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Days of wine and roses

Posted Sunday, May 16, 2010, at 10:36 PM

Chuck and Alli Bridges of Bloomfield enjoy the paddle boats on the lake at the Boat House Winery Saturday night, May 15, 2010. Opening day for the new winery went quite well, with about 500 visitors. Aren't these two just the cutest couple??
Life in North Stoddard County just got about 50 times better this last weekend, when David Duncan opened the Boat House Winery in a remote wooded area north of Bloomfield.

I cannot tell you how happy I am about this new development! You can read an objective account of David's new business operation on the Statesman page - Noreen has done a wonderful job - She gives the names of the wines, the background of the purchase - everything but the menu, I think. (See "Where culture and country collide") I'll give the not-so-objective-or-impartial point of view, since I just love the place!

I made my first reconnaissance of the site on Thursday, May 13, before it was fully operational. My friend and I were welcomed by servers Amanda and Erica, and owner David Duncan and his son Craig, who insisted we go back and meet chefs, Jason Bollinger and Tom Ryan. It felt like Old Home Week, as Jason graduated from high school with my son Matthew. I felt as if I had known the girls all my life!

We needn't have worried about the lack of a big crowd on Thursday, as the Saturday crowd more than made up for it. By the time I got there after the Advance graduation ceremony, word was that 500 people had shown up during the day!

They saved us a table dockside, so I was able to take pictures of the geese, the ducks, and the cute Bloomfield couple on the water.

The food is delicious! On Thursday we had the fresh strawberry summer salad, and on Saturday we tried the Spinach Bacon Salad. I can hardly wait to try the sandwiches and the specialty pizza! They have two varieties of soup - Chicken with Rice and Yukon Gold Potato with Bacon and Cheddar. Yum! One of my favorites is the chocolate-covered strawberries! Ohhhhh....sinfully delicious!

Where is the winery? From Advance, head down Highway 25 to Highway K (known locally as the Swinton Road), travel it west to BB, circle around to County Road 252. Watch for signs. From the south, go north on Hwy 25 to State Hiway M, turn west (left) on M, turn north on State Hwy BB, then turn east on County Road 252.

Better tell you the hours: Open on Thursday - Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Not open yet on Monday through Wednesday, darn it!

Contact info: boathousewineco@gmail.com; phone: 573-722-3760 and 573-620-5352; www.boathousewineco.com.

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My congratulations to a great introduction to the newest and best facility in Southeast Missouri. This article is well written and the real pleasure has to be a personal visit to this newest addition to the area. The live music this weekend was outstanding and I personally enjoyed the experience as I was in attendance four separate times in four days. Congratulations crew on a beautiful surrounding.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Mon, May 17, 2010, at 5:43 AM

I just love looking at that photo! She is SO HAPPY!

The Boat House is a wonderful addition to Stoddard County! Now we have two wineries - one near Swinton and one near Puxico.

Rustic dining at its best! Love it!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, May 17, 2010, at 2:56 PM

It does look like they are having fun. As a wine aficionado who has experienced the joys of Annie Greensprings, Boones Farm and Ripple, it is terrific that there is a pleasant place to enjoy a tasty meal, a cool drink and water paddlng!

-- Posted by FJGuy on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 1:03 PM

You definitely have cultivated, descriminating taste, FJ!

-- Posted by goat lady on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 1:22 PM

FJGuy, thanks for sharing your likes of the fruit of the vine.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 1:33 PM

Reporter Madeline, RE the title. I'm assuming you haven't forgotten the movie "Days of Wine and Roses" was about a couple who were alcoholics who didn't really have a whole lot of fun?!

-- Posted by FJGuy on Sat, May 29, 2010, at 5:02 PM

First time Boat House attendee as of last night! It was wonderful. The weather was perfect, the wine was great, the entertainment was just right, and we had a large time!

I had never driven out that way before, so even the drive out there was an adventure. Loved it, and we'll be going back. The food was phenomenal!

-- Posted by lovebooks on Mon, Jun 7, 2010, at 10:33 AM

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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