Missouri Wine to the Tune of $1.7 billion
KY 3 News, which is in Springfield, MO, recently did a piece on the growing economic impact of Missouri wine. The results from economic impact studies always seem a little hard to fathom, but there’s no doubt Missouri wine brings people into the state, including me. Featured prominently in the KY 3 story is Brian Overboe from OOVDA Winery in Springfield.
This reminded me of my trip to OOVDA in 2012 with Midwest Wine Press editor and wine writer extraordinaire Danny Wood. We had a great time at the winery. Brian Overboe is the Sir Francis Drake of wine, even though his labels are all about Vikings. There is no place in the world of fruit fermentation that his man will not travel.
I picked up a bottle of “Tornado Tomato Wine” (96% tomato and 4% lime) at OOVDA and proceeded to mix it with Death’s Door Vodka, made from Washington Island, Wisconsin wheat. Jacyara De Olivieira eat my shorts ’cause you and your Diageo sales rep can’t begin to comprehend funky until you’ve tasted a combo like this.
The authentic experiences in wine and spirits are off the beaten path in places like Springfield, MO and OOVDA Winery. Plan a trip to Missouri and check it out.