Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Missouri Mercantile - "Purveyors of Fine Missouri Products"

Nowadays it seems that everyone is jumping on the "shop local" train. However, when it comes to wine, I think most people don't realize how abundant and delicious Missouri wines are. Sure, you can find some Missouri wines at the end of the wine aisle at your local grocery store, but they can be easy to miss. Last weekend, Michael and I were headed to Trailhead Brewing Company to have a glass of their summer seasonal, Unfiltered Honey Wheat when we noticed the Missouri Mercantile just a hop, skip and a jump down Main Street. When it comes to local Missouri wine, the Missouri Mercantile has you covered and also sells gift baskets, gift boxes, soups, dips, jams, BBQ sauces, seasonings and more!

You'll find a nice selection of Missouri wines when you enter this quaint shop including wines from Pirtle Winery, Augusta Winery, Les Bourgeois Winery, Blumenhof Winery and more! Wine samples are often available. While we were there, we sampled the Chocolatier Wine Company's Milk Chocolate and Chocolate Turtle wines. We don't usually go for chocolate wines, but these two wines were very smooth with delicate chocolate flavors. We ended up purchasing a bottle for Michael's sister who is a big fan of "choco-wines." 

If you're looking for some Missouri foods to pair with your Missouri wines, you'll have lots to choose from. Two of our favorite vendors' products can be found on their shelves, Herman Wurst Haus and Kailey's Gourmet Nuts. You can put together an entire local picnic at the Missouri Mercantile. The shop also sells pre-made or customizable gift boxes.

You'll find the Missouri Mercantile at 904 South Main Street in Historic St. Charles. We had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Olwig, the owner during our visit. He told us he's always looking for new Missouri wines to offer and products to sell. We will surely be visiting him and his shop again soon and hopefully taste some new Missouri wines! 

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