This past year, 2012, proved to be another success for St. James Winery in international wine competitions.
“Our wines were very competitive in 2011. At the beginning of last year we hoped to do just as well in 2012,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery, “but you never know because the final say goes to the wine competition judges.
“I’m excited to report that during 2012, we received 11 best of class awards, eight double gold and 51 gold medals, plus nearly 200 additional silver or bronze medals.”
Hofherr said St. James Winery’s fruit wines continue to be real standouts in wine competitions.
“We produce six fruit wines year round, and every single one of those wines received multiple gold medals, and four of them – blackberry, peach, raspberry and strawberry – received best of class awards,” said Hofherr.
At the prestigious Los Angeles International Wine Competition, the only wine competition to assess point scores along with medals, St. James Winery once again this year had multiple wines scoring at or above 90 points: blackberry (93/100), country white (93/100), cherry (92/100), velvet white (92/100), strawberry (90/100), peach (90/100), and raspberry (90/100).
“What’s really gratifying to the winemaking staff is to see wines like our St. James Winery velvet white, one of the original wines produced here, still winning gold, double gold and best of class this year,” said Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker at St. James Winery. “But at the same time, we’re also seeing our newer wines like traminette or raspberry, wines we’ve only made for a couple of years, also winning gold, double gold and best of class.”
Hofherr said wine consumers have recognized Missouri is an emerging wine region.
St. James Winery is the largest and most-awarded winery in Missouri.
Celebrating more than 40 years as a family-owned and -operated winery, St. James Winery sells wine in stores throughout the Midwest and the South.