The Black Dog Blog
Chateau Morrisette is among the oldest and largest wineries in Virginia. We also operate an award-winning restaurant with a 95% recommendation rate on OpenTable. With fresh vintages, flavors, and events at the winery, restaurant, vineyard, and festival field throughout the year, we will keep you abreast of all the great happenings and the people who make up Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant in this blog and through our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest sites.
Come out and enjoy high energy performances by nationally known vocalist and saxophonist Grace Kelly along with swing, big band, and dance jazz from the Wally West Little Big Band, and one of Floyd's favorites, The Mike Mitchell Jazz Band (video).
Headliner Grace Kelly just received her 7th nomination to DownBeat magazine's critic's poll for alto sax rising stars, this year taking the top spot. Here's what jazz lovers have to say about Ms Kelly:
“Kelly champions accessibility without sacrificing style.” – Village Voice
“charismatic and immensely talented…all the chops in the world” – Downbeat Magazine
“As everybody knows, she is a remarkably mature player” – David Sanborn
“Jazz innovator … Making jazz young” – Billboard
Admission includes all day wine tastings, on site parking and entertainment. Beer, wine, food, and crafts are offered for sale. $20 advance tickets until July 8; $30 at the gate. See more details at the Jazz Festival ticketing page.
We're pleased to announce this year's performers for Sunday Sounds, free music for your listening pleasure while you sip on the winery courtyard. Enjoy our eclectic array of Americana artists, with jazz every first Sunday! Performers may change; stay current with our calendar.
6/26 Tim Pfeiffer: folk / blues
7/3 Front Porch Swing: jazz
7/10 Nostalgic but Cool: rock, country, 60s
7/17 RagTop: folk rock / blues
7/24 The Sigmon Stringers: bluegrass
7/31 American Roots: Americana
8/7 Lew Woodall: jazz
8/14 Zuzu Welsh Band: rock, blues, country
8/21 Shades of Blue: Americana
8/28 Larry Wishon: southern rock
9/4 Bob Peckman Jazz Trio: jazz
9/11 Cory Campbell: Americana
9/18 Jim Lord: Americana
9/25 Melissa McSherry: Americana
10/2 Virginia Blue Band: jazz
10/9 Pat Anderson: Americana
10/16 Mac Traynham duo: Blue Ridge old time
10/23 Rusty Seesaws: folk-punk, bluegrass
10/30 Indian Run Stringband: Americana
Bottled: February 2015
Winemaker’s notes: May 2016
Our 2015 Viognier offers melon and apricot on the nose which is complimented by a rich palate reminiscent of honeysuckle and peaches. The Viognier fruit used to make this wine was grown in Tyro, VA. The fruit was whole cluster pressed to minimize skin contact in order to reduce the astringent character Viognier can suffer from. After cold settling, the wine was inoculated in tank and subsequently transferred to barrel for fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was racked and continued to age in barrel until December 2015.
Pair with grilled seafood topped with peach salsa and you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy now or lay down for 3-5 years.
Serving recommendations: 50-55°F
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chateau Morrisette Winery Announces Summer 2016 Music Events
Floyd, V.A., June 2, 2016 – Located along Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morrisette Winery announces its signature summer music festivals, the Black Dog Jazz Festival and Black Dog Beach Music Festival, and free Sunday Sounds in the courtyard, which includes a variety of music through October.
Black Dog Jazz Festival, July 9, noon – 5 p.m.
Featuring vibrant saxophone prodigy Grace Kelly, the Black Dog Jazz Festival includes swing music from Wally West Little Band, and jazz from Mike Mitchell Jazz Band. The event takes place at Nancy Morrisette Festival Field, and tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate. Admission includes all day wine tastings, on-site parking and entertainment.
Black Dog Beach Music Festival, August 13, noon – 5 p.m.
Chateau Morrisette’s annual Black Dog Beach Music Festival headliners are music legends The Embers featuring Craig Woolard and the Fantastic Shakers, who are celebrating their 35th anniversary. The event takes place at Nancy Morrisette Festival Field, and tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate.
Nancy Morrisette Festival Field is located at 3641 Black Ridge Road in Floyd, V.A., which is less than a mile from the winery and restaurant. Both events will be held rain or shine. Dogs on a leash are welcome. No coolers or outside food or drinks are permitted. Canopies, umbrellas and chairs are recommended. Outside alcohol is prohibited on premises per Alcohol Beverage Control.
The Crooked Road presents Mountains of Music Homecoming at Chateau Morrisette, June 12, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
An afternoon of American Roots music with the Whitetop Mountain Band, the concert takes place on the winery courtyard and is free to the public. Bring your own seating. The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities and the music heritage of southwestern V.A.
Sunday Sounds Music Series, June 5 – October 16, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Sunday music in the courtyard returns this summer and fall. Relax and enjoy award-winning wines while listening to a wide variety of music every week, including Wyatt Law (June 19), Tim Pfeiffer (June 26), Front Porch Swing (July 3) and more.
Throughout the summer, the Restaurant at Chateau Morrisette is the perfect location for Sunday Brunch or celebrating any special occasion over an intimate dinner or lunch. Under Chef Cooper Brunk, the restaurant’s innovative menu reflects Appalachian-French Fusion, traditional French fare with regional influences and fresh, local produce, meats and cheeses.
About Chateau Morrisette
Chateau Morrisette is a picturesque day trip from Roanoke, Charlottesville, Blacksburg, Christiansburg or the Piedmont Triad or a great weekend away from Washington, D.C., Richmond, Hampton Roads, Raleigh/Durham, Charlotte, Knoxville or Charleston, W.V. Wine tastings start at $8 per person. For more information, visit www.thedogs.com, call (540) 593-2865 or follow us on Facebook.
Lindee Katdare, host of Daytime Blue Ridge on WSLS TV 10 came out to Chateau Morrisette to get a preview of all the activities. She had an opportunity to shoot skeet in our vineyard and get information about all the activities, including horseback riding, the Vine Wined 10K, skeet shooting, Kayaking on the Little River with On the Water Floyd, the wild game restaurant specials, and the live music on Saturday and Sunday.
It's a 4 minute segment. Click here to view it on DAYTIME BLUE RIDGE
Details for the event can be found on the calendar at THEDOGS.COM
You know you want to
Sign Up For Our Newsletter
Keep up to date on the latest wine releases, events, and promotions.