The year is winding down quickly but there’s still time to get and use your Vineyard Values Card, You can use it for discounts on tours, wine, gifts and other items at some of Missouri’s most popular wineries.
With the card, you’ll get 10 “deals” at Stone Hill Winery, St. James Winery, Les Bourgeois Winery, Mount Pleasant Estates, Montelle Winery, Vance Vineyards and Winery, Augusta Winery and Sugar Creek Winery.
The deals are good through March 31, 2013.
Pick up a Vineyard Values Card at the courtesy counter at any local Shop N Save store or print one here.
Adam Stanley, a local musician specializing in folk rock, rock and soul, performs at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Mo.
The performance is part of the summer-long free live entertainment at the winery.
Hermann is about an hour and a half west of St. Louis.
The weekend may be fading but you still have Sunday and this Sunday there are plenty of free and cheap things to do in the Lou.
Here are just a few of the free or cheap things to do in St. Louis today:
- Head to Fiesta in Florissant for a taste of Hispanic culture–both literally and figuratively. There’s music, dance, arts and crafts and plenty of great food available for purchase. Olé!
- PrideFest continues from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today in Tower Grove Park with plenty of live entertainment and food. The official parade kicks off at noon.
- The St. Lou Fringe Festival also continues today with events at various locations, workshops, street performers, vendors and a special Fringe d’Fringe performance at Circus Flora at 1 and 5:30 p.m.
- Get bluesy at Röbller Vineyard Winery‘s 21st Annual BluesFest in nearby New Haven, MO. The Renee Smith Band performs from 2-6 p.m. today. $5 cover, children under 12 are free. Bar-B-Que, cheese and sausage picnic plates other foods will be available for purchase.
- And, don’t forget the world famous St. Louis Zoo. Thanks to “North Star Summer Zoo Weekends” you can enjoy the Zoo until 7 p.m. tonight.
You can kick back and enjoy some great free entertainment this weekend at Blumenhof Vineyards and Winery which won the Governor’s Cup for “Best Missouri Wine” at the 2011 Missouri Wine Competition.
At 5 p.m. Friday, it’s Greg Silsby performing blues, folk and bluegrass.
At 1 p.m. Russ Anderson performs folk and rock, and at 6 p.m. the rock band Headrush performs.
On Sunday, it’s Last Missouri Exit performing blues and rock music at 2 p.m.
And, the winery offers Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. Friday with special drink prices. Wine by the glass is $1.88, Boulevard beer is $1.88 a glass and Augusta Beer is $5.65. Chef’s Choice Appetizer is $4.71.
Blumenhof Winery is at 13699 Highway 94 in Dutzow, a short drive from St. Louis.
Do you want to visit Missouri’s wine country but are at loss as to where to start?
If so, you’ll be glad to learn that while Missouri has five fabulous wine trails, there are other wine regions in the state worth visiting.
To help you, the Missouri Wine and Grape Board has developed a number of free Winetineraries that are easy to follow.
Many of Missouri’s wineries are a short drive from St. Louis. Plus, there are only so many summer weekends in a year, so plan your trip now.
Margaritaville in the vineyard? Sounds great to us!
You can enjoy free music by Gary Sluhan from 1-5 p.m. at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Mo., on Saturday.
Sluhan, who specializes in Jimmy Buffett music, is part of the summer-long free live entertainment at the winery.
In case you miss him, here’s the line up for the rest of the month:
June 16 – Steve Leslie, a local recording artist with ties to several national musicians
June 23 – Mike & Janelle, a rock ’n blues duo from New Haven, Missouri
June 30 – Adam Stanley, a local musician specializing in folk rock, rock and soul.
Hermann is about an hour and a half west of St. Louis.
If you’re crazy for Cajun, here’s an event you won’t want to miss.
It’s Stone Hill Winery‘s 23rd annual Cajun Concert, much cheaper than a trip to Louisiana. Hermann is about an hour and a half west of St. Louis.
The event will be July 6, 7 and 8 at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Mo., and will features Ed Gary and the Louisiana Cajun Aces who are making 800-mile trip from the bayous of Louisiana to perform the three-day concert.
A “true Cajun” band, the Louisiana Cajun Aces released its first compact disc, Cajun All Time Favorites, in 1999. It received enthusiastic reviews. The Cajun French Music Association nominatedthe band’s recording, C’est la Vie, as best recording of the year in 2003, and Ed Gary was nominated for vocalist of the year.
In 2004 Gary was inducted into the CFMA Hall of Fame. It was the same year the band released Du Coeur. In 2009, it released 20-Year Reunion…Dancing at Stone Hill Winery to coincide with Stone Hill Winery’s 20th annual Cajun Concert.
Cajun dancers will be on hand to teach dance steps to visitors during the three-day extravaganza. On Sunday they’ll do their own version of Mardi Gras on Sunday. All pavilion ticket holders can get free dance lessons one hour before each concert.
Cajun dishes including catfish, andouille sausage, jambalaya and red beans and rice will sold in the winery’s pavilion, and a more extensive menu will be available at the Vintage Restaurant next to the winery.
Hours of the concerts:
6-10 p.m., Friday, July 6
1-5 p.m., Saturday, July 7
1-5 p.m., Sunday, July 8
Adult pavilion tickets are $12 each day; Grounds tickets are $5 each day, and special two- and three-day passes and children’s tickets are available. For more information, call 800-909-9463.
From hikes in the woods to Shakespeare in the Park, there’s a ton of free and cheap things to do in The Lou this first weekend in June.
Here’s a sampling:
Hermann area vintners will hold the Berries & BarBQ Wine Trail July 28 and 29. Visitors can sample food and wine pairings at seven stops on the Hermann Wine Trail winding for 20 scenic miles between Hermann and New Haven, MO along the Missouri River. Hermann is an hour and a half drive from St. Louis.
Here are the participating wineries and the wines/foods they will be offering:
• Adam Puchta Winery — Heritage BarBQ, paired with Riefenstahler
• Bias Winery — Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs, paired with Strawberry Fruit Smoothie
• Dierberg Star Lane — Grilled Pork Chop with Gooseberry-Sage Sauce, paired with Star Lane
• Hermannhof Winery — Caribbean-Spiced Grilled Pineapple with Raspberry-Mango Chutney,
paired with Vignoles
• OakGlenn Winery — Graped Brisket, paired with Chardonel
• Röbller Winery — Berry Glazed Pork Kabobs, paired with St. Vincent Rosé
• Stone Hill Winery — Barbecued Chicken, paired with Sangria
Wine Trail hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sunday. The trails are held rain or shine. Tickets are $30 per person and include a souvenir wine glass. Participants also may enter a drawing for a one-night stay at a Hermann bed and breakfast, plus a $30 gift certificate from each winery.
Tickets can be purchased in advance online at VisitHermann.com or from the Hermann Welcome Center, 800-932-8687.
Held each year the last full weekend of July, Berries & BarBQ Wine Trail is one of five annual Wine Trail events. Holiday Fare Wine Trail is the third weekend of November, Say Cheese Wine Trail is the second weekend of December, Chocolate Wine Trail is the third weekend of February, and the Wild Card Wine Trail is the first weekend of May.
To learn more visit www.HermannWineTrail.com.