St. James Winery – the crème de la crème of wine cellars and eateries in Branson, Mo.
One of my favorite things to do is have a little wine-tasting at an establishment which features its’ own selection. But what happens when you mix epicurean delights with finely-paired wine? Ambrosia – a meal fit for the Gods – and this is exactly how we felt about the whole experience upon leaving St. James Winery in Branson.
That’s right, Celine and I had yet ANOTHER Branson Excursion –
– this time, our eyes were set on St. James Winery. I’ve heard of this newly-opened fine dining establishment, but visiting this place and immersing your senses in the sights, smells and tastes are two completely different things. This establishment was nothing short of stunning.
While they just opened their doors to the public in mid-2017, people have already heard whispers of this beautiful property. In fact, St. James Winery in Branson has already hosted a few bachelorette parties and private functions!
The minute you walk in, you have a choice as you approach their concierge service – you could go to the restaurant situated on the right, or frequent their wine shop and engage in a wine-tasting featuring their very own selection of wines which can be paired with their chef’s specialities.
Naturally, Celine and I opted for the wine-tasting first and we couldn’t be happier. We were met by our wine tour-guide for the evening, Daniel, and were later joined by Dr. Ray and Olivia – wonderful down-to-Earth people who were incredibly helpful and caring.
We were given the grand tour of the VIP room, the Cellar (a cool bar which can hold around 40 people) and of course the wine-tasting bar before being shown their garden in the back. This is no small patio mind you – their “garden” boasts seating for 140 people, has a stage, fire pits, gorgeous landscaping and even a waterfall pond on the far corner. This place is stunning AND perfect for weddings…but I can’t show you pics of this yet – not until their grand opening October 6th, 2017!
After tasting a few of their select choices, Celine and I had come to a verdict. Our favorite wines included their Sauvignon Blanc and their award-winning 2015 Vignoles which was named the best wine in Missouri. And rightfully so! I don’t typically like white wines, but these two knocked my heels off!
The Restaurant at St. James Winery in Branson, Mo.
The service, the light music playing in the background, the ambiance was nothing short of perfect. Just when we thought the evening couldn’t get any better, the appetizers were delivered.
We started with bacon-wrapped apricots stuffed with goat cheese, served with a balsamic drizzle. Celine took a picture of me upon the first bite, but because I am vain I refused to publish that picture in this article. These were absolutely wondrous. Whoever invented these needs all the awards.
Next, the charcuterie board – let me just say the one thing I loved about this was, instead of serving grapes as the sugary-sweet to cut the saltiness of the meat, they served candied pecans! What a nice surprise which deviates from traditional charcuterie boards! We were happily served a selection of locally sourced cheeses, compound butter, salami and artisanal cured meats with a variety of crostinis.
Next came the mains. We were graced with the specials of the evening – the prime rib and the pork roulade.
Le Pork Roulade was divine – a slow roasted succulent pork loin stuffed with bacon, asiago cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and roasted garlic on top a bed of kale with a side of smashed sweet potatoes.
The Prime Rib was a gastronomical delight (I couldn’t finish it that evening so I ate it the next day before heading out and couldn’t bring myself to a single bite at my lunch appointment). This delicacy was a Dijon herb encrusted slow-cooked masterpiece. Even our waiter admitted he had never liked prime rib until tasting Chef Owen’s creation at St. James Winery. Served with smashed potatoes, a side salad, and haricot verts with bits of heavenly prosciutto, the prime rib was definitely the highlight of the evening for us!
Just when we thought we didn’t have any more space, dessert was served. Homemade chocolate mousse served with house whipped cream and garnished with a strawberry, followed ever so quickly by a sumptuous crème brulee.
In short, the staff was wonderful, the service, impeccable. The food was art, the wine was stunning and the whole night was nothing short of dazzling. Celine and I left absolutely impressed and in awe of our time spent at the St. James Winery in Branson.
This delightful establishment is located on 405 State Hwy 165 Branson, MO 65616
Give them a ring at 417-544-8283 to reserve a table today – you won’t regret it!
Cheers (I write as I sip my glass of wine),