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August/September 2009


1. St Louis
2. Hermann
3. Hannibal
4. St Louis

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Finally it was time to drive on to our destination of Hermann, Missouri, where we checked into Hermann Hill B&B. See our review of Hermann Hill here. After we explored our home for the next few days, we soaked in the 6-foot round whirlpool in the bedroom. For dinner we went to < ahref="http://www.simonswaterfrontrestaurants.com">Simon’s on the Waterfront. We stopped in at a local bar for a drink after dinner and then headed back to our fabulous accommodation, where we soaked in the hot tub on the deck.

Monday, August 31, 2009

It was nice not having to worry about getting up at a certain time for breakfast. We got up at our leisure and Lori prepared the breakfast that had been left in the refrigerator. Then we set off for more wineries. Our first stop was Robbler Winery where we were greeted by a resident winery dog. Here we enjoyed whites: Traminette (like a gewürztraminer) and the Seyval. The winery is run by a husband and wife team: Robert and Lois Mueller. Lois conducted our tasting and was very pleasant and talkative.

Next we decided to go a bit off the beaten path and visit Wenwood Farm Winery in Bland, MO. It took us awhile to get there and the last few miles were on an unpaved road but boy, was it worth it! The winery sits in its own little piece of heaven and once again, we were greeted by two winery dogs, one of whom was obvious part Border Collie as he herded us towards the winery. Our tasting was hosted the winery’s owner Tom Kalb (he and his wife own and run the winery). This guy was super friendly and informative and it was obvious he was an expert at winemaking. We liked the Heritage dry red and the Kirsch semi-sweet blend, but the real surprise was – after we talked about our forays into ice wine – Tom brought out his version of an ice wine as well as a port. We loved both of them and snapped them up. He doesn’t list these wines on his website so they may be seasonal and/or maybe he keeps them in a secret place! Anyway, it’s off the beaten path but worth a trip.

We had been on the road for awhile, so we stopped at On the Line Diner in Rosebud, MO for lunch. Good, simple food at very reasonable prices.

Next up for us was Adam Puchta Winery, which was on the outskirts of Hermann. We’d pretty much driven in a very large circle that day. We later learned we sort of went in the back way as we drove a couple miles over unpaved roads (it’s what the GPS told us to do); getting out of there was much easier and we were closer to a paved road than we thought! The setting is pretty and this time we were greeted by friendly winery cats as well as an affectionate small dog in the tasting room. Here we liked the whites, mostly the Vidal Blanc and the Chardonel. This winery also has chilled food items to go along with the wine. As in all the other wineries, the proprietor was most talkative and friendly.

It was late afternoon by then and we went back to our room for a soak in the whirlpool tub. Surprisingly there was a Mexican restaurant in town (Hermann is a German-themed town) that looked like it had a decent menu so we chose to dine there. We split a pitcher of top shelf margaritas. They gave us home-made chips and a spicy pico de gallo sauce for dipping. Keith had a chicken dish while Lori had a shrimp quesadilla. There was plenty of food; it was very fresh, and delicious. We would go back there.

Since it was another very nice day, the only thing to do after that was return to our beautiful suite and soak in the hot tub on the deck.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

This was our final full day in Hermann and we decided to make the most of it. We were going to hit some wineries but just some that were more local to Hermann. The first place we went to was Oak Glenn Vineyards. Several people had told us the view was beautiful but the wine wasn’t so hot, and they were right. We noted this was the only winery where we had to either pay for a tasting or buy a bottle and our guess is that’s because the wine is a bit inferior to the other wineries. The setting was incredible, though, and it’s worth it to check that out.

Next was Bias Winery & Gruhlke’s Microbrewery which was close by. We’d tasted so much wine in the past few days that we were interested in the beer and tasted some of that. It was excellent. Keith got a freshly brewed root beer and enjoyed it immensely.

We decided to finish our wine tour with Hermannhof Winery - the tasting room was located in downtown Hermann in an old building. We knew this place had food and we figured we’d eat lunch there. This day was particularly stunning: blue skies with no clouds, and low humidity, with a light breeze and in the low 70s. This is true German-style wines and we enjoyed the whites, especially the Traminette. We also bought a bottle of the Brut Reserve (sparkling wine). The “store” has cheeses and locally produced sausages and we got a lunch box that contained a sampling of different food items. We took that outdoors to their courtyard that overlooked a canal in the center of town and enjoyed our food with some wine, accompanied by gorgeous weather.

Next we walked around the corner to the Tin Mill Brewery which is in a very cool old building. We had a sampler of the beer, which was excellent, and we liked their logo so much we each got t-shirts.

After that we decided to just relax and enjoy the weather so we went back to our suite and spent the remainder of the afternoon in the hot tub on the deck.

Dinner was at the Vintage 1847 Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, which is in a remodeled barn atop a hill. It was a cool place to eat – we were in a large wooden booth. We really enjoyed this restaurant as it’s German and we always try to hit German restaurants when we get the chance.

After dinner we drove to downtown Hermann by the waterfront and walked around a little, and then back to our hot tub on the deck to watch the sun descent. This was a great day.

Next Destination: Hannibal