Missouri officials are warning wine drinkers not to get smashed. But it’s not what you might think: Apparently the bottles are a much bigger problem than what’s in them.
In a news release Thursday, the Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control said six types of bottled wine made by Casa de Loco in Eldon, Mo., could explode.
Officials say anyone with Casa de Loco bottles named Applesauced, Bellini Gold, Coming in Hot, Kona Lover Port, OCD and Peachy Thoughts should handle the glass bottles carefully and secure them to prevent injuries. They also say the wine should not be consumed.
According to state officials, a bottle of the company’s wine burst after it was confiscated, and they say they’ve received “several additional reported explosions” of the company’s wine bottles. Alcohol control division officials also say retailers told them about bottles spontaneously breaking and leaking.
The six wines have been sent to retailers in several Missouri locations, with the closest one to St. Louis that the alcohol control division knows about in Wright City.
Officials ask anyone with the affected wines to call 573-751-2964 to report where and when they bought them.
Augusta Wine Trail
Not too far from Interstate 64 (Highway 40) in St. Charles, you’ll find the Augusta Wine Country trail. This region is the first designated American Viticultural Area in the United States. The views of the rolling hills and often the Missouri River and its bluffs can’t be beat. Don’t want to drive the winding roads? Try the Wine Shuttle Bus (wineshuttlebus.com).
Augusta Winery • 5601 High Street, Augusta; 636-228-4301; augustawinery.com
Balducci Vineyards • 6601 State Highway 94, Augusta; 636-482-8466; balduccivineyards.com
Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery • 13699 State Highway 94, Dutzow; 636-433-2245; blumenhof.com
Chandler Hill Vineyards • 596 Defiance Road, Defiance; 636-798-267; chandlerhillvineyards.com
Holy Grail Winery • 5505 Locust Street, Augusta; 636 221-7604; holygrailwinery.com
Montelle Winery • 201 Montelle Drive, Augusta; 636-228-4464; montelle.com
Mount Pleasant Estates • 5634 High Street, Augusta; 636-482-9463; mountpleasant.com
Noboleis Vineyards • 100 Hemsath Road, Augusta; 636-482-4500; noboleisvineyards.com
Sugar Creek Vineyards & Winery • 125 Boone Country Lane, Defiance; 636-987-2400; sugarcreekwines.com
Carlyle Lake Wine Trail
The newest Illinois wine trail is named after the recreational lake that draws visitors from all over. The first five are on the official wine trail. The others are in the area.
Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery • 15469 Illinois 127, Carlyle; 618-594-8830; wildlifelodgeandwinery.com
Crooked Creek Winery • 24585 West 10th Street Road, Centralia; 618-267-6792; crookedcreekwinery.com
Hidden Lake Winery • 10580 County Road 400 East, Aviston; 618-228-9111; hiddenlakewinery.com
Roundhouse Wine Co. • 1938 Dogwood Lane, Centralia; 618-532-1600; facebook.com/roundhousewinecompany
Twelve Oaks • 18975 Vogel Road, Carlyle; 618-594-7459; twelveoaksvineyard.com
Forsee Vineyards and Winery • 18165 North Fourth Avenue, Coffeen; 1-217-534-6347; forseevineyards.com
Mary Michelle Winery and Vineyard in Pere Marquette Lodge • 13653 Lodge Boulevard, Grafton; 1-217-942-6250; pmlodge.net/winery
Orchard View Winery • 307 Second Street, Alma; 618-547-9911; orchardviewwinery.com
Plainview Vineyard and Winery • 14580 Beaver Dam Lane, Plainview; 1-217-854-6688; plainviewvineyard.com
Schorr Lake Vineyards • 1032 South Library Street, Waterloo; 618-939-3174; schorrlakevineyard.net
The Winery at Shale Lake • 1499 Washington Avenue, Williamson; 618-637-2470; shalewine.com
Villa Marie Winery • 6633 East Main Street, Maryville; 618-301-4059; villamariewinery.com
West of St. Louis by about an hour is the historic town of Hermann, known for its German roots, breathtaking vistas and historic wineries. Here are a few on the wine trail (hermannwinetrail.com) and nearby.
