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How Grape Thou Art


Five months following the devastating spring freeze that wiped out more than half of the state’s grape crops, wine connoisseurs finally have something to swirl their glasses about this weekend. The Norton grapes were some of the few to survive the cold snap with minimal losses, and to celebrate, you should head over to the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue) for the first annual National Norton Wine Festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. The festival features more than two dozen of the top Norton producers from around the country, including many of your favorite Missouri and Illinois wineries. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include tastings of most of the featured red wines, plus gourmet cheese, crackers and chocolates; a few VIP tickets will be sold for $40 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
Sat., Sept. 8