It was a full house for Röbller Vineyard in New Haven, Missouri, on April 30 for its 25th Anniversary Winemakers dinner. This, despite a thunderstorm which brought heavy rain, hail and, in due time, an innocent and spectacular Missouri sunset visible from the wide winery window views. Founders Robert and Lois Mueller and Jerry Mueller, son and winemaker, offered tastings of five Röbller special-release wines to around 70 longstanding friends of the winery.
The menu, created by chef de cuisine Eddie Neill, complemented the wine flavor profiles. To start, Röbller's crisp St. Vincent Rose was paired with Tom Blatchford’s Cool Cow cheese from Owensville, Missouri, in cheese sammies (a table favorite), crepinettes du porc, a soft pate, French radish and butter sandwiches and savory jalapeño-Cheddar sausages.
Next, Röbller's 2012 Vidal Reserve, a tasty homage to Burgundy created with estate grown “dry farmed” Vidal grapes, was paired with beautifully arranged platters of asparagus, juicy red tomatoes with basil and wild rice with dried fruit and nuts. Dry farming, relying on Mother Nature instead of irrigation for water, encourages root growth and deepens flavor in grapes, Jerry says. Nancy and Steven Picker from St. Charles, Missouri – both 25-year visitors of Röbller – agreed, happily sipping.
Three 2012 wines, Chambourcin Reserve, Anniversary Cuvee and Norton Reserve, were served with poulet Mirabelle (chicken with plums, olives and tomatoes), beef braised in red wine, barbecued rosemary rabbit and dishes of carrots and fingerling potatoes. To complete the meal, a selection of Cool Cow Reserve Wine Cheeses was offered with a flavorful Traminette white port and Norton port.
Wine enthusiasts David and Chris Hulsey, who have visited 80 of Missouri’s approximately 130 wineries, keep coming back to Röbller. “The Muellers are wonderful – love their wines,” Chris says.
Röbller Vineyard, 275 Robller Vineyard Road, New Haven, Missouri, 573.237.3986, robllerwines.com