Posted On: 10/01/2016
Frey Vineyards has made organic natural wines (no added yeast, acid, sugar or sulfites) since 1980. The earthy and fruity Natural White loves a swirl in your glass to bring out the aroma, and the Natural Red is soft and round with a solid finish perfect for meat or cheese. Both blends have character worth more than their $10 a bottle. Friar Tuck Beverage, friartuckonline.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunnís
Hailing from Nelsonís Green Brier Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee, Belle Meade Bourbon is an exciting new addition to the Missouri market. The Nelson brothers resurrected their triple-great-grandfatherís brand in 2009, a century after shutting down because of Prohibition. Steeped in history and flavor, the full-bodied spirit has distinct creme brulee notes at first taste, followed by robust cinnamon, clove, allspice and black walnut, finished with spiced dried orange. $38. The Wine Merchant, winemerchantltd.com - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planterís House
Fall is the time to go apple picking, but I prefer apple drinking. This season, Iím enjoying Bere Aran Sidra Natural, a still cider from the Basque region of Spain. This beauty boasts 60 apple varietals, no added sugar and is fermented with native yeast. Along with fresh apple, the aroma offers notes of flowers, grass and salt water, while the palate is funky, tart and briny, like biting into a fresh, juicy Granny Smith. $9.50. The Wine & Cheese Place, wineandcheeseplace.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar
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