be happy to bring it to our next meeting.

 

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for February, 2017

Next Meeting:      Thursday, February 16, 2017 • 7:30

Meeting Place:     St.Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd, St Louis, MO 63122

                             MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org

Submitted by:       Lisa Nordmann

January’s Program:  January's program was presented by David Wert, who gave a compelling talk about our beloved red grape "Chambourcin" - the other red wine.  Dave brought in several store bought Chambourcin wines for us to taste and compare.  The Missouri wines were from Augusta, Hermanhoff, Montelle, Stone Hill, and Mt. Pleasant.  We also tried one from Kansas from Somerset Ridge.  I have attached David’s notes in this email.  Several members brought in their own wines.  I enjoyed Alvin’s wine the best. The best part about sharing our wine is that we all learn from each other – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

February’s Meeting:  I just can’t wait to see the different yeast selections Phil Rahn has chosen for his Chardonnay Kit wine.  Phil is going to show us how each selected yeast creates a different profile to each wine.  Even though the wine is from one kit, using different yeasts creates different profiles.  This is one meeting not to miss. 

 Future Meetings:  Our 2017 meeting schedule is almost complete.  I will be e-mailing it soon when it is finalized.

Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you. Please pay by check but cash is also accepted.

Missouri Winemaking Society Facebook Page:  Our MWS Facebook Page is up and running.  For all of you Facebook users log into Facebook and search for Missouri Winemaking Society.  If you have not joined please do so.  I am hoping that every Facebook user will join this group.   It is a great way for our members to share with what they are doing in their vineyard and wine cellars.  Also, if you have any files you would like to share with the group please post them. This is a closed group just for MWS members.  

 

Words From our President – Stephen Brunkhorst:  PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: Our society bylaws state the Executive committee shall provide goals and direction for the club, set financial guidelines, establish and arrange meeting programs, and control and maintain club purchases.  This year's Executive committee met in January and agreed that a fundamental objective of our organization is the sharing of grape growing & wine making knowledge & skills.

Currently knowledgeable members share their expertise in at least four ways:

1) monthly meeting topics  2) website technical postings  3) library  4) ad hoc eMail & phone calls between members.

The executive committee discussed ideas to improve the sharing of knowledge and skills: A. set up a "facebook group" for communication among members who choose to join. B. use name tags at meeting to help communication between newer and vintage members hold small group forums on specific topicsC.  make known those members who have the knowledge and willingness to share information) local control of the MWS webpage so information can more easily be updated

These topics will be discussed at meetings and in our mailings during the course of the year.

 Chambourcin Presentation by David Wert

Chambourcin is a French-American interspecific hybrid grape.  The hybrid was produced by Joannes Seyve who often used Seibel hybrids that were developed in the 1860’s.  It is thought to be a cross between native North American vines and a Seibel hybrid.  The grape has only been available commercially since 1963.  It has good resistance to fungal disease, and is one of the parents of the new disease resistant variety, Regent, which is increasing in popularity among German grape growers.  Chambourcin is considered a very productive grape.

Chambourcin can be made into a dry style or one with a moderate amount of residual sugar.  Chambourcin is a teinturier – a grape whose juice is pink or red rather than clear like most red vitis vinifera grapes.

Chambourcin has been planted in mid-Atlantic regions of North America, particularly states such as New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Southern Illinois Missouri and Kansas.  It is grown as far north as Canada, and it is also grown in Australia, France, and Portugal.  It is one of the world’s most popular hybrids.  It is planted in significant quantities in Nantes, France in western Loire, where it can be used in table wines.  It does not fit is France’s AOC (Appellation d’origin controlee) system.  This area of France is generally known for its white Muscadet wines.

It is often used to blend with other varieties to add color and depth.  It can be used to make big, rich reds and light fruity rosé wines.  It is also used to produce sparkling red wines.

Chambourcin wines are often spicy, with black cherry and plum flavors and a range of herbal characters.  It needs a long growing season to ripen properly.  When fermented on the skins for extended periods of time, it extracts big vinifera-type flavors with great aging potential.

The superior wines of Chambourcin can be big and aromatic, with a solid tannin structure and a rich complex flavor that has a great berry/jammy flavor profile.  The wine blends well with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Frac because it softens these wines, but it can also be used to beef up the tannin structure and increase complexity of lighter wines.  (Note that there is some conflicting opinions here, as many consider Chambourcin to be light in tannins.)

If you are considering growing Chambourcin, it is known to be extremely resistant to fungal disease and is also very hardy.  It is suggested that crop thinning can help reduce the acidity that is often associated with the wine, especially in colder regions.  Also, to increase the mouthfeel, many winemakers add tannins to the wines.  It appears that the best time to add tannins may be post fermentation to keep the added tannins from being pulled out of the wine during fermentation due to protein-tannin binding complexes.

Some flavors that you may note: Black cherry, black pepper, crushed gravel, wet loam, and chocolate with high acidity and low tannin.

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for January, 2017

Next Meeting:      Thursday, January 19, 2017 • 7:30
Meeting Place:     St.Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd, St Louis, MO 63122
                             MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Lisa Nordmann
 
 There is not much to report for December, unfortunately because of inclement weather, the most anticipated annual Holiday Party had to be cancelled.  David and Barbara Anderson were kind enough to host this fun event.  I am sure everyone was disappointed but safety is always a priority
 
 Program:  January's program will be presented by David Wert and talking about our beloved red grape "Chambourcin" - the other red wine.  Store bought Chambourcin wines will be on hand to taste and compare. Please bring your own home made Chambourcin wines to share and be critiqued.  Please bring 2 bottles to share.
 
