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Summer in St. Louis at Boenker Hill Winery


We’re off to a great start with these warm summer days in St. Louis! Think about joining us for a cool wine slushie or a chilled bottle of wine while enjoying live outdoor music.

The Tube Roses are up and a few ready to bloom. The Zinnias are not far behind and will make a rainbow of color too. We had our first Hummingbird yesterday so make plans to come enjoy the beautiful flowers while watching the butterflies and Hummingbirds.

We were open on the 4th of July this year from 4-10:30 pm and everyone enjoyed watching the fireworks.

In May, The Distinguished Entertainment Group, hosted a fundraiser for men’s prostate cancer and in June they hosted a event to help children with special needs. Check the event calendar for their upcoming event on August 11th from 5-9pm.

- JoLynn Boenker

Peanut Butter Concord Wine Ice Pop

Sweet Red Wine Popsicle recipes

Peanut Butter Concord Wine Ice PopJuly is Missouri Wine’s Concord Month and to celebrate, we are sharing two wine popsicle recipes!

At Boenker Hill, our Sweet Red Wine is made from Concord, which is a native American grape varietal. Even though Concord is a red wine, it’s usually served chilled. It’s light, sweet and very refreshing on a hot summer day and make’s the perfect popsicle to cool off. Stop in today to purchase your Sweet Red wine or buy it online.

Fruity Red Wine Popsicle recipe:


Prep Time: 5 min     Total Time: 3-4 hours
Serves: 6-8

  • 3 cups of fresh fruit of your choices (strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries)
  • 3 cups Boenker Hill Sweet Red Wine

Pour into a blender. Mix and then pour into a popsicle mold or ice cube tray, freeze for 3-4 hours, and enjoy! If your wine ice pop doesn’t want to come out of its mold, run it under cool water for a few seconds and try again.

Peanut Butter and Sweet Red Wine Ice Pops Recipe 
Prep Time: 5 min     Total Time: 3-4 hours
Serves: 6-8


  • 1/3 cup Creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup Vanilla yogurt 1 ½ cups
  • Boenker Hill Sweet Red wine

In a medium-sized bowl mix the peanut butter and yogurt until smooth. Spoon or pipe the peanut butter mixture into ice pop molds until 1/3-1/2 full. Fill the rest of the molds with Missouri Boenker Hill Sweet Red wine. Freeze for 3-4 hours until solid. Run the molds under cool water for a few seconds to loosen the pops from the mold. Remove the pop from the mold and enjoy!



Missouri Norton Wine Steak Sauce recipe

Big, bold and complex, our Missouri Norton wine is an amazing complement to a delicious steak. Ready to take your steak to the next level? Follow this video on making your own Norton Wine Steak Sauce:

Time: 25-30 minutes |   Yield: 4 servings


1 tbsp- Canola oil

4 (6-8 oz) Steaks, sirloin

3 tbsp- Shallots, minced

2 tsp- Fresh rosemary, chopped

1/2 cup- Missouri Norton (full-bodied red wine)

1/2 cup- Beef stock, unsalted

1 1/2 tsp- Butter, unsalted

1/2 tsp- Dijon mustard

1 tbsp- Flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat.
  • Sprinkle steaks evenly with salt and pepper.
  • Add steaks to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks from pan. Let stand 5 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to medium-high. Add shallots and rosemary to pan; sauté 1 minute or until lightly browned.
  • Add wine and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add beef stock; cook 4-6 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half and mixture is slightly thickened.
  • Remove pan from heat. Add butter and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste; stir with a whisk.
  • Top steaks with sauce and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

Serve alongside a glass of Boenker Hill’s Missouri Norton and enjoy!


What’s New at Boenker Hill Winery: May 2018


We just added a new outdoor lawn game, Cornhole, to the winery. Come enjoy the beautiful weather and play a game or two.

Live Music

Live music will be the 1st and last Friday of the month from 6-9pm and on Saturday’s from 4pm-8pm (except for days we have special events). Please check the Events page for bands, times and dates.

