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Missouri Life magazine has released a list of winners and second-place finishers from its second annual Discover The Best Of Missouri Life Awards, including those from the Hermann area, in various categories and with commentary on the winners:

• Running Trail: Katy Trail, first place. "The Katy Trail offers fantastic views over relatively flat terrain."

• Romantic Restaurant: Alpenhorn Gasthaus, second place.

• Local Coffee Shop: Espresso Laine, first place. "Serving house-roasted beans brewed into coffee, espresso and specialty drinks, it's no wonder its (web) site deems it a place 'where the locals hang out.'"

• Chocolatier: Ricky's Chocolate Box, first place. "Boasting an impressive array of handmade, small-batch treats, you'll find classics like pecan turtles to more adventurous fare like Rum Chata truffles."

• Buffet: The Corner Restaurant-Bar-Catering, Rhineland, second place.

• Historic Small Town: Hermann, second place.

• Most Unusual Business In A Small Town: Doxie Slush, second place.

• Boat Dealers: Eberlin Boats & Motors, Inc., first place. "Customers say Eberlin has what they need, when they need it. They even deliver boats to customers located outside Missouri."

• Best-Kept Secret: Alpenhorn Gasthaus, first place. "In addition to a 12-foot alpenhorn (a traditional horn used in the Alps) in the Main House, visitors can feed farm animals, enjoy wine in the wine cellar, and stroll through garden areas throughout the property."

• Distillery: Pinckney Bend Distillery, New Haven, second place.

• White Wine: Adam Puchta Winery, first place. "Adam Puchta produces several tantalizing options for white wine drinkers, including a dessert wine with a 'soft floral nose.'" Stone Hill Winery, second place.

• Tasting Room: Pinckney Bend Distillery, first place. "Visiting the tasting room at Pinckney Bend Distillery gives adventurous imbibers the chance to sample what they've been working on; often, these drinks are only available at the tap room."

• Best Norton: Adam Puchta Winery, first place. "This winery is the oldest continuously owned family winery in the United States, and its Cellar Select Norton is a remarkable vintage." Stone Hill Winery, second place.

• Cocktail Bar: Doxie Slush, first place. "Drinking at Doxie Slush is more than just a night out -- it's an experience. Its trendy vibes and scratch-made, eye-catching frozen cocktails make it a must-see (and sip)."