 Future Meetings:   Our 2017 agenda has not been set as of yet.  We should have more information given to you at Thursday's meeting.
 
 Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you. Please pay by check but cash is also accepted.

Missouri Winemaking Society Facebook Page

Our MWS Facebook Page is up and running.  This is a closed group just for MWS members.  I am hoping that every facebook user will join this group.  It will be a great way we can all communicate about what is going on in our group.  Also, I would love to see our members posting what they are doing in their vineyard and wine cellars.  Also, if you have any files you would like to share with the group please post them.

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for December, 2016
Next Meeting:      Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Place:     David and Barbara Anderson’s home
                             521 Taylor Young Dr.
                             Kirkwood, MO 63122
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 
 The results are in from the first MWS Favorite Red Wine Competition (aka, The Redheaded Beauty Contest)!  Bernard Cleve took home top honors with one of his famous Nortons.  Mark Brenner placed second with one of his highly acclaimed Nortons.  Both were 2015 vintages, and this is continued proof that the official grape of Missouri stands proudly in the face of all competition.  (btw, if you are interested in a nice read, The Wild Vine by Todd Kliman is a nice book about the Norton grape; it will make you enjoy it even more.)  Mark had a funny, and sad, story about the making of his entry, and seeing Bernard accept his medal while wearing the just recently purchased beauty contest sash and tiara was well worth the trip, regardless how far you came from.  Ok, that last part didn’t happen because I still haven’t been able to convince them to get a sash and tiara for the winner, but those of you that don’t have a visual imagination don’t know what you’re missing.
 Congratulations Bernard!    
 
 Business:  All the nominated officers were elected unanimously.
 
 Program:  See the attachment for details of the eagerly anticipated 2016 MWS Christmas Party.  David and Barbara Anderson will be graciously hosting it this year, and they live very close to the church where we regularly hold our meetings.   There are lots of details in the attachment, but for those that always seek a short cut, and are looking for a Cliffs Notes version…
·    We are each asked to bring a bottle of wine to share (though I suggest bringing two…), and though any type of wine is appropriate and appreciated, there has been a lot of talk about bringing sparkling wine, which always enhances the festive atmosphere.  So its up to you, but if you take my suggestion, one bottle of sparkling wine, and a bottle of another personal favorite, would be wonderful.
·    Optional – Bring a wrapped commercial wine (or a “premium” homemade wine for those of you that make really fine wine) to be offered as a “Secret Santa” gift.  If you choose to participate, you will leave your wrapped bottle on a table at the beginning of the party, and at the end of the evening you’ll be able to pick up a bottle someone else left.  And if you choose not to participate, you’re not allowed to be a Grinch and steal someone else’s Christmas.        
·    Also – and very important, please be sure to remember to bring some tasty snacks or appetizers to share.  
·     …and wearing festive Christmas attire wouldn’t go amiss either…
 
For more complete details see David’s invitation, which is attached.
 
In the past I have also provided a link to MapQuest or Bing Maps that you could use to find customized directions, but last time I discovered that differences in software, browsers, etc., occasionally produce inconsistent results.  So, not wanting to get anyone lost, I will just suggest that you use David’s map on the attachment, or enter David’s address into the map tool of your choice if desired.  Another alternative, though with possibly a little less reliability, would be to drive to the church where we normally meet, park, shut off your engine, then listen for the festive sounds of people enjoying themselves and follow that sound.
 
There are a few of you that haven’t been to meetings in a while, and this would be a perfect opportunity to reconnect.  People have been missing you, and you’ll enjoy it.  So clear your calendar for Saturday, December 17, and we can catch-up.
 
 Future Meetings:  In January the meeting will focus on “the other red wine”; Chambourcin.  More details will follow in next month’s newsletter.
 
 Ramblings:  I really think this is a wonderful time of the year!  Hopefully you had a really nice Thanksgiving, and maybe even enjoyed eating or drinking something you made from the bounty of the things God provides on this earth.  The weather is finally turning colder, and it no longer feels like just an extension of fall, though I still have concerns about whether we will have a “proper” winter this year.  I know lots of you like to escape the winter, but I really enjoy the different seasons.  I have a walking path that kind of meanders around my property and I like seeing the changes in nature throughout the year.  Before putting my brush hog away for the winter I also mowed a path down one of the hills that I hope to be able to use tobogganing if the weather cooperates.  I have an old 6’ wooden toboggan that is a lot of fun when the snow is deep enough.  After a few runs down the hill and the snow is slightly packed, you can get some good speed going – goggles are always a must with a toboggan.  And before any of you go too far down the mental path of thinking that I am too old for something like that – perhaps I should remind you that there’s no reason to abandon good, simple fun just because you’re no longer a kid.  I’ve always thought it was a mistake to give up things you enjoy just because of advancing age.  It’s a glorious part of winter to be able to play in the snow as you make runs down the hill on a toboggan, enjoying the crisp air and taking in the beauty of a white blanket softening everything, and then warming up in front of a fire with some of my famous hot chocolate.  Nothing could be more perfect.
 
Why would you leave something that much fun to the young?
 