Remember for our live music nights:

  • Event Fee $5.00 per person; children 12 and under free
  • NO PETS Allowed
  • Food, Wine & Beer available for purchase
  • You may bring lawn chairs


Starting May 12th, 2018, the hours will be:

  • Saturday and Sunday 11-8pm
  • Sunday hours 12-5 pm


Old fashion Christmas store message

Holiday Hours

Old fashion Christmas store message

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Holiday hours:

Open: Dec 22 & 23: 3-6 pm
Closed: December 24-28

Open: Dec 29 & 30: 2-6 pm
Closed: Dec 31 – Jan 4

If in doubt of our hours, please feel free to call us at 314-736-6428.

Shop at Boenker Hill:

Remember to stop by for those last minute gifts, gift cards and BEST of all delicious wines.

Our sale continues in December on Semi-Dry Red, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles and Rosé: Buy One Bottle, get one 1/2 price. 


Holiday St. Louis Wine Special: Semi-Dry Red, Vidal Blanc, and Vignoles

BoenkerHillSemiDryRedWineThis month we have the perfect wines to warm up those cold fall St. Louis nights.

During November our Semi-Dry Red wine, Vidal Blanc and Vignoles wine are all Buy one bottle and get one ½ off! Stop in to purchase at the winery today.

Perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or getting a head start on your holiday shopping. One bottle for you, and one for your friend ;)







Missouri Norton Wine BBQ Sauce

Missouri Norton Barbecue sauce

Missouri Norton Wine BBQ Sauce

This BBQ sauce is rich (thanks to the wine), slightly sweet, and nicely thick with just a hint of a spicy kick. It is ideal for beef, lamb, and Portobello mushrooms, but could work with much more. This recipe makes about 4 ½ cups, enough for a group or to save. It keeps well for months.


  • 2 – 5.5 oz (156ml) cans tomato paste
  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup (240ml) honey
  • 1 cup (240ml) red wine vinegar (Ever tried making your own?)
  • 1 cup (240ml) Boenker Hill Vineyard Norton, a full-bodied, rich red wine
  • ¼ cup (60ml) dark molasses
  • 1 Tbs. smoked paprika (We used mild)
  • 1 Tbs. dry mustard powder
  • 2 Tbs. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (or more to taste)


In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Simmer longer if you like your BBQ sauce extra thick.

When the sauce has simmered for about 10 minutes, taste test it to see if you want to turn up the heat. If it needs more kick, add a tad more cayenne pepper. Continue simmering for at least 5 minutes.

Let the sauce cool and pour into a bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid. It’s delicious right away, but it’s even better the next day. Consider making it ahead of when you’ll be cooking out. The sauce will keep for months in the refrigerator and freezes well.

*Pro-tip: Keep some in a squeeze bottle for later use.

Recipe from Missouri Wines.




Norton and Food pairing Missouri wine

Boenker Hill Winery Norton wine pairings

This month we are featuring our Missouri Norton. This full bodied red wine showcases the unique characteristics of the Norton grape:  spicy earth tones and rich fruit flavors with a light tannin finish.

What does Norton pair with?

Nortons pairs with red meat like, steak, barbecue and lamb. It also complements dark chocolates, strong cheeses such as blue and Cheddar, and spicy seafood. We also regularly pair this with pasta, red sauce based dishes and sipping it around fire pits.

Don’t have time to stop by our winery to purchase Norton? You can now purchase wine on our website.

Norton and Food pairing Missouri wine




Boenker Hill Winery Halloween party October 28th

Join us for our first ever “Show Me Boo Who Wines” Halloween party! This family friendly event will include costume contest for both adults and children, plus all tickets include 1 plated lunch and punch.

  • October 28th from 4-8 pm
  • Costumes welcome
  • Family Friendly event
  • Costume contest for adults and children
  • If you bring 3 cans of food, you will receive one free drink ticket.
  • Advance Tickets: Family of 4-5: $20.00, Adults:$10.00 per person and Children: $5.00 per person
  • At Door: Family of 4-5: $25, Adults $15 each, and Children $5 each
  • For tickets call  314-736-6428 or 256-509-8578; tickets available starting Friday, September 29th.