Saturday, August 25, 2012

Five Wineries and A Brewery

Hermann was settled by Germans.  They came here because it reminded them of the Rhine River in Germany.  The area along the Missouri river is beautiful.  There are numerous wineries in the area, but five of them have formed a wine tour.  You visit each winery, get your passport stamped and you can get little wine related gifts.  I didn't get all six wineries, but I did get my wine.  Wine is such big business in Missouri now that the University of Missouri offers classes in Oenology.  We tasted out way through the countryside, met wine makers and talked to them about what they do.  The small wineries are amazing, the owners are doing what they love and it shows.  We have a fair number of different wines to savor in the next few months.
On Saturday night, we went to the vintage restaurant at Stone Hill Winery for dinner.  The restaurant specializes in German food and we thought it was great.  I had sweet and sour red cabbage for the first time and really liked it.  The next day we got a local polish ham sausage, cheese and a baguette for lunch at Hermanhoff Winery.  We ate in the wine garden.  Sadly, we didn't get to enjoy a bottle of wine, we had to drive on to St. Louis.  Hermann is a great place for a couples weekend, there are fun places to eat and the wineries are great.

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