Hopefully some of the more adventurous of you will consider rediscovering your ‘inner child’ this winter.  If sledding/tobogganing doesn’t work for you, there is always ice skating, winter hiking, or simply sitting next to a small bonfire under a clear winter sky and enjoying the stars as “they put on a show for free” (to quote James Taylor (Up On The Roof)), or enjoying any number of indoor things you can do while being warmed by a fire in the fireplace or wood stove such as reading a great book or listening to an audiobook, watching a classic old movie, or listening to some music – there’s lots of stuff you can do to enjoy this time of the year.  (And the hot chocolate is a completely appropriate accompaniment for any of these, I might add…)  One of the beauties about winter is that since it’s too cold to do work outside, you can do all of these types of things completely guilt-free.  So don’t dread winter – celebrate it!  It’s a glorious time to be alive.
 
Just in case you decide to take me up on one of these suggestions, I have included my hot chocolate recipe below to make your enjoyment more complete.
 
Steve’s Ultimate Hot Chocolate
 
SERVES 4
 Ingredients:
4       cups whole, low-fat, or skim milk
1       cinnamon stick
6       sprigs fresh mint
2       split vanilla beans (optional – but good)
10     ounces semi-sweet, or milk chocolate (my favorite), cut into small pieces
Whipped creamChocolate shavings
 1.     Heat milk to scalding in a medium saucepan.  Add cinnamon stick, mint, and vanilla beans (if desired).  Let steep 10 minutes.
2.     Remove saucepan from heat; strain, and return to saucepan.
3.     Reheat milk, and using a whisk, stir in chocolate until melted and milk is frothy.
4.     Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream garnished with chocolate shavings.  
 
This is also the end of my run as MWS secretary.  John pretty much had to twist my arm and shame me into accepting the job a couple of years ago – and even then I misunderstood and thought it would just be for a year.  But I have to say that once I got past the resentment of him using my sense of responsibility against me in order to manipulate me into doing this, I discovered that I enjoyed it.  Or at least I enjoyed part of it.  I’m still a pretty naturally lazy and fairly disorganized person, so this was yet another thing that needed to be done at specific times each month, and was therefore an additional opportunity to fail, but I’ve had some fun with it.  Which prompts me to say “thank you” to all of you that have fought back the desperate urge to say, “that isn’t how we do it” to me when I took a bit of literary license from time-to-time.  And I know that a few of you wanted to – ok, maybe more than a few of you.  But I genuinely appreciate your patience with me, and your general forbearance in all of this.  I’m sure God will reward you in some way for that.  (And just to let you know, in case you are still wondering whether it would have been better if you had told me to stop; it wouldn’t have worked.  A somewhat “trying” part of my nature, or so I am told, is that I stiffen noticeably when told what to do.  So it’s probably best that you just try to focus on the positive, and simply be pleased with yourself that you showed so much maturity, patience and restraint.)
 
I hope to see you at the Anderson’s for the Christmas Party!  Drive carefully.
 

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for November, 2016
Next Meeting:        Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place:    St Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty FerryRd, St Louis, MO 63122
MWS Website:    www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:        Steve Kintz,
 
 I hope you didn’t miss last month’s meeting.  There were several nice wines - and the best Crimson Cabernet I think I’ve ever had (thank you David Wert!).  Plus, everyone brought in lots of cool winemaking toys - I mean tools.  Winemaking TOOLS.  Yes, they were all practical, absolutely essential tools that are completely necessary for winemaking.  I personally saw lots of things that I need to bring into my life.  Now I just have to figure out how to afford those I don’t have…
 
Ok, all kidding aside, there were actually lots of cool items people brought in that make winemaking easier and better.  I was really impressed by all the inventive homemade items that people brought in.  They included wedges that tilt a carboy for more efficient racking (David Anderson), a pump that transfers wine rapidly (Mark Brenner), a beautiful and efficiently designed cherry punch down tool (Tony Turek), and many, many more items.  Thank you all for bringing in your tools of the trade.  Speaking just for myself, you’ve given me lots of great ideas and tips – as always.
 
 
Business:
 New officers have been nominated, and a formal vote will take place next month.  The current nominations follow.
President                 Steve Brunkhorst
Vice President        Phil Rahn
Secretary                Lisa Nordmann
Treasurer                David Wert
Cellar Master        John Merkle
 
If you are also interested in taking on one of these roles, there is still time to let David Wert or John Merkle know.  Again, the vote will take place in the November meeting.
 
 
Program:   So here we are, it’s November, and we have now arrived at the first of its kind - the gala MWS Redhead Beauty Contest.  The red carpet is being rolled out (particularly appropriate in this situation I think), the paparazzi have it marked on their calendars, and all the famous and glamorous people will all be there, wearing their finest gowns and tuxes – each seeking to make just the right fashion statement.  See, the excitement and anticipation is already building to a palpable level you can feel (and yes, you’re right; that is redundant).
 
Hopefully you’ve been sorting through all those redheaded beauties in your home, and have now settled on your favorite.  (I should mention that it might be best not to say which is your favorite while still in your wine cellar – there is no telling what kind of mischief they might get into when you’re not there if you do.  Some people think that seemingly inanimate objects don’t animate when we aren’t around, but they do.  I’ve seen movies about this.  And that stuff you’ve always heard about fiery redheads is true.  So just play it safe, and don’t take any chances.  While still in your cellar, just say that you like them all the best.  And the beauty is, the one you select won’t be back to tell the others the truth.)  So now, once you’ve chosen your favorite red beauty – remember, only one entry allowed per member (that’s a secret clue for those that attended the October meeting – and let this be a lesson to those that didn’t – because you don’t know what that means), you’re set to finish your final grooming leading up to the competition.  Ok, fine.   I’ll tell those that didn’t attend, but this is the last time; no more “grace period” – you need to attend the meetings if you want to be “in the know”.  This stipulation does allow couples that are both members to bring two entries (yet another reason for both spouses to be members).
 
