An earnest young supplicant once posed this question to the Greek god Bacchus: "What could be more magnificent, O wise one, than a glass of wine and thee?" And the great deity replied, "Several glasses of wine. Oh, and thee, I guess, if thou will agree to stay sober and drive my Honda." How poetic, and how wise. Experience the good life yourself this Saturday and Sunday (November 19 and 20) as you traverse the Holiday Fare Wine Trail. During this event, six of Missouri's finest wineries (Adam Puchta, Bias, Hermannhof, OakGlenn, Röbller and Stone Hill) play matchmaker, pairing their wines with yummy holiday foods. Just stop by the Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce (312 Market Street, Hermann) for a map, and get ready to eat, drink and, we imagine, be merry.
Start with appetizers and a glass of Traminette or fruity Villa Rouge at Röbller, then head on down the road to Hermannhof for vin gris and smoked turkey with a cherry-wine sauce. OakGlenn serves up spicy pork loin, then takes the heat off with a nice Chardonel; Adam Puchta dishes up Eunice's German country dressing and a glass of Hunter's Red. Satisfy your sweet tooth two times over by stopping at Bias (for cranberry-orange nut bread and River Bluff Rouge) and Stone Hill (for caramel-drizzled sherry walnut squares with cream sherry, pictured).
The epicurean celebration gets underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday (not that you'd ever drink wine that early wink) and lasts until 5 p.m. both days. Your ticket, a steal at $15, allows you to sip and sup at all six Wine Trail locations in any order you choose. Call 800-932-8687 or visit www.hermannmo.info to make your required advance ticket purchase; learn more about the participating vineyards and the event at www.hermannwinetrail.com. And if you see a toga-wearing deity riding shotgun in an '89 Civic hatchback, be sure to raise your glass in appreciation.