Adam Puchta Wine • 1947 Frene Creek Road, Hermann, Mo.; 1-573-486-5596; adampuchtawine.com
Bias Winery & Gruhike’s Microbrewery • 3166 Highway B, Berger; 1-573-834-5475; biaswinery.com
Endless Summer Winery • 5 Grosse Lane, Hermann, Mo.; 1-573-252-2000; endlesssummerwinery.com
Hermannhof Winery • 338 East First Street, Hermann, Mo.; 1-573-486-1182; hermannhof.com
Martin Brothers Winery • 1623 Old Iron Road, Hermann, Mo.; 1-573-486-0236; martinbrotherswinery.com
OakGlenn Winery • 1104 OakGlenn Place, Hermann, Mo.; 1-573-486-5057; oakglenn.com
Röbller Vineyard and Winery • 275 Röbller Vineyard Road, New Haven; 1-573-237-3986; robllerwines.com
Stone Hill Winery • 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, Mo.; 1-573-486-2221; stonehillwinery.com
Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Amid some terrific trails and verdant farmland are six wineries along the Route du Vin, known for the French heritage of the Ste. Genevieve area. There are also a handful of wineries not on the official wine trail but worth a look (rdvwinetrail.com).
Cave Vineyard • 21124 Cave Road, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; 1-573-543-5284; cavevineyard.com
Charleville Vineyard and Winery • 16937 Boyd Road, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; 1-573-756-4537; charlevillevineyard.com
Chaumette • 24345 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; 1-573-747-1000; chaumette.com
LaChance • 12237 Peter Moore Lane, De Soto, Mo.; 636-586-2777; lachancevineyards.com
Ste. Genevieve Winery • 245 Merchant Street, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; 1-573-883-2800; saintegenevievewinery.com
Sand Creek Vineyard • 3578 Sand Creek Road, Farmington, Mo.; 1-573-756-9999; sandcreekvineyard.com
Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery • 6470 Highway F, Farmington, Mo.; 1-573-756-6500; twinoaksvineyard.com
Villa Antonio Winery • 3660 Linhorst Road Hillsboro; 636-475-5008; villaantoniowinery.com
Weingarten Vineyard • 12323 Rottler Lane, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.; 1-573-883-2505; weingartenvineyard.com
Wild Sun Winery • 4830 Pioneer Road, Hillsboro; 636-797-8686; wildsunwinery.com
Shawnee Hills Wine Trail
The first wine trail in Illinois, most of these wineries are in or around the beautiful Shawnee National Forest.
Alto Vineyards • 8515 Highway 127, Alto Pass, Ill.; 618-893-4898; altovineyards.net
Blue Sky Vineyard • 3150 South Rocky Comfort Road, Makanda, Ill.; 618-995-9463; blueskyvineyard.com
Hedman Vineyards & Winery • 560 Chestnut Street, Alto Pass, Ill.; 618-893-4923; peachbarn.com
Hickory Ridge Vineyard • 1598 Hickory Ridge Road, Pomona, Ill.; 618-893-1700; shawneewinetrail.com/hickory-ridge-vineyard
Honker Hill Winery • 4861 Spillway Road, Carbondale, Ill.; 618-549-5517; honkerhillwinery.com
Kite Hill Vineyard • 83 Kite Hill Road, Carbondale, Ill.; 618-684-5072; kitehillvineyards.com
Orlandini Vineyard • 410 Thorn Lane, Makanda, Ill.; 618-995-2307; orlandinivineyard.com
Owl Creek Vineyard • 2655 Water Valley Road, Cobden, Ill.; 618-893-2557; owlcreekvineyard.com
Pomona Winery • 2865 Hickory Ridge Road, Pomona, Ill.; 618-893-2623; pomonawinery.com
StarView Vineyards • 5100 Wing Hill Road, Cobden, Ill.; 618-893-9463; starviewvineyards.com
Von Jakob Winery & Brewery • 230 Illinois 127, Alto Pass, Ill.; 618-893-4600; vonjakobvineyard.com