Just to remind everyone, it’s a “just for fun” competition, and is open to all Society Members (i.e., paid-up members) – though all are welcome to attend, taste, enjoy, and vote.  
 
This is just like the Favorite White Wine Competition, but we have some new members, so it might be helpful to review what this competition is all about.  There are also quite a few of you long-standing members that tune out every time I say something, so it wouldn’t hurt for you to pay attention to be sure you understand this as well, but they probably stopped reading after they checked the date of the next meeting and what the topic was.  I suppose I should give them credit for bearing patiently with all this drivel from me until the end of this year, and that’s good, I suppose, but I have been mightily tempted to volunteer them for something unpleasant just out of spite.  But it’s probably more difficult putting up with this than I realize, and I should always look for opportunities to extend grace.  Hmm.  Ok, fine.  I can be mature for another two months.  Or at least I’ll try.  I think…
 
Anyway, it might be helpful to think of this as less like a wine fair, and more like a beauty contest – but only for redheads (red wines, remember?).  You are welcome to bring any red wine you wish – but only one, so pick your favorite (see warning above), but please bring two bottles so that there is enough for all to sample.  Everyone present will taste all the wines and vote for their favorite.  Just to be clear, it won’t be a favorite Norton, or a favorite Chambourcin, and a favorite Cabernet Sauvignon, etc.; it will just be the favorite wine of all the wines entered.  This is therefore an excellent opportunity to bring out a nice red blend if it happens to be your favorite.  This really is a popularity contest, and you simply vote for what you like.  No entry fee, no formal rating, just fun – and the bragging rights that go with winning.  Still no word on whether they have secured a tiara and sash for the winner.
 
For all those entering a wine; please be prepared to discuss how you made it after the judging so the rest of us can pick up pointers to improve the overall quality of our wine.
 
 Future Meetings:  Next month is one of my personal favorite events of the year.   It’s time for the eagerly anticipated MWS Christmas Party.  This year David and Barbara Anderson will be hosting it, and they live close enough to the church where we regularly hold our meetings that you could walk there from the church parking lot.  Keep in mind, I’m saying that figuratively.  Some of us really shouldn’t be considering that unless we get in a little exercise between now and then (which I’m not planning to do) – and even then, it’s probably not advisable to walk on roads at night.  But the point is, it’s close - and so is the party!  
 
It’s not too early to be thinking about what kind of wine you will be bringing to share – only one bottle is “required”, but I’m recommending two bottles (and just in case you were wondering, I’m partial to a nice…).  You should also be planning what kind of delicious snacks and appetizers you’ll be bringing to share.  
 
And since I have plans to enjoy this event thoroughly, I should also mention that it’s also not too early to start planning your festive Christmas attire.   Things are always more fun when the attire is consistent with mood of the event.
 
As I mentioned, this is my favorite time of the year and anything you can do to enhance my enjoyment of it will be eternally appreciated.  I’ll do my best to enhance yours as well (even if it means staying away from those of you I mentioned earlier).   There will be more details in next month’s newsletter.    
 
 Society Dues:
 BREAKING NEWS:  This just in from the Channel 7 KMWS News Team – Against the current flow of the falling value of the US Dollar, and the subsequent ever-rising prices of just about everything, it has been decided that the society dues will remain the same for 2017.  YEA!!!

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for October, 2016
Next Meeting:      Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place:     St Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd, St Louis, MO 63122
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 
 Winemaking, like many things in life I suppose, can vary greatly from one person to the next.  Each person approaches it in a way that fits with their personality and temperament, and naturally, that way seems like the only “right” way to them.  But really, there are lots of ways something can be done, and many of them produce very good results.  It has always seemed to me that winemakers fall into two basic camps: the scientist or the artist.  At times it appears that some in one camp don’t have a great deal of regard for those in the other camp, which always seems a shame.  Again, it appears this is the case in many areas of life.   
 
Brandon Dixon, the winemaker from Noboleis Winery, was our guest speaker last month and I personally really enjoyed his talk.  It was very informative and he provided lots of insight into what goes into the decisions the winemaker of a commercial winery makes.  But for me the best part was that Brandon seems to be a really nice balance between the scientist and the artist.  I really enjoyed getting to hear that “niche perspective” and the way it impacts his wine.  I refer to it as a “niche” because most winemakers I have heard seem to lean much more heavily in one camp or the other, either the scientist or the artist.  I really liked this balance between the two.  May their tribe increase.
 
 Program:   As promised, this month we will focus on “tools of the trade”, or in previous years it might have been called “gizmos and gadgets”.  The intent is for everyone to bring tools or gadgets they have either bought or made that you have found helpful or useful, and items that make winemaking more enjoyable.  Someone I admire once wrote, “Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  The same advise could be applied to the winemaker.  Sometimes relatively simple things can prove to be very helpful and make winemaking easier, whether they are large or small.  It could also just be something that you have found that enhances your enjoyment of, or the beauty you derive from, making and enjoying wine.  That would be welcome too.  I have recently discovered that a fairly basic tool needed for proper vineyard care and grape assessment was completely lacking in my vineyard (I really didn’t know what they were used for or how it worked).  But a fellow member clued me in (thanks again Tony) and I am now much more prepared – plus its really pretty cool, and I feel more like a real vigneron (or at least I can pretend to be one when uninformed people see me in the vineyard).  Again, there are many ways to enhance the overall experience.  Remember, useful or beautiful – and both is always a bonus.  So bring lots of your stuff so I can benefit further from what you’ve discovered and enjoy.
 
