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.
WINE AND CHOCOLATE EVENT
Indulge in select Chateau Morrisette wines paired with sweet and savory chocolates and chocolate tinged amuse-bouches prepared by our culinary team and by select local and single-origin chocolatiers. Our Winemaker Brian Smyth will interpret the pairings with guests. Seatings available at 1PM and 5PM, Saturday, February 11th and at 2PM on Sunday , February 12th. The Wine and Chocolate Pairing takes place in the William Morrisette Room located above the Tasting Room at Chateau Morrisette.
$48 per person, includes wines, chocolates, taxes, and gratuities. Each seating is limited to 45 guests. Advanced reservations and pre-payment required. Event tickets may be purchased at THEDOGS.COM or by calling 540.593.DOGS.
PUPPY LOVE VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER
Join us for a special, three-course, prix fixe menu with options for each course. Dinner seatings offered Tuesday, February 14th from 4PM through 8PM.
$99 per couple. Does not include wine, tax or gratuity. Ask your server about our special wine pairing option. Reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-ins are seated at the discretion of the manager based on service availability.
First Course (Select 1)
Warm Salad of Blue Cheese stuffed Radicchio, Pomegranate Molasses, House Bacon Dust (GF) (MV)
Hearts Of Palm and Crab Fondue with Benne Seed Lavosh
Fried Gulf Oysters, Shaved Beets, Saffron Pickled Fennel, Horseradish Crema
Heirloom Radish Salad, Fresh Buttermilk Cheese, Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Preserved Lemon, Parsley (V)
Main Course (Select 1)
Roasted Painted Hills Beef Coulotte, Marrow Broth, Wild Mushroom, House Worcestershire, Duck Fat Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Fermented Baby Carrots (GF)
Joyce Farms Chicken with Three Day Mole Sauce, Root Vegetable "Salsa", Smoky Sweet Potatoes (GF)
Seared Scallops, Bentons Ham, Blood Orange Gastrique, Parsnip Puree, Charred Tuscan Kale (GF)
Roasted Squash Ravioli, Grilled Mushroom Hash, Brown Butter and Grana Padano Broth, Crispy Sage. (V)
Desserts (Select 1)
Dark Chocolate "Cloud 9" Cake, High Road Coconut Sorbet, Passionfruit Caramel & Spicy Crunch
"Petits Bisous d'Amour" - Collection of Handmade Bite Size Petits Fours
Sugar & Spice Beignets, High Road Balsamic Fig Ice Cream, Cabernet Dulce
MAKE IT AN OVERNIGHT GETAWAY
Our Winter Wonderland Travel Package makes a great Valentine's Day Gift. Choose from over twenty preferred lodging partners. The package includes an $85 lodging voucher, an $85 Chateau Morrisette Gift Card which may be used in our Restaurant or our Tasting Room, a standard wine tasting for two with souvenir glasses, and a 20% off coupon for use in the Tasting Room. The package cost is $190.00.
First published in 2003, Patricia Schultz's 1000 Places to See Before You Die changed the face of travel publishing. Equal parts wish-list and practical guide, it spent 85 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and quickly became the #1 bestselling travel book of all time.
1000 Places To See In the United States and Canada Before You Die came next, inspiring the same burning spirit of wanderlust through a bucket list covering our own 50 states and northern neighbor. It too became an instant bestseller and together, the 1000 Places books have 4.26 million copies in print.
Chateau Morrisette is featured prominently in the section describing the Blue Ridge Parkway and we could not be more pleased to be counted among the prestigious places included in this edition of such a popular travel book. Click here to see our listing in 1000 Places To See In the United States and Canada Before You Die
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for someone special or for a person who has been kind to you during the year? Look no further than Chateau Morrisette. Shopping in our Tasting Room or online has never been easier. Visit our Tasting Room Gift Shop for unique gift items like engraved wine boxes, apparel emblazoned with the Chateau Morrisette logo or one of our dogs, cork holders and cork art, locally made cutting boards and cheese knives, wine stoppers, cocktail napkins, and so much more. Visit our website and order wine or Morrisette Farms® food items to be shipped directly to you or to your gift recipient. We are legally able to ship wine to 32 states and the District of Columbia. We can ship Morrisette Farms®, gift cards, travel packages and other non-alcohol items anywhere in the country. You can read all about shipping by clicking on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Shipping.
