Oh my karaoke! LOL!

I said I would do this no matter what! LOL! During Mice is Nice’s performance up on the bluff a few people got really brave and tried to do a little karaoke. Now coming from the expert on how to make a fool of himself this is something I would never ever in a million years do. You can’t bribe me, get me drunk enough or do anything to get me up on a stage to “sing”. On the odd chance that I do get carried away and try to sing to a tune even my dog runs away. Yes it’s that bad! ROFL! Now with all that said this gal was a really good sport about things and Michele went right along with it. Just more fun on the bluff. Now I do run a contest called OakGlenn’s Most Wanted. Typically it involves a picture of someone having way too much fun but in this case I’m making Miss Karaoke a potential winner.

So gal, if you see this give the winery a call and talk to Carol about how to go about collecting a $25.00 gift certificate.

See ya next time…

Say what? A wine pairing?

This is what I was saying to myself when Glenn said grab your camera and head downstairs while Mice is Nice was finishing up her last song. I knew what wine pairing was. I mean that’s what we do during the wine trail events. Well I headed down to the taste room to figure out what was up. Well what I thought was going on wasn’t going on. For now I’ll leave you with this. Bon appetit…. more later.

So what wine do you think would compliment this delicious salad?

So what wine do you think would compliment this delicious salad?

Mice is Nice live this Saturday

Even though the weather might be dicey we encourage you to go out and enjoy yourself this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday Hermann will be celebrating the coming of Spring with their annual Wurstfest Celebration. Once you’re done sampling all the good “wursts” make your way up to the bluff and enjoy a bit of music along with your beverage of choice. From 1 til 5 in the afternoon Michele Ralston, who is Mice is Nice when performing as a soloist will be performing live. Michele is also the lead singer for the band New Crime Theatre and they’ll be up on the bluff this year as well. Whether performing as a soloist or with the her band we’re sure you’ll enjoy Michele’s take on a variety of rock and pop music. I know there’s got to be a story about how Michele came up with the name Mice is Nice. I’ll be there this Saturday and I’ll let you know what I find out…

More info about Michele and her band can be found here.

Solo artist Michele Ralston who is Mice is Nice and the lead vocalist for New crime Theatre. Photo courtesy of When I Grow Up Photography.

Solo artist Michele Ralston who is Mice is Nice and the lead vocalist for New Crime Theatre. Photo courtesy of When I Grow Up Photography.

 

SUNSHINE

A sunny day at OakGlenn expected for St. Patrick’s Day which is this Sunday. Come on out and celebrate with us this week-end. The weather is supposed to be fabulous. View from the bluff is always spectacular. 

 Chocolate Wine Trail

see ya on the bluff…..

Chocolate Wine Trail 2013

One of the over 1000 guests that made their way to the top of the bluff at OakGlenn Winery for the 2013 Chocolate Wine Trail.

One of the over 1000 guests that made their way to the top of the bluff at OakGlenn Winery for the 2013 Chocolate Wine Trail.

A bowl of Cincinnati Chili waiting to be devoured. Carol came up with a novel idea using fortune cookies. She had a batch made up with the fortune being Valentine's themed.

A bowl of Cincinnati Chili waiting to be devoured. Carol came up with a novel idea using fortune cookies. She had a batch made up with the fortune being Valentine’s themed.

Well we kicked off 2013 with the first major event for Hermann and the local wineries. More pics and info about what we served up on the bluff can be found by following this link to our photo gallery.

Hermann Area Crusade Against Cancer Fund Benefit Concert

On Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 7PM OakGlenn Winery in Hermann Missouri will host a benefit concert for the Hermann Area Crusade Against Cancer Fund. Unlike many funds this particular fund was setup to help Hermann area residents make it through their daily lives as they struggle with this disease. Funds are available for a wide range of things such as transportation to and from treatment and general living expenses. For more information about the fund you can call the winery and talk with Glenn Warnebold or you can contact Dr. Chris Neale at 573-486-2116.

The featured artist for this event is good old Kricket Alley and all the proceeds from the gate will be donated to the fund. Mark it on your calendar, tell all your friends about it and we’ll see you on the bluff Saturday evening….

Kricket Alley performing live at OakGlenn Winery earlier this year. Great band and a great bunch as well.

Come early and enjoy the spectacular view of the Missouri River Valley from the pavilion or the outdoor stage area.

Besides the spectacular view and a great night of entertainment we will have plenty of food and refreshments for you to enjoy as well.

Just a sneak peek….

About a week ago I went out to the winery to take product pics of the wines for this site’s e-commerce section. Many of you know me and why I tend to head up to the bluff for portraits, fashion shoots and so on. For those who don’t know me, sure I could have “white boxed” the wine bottles and glasses but the question that begs to be asked is why when you can get shots like this instead?

I’ve finished up all the testing that goes into making an e-com site a safe and convenient place to shop and everything is working as it should. Very shortly you’ll be able to order our wines and gift shop items from the comfort of your home or office and have them delivered to your doorstep.

Until then enjoy the photo, I sure did enjoy taking it…..

See ya on the bluff!

Trolley White, an OakGlenn Winery favorite. Come on out and enjoy a glass or two while gazing out over the spectacular view of the Missouri River from high on the bluff.

 

Drought could produce good wine in Midwest

It seems the drought we’re experiencing may have a brighter side. The following is an article written by Jim Suhr of the Associated Press.

