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1818 Franklin County Reserve to be Unveiled at Franklin County Bicentennial Opening Ceremony
NEW HAVEN, Mo. (March 1, 2019) –– Röbller Vineyard will unveil its Franklin County commemorative bicentennial wine — the 1818 Franklin County Reserve — at the Franklin County Bicentennial Opening Ceremony, to be held at East Central College John Anglin Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m.
Röbller’s 1818 Franklin County Reserve is the result of a three-year project by winemaker Jerry Mueller. Mueller, a member of the Franklin County Bicentennial committee, undertook the creation of the special vintage to honor the county’s heritage. As the oldest vineyard growing Norton in Franklin County, estate-producer Röbller Vineyard’s own land grant and history match closely with Franklin County’s historical timeline, creating a special tie for the winery to the project.
According to Mueller, the Norton was the only choice for the bicentennial wine, a fitting tribute to honor the friendship between Thomas Jefferson, who helped develop Norton in the New World, and Benjamin Franklin, the county’s namesake. Missouri’s state grape and the only true native wine-grape of the New World has been in existence as long as Franklin County.
“It’s not often you get a chance to create a bicentennial wine,” says Mueller. “The whole approach has been to create an outcome that is commensurate with the significance of the county’s bicentennial, which meant a lot of extra care – and it meant doing things we had never done before.”
Röbller’s Norton vines have been growing for more than 25 years. Mueller says that vine maturity and Röbller’s dry farming process created the foundation for the Norton’s quality and consistency. He chose extended barreling time for the 1818 Franklin County Reserve to achieve a premium level of complexity and balance.
The finished wine was initially refined for two years in neutral Missouri White and Chinkapin Oak barrels, with an additional year in new heavy toast Chinkapin barrels. Mueller intentionally limited barreling to oak that is indigenous to Missouri, selecting barrels from McGinnis Wood Products in Cuba, Missouri, in keeping with the farm-to-table philosophy that “what grows together goes together.”
“The 1818 Franklin County Reserve is a tribute to the determination, ingenuity and creativity through which our county was founded and through which a tremendous number of Franklin County businesses thrive,” Mueller says. “Röbller is privileged to be located in the heart of the county, the ideal setting to create this commemorative wine — which is our best expression of the county’s history and heritage, the future, and the character of the land.”
After the unveiling, the 1818 Franklin County Reserve will be available at Röbller Vineyard, located at 275 Robller Vineyard Road, New Haven, Missouri.
Franklin County will continue to commemorate their bicentennial with a series of special events and projects now through December 2019. The March 9th opening ceremony will be held at East Central College John Anglin Performing Arts Center, 1964 Prairie Dell Road, Union, Missouri, at 2 p.m. Admission is free to the general public.
Röbller Vineyard has been named best winery in mid-Missouri by readers of Feast magazine in the publication’s annual Feast 50 issue.
Over 100,000 votes were cast by Feast readers in the seventh annual Feast 50 Awards, which highlights the best of Missouri’s food and drink scene. Röbller Vineyard received the top honor out of a list of 15 wineries in the mid-Missouri region, which includes Columbia, Jefferson City, Augusta, Hermann, and surrounding areas.
“We are grateful for this award and thankful to those who voted,” says winemaker Jerry Mueller. “This honor affirms that our commitment to ‘winegrowing’ as a craft is both recognized and appreciated.”
Since 1990, Röbller Vineyard has produced meticulously-crafted, European-style wines using grapes grown exclusively at the family-owned vineyard in New Haven, Missouri. The property boasts panoramic views of the rolling hills and breathtaking sunsets.
This year marks Röbller’s 30th growing season, with the first grapevines planted by Mueller’s parents Robert and Lois Mueller in 1988. Specializing in French-inspired winemaking traditions, the vineyard produces a variety of French hybrid grapes including Chambourcin, St. Vincent, Villard Noir, Vidal, Seyval, Vignoles, and Traminette, as well as Missouri’s state grape, Norton.
Röbller wines are sold at multiple locations in St. Louis and mid-Missouri. Complimentary tastings and picnic seating are available seven days a week at the vineyard, located off of HWY 100 in New Haven, a short drive from Hermann. Röbller is also a stop on the Hermann Wine Trail, with events highlighting seasonal food pairings at seven Hermann-area wineries.
- 1/2 C butter
- 1/2 TT minced onion flakes
- 1/2 TT Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 TT Horseraddish
- 1/2 C flour
- 2 C milk
- 8oz cream cheese diced into cubes
- 1# Rotini pasta, cooked al dente
- 1 C reserved pasta water
- 2 C Mozzarella
- 2 C White Cheddar
- 1/3 C Bread Crumbs
- 1/3 C Grated Parmesan
- 2 TT Butter
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Boil big pot of water with sea salt. Add pasta and cook until al dente (package directions). Reserve a cup or two of pasta water. Drain and put back in big pot.
Heat butter in saucepan until melted, add seasonings, and cook butter until brown and onions are toasty. Add flour and mix until pasty. Add milk and whisk until creamy. Add cream cheese and simmer on low, whisking, until rich, creamy aromatic and consistent texture.
Add sauce and cheese mix to pasta in big pot and mix together. Add (up to) 1 cup pasta water to increase liquid if needed.
Pour, scrape and deliver all of this into a baking dish (9×13 or similar size). Melt 2TT butter in sauce pan until melted. Turn off heat. Add bread crumbs until mixed. Add Parmesan, and then sprinkle over casserole. Pop in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Then turn on broiler and broil a minute or so until top is crusty and brown.
Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes until you can’t take it and just have to dive in. Slice into squares, serve and enjoy.