 Wine for the meeting:
 For those of you bringing wine for the October meeting (and thank you in advance if you do), consider this a “Wild Card” Wine Event.  The meeting topic is “Tools Of The Trade”, so anything you’d like to share will be appropriate.  It might be especially nice if you could bring a wine made while using the tool you are going to bring and talk about the role it played - though that’s just a suggestion and not necessary.  Feel free to bring anything you’d like.
 
Please fill out the attached form if you will be bringing wine to the meeting and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form.      
 
 Future Meetings:  The MWS Favorite Red Wine Competition is just around the corner.  So it’s not too early to be lining up your pretty redheads and giving them a pep talk; stressing proper grooming, etiquette, how to carry themselves, the importance of keeping their skills sharp for the talent portion of the contest, and just all around likeability.
 
Just remember, you can only enter one.  So you’ll need to have a family contest before the MWS competition to choose your representative.  More details will follow next month.  
 
Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you, and Steve Brunkhorst will gladly sign you up in either case.


The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for September, 2016
Next Meeting:      Thursday, September 15 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place:     St Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty FerryRd, St Louis, MO 63122
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 
 The August “Taste Of Missouri” meeting was very enjoyable.  We not only had some great wines to taste, but we had several guests (two became new members) and lots of great conversation.  Steve Brunkhorst did a great job selecting the wines for us to try, and he had some interesting information on the wines we tasted, and some accompanying pictures for the wineries.  It really was an excellent presentation, and you will find the electronic part of it posted on the website (details below).  The liquid part of the presentation isn’t available on the website, and if you failed to attend the meeting, the fact that you will now have to spend many hours in your car to recreate it is the appropriate consequence to your negligence…

I also need to mention that it is the time of year for electing new MWS officers.  Most of the positions have reached their term limits and we’ll need new people to step into the various roles.  If you are interested please contact David Wert (dwert@mii.com) or John Merkle (jmerklewines@aol.com).
 

Program:  Our meeting for this month features a guest speaker.  Brandon Dixon is the winemaker at Noboleis Vineyards and Winery, and the creator of the CV Riley Award winner for the Best Norton in the recently completed 2016 Missouri Wine Competition.  Here is a link to the Noboleis website in case anyone is interested in checking it out.  http://noboleisvineyards.com
 

Future Meetings:  In October the meeting will focus on “tools of the trade”, or in previous years it might have been called “gizmos and gadgets”.  The intent is for everyone to bring tools or gadgets they have either bought or made that you have found to make winemaking easier or more enjoyable.  Sometimes relatively simple things can prove to be very helpful and can make winemaking easier.  So bring lots of your stuff so I can benefit from what you’ve discovered.
 
Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you, and Steve Brunkhorst will gladly sign you up in either case.

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for August, 2016
Next Meeting:      Thursday, August 18 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place:     St Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry
                              Rd, St Louis, MO 63122
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 
 When I was young we would spend a week each summer at my maternal grandparents farm in southern Missouri.  I loved the freedom I had to go off on my own for hours, as well as to be able to fish, explore the surrounding countryside, and eat more than my fill of the amazing food my grandmother made.  It appears that lots of “seeds” were planted within me at those times that later grew to become the things I value deeply today.  One of those things is an enjoyment of things that grow, and an appreciation for things that are made from those things that grow.
 
It still seems to be something of a miracle to me that lots of great things grow out of the soil.  Lots of them add beauty to life, and many of them can be turned into wonderful things to eat and drink.  In a similar way that my Grandma turned apples into the pure gold that her apple butter was, there is something magical that you guys do when you turn grapes into a wonderful wine.  Many of you now do that consistently.  I have even been fortunate to have stumbled into having a few of my efforts turn into something that I genuinely enjoy and get pleasure from.  There is something really wonderful in that.       
 
Our program this month is celebrates some of the best efforts in this process as it relates to grapes in Missouri.
 

Program:  The meeting in August will be a “tasting tour” through the best of Missouri’s commercial wine.  With the 2016 Missouri Wine Competition recently completed, and a new Governor’s Cup awarded, Steve Brunkhorst has purchased several of these gold medal-winning wines, and we will be enjoying them.  I think his plan is to have about 4 reds and four whites available for our tasting pleasure, including the winner of the 2016 Governor’s Cup.
 
This past weekend I was traveling to a family reunion, and I passed the winery that produced the Governor’s Cup winner.  Though it was 9:30 in the morning, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try their wines.  The two people I was with tried to tell me that they usually found drinking wine before 10:00am a bit too early in the day.  But I reminded them it was 10:00am somewhere…  And besides, they tried telling me the same thing about eating ice cream at that time of the day.  Crazy, huh?
 
Anyway, this wine was very good, as I’m sure the rest of the gold medal-winning wines will be.  So be sure to join us Thursday, August 18 at 7:30p.m. for the tasting.


Future Meetings:  In September we will have Brandon Dixon, the winemaker at Noboleis Winery http://noboleisvineyards.com, as our guest speaker.  Brandon is the winemaker responsible for the winner of the CV Riley Award for the best judged Norton in the recent 2016 Missouri wine competition.
 

Society Dues:  The yearly fee, per person, will be $50 ($25 after June), with no additional meeting fee (or tasting fee, if you prefer) – this is a savings over the course of the year if you attend all the meetings (and you should).  But if you do not want to pay the full $50, you can pay just $25 for a full year’s membership, but then you will need to pay a $5 per meeting “tasting” fee at each meeting you attend.  So it’s your choice to determine which way works best for you, and Steve Brunkhorst will gladly sign you up in either case.
 