HERMANN, Mo. (AP) — Most of the grapes in Glenn Warnebold’s vineyard in Missouri’s picturesque wine country are about two-thirds of their usual size. Others have been reduced to raisins by the drought that burned up many crops across the Midwest this summer.

In this Aug. 15, 2012 photo, Glenn Warnebold inspects a row on the six-acre vineyard at his OakGlenn Winery near Hermann, Mo. While the drought that gripped much of the Midwest proved ruinous for many other crops including corn and soybeans, vintners say grapes held their own, producing sweeter fruit with more concentrated flavor that could give wine enthusiasts something to cheer. (AP Photo/Jim Suhr)

Yet Warnebold figures it could be a good year with the drought concentrating the fruit’s flavors and sugar, which will turn to alcohol during fermentation. His red Norton and white Chardonel grapes, while small, hold the promise of standout wine from a region better known for corn and soybeans.

Wineries have been popping up in grape-growing regions of Missouri, Michigan and other Midwestern states for years, but they’ve generally been seen more as tourist draws than quality vintners. Some are hoping this year will help change that, and in a summer that has been devastating for most farmers, grape growers have a bit to cheer.

“The fruit will be better, overall, for reds and whites, then last year, when it was wet,” said Tony Debevc, who has a 170-acre Ohio vineyard. “If it continues to be dry like this, the wine industry will be better overall. And personally, we can expand in the red category, and it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.”

That’s not to say everything is rosy. The drought still stressed the vines, making them less likely to survive a harsh winter and produce next season. But vineyard owners say the varieties commonly planted in the Midwest have roots that can reach dozens of feet below the surface to get at water tables, making them a bit more drought-resistant.

The harvest will almost certainly be smaller too. Warnebold figures he will get 2,500 cases of wine this year — 1,500 less than what he typically might expect — from his six-acre vineyard atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. But he routinely has set cases from each year aside as a hedge against “bad years,” so there won’t be a shortage.

This year’s wines from America’s heartland “will be nice, fruity and very approachable and soft on the pallet,” predicted Diego Meraviglia, vice president and education director for the California-based North American Sommelier Association.

But he believes the drought has cost some grape varieties complexities that may hinder the wines’ abilities to age, meaning “you have to drink them within a year or they’ll go bad.”

“It’ll be enjoyable right off the bat,” he said. “But real connoisseurs who drink aged wine will be disappointed.”

Warnebold bristled at the suggestion of a shortened shelf life. “I’ve been to a lot of wine conferences with a lot of wine experts, and I’ve never heard that theory before,” he said.

Brad Beam, an Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association enologist, downplayed the debate, saying “a lot of our wine is best drunk on the young side anyway.”

Vineyard owners in Ohio said they believe this year’s drought is just a taste of what’s to come with prospects that the climate generally is becoming warmer and dryer.

Debevc, who owns Debonne Vineyards in Madison, Ohio, said he planted some varieties two years ago that need warm weather, even though they weren’t recommended for the area at the time. He said more permanent changes down the road could include harvesting earlier in the year and setting up drip irrigations systems to supplement rain in dry years.

“I think there is a trend I’ve seen in my lifetime. I’ve seen more storms than when I was younger,” Debevc said. “I think we will adapt. For us in the vineyard industry, it’s a good thing. A little more heat, a little more dryness. Personally, it would allow us to have much more mature fruits, certainly in the reds.”

Duke Bixler, who owns Breitenbach Winery in Amish country near Dover, Ohio, also planted a variety two years ago that wasn’t suggested by the industry for his part of Ohio.

“They’re doing very well,” he said.

Like Debevc, he’s watching the weather and thinking about the future. Hot, dry conditions help red wines, he said, but they’re not so good for the fruit and berry wines Breitenbach and many other Midwestern wineries offer.

“Certainly, here in Ohio, and northern Ohio, and the Midwest, I think our heat days are increasing, our sun days are increasing,” Bixler said. “I think it is a permanent thing.”

At the Stone Hill Winery he manages in Hermann, Jon Held worries the drought “might be the new normal,” leaving him mulling investing perhaps $1,500 an acre for more irrigation as a hedge. But at least for this year in the winery’s 190-acre vineyard, he said, “it’s going to be an OK quality season, and you may actually have stellar quality on some varieties,” notably among reds.

In Michigan, where Great Lakes breezes and hilly terrain nurture a rapidly growing wine industry, grapes seem to be one of the few success stories in a disastrous year for most fruit crops. An early hot spell followed by April freezes ruined most of Michigan’s tart cherries, apples and other orchard fruits.

But grapevines emerged from dormancy and sprouted buds after the cold snap ended, and the dry summer protected the vines from diseases that run rampant when it’s too rainy.

“I say it reluctantly, and knock on wood, but it’s been a great year so far,” said Mark Johnson, winemaker at Chateau Chantal winery on Traverse City’s Old Mission Peninsula.

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Associated Press writers John Flesher in Traverse City, Mich., and Barbara Rodriguez in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.

 

Welcome to our future store and blog!

It’s been in the works for a while and soon you’ll be able to buy our wine and gift items online! Along with that we’ll have posts about events and other happenings around town. There’s a lot more but you’ll just have to stop by from time to time to see what we’re up to. Of course you probably already know that we feature live entertainment on the weekends. If you take a look at the sidebar you’ll notice the calendar. Hover over a date and you’ll see who’s playin’ and when. Of course in the meantime you can visit our main site which is OakGlenn.Com for more information about our wines, winery, history and so on.

Thanks for stopping by….