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Missouri Valley Wine Competition? 

Get your wines ready because the competition will be held February 15th, 2015.

We will have awards for the thirteen prize categories this year.

Last year, we had 370 entries from 13 states and 2 Canadian Provinces (Manitoba and Saskatchewan)

Sponsors and Judges are being added as we speak.

Click on the link below to download the brochure for your chance to win one of the categories.

2015 MVWS Wine Competition Brochure 

Classified Ads Feature PDF Print E-mail
Written by Justin West   
Friday, 30 March 2007

We now have a new Classifieds section available under the User Menu for Registered Users (ie. you don't have to be a paid member of the MVWS)! Any registered users can post a classified ad indicating whether they are selling something or are looking to buy a used product.

I currently only have two categories listed: Winemaking supplies and Fruit. If anyone has a new category you feel will benefit the group as a whole, feel free to request it by emailing me through the Contacts page.

I hope this section will benefit many of our members and readers!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
Wine Flavored Ice Cream! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Justin West   
Thursday, 29 March 2007

A dairy in Boonville, New York has spent the last two years developing wine-flavored ice cream! They have three wine flavors right now: Ala Port Wine, Peachy White Zinfandel, and Red Raspberry Chardonnay. Marketing consultants think Mercer's Ice Cream may have a national product on their hands and the new wine flavors are already being scooped in New York City restaurants.

To see the full article, Click Here!  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
Updating your Geo Map location PDF Print E-mail
Written by Justin West   
Friday, 23 March 2007

At the last meeting, I heard from various people about how the pin representing their location was way off as far as accuracy goes. I recently found out how you can easily find your location and update your latitude and longitude geographic coordinates and wanted to give everyone the steps so they can update their pin location on the Geo Map.

  1. Open another web browser and go to
  2. Search for your address like '123 Street Name, Warrenton, MO' and you will see a green pin indicate where Google Maps thinks the location is.
  3. Double-Click on the map where your location actually is. Feel free to zoom in as much as possible to get your coordinates with the most accuracy and switch to the Satellite view if it helps. By Double-Clicking, the map will zoom in again, and also center the map on the location where you clicked.
  4. Just above the upper right corder of the map will be a link that says 'Link to this Page'. Go ahead and click on this link so it will show up as the address of your browser.
  5. Now here's the important part. Look through this URL and find the part that looks something like this: '&ll=38.823878,-91.045332&'. The numbers after the 'll=' are your latitude and longitude coordinates of the location you Double-Clicked on the map!
  6. Now, to update your profile with these coordinates, click on the User List and click on your name. At the top of the screen is a menu called 'Edit'. On that menu, choose 'Update Your Profile'. Click on the Geocoding Tab and enter your coordinates there. The first number is your latitude and the second number is your longitude. So with the current example, I would enter 38.823878 as my latitude, and -91.045332 as my longitude.
  7. Click the Update button and your new coordinates will be saved.

Sometimes it will take a while for the map to actually show your change. However, if you do not see your change in 24 hours, feel free to send me an email and I will be happy to take a look at it and see if I can fix it.

Hope this helps!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
Wine Fest 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bob Truetken   
Sunday, 18 March 2007

Joel Sommer, the owner of, is hosting Wine Fest 2007 in the St. Louis area this year.  Last year, it was in Baltimore, MD.  Wine Fest 2007 will be August 23rd to August 26th.  I have had a number of phone conversations and emails with Joel for the past 8 months or so.  We will have the priviledge of having Joel at our April meeting.  Joel lives in Southern Illinois.

Joel has asked me if any of our members would be interested in helping at Wine Fest 2007.  I have volunteered my help to him.  I hope many of you do the same.

This is a wine conference that includes speakers on various topics as well as a wine competition.

If you have never been to Joel's web site, I encourage you to do so.  He has surpassed the 4500 member level on as well as over 6 million hits on his site. 

Click on the link to go to Wine Fest 2007

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2008 )
March MVWS Meeting in Warrenton Journal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Justin West   
Thursday, 15 March 2007

If you attended the March meeting last week, you were informed that the Warrenton Journal had a photographer and journalist present to write an article on the Missouri Valley Wine Society. That article is now published and can be read online if you live in an area that does not receive the Warrenton Journal. The article turned out great, and a big thanks to everyone who took a few minutes to be interviewed by the journalist!

The article can be found HERE!

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )
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