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for July, 2016
Next Meeting:      Saturday, July 23 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Place:     John and Mary Merkle’s home

MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 
 I hope you are enjoying this break from the heat as much as I am.  It’s a glorious morning here in Clarksville and it makes you glad to be alive.  And yes, the heat has been getting to me…
 
For those that weren’t able to attend, we had a good Favorite White Wine competition (aka, Blonde Beauty Contest) last month.  Steve Brunkhorst won with his Chardonel; a delightful, though plainly dressed entry I thought (oddly enough, all the contestants were wearing similar plain brown paper dresses with a high collar – apparently that is the fashion this year, who knew?).  But her personality really shone through and she was very tasty – smelled nice too.   I also picked up some good tips to hopefully improve my wine - and I discovered that you can buy a tool to perforate paper.  Pretty cool.
 
As long as we’re talking about wine success, and we were; Tony Turek won a Gold and a Bronze at the Illinois State Fair wine competition for his 2014 Chambourcin, and 2014 Chambourcin Rosé, respectively, and Phil Lungo won a Gold, and Best of Show in the Country Fruit category, at the national Winemaker Magazine wine competition with his 2014 Blackberry wine.  Well done guys!  (Apparently 2014 was a very good year…)
 
 
Program:  The world famous MWS Summer Picnic is next on the calendar, and it will be held at John and Mary Merkle’s home this year.  So please block out your calendar for Saturday, July 23 from 11:30am to 3:30pm, and begin thinking of what kind of scrumptious food you will bring to enhance my feasting pleasure.  Of course, you are also welcome to enjoy yourselves – this isn’t all about me, but that’s up to you.  I already know I will.  (I personally can’t wait to see what kind of baked good Mary makes that is sure to delight both visually and gastronomically – ymmm.)
 
You will find convenient directions attached that John provided, and as an alternative for those that prefer personalized directions (if you have anything that is monogrammed this might be you), you should also be able to click on the link below, then click on ‘Directions’, and enter your address in the box to the right of the large green ‘A’.  This will provide customized directions from your front door to theirs.  So you have no excuse for not being able to find your way through the Wild Wood.


The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for June, 2016
Next Meeting:      Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place:     St.Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry
                              Rd, St Louis, MO 63122
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 

Program:  After a very enjoyable Spring Winery Tour at Wild Sun Winery, we return to St. Gerard Majella Church for the June meeting as we kick-off the inaugural “Favorite White Wine” competition.  It’s a “just for fun” competition and is open to all Society Members (i.e., paid-up members (this is yet another reason to be a member, though that basic fact should be abundantly obvious by now)).  

It might be helpful to think of this as less like a wine fair, and more like a beauty contest – but only for blondes (whites, get it?).  You are welcome to bring any white wine you wish – but only one, so pick your favorite (but please bring two bottles so that there is enough for all to sample).  Everyone present will taste all the wines and vote for their favorite.  I’m not sure what exactly the plan is regarding what will be used to record the votes, though there was a rumor there were some old voting booths left over from the 2000 presidential election, so maybe those will be employed.  Just to be clear, it won’t be a favorite Chardonel, and a favorite Vignoles, and a favorite…; it will just be the favorite wine of all the wines entered.  So this really is a popularity contest, and you simply vote for what you like.  No entry fee, no rating, just fun – and the bragging rights that go with winning (I know I’m getting a lot of mileage from the last (only) thing I won).
 
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get anyone to support the idea of a sash and a tiara for the winner, but at least there isn’t a bathing suit part of this competition, so that’s some consolation at least.
 
For all those entering a wine; please be prepared to discuss how you made it so the rest of us can pick up pointers to improve the overall quality of our wine.
 
There was also a request that you bring your wine at a temperature preferably between 40-50F.  They will then put all the wines in a common cooler so that they begin to normalize for comparative tasting.  Pretty official for a popularity contest, huh?
 
 
Future Meetings:  Stop what you’re doing and mark your calendars right now - in July we will be having our Annual MWS Picnic, and this year it will be hosted by John and Mary Merkle at their home in Wildwood.  I’m always tempted to make a connection about whether or not John was the basis for the Mr. Badger character in Wind In The Willows (he lived in the Wild Wood), but that’s probably a bit too obscure to use without a reference, which sort of kills the enjoyment – but now that I’ve planted the seed, maybe in the future.  Best to just get back to the pertinent information…  The MWS Picnic is planned for July 23 from 11:30 to 3:30.
 
You will find the MWS 2016 Calendar of Events attached to see what is in store for the remainder of the year.  As always, this is still somewhat tentative and therefore subject to change, but you can see what is in store for the coming year.


The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for May, 2016
Next Meeting:      Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:15 a.m.
Meeting Place:     Wild Sun Winery, 4830 Pioneer Rd, Hillsboro,
                              MO 63050
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz

 Program:
 The weather has been absolutely beautiful this Spring (at least it has been where I live), and what better way to celebrate it than to go on our annual Spring Winery Tour and Picnic?  This year it is going to be at Wild Sun Winery in Hillsboro.  This is still a relatively new winery, and one of the owners - and the head winemaker, is Mark Baehmann, who was previously the winemaker at Chaumette, and before that at Mount Pleasant.  I’m sure many of us remember Mark speaking to our group a few years ago, and he has a wealth of knowledge.
 
