Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Creative Ideas For Your Winery Wedding

Like wine - love gets better with age!


Photo Credit: Next To Me Studios
There's nothing that makes our heart flutter more than a winery wedding. The atmosphere, beautiful bride, and obviously the wine, make for a dream come true! At Seven Springs Winery, we provide you not only with the best wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks but also a wonderful winery experience. Here are a few fun and festive ideas you can incorporate into your winery wedding!

Wine Cork Key Ring Favors

At some point, your guests will certainly need a key ring to keep things organized. What better way to do it than with a cork from your wedding! You can special order some with imprints like your names and wedding date, or you can save them up before the wedding - but you may have to drink a lot of wine beforehand to make that work. Oh, darn ...


Photo Credit: Organikcreative

Wine Cork Holder Wall Decor

Of course, if you want to use your hard earned corks in a different way, you could try this piece of wall art! Have all of your guests sign a wine cork and then fill your customized shadow box with the memories. You can even add wine corks from fun events through your married years, like anniversaries, the birth of your babies, big accomplishments, and more!

Photo Credit: Wild Whim Photography & Design

Table Numbers with Wine Bottles

There are many unique ways to display wine bottles at your wedding, and this one is adorable. While we've seen plenty of table numbers displayed ON the bottle, this one incorporates the cork as well. Of course, you could also try making the wine bottle into a candle holder AND table number. The possibilities are endless when it comes to utilizing wine bottles and corks for your table decor!

Photo Credit: Nicola Thompson Photography

Creative Wedding Cakes

If there's one thing that goes well with wine, it's cheese! So why not opt for a unique wedding cake made from cheese? You can incorporate many different types of cheese stacked on top of each other - or you could also do actual cheesecake.


Have A Winery Wedding in Missouri

Seven Springs Winery provides an event coordinator who works with you closely in order to ensure your needs are met. Our facility holds up to 300 people inside and another 125 outside in our patio area. At night, the patio area lights up providing a remarkable, intimate atmosphere. In addition, our executive chef prepares a distinctive and delicious banquet menu with items ranging from hors d’ oeuvres to gourmet styled meals.

Seven Springs Winery and Vineyards sits upon a 160 breathtaking acres making a wonderful place for your celebration. The winery is less than a 10-minute drive from Camdenton and Osage Beach. Our facility also has a magnificent covered porch and a large patio area ideal for enjoying a glass of wine and admiring the beautiful view.

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
573.317.0100
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052




Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pizza Pie and Wine - Oh My!

If there's one type of day that requires hot pizza and chilled wine - it's a cloudy rainy fall day. At Seven Springs Winery, we know the advantage to sitting down to a delicious meal complete with an amazing wine paired with it - and it's even better when the meal is pizza. If you're curious as to which vino to pair with your pizza pie - here are a few of our opinions featuring the best Missouri wine!

Cheese Pizza & Spring Red

There's something basic and sublime in a cheese pizza. It has no pretensions but is still easily one of the most liked pizzas. A pizza like this needs something bold and equally loved to make the combo irresistible. We invite you to pair our Spring Red with your cheese pizza. Part of what makes the Spring Red so delicious is that it is a semi-sweet red with a hint of black cherry and a velvet finish. Combine these subtle - yet bold flavors with your cheesy goodness, and you'll see what we're talking about.

Pepperoni Pizza & Syrah

Did you know that pepperoni pizza is one of the most popular pizza flavors, and most liked? It simple, yet complex. We can appreciate the combination of fantastic flavors that are all rolled together. The tangy, red tomato sauce, melted cheese and robust pepperoni flavors are a combination that reminds us of years gone by and flavors of our childhood. You're not a child anymore, though, and you can now appreciate this pizza with sophistication and class that couldn't be achieved with bottles of pop. Try our Syrah red wine with your next pepperoni pizza. Aromas of currant, blackberry, black pepper with a subtle vanilla oak finish pair wonderfully with the classic pepperoni pizza.

Veggie Pizza & Chardonel

While veggie pizzas are typically associated with vegetarians or healthy eaters, there are some wonderful flavors combined into one exciting dish that can be appreciated by anyone. No matter what your reasoning for choosing this delicious combination of veggies, you'll want a wine that brings out each of the individual flavors. Cue the Chardonel wine. The light to medium straw color and medium body, fruity with toasted oak with combine perfectly with the delicious veggie pizza.

