Montelle and Augusta Team Up for Eckert’s Pairing Event
On July 12, 2012 Eckert’s Country Store and Restaurant in Belleville, Illinois hosted a wine and food pairing demonstration with Montelle Winery and Augusta Winery, both from Missouri.
Eckert’s is a seventh generation family farm started in 1837 by German immigrants. The owners say that Eckert’s is the largest family owned and operated pick- your-own farm and orchard in the United States. Operations include a garden center, wine and cheese store and St. Louis Farm Market. Eckert’s is just west of St. Louis on the site of the original 1910 farmer’s market. In 2010, Eckert’s completed a $5 million expansion that included a new country store and an expanded restaurant space.
Food and wine pairings at the July 12th event included Montelle Chardonel with Eckert’s Restaurant Fish Tacos and Augusta Chambourcin with Eckert’s Applewurst and Kraut.
Tony Kooyumjian, owner of Augusta and Montelle Wineries, located in Augusta, Missouri, explains how he creates his Chambourcin.