The DrinkLocalWine.com 2011 Conference is underway, with a discussion
about Missouri’s reliance on non-vinifera grapes. The great Doug Frost
is leading the discussion with three of the Show Me State’s leading
winemakers: Andrew Meggitt of St James Winery, Cory Bomgaars of Les
Bourgeois Vineyards, and Tony Kooyumjian of Augusta Winery.
The discussion went through seyval blanc, Vidal, vignoles, traminette
and Chambourcin before turning to Missouri’s official state grape, the
Norton. Missouri makes some delicious Norton, and there is a distinct
style difference from Virginia’s. Meggitt said the key is to “grow it
like a red grape but make it like a white wine” in the winery. The
hour is up, unfortunately; I wish this discussion could continue.