Meat Lover's Pizza & Norton

This hearty pizza has been assumed to be a "man's pizza" but that's certainly not the case. Combining all of your favorite meats onto one delicious crust with a flavorful tomato sauce and melted cheese is the perfect way to end a long work week or just a busy day. Pair this pizza with our bold Norton wine, and you'll be in for a delicious surprise. The opaque deep plum color combined with the tobacco, oak, and full bodied, spicy smooth persistent finish is going to perfectly complement the smokey goodness of any meat lover's pizza.

The Best Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Seven Springs Winery, we know that good wine is made even better when paired with delicious food, great company, and beautiful scenery. At Seven Springs Winery, we combine all of the ingredients you need for an amazing afternoon, morning, or weekend pick-me-up, and we even top it off with live music on the patio. Come sit with us this weekend and enjoy a fabulous time - or at least come grab a bottle of wine to enjoy with your pizza and pajamas!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
573.317.0100
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052




Thursday, September 8, 2016

25 Words Every Wino Should Know

Whether you need to know some wine terms to impress your boss or you just want to know them for further enlightenment, there's nothing wrong with having a few good wine words under your belt. From complex words that describe the making of wine to words that describe the taste of wine - there are many words that can be used. At Seven Springs Winery, we have plenty of varieties of wine for you to choose from, so if you're looking for somewhere to practice these 25 words, we know exactly where you should go!



Wine Bottle Lingo

Appellation
This will tell you where the grapes for the wine was grown.

Blend
If a winery takes two different grapes and makes one wine from them - this is a blend. At Seven Springs Winery, we have a blend called Left Side. It's a 2001 Vintage Norton blended with a 2008 fortified Norton.

Importer
This would be in reference to the person who brought the wine from another location. One thing to keep in mind is that they tend to have a specific taste, so if you like one wine from an importer, you may also like others.

Sulfites
This is a natural bi-product of wine fermentation. You will also not find more sulfites in red wine or white.

Varietal
While a variety might imply that there are several types of grapes, a varietal says that a wine is only made up of at least 75% of one grape.

Vintage
This only references the year that the grapes were grown and harvested - not necessarily the year the wine was produced and bottled.

Vintner
This is what the proprietor of a winery is called!

Wine Descriptor Lingo

Acid or Acidity
All grapes will contain some level of acid - thankfully because the acid is what preserves the wine. If a wine has a higher acidity level, it's generally a crisper wine.

Aroma
The aroma is something you will decide when you sniff the wine in your glass before taking a sip.

Balance
All of the elements that make up the flavor of the wine are combined together and called the balance. Those elements are alcohol, acidity, fruitiness, sweetness, and tannins.

Body
This doesn't actually refer to the quality of the wine, but the weight it holds in your mouth while you're drinking it.

Bouquet
A bouquet is a fragrance that is developed after the wine has been fermented and bottled. The bouquet of a wine can take years to develop.

Complex
Complexity can often be considered a good thing, and just as you love a complex story plot, there's something mysterious about a complex wine. The flavor, the tastes, and the very subtle nuances that you notice when you drink are what make a wine complex.

Finish

While this could be called the "aftertaste," phrasing it as the "finish" sounds much classier, don't you think?

Length
How long does the finish last in your mouth? This is what the length is describing, and it can be short or long, quick or lingering.

Mature
This describes a wine that is ready to drink. It has been aged appropriately and is ready to be enjoyed - now!

Texture
This is yet another word to describe the feeling you get when you let a good Missouri wine sit in your mouth. Full-bodied wines tend to have more texture, and as you try many different wines, you will find the texture you like.

Young
A young wine has generally been bottled and sold within a year. This is exactly how it's meant to be, and it's not generally as enjoyable if it's "aged."

Other Wine Lingo

Aeration or Breathing
When you let a wine "breathe" you are merely letting it sit out for a short while before drinking it. This can be done one glass at a time, or a whole bottle a time in a decanter.

Aging
Some wine is meant to be aged, while other wines are meant to be served while they are still young. If you have any doubts, you can ask the "vintner" when you visit our Lake of the Ozarks winery!