The planned schedule is as follows:
 11:15      Begin to gather

11:30      Tour of Winemaking Facility (no vineyards)
12:00      Group tasting of Wild Sun Wines (the club will pay the tasting fee for members, but there will be a $5
               fee for non-members).
12:30      Pot Luck Picnic Lunch (we will buy some wines and also buy some flat bread pizza to share)
1:30        Event ends for the group, but feel free to hang around and enjoy the afternoon there.
 
So get out you calendar, whether it’s electronic or old school, and set aside Saturday, May 14 so you will be sure to attend.  This is also a wonderful opportunity to invite family or friends that you think might be interested in joining the MWS.  Just a thought…
 
I’ve included a link to an article on Wild Sun Winery from a previous issue of Sauce Magazine in case you’d like to learn more about them.  http://www.saucemagazine.com/blog/?tag=wild-sun-winery
 
As always, we want to be courteous guests, so be sure to plan to purchase your wine for the meal from our hosts.
 
For directions to Wild Sun, click the link immediately below, click on ‘Directions’ in the upper left of the screen, then enter your address in the box immediately to the right of the green letter “A”, and click “Go”.

 Future Meetings:  We will return to St Gerard Majella Church in beautiful Kirkwood for the June meeting to kick-off the inaugural “Favorite White Wine” competition.  It is open to all Society Members (i.e., paid-up members).  Further information will be coming on how it is going to be run, but basically each member can bring one white wine for tasting.  We will taste all of the wines, and then we will vote for which wine is our favorite.  It will purely be a popularity contest with one overall winner, regardless of varietal.  You can think of it as “a beauty contest limited to blonds” if you’re still struggling with the concept.  There will also be discussion on how each of the entered wines was made.
 
You will find the MWS 2016 Calendar of Events attached.  As always, this is still somewhat tentative and therefore subject to change, but you can see what is in store for the coming year.

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for April, 2016
Next Meeting:      Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place:     St Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry
                              Rd, St Louis, MO 63122
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz

 
Program:
  We will return to our normal meeting location at St. Gerard Majella Church, and the topic will be related to winemaking additives led by Bernard Cleve.  It is expected that there will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and for the members and guests to share their results and knowledge in this vital area.  I’m counting on each of you to provide some needed guidance for me in this area, so please be sure to attend.  
 
 
Wine for the meeting:  For those of you bringing wine for the April meeting (and thank you in advance), since the topic is winemaking additives, please bring wines that you have included some additives in the process, and be prepared to discuss what you used and why.  Thanks.
 
Please fill out the attached form if you will be bringing wine to the meeting and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form.      
   
 Future Meetings:  In May we will be having our Spring Winery Tour and Picnic.  This year it is going to be at Wild Sun Winery in Hillsboro.  This is still a relatively new winery, and one of the owners - and the head winemaker, is Mark Baehmann, who was previously the winemaker at Chaumette, and before that at Mount Pleasant.  I’m pretty sure I remember Mark speaking to our group a few years ago and he has a wealth of knowledge.
 
So get out you calendar, electronic or old school, and set aside Saturday, May 14 so you will be sure to attend.   
 
I’ve included a link to an article on Wild Sun Winery from a previous issue of Sauce Magazine in case you’d like to learn more about them.  http://www.saucemagazine.com/blog/?tag=wild-sun-winery
 
You will also find the MWS 2016 Calendar of Events attached.  As always, this is still somewhat tentative and therefore subject to change, but you can see what is in store for the coming year.

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for March, 2016
Next Meeting:      WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Place:     Total Wines, Manchester Meadows, 13887Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO 63011
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 

Program:  The program for March is going to be a French wine tasting at the new Total Wines on Manchester Road in Ballwin.  I think the plan is that there will be 8 wines, including champagne.  Please note that this event will be on a Wednesday, and it will start at 7:00pm.
 
There will be a $20 fee to attend at Total Wines, but the MWS will be paying half of that for paid-up MWS members.  So if you are a paid-up MWS member your cost will be $10.  Non-members, spouses, friends, and people you’re not sure how you feel about will all be very welcome, but they will have to pay the full $20 cost.  (I’ll forego mentioning the obvious opportunity to join the MWS at what amounts to a $10 discount if you do it now and wish to attend this event.  Yep, no need to mention this unmistakable money-saving opportunity.  So I won’t.) Steve Brunkhorst will collect the fee at the store that night.
Bringing some appropriate snacks to share would be greatly appreciated.
 
It sounds like this should be tasty, fun, and informative.  A few of you will likely consider this as something of an “appetizer” for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations the next day.  If this applies to you (and you know who you are), just remember, it’s best to pace yourself…
 
Please RSVP by the end of the day on March 11 so we can provide an approximate head count to Total Wines so that things will be ready for us.  Thank you.
 
If you click on the link below and you will find it takes you to a subsequent link you can use to get directions from your house to the store.  Couldn’t be easier.  Well, I suppose someone could personally pick you up at your house and drive you there, and that would definitely be easier, but that isn’t going to happen, so this is the next best thing.
http://www.totalwine.com/store-info/missouri-town-and-country/1801
   
 
Future Meetings:
  In April we will return to our normal meeting location at St. Gerard Majella Church, and the topic will be winemaking additives led by Bernard Cleve.  It is expected that there will be lots of opportunity to ask questions and for the members and guests to share their results and knowledge in this vital area.  Please be sure to attend.   
 
You will also find the MWS 2016 Calendar of Events attached.  As always, this is still somewhat tentative and therefore subject to change, but you can see what is in store for the coming year.