Chateau Morrisette® wines are perfect for any palate. If that special person enjoys red wines, then consider one of our newest dry red varietal wines like 2014 Chambourcin or Cabernet Franc. There is still a limited supply of our very popular 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. If you're looking for a blended wine, don't overlook 2012 Archival I, 5 Red Grapes®, or our most popular off-dry wine The Black Dog®.
If white wines are more to your liking, then there are an equal number of delicious options from which to choose. Our latest Petit Manseng 2015 recieved 89 points at the San Diego International Wine Competition and a Platinum Award from Virginia Wine Lovers. Petit Manseng is a hybrid grape that grows very well in Virginia. Other white wine varietal grapes include Chardonnay, Chardonnay Reserve, Viognier and Vidal Blanc. If blended wines are more suited to your palate, don't miss the 2014 Nouveau Chien, also made with Petit Manseng, and the semi-sweet Our Dog Blue®. For something totally decadent, try our ice-style dessert wine, Frosty Dog®.
There is also a variety of Chateau Morrisette® sweet wines, including Sweet Mountain Laurel® and Red Mountain Laurel®, both made with grapes that do well at high elevation and are grown on the estate. The Orchard Series wines are very popular too. These sweet fruit wines include Blackberry, Cherry Wine, Sweet Mountain Apple, made with 100% Virginia apples, and our Farmhouse Sangria Red, made from a base of delicious Merlot wine.
Just in time for Christmas, these wines are made even sweeter by our Holiday Wine Sale. Beginning November 25th (Black Friday) and running through New Years Eve (December 31), all Chateau Morrisette® wines are offered at 20% off bottles and 30% off cases. You may purchase as much as you want from our Tasting Room but individual state laws determine how much we can ship to you. Please see our Shipping FAQs for specific information.
A Chateau Morrisette Sampler pack is the ideal Christmas gift. It includes four bottles of wine and you can even add a gift message to the order. There is a sampler pack for every taste and every budget - sampler packs are marked down 10% everyday and 20% during the sale. Think that special someone might like some sweet red wines, try the Sweet Red Sampler Pack which retails for $49.96 before the sale price. Want sweet white wines, we've got you covered with the Sweet White Sampler Pack also at $49.96. If you're feeling experimental, try the Orchard Series Sampler Pack at $47.96 before the sale discount. Next up on the palate scale would be our dry wine samplers. The Dry White Sampler Pack goes from semi-sweet to very dry and retails for $72.96 before the sale. There's also a Dry Red Sampler Pack at $78.96 retail and includes an off-dry wine, two blends and a Cabernet Sauvignon. For the wine aficionado, aka the wine snob, the Top Tier Sampler is the perfect gift. It retails for $135.96 and includes some of our very best red and white wines.
Travel makes a wonderful gift. Everyone needs to get away for a long weekend or even a few days mid-week. Why not give the gift a travel with a Chateau Morrisette® Getaway Package. Choose a package that's just right for the season. Each travel gift recipient will receive vouchers for lodging for use with one of our preferred lodging partners along with a Chateau Morrisette® Gift Card, a wine tasting for two, and a coupon for 20% off purchases made in the Tasting Room Gift Shop, including wine. Our most popular package is our Winter Wonderland Package offering travel during the slower times when the mountains are chilly and there's time to relax by the fire. There is a Mountain Blooms Package for spring, a Summer Sunsets Package, and an Autumn Harvest Package too. Packages range from $190 to $199 each.
Morrisette Farms® offers a gourmet selection of pasta sauces, bruchetta, salsas and salad dressings. We ship Morrisette Farms® food items to all 50 states. Items include Spicy Sun Dried Tomato Bruschetta with Chianti, Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Creamy Parmesan Vodka Pasta Sauce, Herb Marinara with Malbec, Gorgonzola with Pear Dressing, just to name a few. You could make it a truly exceptional gift by pairing a favorite wine with one or two of these delicious food offerings.
Chateau Morrisette offers gift cards in the amount you want to spend. Let that special person on your Christmas list select a gift that's just right for them. Gift cards may be redeemed in the Chateau Morrisette® Tasting Room or in the Chateau Morrisette® Restaurant.
Chateau Morrisette wines are now available in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Working through our Distributor, Athens Distributing Chattanooga, we now offer wines through major grocery chain stores and independent wine retailers. In order to get the word out and to show we care about the people and animals in the Chattanooga area, we opted to partner with the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society to bring attention to their efforts to serve the community. Customers can look for our Paws for a Cause bottle tags at stores throughout the region. We hope everyone will give generously to the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society this holiday season.