Case
In the United States, a case of wine is generally twelve 750 ml bottles.

Corked
Uncorked is good, corked is not good. When a wine is corked, it generally means that the cork, and thusly the wine, has been tainted. This can happen sometimes be caused by bad environments like a moldy basement.

Oxidation
An oxidized wine is one that has been left out in the air for too long. It can affect the color and the taste of the wine.

Sediment
Older wines with more tannins tend to have a sediment that either settles at the bottom or side of the bottle depending on how it was stored. You will generally find this in darker red wines because they have more tannins and color pigments to settle.

Tannins
Tannins are a natural ingredient from the skin of a grape. The higher the tannins, the drier the wine tends to be.

The Best Wine at the Lake of the Ozarks

Do you feel prepared to take on a conversation with a wine connoisseur yet? No matter how many wine words you have stocked in your mental dictionary, we are certain that you can enjoy our wine with or without them. We have been located at the Lake of the Ozarks for over seven years, and we look forward to continuing to provide the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks! Come out and sit on the patio with us, enjoy a few glasses, and make a lot of memories.



Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
573.317.0100
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052





Wednesday, August 31, 2016

5 Reasons to Enjoy a Glass of Wine

If you feel like you've been laboring all summer long, and you just need a break - we know just want you need. A weekend spent at Seven Springs Winery is a great way to kick back, relax, and not only enjoy time with friends, but time sipping your favorite Missouri wine. If you need a few reasons why you should "labor" over a wine bottle this weekend - we have a few!


Wine Can Improve Your ...


Brain

Studies have been done to show that people who drink a glass of wine a day scored better on memory quizzes than individuals who did not. Wine has been shown to reduce blood clots as well as reduce blood vessel inflammation. This, in turn, can improve cognitive decline and heart disease!

Weight

Studies have shown that people who drink a glass of wine per day are also more likely to have smaller waists and less body fat! If that isn't a reason to drink more wine then we don't know what is! There are also studies that say your body is still burning calories for even up to ninety minutes after you drink a glass of wine.

Bones

They may say you should drink a glass of milk every day for your bones, but what they aren't telling you, is that wine can also help your bones. In fact, individuals who drink wine are known to have a higher bone mass than those who abstain.

Immune System

As we're getting ready for the fall and winter season, we're sure you would love to find an easy way to boost your immune system. There was a study done in Britain that showed an 11% decrease in susceptibility to infection when they drank a glass of wine a day.

Blood Sugar

The reasons are unclear, but there are examples that show drinking wine can help improve your insulin resistance - especially in diabetic patients. Studies also show that women who drink one or two glasses of wine are 40% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Relax With Your Favorite Glass

These are just a few reasons you should never feel guilty about drinking wine, especially after the busy summer that you've had. Come out to Seven Springs Winery this weekend and enjoy a bottle of your favorite Lake of the Ozarks wine, kick back and enjoy our new landscaping, and even enjoy some music on the patio. Our Lake of the Ozarks venue is perfect for enjoying a nice holiday weekend. We can't wait to see you!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
573.317.0100
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052










Friday, August 26, 2016

4 Tips For Creating a Memorable Toast

Do you ever have that sinking moment where someone asks you if you can say a toast at their event? Your mind starts racing, and you aren't sure what to say. How do some people come up with those witty, incredible posts on the fly? Even with preparation toasts can be challenging, whether it's for a wedding, company party, birthday party, anniversary or more. At Seven Springs Winery, toasts are a part of daily life. It's natural to pop the cork and make a toast, so we have a few hints for you to help make it easier.


W.I.N.E.S

Witty, inspirational, nice, encouraging, and filled with stories. These are a few words that come to mind when we think of toasts - and wine for that matter! No matter what the occasion, there are a few key ways you can make a toast endearing and beautiful, and these words will help you to remember on the fly or during preparation for your next toast.

Witty

If you have a witty personality, it can come easily, but if you don't - this may sound intimidating. Just take a deep breath and start off with something witty. Be yourself, and even if you get off to an awkward start - you can always recover in with a witty statement or something clever or funny.