The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for February, 2016
Next Meeting:      Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place:     St Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry Rd, St Louis, MO 63122
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 
 We had a really good first meeting of the new year.  Steve Brunkhorst gave us lots of good information regarding how you can make distinctly different wines from the same grape, and allowed us to taste the difference those variations in winemaking techniques created.  Look for the presentation within the Library section of the MWS website soon.
 
As is always true, the quality of the grapes is a huge component in making a good wine.  Steve attested that the Chardonel grapes he got from Shady Grove Vineyard in Ste. Genevieve, MO were excellent and in ideal condition.  This isn’t the first time I have heard a glowing review of grapes grown by SGV, so I gathered some information I thought might be of interest to others as well.
 
SGV was established in 2005 and grows Chardonel, Vignoles, Traminette, Norton, and Chambourcin grapes.  They sell their grapes to home wine makers and also commercial wineries.  They maintain an e-mail distribution list and will communicate the status of the fruit and projected harvest times.  If you would like to be included, contact Victoria Meyer directly at 314-616-3611.      
 
 
Program:  The program in February is sure to be valuable for all those that have a vineyard – or those considering establishing their own vineyard.  But aside from that, even those that have no plans to grow their own grapes can increase their enjoyment of wine by better understanding what goes into the all-important care of the vineyard.
 
This month we are fortunate to have Dean S. Volenburg, Viticulture and Winery Operations Extension Specialist from the University of Missouri Grape and Wine Institute speaking on vineyard management.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this vital aspect of making wine.   
 
 
Wine for the meeting:  I failed to contact Phil to get the “requested wine varietals” for this month’s meeting, but don’t let that stop you from bringing wine you would like to share.  If ever in doubt as to what to bring, I am personally partial to a nice Riesling…
 
Please fill out the attached form if you will be bringing wine to the meeting and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form.      
 
 
Future Meetings:  The current plan is to have the March meeting on WEDNESDAY, March 16 at Total Wines on Manchester Road in Town and Country.  It is intended to be a “Wines of Bordeaux” wine tasting event.
 
You will also find the MWS 2016 Calendar of Events attached.  As always, this is still somewhat tentative and therefore subject to change, but you can see what is in store for the coming year.


The Missouri Winemaking Society Newsletter for January, 2016
Next Meeting:      Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place:     St Gerard Majella Church,1971 Dougherty Ferry
   Rd, St Louis, MO 63122
MWS Website:     www.mowinemakers.org
Submitted by:       Steve Kintz
 
 I hope those of you that celebrate Christmas had a wonderful time with your family and friends.  And for those that ventured out last night, I hope you had a safe and fun New Year's Eve.
 
 Program:  For our first meeting in 2016 Steve Brunkhorst will step us through multiple ways of producing Chardonel wine.  The Chardonel grape is making significant inroads into the catalog of wines produced at a growing number of Missouri wineries.  There are also some local vineyards that are growing Chardonel grapes, and some of these will make their grapes available to home winemakers.
 
Steve will share his 2014 Chardonel wines.  We will taste versions of his Chardonel that includes a “base” version produced in glass, the same base wine produced with malolactic fermentation, and the base wine aged with American oak.  Steve will also have Chardonel wines from several Missouri wineries to taste.
 
This will provide a good opportunity to compare the effects of various techniques on the same grape.
 
 Wine for the meeting:  With the topic being Chardonel, if you have some nice Chardonel you have made, please feel encouraged to bring it.  Please fill out the attached form if you will be bringing wine to the meeting and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form.     
 
Future Meetings:  The meeting topics for 2016 haven’t been determined yet, so this is going to have to remain a surprise for a bit longer - maybe you could look at it as additional wrapped presents waiting to be opened.  Ok, that’s probably asking you to use a little too unrealistically optimistic perspective.  But there is an officers meeting coming up soon that will make the plans for 2016.  So, in keeping with the Christmas mindset I’m still in…  Once the three wise men (David W., John, and Steve B.) and their scribe (me) determine the plans, I’ll get it sent out.  Though this illustration leaves Phil Rahn out.  I guess Phil could be the wine steward at the wedding in Cana of Galilee since he’s portrayed that role very capably for the last 12 months, but then he would have arrived about 30 years too early for the wise men analogy.  Maybe it would be best to just move along and say that this section is “yet to be determined”.
 
 Wine Making Tips:
 Be sure to start the new year off right and check out the excellent resources available in the Library section of the MWS website.  There are several excellent presentations that were previously given by Bernard Cleve are now posted on the website in the Library.  To access, click on the website link at the top of this newsletter, scroll down to the Membership section, and click on the Click here link under MWS Library.  Be sure to check these out; they are chock full of knowledge and wisdom – you are sure to glean many gems.
 
One of the things we haven’t done for a coupe of years that used to be a staple in the November meeting was to share gadgets, and things members have made, that make winemaking easier.  I’ll offer something that loosely fits in this category.  I have been having a tough time getting some Riesling wine to clarify, and David Anderson suggested I try Bentonite – in fact, he was kind enough to bring me some at the Christmas Party.  He gave me instructions for use, and among them was that it needed to be thoroughly stirred into some water before adding it to the wine.  He warned that it can clump badly, so be sure to stir it thoroughly.  Not being a fan of stirring, and being generally lazy as well, I tried to think of an easier and better way to do it.  I pulled out a little-used gadget I bought a while back called an immersible blender.  It is a small, hand-held device, and the business end of it fits very nicely in a 250ml beaker.  Anyway, it worked wonderfully and I would recommend this to anyone needing to do a similar task.