Chateau Morrisette has agreed to sponsor the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society events throughout the fall and holiday season. The picture above was taken recently at the Paws in the Park event, held Saturday, October 29th. According to Murray Levesque, Chateau Morrisette Tennesee Brand Manager, " People attending the event were thrilled to see Chateau Morrisette involved. Our distinctive dog on the label of our bottles, along with the Paws for a Cause bottle tag, was a natural tie in to HES." While local laws prohibited us from doing tastings in the Park, Chateau Morrisette gave away posters and allowed people to sign up for more information and to register to win prizes.
Later in the season, Chateau Morrisette and the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society will work together on additional events including:
Saturday, December 10 - THE MUTT STRUTT and CHRISTMAS TAIL 5K
Join the Humane Educational Society on Saturday, December 10th for the third annual A Christmas Tail in historic St. Elmo. The annual event is A Christmas themed 5K and 1 mile Mutt Strut benefitting the Humane Educational Society. Funds raised at the event will benefit the shelter’s Special Needs Fund, which provides lifesaving surgery and medication as well as heartworm treatment to animals with treatable injuries and illness, giving them a second chance at a happy home and healthier life. The 5K and Mutt Strut are a fun way to support the shelter’s mission to provide education and outreach to the community, medical services for needy animals, humane investigation, shelter for homeless animals, and strong adoption programs that ensure all adopted animals have safe and loving forever homes.
Sign up to participate at the Chattanooga Humane Educational Society website.
(Check the website as we continue to add dates and locations) Click here.
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6015 Dayton Blvd.
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East Brainerd Liquors
7804 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga Wine and Spirits
6925 Lee Hwy
Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Cork & Flask
222 Seqouyah Road
Hamilton Wine and Liquors
2288 Gunbarrel Rd
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Chateau Morrisette has eight wines available throughout Chattanooga and major grocery chains and independent wine retailers. Featured wines include:
Our Dog Blue®, a Riesling and Traminette blended semi-sweet white wine
The Black Dog®, a semi-dry red blend made from five grape varietals
Sweet Mountain Laurel®, for southerners who like sweet, this is the sweet tea of the wine family
Red Mountain Laurel®, a red dessert wine, sweet and easy to drink
Blackberry, an apple wine with natural blackberry flavors, tastes like blackberry pie
Cherry Wine, made from 100% cherries from Wisconsin
Sweet Mountain Apple, made from 100% Virginia apples
Farmhouse Sangria Red, a Merlot based wine with added natural fruit flavors
Chateau Morrisette is offering a prize drawing for a two night stay for anyone who signs up to receive future information from Chateau Morrisette. We want people to know what's going on at Chateau Morrisette throughout the year, from festivals, restaurant events, special tastings, and other fun things to do. All sweepstakes rules apply. Registration can be found by clicking to Chateau Morrisette Chattanooga.
Chateau Morrisette will be the featured Virginia Wine this October 25th at Shula's America's Steakhouse in Richmond, Virginia. Guests can taste three Chateau Morrisette wines, 2012 Archival I, the 2014 Nouveau Chien, and the ever popular Our Dog Blue. For $7, guests can sample these three delicious wines along with special hors d'oeuvre offerings prepared by Shula's America's Steakhouse. The event takes place between 4:30PM and 6:30 PM, Tuesday, October 25th at Shula's located at 12042 West Broad Street in Richmond.
ABOUT THE WINES
Shula's selected three Chateau Morrisette wines for their customers to taste. Here is the background on each:
A vibrant bouquet of crushed rose petals and fresh roasted coffee give way to dark, black cherries and currants. Rich caramel notes lingered into a well-structured finish balanced spice & clove. Definitely a steak lover’s choice (medium rare, please), yet hearty enough to stand next to baked lasagna or gorgonzola mushroom risotto.
