Community Interest

Great Day St. Louis–Live from Defiance!

By Dianne Sudbrock

On Friday, April 20, Great Day St. Louis was broadcast live from Defiance Ridge Vineyards, capping off a week that had featured special segments highlighting a selection of Defiance and Augusta area businesses.

Before and after the broadcast, KMOV personalities Laura Hettiger, Steve Harris, and Kent Ehrhardt mingled with the crowd, posed for pictures and signed autographs.

During the broadcast, special segments aired featuring Defiance Ridge Vineyard, Robin’s Nest on the Katy Trail, the upcoming brew fest at the historic Daniel Boone home, Halcyon Spa in Augusta, and the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival.

Over 50 people attended the event; which included a complimentary breakfast of bagels and beverages. It was a fun experience and a great promotion of our local wine country.

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Laura Hettiger, Steve Harris and Kent Ehrhardt of KMOV St. Louis.


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Kent Ehrhardt and Laura Hettiger broadcasting from
inside Defiance Ridge Vineyards.


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Steve Harris and Kathy Kessler - Chairman of the
Augusta Plein Air Art Festival and owner of Halcyon Spa in Augusta.


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Laura Hettiger with some of the locals (L-R) John Lacey, Steve Manwarring,
Jeff Comotto, Diane Raab and Chris Comotto.


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Laura Hettiger chats with (R-L) Wanda Howell, Pam Willembrink and Mary Keiser.


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Laura Hettiger and Abby.


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Laura interviews Chuck Gillentine and Chef Lucas Olson, Defiance Ridge Vineyards.


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Laura interviews Robin White - Robin’s Nest on the Katy Trail.


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Kent Ehrhardt interviews Meredith Rau and Bob Adams,
a home brewer, about the Daniel Boone Brew Fest May 19.


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Carol Hamilton of Lake St. Louis and Teresa West of St. Peters visit with Plein Air Artist Teddy Jackson,
one of several plein air artists who painted during the broadcast.


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Chuck, Trevor and Cindy Gillentine of Defiance Ridge Vineyards
in the newly remodeled tasting room.