Grapes aren’t the only things fermenting in Rocheport these days. Les Bourgeois Vineyards debuted its newest endeavor last month with the introduction of Rocheport Rum, now available at the winery and other shops and restaurants in the area.
The white rum, bottled under the Planck & Anchor label, is the first product in Les Bourgeois’ distillery division, the result of a partnership between the winery and Jefferson City entrepreneur Jonny Ver Planck.
“Jonny has the know-how, and we have the facilities and distribution network to turn out a really great product,” says Les Bourgeois CEO Rachel Holman. “It’s very exciting.”
Ver Planck, owner of The Shrunken Head Tropic Lounge in downtown Jefferson City, is a California native with a passion for tiki bars. A 25-year career as a musician, recording/sound engineer and tour manager took him to more than 25 countries with frequent stops in Belize and Hawaii. After opening The Shrunken Head last year, Ver Planck began casting around for a micro-distillery opportunity; a fruitless search in the capital city sent him north to Rocheport, where he found a welcoming vibe in LBV owner Curtis Bourgeois and winemaker Jacob Holman.
Planck & Anchor Distillers currently has seven spirits in the pipeline at the LBV facility: white, gold, coconut, aged and spiced rums plus vodka and gin. Rocheport Rum white was released May 1; the Rocheport Rum gold release will follow later this year. Others will come online as they are ready, Holman says.
Les Bourgeois will be serving Rocheport Rum-based slushies — Piña Colada and Rum Runner — in the A-Frame this summer. Rocheport Rum cocktails are available in the Blufftop Bistro. Bottles are on sale in the winery’s tasting room.
Local restaurants serving Planck & Anchor Rocheport Rum include Broadway Brewery and Günter Hans. Bottles are also available at Moser’s and C&R markets. Grab a few bottles of your own and make this signature Planck & Anchor cocktail at home.
Yo ho ho …
2 ounces Planck & Anchor White Rocheport Rum
1 ounce cream of coconut
½ ounce Fee Brothers Falernum
2 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces limeade
Mix together and served chilled in your favorite glass.
Recipe courtesy of Justin Solum, bartender at The Shrunken Head Tropic Lounge, Jefferson City