Annie Gunn's, Balaban's, Truffles and More Win Wine Spectator Awards

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Tamber Bey's 2010 Rabicano cabernet/merlot Bordeaux blend at Balaban's. | Nancy Stiles

Every year, Wine Spectator gives out restaurant awards for wine lists at eateries around the country. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award at the top.

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Little Hills Winery Expanding With Vineyard in St. Charles

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The current Little Hills Winery in downtown St. Charles. | Google Street View

Little Hills Winery (501 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-946-9339) has been quietly serving St. Charles for the better part of 40 years. It was once called Winery of the Little Hills and was one of the first 25 wineries in the state of Missouri. David and Tammy Campbell acquired it about seventeen years ago when it didn't produce a drop of wine in St. Charles.

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Rack House West Winery Pops the Cork in Cottleville

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Rack House West in Cottleville. | Rack House West Winery

St. Charles is about to get another winery, and we aren't complaining. Rack House West Winery will open this summer as a sort of outpost of the West Winery locations currently in Macon, Kirksville and Hannibal. Owners Bridgette and John Hamilton had always been fans of West Winery co-owner Chris West and always wanted to run a winery, too.

See also: Cooper's Hawk Brings Napa-Style Winery to Town & Country

"We stopped in there to buy some wine and said, 'If we decided to open a winery, could we wholesale wine from you?'" Bridgette Hamilton tells us. "He said, 'Sure, do a business plan.' So we found this great location and decided to go ahead and start the process."


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Chaumette Vineyards Turns Wine Into Jelly

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Chardonel, left, and Chambourcin jelly. | Nancy Stiles

We've heard of water turning into wine, sure. But what about wine into jelly? That's exactly what chef Adam Lambay at Chaumette Vineyards (24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve; 573-747-1000) has been doing.

See also: Home Wine Kitchen Pairs With Chaumette Winery

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Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar Bringing Fine Dining to Des Peres

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       Inside Pairings in Des Peres. | Dave Pollmann

Des Peres is getting its first wine bar next month. Pairings Wine & Dessert Bar is under construction at the former site of Jilly's Cupcakes A-Go-Go at 1131 Colonnade Center, as first reported by Feast. Owner Dave Pollmann actually ran the Jilly's outpost until it shut down earlier this year. Pollmann hopes to bring a unique concept to Des Peres -- fine dining that isn't at the mall.

See also: Jilly's Cupcakes Closes Location, Inks Deal With Schnucks

"We've come up with the concept so that we can feature a lot of these wines paired with entries and seasonal menu items," Pollmann tells Gut Check. "We're really gonna focus on the wine and food and let people experience new wines and have some finer dining options in Des Peres, which they really don't have. It's a lot of bar food around here."

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Cooper's Hawk Winery Opens December 12 [PHOTOS]

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       All of Cooper's Hawk's wines are in-house. | Nancy Stiles

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant (1146 Town and Country Crossing Drive, Town & Country; 636-489-0059) will open to the public on Thursday, December 12. It's the latest suburban winery in St. Louis, though unlike Edgewild in the Chesterfield Valley, this one's actually a chain across a few states. CEO Peter D'Amelio told us back in October that it doesn't feel like a chain though -- the whole point is to make wine tasting accessible.

See also: Cooper's Hawk Brings Napa-Style Winery to Town & Country


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The 5 Best Wine Bars in St. Louis

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       This will get us through the winter. | Jennifer Silverberg

It's no secret that we love wine, but sadly, winery season in Missouri is pretty much over. Instead, we'll be visiting one of the several wine bars St. Louis has to offer. If that sounds overwhelming, Gut Check has got you covered. Try one of our five favorites this week.

See also: March 2013 Issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine Features Four St. Louis Wine Bars

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Balaban's Wine Dinners Shine the Spotlight on Little-Known Vintners

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       Tamber Bey's 2010 Rabicano Cabernet/Merlot Bordeaux Blend. | Nancy Stiles

Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) doesn't pick just any vintner for its monthly wine dinners. Instead, the west-county revival of Steve McIntyre's Central West End mainstay tries to find a winery that is refined but still a little unknown in St. Louis.

This month, Balaban's paired with Tamber Bey, a small Napa winery founded in 1999. The winery also houses Arabian race horses -- hence the name. Looking to grow its presence in St. Louis and Missouri as a whole, Tamber Bey brought its stable of wines to Balaban's and Gut Check was on-hand to get a taste.

See also: 2013 Best Wine List (Value) - Balaban's

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Cooper's Hawk Brings Napa-Style Winery to Town & Country

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       Fancy a taste? | Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant

On December 9, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant joins the suburban winery game in Town & Country, complete with wine tastings, a full-service restaurant and the 44 varietals that make up Cooper's Hawk house wine. The menu offers things like pork belly, cheese tastings and bacon-wrapped scallops.

But wait, this is a chain restaurant?

"I understand the dilemma of being a chain but not wanting to be thought of as a chain," chief operating officer and president Peter D'Amelio, tells Gut Check. "We're a chain in how we train and hire our employees -- we're not in chain in how consumers use us."

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Best Wine List (Price Be Damned) 2013: Elaia Sommelier Andrey Ivanov's Favorite Wine

In honor of our 2013 Best Of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. This week's category: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned). Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here.

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Andrey Ivanov and the Elaia dining room. | Jennifer Silverberg

The wine list at Elaia (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) is a thing of beauty. Classic wines and regions share billing with wines from Romania, Greece and Lebanon. Sommelier Andrey Ivanov created the list, which represents 25 countries, with a trend he feels strongly about: There's a world outside of France and California. It sounds obvious, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a similar list in town.

"I wanted to put a wine list together that was a snapshot of what's going on in the world of winemaking today. If there's something noteworthy going on, that should be represented on a world-class wine list," Ivanov says.

See also: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned) 2013: Elaia

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