Inspirational

Most likely, you've been asked to give a toast about someone or someones. Whether it's a wedding, graduation, party, or even a funeral. By keeping a toast upbeat and inspirational, you can't go wrong. Do you have something inspiring that the person you're describing has said? This is the perfect time to use it. You can also include an inspriational quote, and then tie it back into how the person exemplified it. Here's an example:

"Charles Swindoll once said, "life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it." When he said this, he had to have been talking about *insert name* because they have always had a positive attitude. In fact, that's what has always inspired me about them. I remember this one time ..."

Nice

When making a toast, there is a fine line to tread between funny and cruel. If you're making a toast about someone, it's most likely a big day for them. There will be people from all areas of their life, including parents, teachers, kids, and others. While embarrassing them may feel good in the moment, it generally doesn't feel good later, and there is no need to share about *that one* night in front of the many people who respect them.

Encouraging

Your toast is a wonderful opportunity to encourage the person that you're speaking about. Maybe this milestone they've achieved has been hard, filled with rough patches, and a stretch to their emotional limits. Maybe it's been easy, fun, and a wonderful event to check off their list - either way, this is your chance to encourage their efforts in this new season!

Stories

Finally, use LOTS of stories! This is what makes a toast so much fun. Funny stories, stories of personal growth, the stories filled with the crazy adventures you experienced with this person. Witty stories, inspirational stories, nice stories, and encouraging stories. These are what make a toast memorable. The ability to remind everyone why they love the individual in the spotlight is a powerful one - use it wisely.



The Best Toasts at the Best Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks

When you provide the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks, you obviously get to hear your fair share of toasts. We hope that this acronym will help you either when you're on the fly or preparing in advance. No matter what happens, if you just laugh it off and take a deep breath, you'll do great. Of course, you could really help the situation by drinking a few glasses of our delicious Missouri wine! 

Are you looking for an event or wedding venue at the Lake of the Ozarks? We would be honored if you would celebrate your big day with us! Don't worry, there will be plenty of wine for all of the toasts. 

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
573.317.0100
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052









Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cold Wine Concoctions

While the kids are going back to school and it feels like summer is drawing to a close - it's not over yet! The weather is still beautiful, the grass is still green, and you still need a glass of wine to get you through the rest of the week! At Seven Springs Winery, we still have plenty of events at the Lake of the Ozarks scheduled, as well as enough chilled wine to keep you going for a while. Before the sun sets on your summer vacation, here are a few fun recipes you should try with your favorite wine!

Photo Credit: Kitchen Treaty

White Strawberry-Lemon Sangria

Recipe Credit: www.KitchenTreaty.com

Strawberries, lemon, apples, white wine, and rum make a perfect summer sangria that'll knock your socks off.

INGREDIENTS:2 lemons, thinly sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced (any kind)
1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced lengthwise
1 (750 ml) bottle Seve Springs Winery's white wine (like Chardonel) 
1/2 cup light rum
4 cups lemon-lime soda

DIRECTIONS:Add lemon slices to a large pitcher, then the apples and strawberries.
Pour the wine and rum over the top.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 - 5 hours.
Remove from refrigerator and add the lemon lime soda. Add a few pieces of the fruit to your glass and pour sangria over to serve.
Leftovers keep for a day or so, but you likely won't have any!

Red Wine Ice Cream
Photo Credit: Cooking With Janica


INGREDIENTS1 bottle of Seven Spring's red wine (like Spring Red)
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup half & half
4 egg yolks
1 vanilla bean

DIRECTIONSThe first step in making our wine ice cream is to reduce the wine down to a syrupy liquid. Pour your bottle of red wine into a large pot and simmer over low-medium heat until it is reduced to one cup of liquid. This took about an hour for me, but it could be sooner, so you should keep an eye on yours. Once it has been reduced, set aside. In a medium pot, whisk together the brown sugar, and whipping cream. Cut your vanilla bean in half and scrape out that beautiful vanilla caviar into the pot. Add the bean pod to the pot as well. Stir constantly while cooking over medium heat until it begins to steam, but before it boils. Beat your egg yolks with a fork or with a mixer until they are light colored. Remove the vanilla bean pod from the cream and slowly add the cream into the egg yolks. It is important to add the cream to the eggs very slowly so that they do not curdle. Once you have successfully added the cream to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the pot and cook over medium heat until it thickens and turns into a custard. If it sticks to the back of a wooden spoon, it is done. Remove from it from heat. Pour the mixture through a strainer and into a large bowl. Stir in the half and half and the reduced wine. Chill the mixture in the fridge for an hour or two until cold. Add to your ice cream maker and freeze according to directions. (For me this is about 30 minutes). If it is too soft for your liking, stick in the freezer for a few more hours. Then sit back and serve yourself a glass of Red Wine Ice Cream alongside a glass of red wine!

