Sunday, January 12, 2014

January is Norton Month

As a loyal consumer of Missouri's dry red wines, I receive a monthly email newsletter from the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. For the past couple of years, they have assigned a varietal of Missouri wine to each month. For example, in the hot summertime, they will promote a fruity white wine, one that pairs well with grilled food and is light enough to drink in the garden. So, too, bitter cold January has been designated as Norton Month, a time to celebrate the warmest, richest dry red wine Missouri offers. For years I've collected Nortons, knowing that they tend to age well for at least five years, sometimes up to ten years or longer. I share Missouri Nortons as gifts, sending them all over the country either as an introduction to a new grape or a reminder of what fabulous wines Missouri can produce. While many other states are producing Norton wines, Missouri's ring out as some of the finest.

My fellow Norton Wine Society member, one of the Norton Wine Travelers from balmy South Carolina, has through the years compiled the ever-burgeoning list of Missouri Norton producers. Just as winemakers themselves are distinctive by their own right, Nortons are highly variable throughout the state thanks to rich terroir, oak and steel preferences, age at the time of release, the entire winemaking process, and so forth. With approximately 90 Missouri Norton producers listed below, January is a great time to start sampling.

  • 7C’s Winery; Walnut Grove, MO
  • Adam Puchta Winery; Hermann, MO
  • Albonee Country Inn & Vineyards; Independence, MO
  • Apple Creek Vineyard;Friedheim, MO
  • Artesian Springs Winery;Park Hills, MO
  • Augusta Winery; Augusta, MO
  • Balducci Vineyard;Augusta, MO
  • Baltimore Bend Vineyard; Waverly, MO
  • Belvoir Winery; Liberty, MO
  • Bethlehem Valley Vineyards; Marthasville, MO
  • Bias Vineyards; Berger, MO
  • Blumenhof Winery; Marthasville, MO
  • Bommarito Estate Winery; New Haven, MO
  • Branson Ridge Winery;Branson, MO
  • Buck Mountain Winery; Doe Run, MO
  • Bushwacker Bend Winery; Glasgow, MO
  • Cave Vineyard; Ste. Genevieve, MO
  • Cedar Lake Cellars; Wright City, MO
  • Chandler Hill; Defiance, MO
  • Charleville Vineyards; Ste. Genevieve, MO
  • Chateau Kinori; Puxico, MO
  • Chaumette Vineyards & Winery;Ste. Genevieve, MO
  • Claverach Farm and Vineyards;Eureka, MO
  • Cooper’s Oak Winery; Higbee, MO
  • Counts Hollow; Salem, MO
  • Crown Valley Winery; Ste. Genevieve, MO
  • Durso Hills Vineyard & Winery; Marquand, MO
  • Eagle’s Nest Winery; Louisiana, MO
  • Eagle Pass Winery; Poplar Bluff, MO
  • Eichenberg Winery; Cole Camp, MO
  • Fahrmeier Family Vineyards; Lexington, MO
  • Fence Stile Vineyards; Excelsior Springs, MO
  • Heinrichshaus Vineyard & Winery; St. James, MO
  • Hermannhof Winery; Hermann, MO
  • Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery; Platte City, MO
  • Keltoi Vineyard; Oronoga, MO
  • La Bella Vineyards; Wellington, MO
  • La Dolce Vita Vineyard & Winery;Washington, MO
  • Ladoga Ridge Winery; Smithfield, MO
  • Les Bourgeois Vineyards; Rocheport, MO
  • Lindwedel Wine Garden; Branson, MO
  • Little Hills Winery; St. Charles, MO
  • Louis P. Balducci Vineyards; Augusta, MO
  • Meramec Vineyards; St. James, MO
  • Montelle Winery; Augusta, MO
  • Montserrat Vineyards; Knob Noster, MO
  • Mount Pleasant Winery; Augusta, MO
  • Mountain Grove Cellars; Mountain Grove, MO
  • Noboleis Vineyards; Augusta, MO
  • Oak Glenn Vineyards & Winery; Hermann, MO
  • Oovvda Winery; Springfield, MO
  • Peaceful Bend Vineyard; Steelville, MO
  • Persimmon Ridge Winery; Barnhart, MO
  • Pirtle Winery; Weston, MO
  • Red Fox Winery; Urich, MO
  • River Ridge Winery; Commerce, MO
  • Riverwood Winery; Rushville, MO
  • Robller Vineyard Winery; New Haven, MO
  • Rolling Meadows Vineyards; Warrenton, MO
  • Rothbrick Winery; Jackson, MO
  • Sainte Genevieve Winery; Ste. Genevieve, MO
  • Sand Creek Vineyard; Farmington, MO
  • Serenity Valley Winery;Fulton, MO
  • Seven Springs Winery; Linn Creek, MO
  • St. Francois Winery; Park Hills, MO
  • St. James Winery; St. James, MO
  • St. Jordan Creek Winery; Beaufort, MO
  • Stone Hill Winery; Hermann, MO
  • Stonehaus Farms Winery; Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards; Defiance, MO
  • Terre Beau Vineyards; Dover, MO
  • Thousand Oaks Vineyard; Patton, MO
  • Three Squirrels Winery; St. James, MO
  • Tower Rock Winery; Altenburg, MO
  • Traver Home Winery; Willow Springs, MO
  • Twin Oaks Vineyards; Farmington, MO
  • Tyler Ridge Vineyards; Springfield, MO
  • Van Till Farms; Rayville, MO
  • Vance Vineyards; Fredericktown, MO
  • Viandel Vineyard Home; Mountain View, MO
  • Villa Antonio Winery;Hillsboro, MO
  • Weingarten Vineyard Winery; Weingarten, MO
  • Wenwood Farm Winery;Bland, MO
  • West Winery; Macon, MO
  • Westphalia Vineyards;Westphalia, MO
  • Whispering Oaks Vineyard;Seymour, MO
  • White Mule Winery;Owensville,MO
  • White Rose Winery;Carthage, MO
  • Yellow Farm House;Defiance, MO
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