Wednesday, May 25, 2016

St. James Winery

Thanks to my wine friend, Megan, aka The Marketing Lush, landing a job at St. James Winery, I had a new destination to seek out this summer.

Only 90 minutes away down highway 44, the tasting room was easy to find.

St. James Winery
St. James is MUCH larger than I thought! Check out how huge these tanks are!

Tanks
Plus a giant warehouse to store all their cases of wine! This is only one section!

Cases of Wine
I made a new friend in Megan's office...

Huge bottle!
After the tour, we finally hit the tasting room. Each person gets to try six wines and since there were three of us...let's just say, we tasted A LOT of wine!

Tasting List
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the sweet wines make up only about a third of all the wines that St. James has to offer. We started with the dry white and red wines and I found quite a few winners. My favorite was the 2014 Chardonel. Tony, who drinks nothing BUT dry red wines, loved the 2015 Chambourcin, and I brought home the 2014 Estate Norton for Patience. Something for everyone!

After the tasting, we were ready for some lunch, but St. James doesn't have a picnic area in the winery. Instead, they have teamed up with Public House Brewing and built a location right next door with a garden. I was disappointed that I couldn't bring in my own snacks, but their own menu is quite extensive.

Reuben Sandwich

Pepperoni and Sausage Pizza
And since we were at a brewery, we had to try a flight!

Public House Brewing beers
From left to right is Rod's Cream Ale, Hefeweizen, Elusive IPA, another new IPA, Revelation Stout, and last, a new cider.

After all the food and drink, we need to run around to digest. In the grass, there is an area for bocce ball, cornhole/bags, and GIANT CHESS.

Giant Chessboard - Tony won as usual
In case you want to see a close up of Megan's cool shirt from WineFolly.com:

Wine Tshirt from WineFolly.com
Definitely a fun afternoon with beautiful weather as well. You must visit!

Resources:

St. James Winery = http://www.stjameswinery.com/

Public House Brewing = http://www.publichousebrewery.com/