Recipe Credit: www.DessertForTwo.com

INGREDIENTS
2 cups cold fruity white wine (like our Spring Fling)
2-3 medium peaches, blanched, peeled, frozen, and sliced (or half a bag of frozen peaches)
sliced peaches for serving, optional

DIRECTIONS
In a blender, combine the wine and peaches. Puree until smooth.
If the mixture is too warm and liquefied, place it in the freezer and stir every 30 minutes until a perfect slushy texture forms.
You can make these in advance and defrost for 15 minutes at room temperature before serving. You can also double the recipe and use the entire bottle of wine to serve 4. The cups in the photo above hold about 1 cup of slushy.

The Best Wine at the Lake of the Ozarks

There's no better time to celebrate the end of summer than now - and there's no better way than with a delicious wine concoction! At Seven Springs Winery, we have an amazing selection of wine that will tempt your taste buds and delight your mind as you sit back and sip on some amazing Missouri wine. We have a beautiful facility that is calling your name - come see us!

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
573.317.0100
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052






Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Why Your Wine Bottle Is Shaped The Way It Is

Have you ever noticed that your wine bottle can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, heights and widths? While you might assume that the shape is related to some scientific fact that impacts the flavor of the wine - it actually isn't! The shape actually reflects history and tradition, and even where the wine was made! Here are a few interesting things to know about the shape of your wine bottle before coming out to drink the best wine at the Lake of the Ozarks!


Wine Bottle Shapes

There are hundreds of different bottle shapes but most winemakers will choose to go with one of these three: the Bordeaux bottle, the Burgundy bottle, and the Alsace/Mosel Bottle. Here are some interesting facts about how they came to be.

The Burgundy Bottle

Some say this bottle is shaped the way it is because it was easier for winemakers to make, other say that it captured the tannins better - either way, it's a very popular style. Like it's name implies, it was designed specifically for red and white Burgundies, as well as chardonnay and pinot noir. It was invented sometime in the nineteenth century, but it is still just as popular as it was then. In fact, you'll probably find a good red or white wine in this bottle.

The Bordeaux Bottle

After the creation of the burgundy bottle, the Bordeaux bottle began to pick up in popularity as well. You would commonly find cabernet sauvignon and merlot in a bottle like this bottle, and it immediately became the most used among winemakers around the world. The most distinctive feature of the Bordeaux bottle is the distinctive "shoulders" on the bottle. Many believe that the shoulders were created in order to catch the sediment that often accumulated in old Bordeaux  while the bottle was being decanted. Of course, this may not really be the case. It could have been merely a design choice to set the bottle apart from the others.


The Alsatian/Mosel Bottle

This third type of wine bottle was created shortly after the Bordeaux. It was made to store Riesling, both dry and sweet. You will now see it holding Gewurztraminer. These bottles are much more delicate than Burgundy and Bordeaux bottles, and many think that it could have been because of the transportation route for these wines was the Rhine river, which meant that you needed smaller river ships - hence a smaller more slender bottle. The transportation on the river may have also been more calm than the high seas, meaning a delicate bottle was acceptable.

Drink the Best Wine at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you trying to remember the shape of a Seven Springs wine bottle? Well, it's definitely one of these three! You should come out to our beautiful Lake of the Ozarks winery to find out. Our winery sits nestled in the Ozark hills, and it makes the perfect place to come unwind after a busy day at the office or even a busy week in general. Our patio overlooks peaceful landscapes, and our wine is always kept cold and ready for you. Come out and see us (and our wine bottles!) tonight.

Come for the wine...Stay for the atmosphere...Remember the view! 

Seven Springs is the finest Winery at the Lake of the Ozarks with a full-service facility perfect for outdoor weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and parties.  Call us today to make reservations for your special event!

Seven Springs Winery
573.317.0100
846 Winery Hills Estates
Linn Creek, MO 65052