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Heath the swan

Heath the swan swims in the lake at Defiance Ridge Vineyards.


Heath the bachelor swan is something of a celebrity in Augusta wine country. So much so that the new-ish Defiance Ridge Vineyards named a couple of wines for him: the Heath's Dry Vignoles and the Heath's Off-Dry Vignoles. Both are good, but even better are the friendly bartenders and the gorgeous views there. Defiance Ridge, formerly Wine Country Gardens, sits on a hill overlooking vineyards and beyond that the Missouri River. A patio surrounds a large, old home with a beautifully remodeled tasting room. An addition features a covered space that's perfect for weddings. The menu is varied (try one of the shareable cheese boards or the pimento BLT), and like most wineries, there's music on the weekends. But this is the only winery with a swan. AB

Where 2711 South Missouri Highway 94, Defiance, Mo. • More info 636-798-2288;