I was in Lexington, Missouri, on Saturday scouting for my wine country journalism class next fall. We’ve been to Ste Genevieve-Commerce-Augusta-Hermann in search of regional flavor. This time, I want to go in another direction. The wine trail that incorporates Lexington is called “Old Trails,” (www.oldtrails.net) and it passes beautiful river homes, gracious folk, and picturesque courthouses. Parts of Jackson, Ray, LaFayette, Saline, Carroll, Chariton, Cooper, and Howard counties are included. I realized again how you cannot write about agriculture, food, or wine without knowing something about history, settlement and culture, and how those vital links peek at us through the foods and wines that end up at the dinner table.
It was a good day. I had a meal with Lexington residents interested in increasing tourism and met up with Major Jerry Brown and his charming wife. Lo and behold, the Brown’s are long-time friends of Central Methodist University and Fayette, my home for the past 20 years. Back when the University was a College, the Browns helped establish the Ashby-Hodge Gallery on campus. It’s a small world here in the midlands.
The beautiful memorial to veterans in the photo here is on the Lexington town square.