The Wine List

The Charcuterie Cure

Most people hear the term food waste and think of HyVee’s Misfit produce section, or backyard compost piles. But what if we told you that you could cut down on food waste by eating more soup, sausage and salami?

Sip Trip

Whether you’ve been to Napa every year since you can remember or still prefer Moscato as your wine of choice, chances are you’ll find a Missouri wine you love. Missouri’s wine-making history began in the 1850s in the Hermann area and expanded in the 1870s as Italian immigrants founded wineries near St. James, according to […]

Pairing Beef & Missouri Wine

Bold Red Norton Grilled w/caramelized onions French dip sandwich Short ribs London broil Pasta Bolognese Smoked brisket Pepper steak Pot roast Light Red Chambourcin Hamburger On a pizza Filet with mushrooms Meatloaf With Swiss on a sandwich Lasagna Concord BBQ brisket Carne asada Rosé Dry Carpaccio Mongolian Philly cheesesteak Sweet In spicy Asian dishes Curried […]

Build Your Best Sangria

Missouri Wines Sangria Recipe: Start with a pitcher (or punch bowl) You will also need a stirring utensil Step 1: Fruit Peel and slice your favorite fruits (1-2 cups) Berries, melon, citrus, apple, peaches, kiwi Step 2: Wine Add 1 bottle (750ml) Red, white, rosé, fruit Step 3: Liquor Add 1/2 cup liquor of choice […]

Your Best Valentine’s Ever

This piece was originally published in our February 2020 issue. Please check with the restaurants, stores or other places mentioned to see whether the offerings mentioned are available in February of 2022. I don’t remember what year it began. I just know that the strawberries were big and juicy and covered in chocolate. They were […]

MVP Program

The Missouri Winery Visitors Program (MVP) encourages consumers — that’s you! — to explore Missouri wine country — and rewards you for each and every visit! The free program was recently extended through December 2020, so be sure to sign up soon. You can register for an account, collect tickets from participating wineries and enter […]

Food and Wine Pairings

It’s National Pork Month Pair with your favorite Missouri Wine Chardonel – Smoked Pork Traminette – Sweet and Sour Pork Vignoles – Spicy Pork Ribs Chambourcin – Pork Loin Concord – Pulled Pork Catawba – Pork Chop Missouri Wines – established in 1984 to support the research, development, and promotion of Missouri grapes, wines, and […]

Food and Wine Pairings

Traminette It is a white wine with both floral and fruity aromas. The semi-sweet taste of the wine cuts through the heat of many spicy dishes. It pairs wonderfully with Asian dishes, curry, fresh fruit, shrimp, Cajun, garlic and cheeses like Munster and gorgonzola. Noboleis Vineyards in Augusta, MO was recognized for best Traminette at […]

Budget Bottles

Have you ever wandered down the wine aisle at the grocery store, seen bottles advertised for “Only $7.99!” and felt wary of the quality of said wine? Or, have you had to choose between two more expensive bottles of wine, but didn’t know which was better? If you answered yes to either of those questions, […]

True Love

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, thoughts are turning to … chocolate. But which wine to serve with the holiday’s iconic sweet? We turned to Rachel Holman, CEO of Les Bourgeois Vineyards in Rocheport, for her thoughts on the pairing of wine and chocolate. “I treat my wine and chocolate pairings similar to my […]

Cheers to the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and entertaining is in full swing. Chances are you’re planning to serve wine at your event but might be wondering which wines to serve and how much to buy. A general rule of thumb is to offer a dry red, a dry white, an off-dry wine (can be red, white […]

Fireside Reds

Taking care of yourself in 2018 means something different for each one of us. For me personally, I have decided to stop celebrating “being busy” and to start celebrating the quality moments that life so readily offers. It may be redundant every year promising to take more time for yourself, but with so much negativity […]

Three Perfect Holiday Wines

Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, is an expert on all things vino. Here are her picks for three perfect holiday wines, written while her restaurant was still open. As holiday office parties and family gatherings begin, wine stores everywhere stock up and promote their favorite holiday wines. […]

Red at the Ready

Photo courtesy of L.G. Patterson Eating and drinking according to the season is great for your body. Of course, this means eating vegetables that are currently growing in your garden or at your local farms, but it also means changing cooking techniques and portion sizes as your body adjusts throughout the year or even the […]


A Versatile Chardonnay

For the month of September the challenge was to discover the perfect food-friendly, tasty, refreshing Chardonnay. I was hoping to find a wine light enough for hot days yet robust enough for the rich foods that seamlessly meld with Chardonnay. Some traditional pairings with these creamy whites are butter, cream, seafood, nuts, potatoes, lemon, saffron […]


A Perfect Wine

Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, a onetime Columbia restaurant, is an expert on all things vino. Here is her take on summer sips, written while her restaurant was still open. As the weather heats up, our bodies begin to crave foods that hydrate us. So it makes […]


Sipping the Sinskey Pinot Noir

Editor’s note: This article first ran in July 2017. Sommelier Sara Cyr and her husband, Chef Craig Cyr, owned former Columbia eatery The Cherry Street Wine Cellar & Bistro. When you hear words like “organic” or “biodynamic,” you might jump to conclusions about cost or quality. Trust me, I have had the same reservations. It’s […]


Heating up with Rosé

I once heard “when roses bloom, it’s time to drink rosé.” I think about this every spring, and I feel a tug to drink the pretty pink stuff, especially since spring has warmed the ground and the heat of summer is right around the corner. Last month I wrote about pairing wine with grilled foods. […]


Two “Everything” Wines

Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, a onetime Columbia restaurant, is an expert on all things vino. Here are her picks for two “everything” wines that are great with grilled items, written while her restaurant was still open. Firing up the grill at our house means there is […]


A Clean Spring White

Editor’s Note: This article was published in 2017. Sarah Cyr, a sommelier and former co-owner of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, a onetime Columbia restaurant, is an expert on all things vino. Here is her pick for a superb  spring white, written while her restaurant was still open. Every spring, I have the urge to […]