Kudos to St. James Winery. Its Friendship School White Wine was named Best White Wine at California’s Long Beach Grand Cru Competition earlier this month. The winery also took home five additional gold medals, seven silver medals and a bronze medal for its other entries in the competition.

Also on the wine front, Stone Hill Winery was recently awarded the 2014 Missouri Governor's Cup for its 2012 Cross J Vineyard Norton. The wine also garnered the C.V. Riley award for Best Norton and the title of Best of Class Dry Red. The competition is held every year to celebrate the best in Missouri wine.

Schurcipefones, the annual festival that celebrates the amazing craft beer scene in St. Louis, will be held at the soon-to-open Rooster South Grand at 3150 S. Grand Blvd. on Sunday, Aug. 3, from noon til 6 p.m.. Named after the Greek goddess of local beer, this yearly block party features live music, a raffle and silent auction, BBQ, ice cream and children’s activities. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastings of more than 40 beers from Schlafly, Charleville, Urban Chestnut, Civil Life, Perennial, 4 Hands, New Belgium, 2nd Shift, Tallgrass and Deschutes. Proceeds form the event will benefit Circus Flora’s Clowns on Call. Tickets are $25 in advance via Brown Paper Tickets (schurcipefones.bpt.me) or $35 at the door.

Chef JIMMY HIPPCHEN, former exec chef at The Crow's Nest in Maplewood and most recently working in the kitchen at Cleveland-Heath across the river in Edwardsville, has been tapped as the new executive chef at Ernesto's Wine Bar.

Local favorite Hollyberry Baking has announced its Gooey Butter Cake has been selected for distribution by Goldbely.com, a curated online marketplace that allows consumers to purchase their favorite regional foods from around the country via the Internet. Some of the tasty and iconic offerings on the site include barbecue from Corky’s in Memphis, sourdough bread from Boudin in San Francisco, Blue Bell ice cream from Texas, Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza from Chicago, and cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery in New York City, among others.

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