We paid a visit to the majestic Osage National Golf Club, an Arnold Palmer signature course, and enjoyed bloody marys and mimosas while General Manager Steve Belton shared the history of the club with us. The 18 hole course features 7,150 yards of zoysia fairways and bentgrass greens. An additional nine holes creates three 18 hole combinations. The club boasts a 20,000 square foot clubhouse with a 5,000 square foot Tournament Room.
Mike Bleile is the owner and winemaker at Seven Springs Winery and he invited us in for a bite of lunch, some live music and wine tasting. Chef Josh Juarez served us his signature Spicy Shrimp & Crab Bisque in addition to a cranberry and curried chicken salad wrap. Mike poured us a broad sampling of his wines: Chardonel is a cross between Chardonnay and Seyval, fruit forward with a little oak. Vignoles is another hybrid and is off-dry with melon and stone fruit notes. The sparkling Muscato is as you might expect slightly sweet. Norton is Missouri’s state grape and one I admittedly have not developed a taste for. It thrives in the Missouri climate and has even inspired a book: “The Wild Vine” by Todd Kliman. Our final tasting was Seven’s Red Heaven, a sweet red blend served chilled, quite refreshing on a warm afternoon.