Blend: 35% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot
Awards: Gold Medal - 2015 Virginia Wine Lovers Wine Classic • Silver Medal - 2015 Sommelier Challenge International Wine and Spirits Competition • Silver Medal - 2015 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition • Bronze Medal: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition • Bronze Medal 2015 Texsom International Wine Awards • Bronze Medal: 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup • Bronze Medal: 2015 Riverside (CA) International Wine Competition
2014 NOUVEAU CHIEN
This floral blend of Petit Manseng, Traminette, Chardonel, Chardonnay, and Viognier has a beautiful nose of honeydew melon and lemons. The palate is dry and crisp with a lively acidity through the finish. This wine pairs well with shellfish, crab cakes, and oysters. Best served between 50-55º F
Production: A small percentage of the wine was barrel aged in new oak barrels after fermentation for just a few months to add light toasted notes and lengthen the finish
Awards: Bronze Medal: San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition • Bronze Medal: 2016 Virginia Governor's Cup • Gold Medal: 2015 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic • Silver Medal - 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition • Silver Medal - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Interntional Wine Competition • Silver Medal - 2015 TEXCOM (Dallas Morning News) International Wine Competition • Bronze Medal: 2015 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition • Bronze Medal: 2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association
OUR DOG BLUE (non-vintage)
This popular white wine is a semi-sweet Riesling-Traminette blend, using Vidal Blanc for added depth. Aromas of melons, citrus fruits, apricots, and delicate flowers highlight the soft finish of this soothing wine. Serve chilled with fruits and cheeses, fish, or spicy foods.
Ratings: 95 Points 2015 San Diego International Wine Competition • 94 Points 2015 Winemakers Challenge International Wine Competition • 90 Points 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition • 88 Points 2015 Beer and Wine Tasting Institute (Tastings.com)
Awards: Silver Medal: 2016 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition • Platinum (Double Gold) Medal: 2015 San Diego Wine Competition • Platinum Medal 2015 Winemakers Challenge International Wine Competition • Gold Medal: 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition • Gold Medal: 2015 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic • Silver Medal: 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition • Silver Medal: 2015 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition • Silver Medal: 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition • Silver Medal: 2015 Hilton Head Food and Wine Festival • Silver Medal and Best Buy: 2015 Tastings.com
FLOYD (WSLS 10) – When it comes to the Virginia wine industry, the glass is half full. Virginia wine and cider sales reached a new record high as w [WINE] ine sales increased by 2 percent from last year and nearly 26 percent from five years ago.
Meanwhile, cider sales saw an impressive 200 percent growth within the last year.
Last year, Virginia wineries sold more than a half million cases; 10 percent of which were made at Chateau Morrisette.
Keith Toler, Director of Marketing at Chateau Morrisette says the trend reflected in their business.
“We also see growth here at Chateau Morrisette, so we knew we were part of that trend,” Toler said.
[Three new flavors of cider launch this weekend.]
Three new flavors of cider launch this weekend.
Brian Smyth is behind all 29 flavors of wine there.
He said the Virginia wine industry has changed since he left the U.S. to train as a winemaker.
“When I left, there were just under 200 wineries. Now there is just under 300, which is a huge increase in just a short number of years,” Smyth said.
He says with more competition, comes better wine and new opportunities to stand out.
“For us at Chateau Morrisette, that means that we are trying to diversify our products.”
They have the capabilities, so he says it only made sense to start making one of the most in-demand drinks.
“The growth in the cider industry, as well as the craft beer industry, has just been explosive across the country,” Toler said.
The cider business is doing so well in fact, that Chateau Morrisette has decided to incorporate it into their business. This weekend, they are launching their first line of cider.
[CIDER] The line includes three flavors, one regular and two inspired by current wines.
“You see what’s happening right here in our region with new breweries coming in, new cideries coming in so we wanted to be part of that. We wanted to be part of that growth and part of that excitement. And that’s why we decided to test the waters with ciders,” Toler said.
We got an exclusive look at the first batch of ciderworks.
Ultimately, it will be up to the customers this weekend if these recipes will make the cut for mass distributions.
Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:13 pm
By Yann Ranaivo email@example.com 381-1661
After more than three decades of offering wines, Chateau Morrisette plans to soon add cider and eventually craft beer to its palette.
The family-owned Chateau, located south of Floyd off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is slated to begin serving its own three ciders in August in an effort to meet growing interest in craft beverages.
The winery, a regional wine tasting destination since it opened in 1982, has also filed for a beer license with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control as part of long-term plans to establish its own brewery.
“We’ve seen the growth and popularity of cider and craft beer. Growth in those products have been exponential over the past couple of years,” said Chateau spokesman Keith Toler.
Much of the growing interest in craft beverages is being pushed by millennials — a roughly defined demographic group of adults aged between 20 and 40 years old — “who want to experience new products, new tastes and new flavors,” Toler said.
“Honestly, we feel that if someone enjoys cider, they might move to sweet wines and upgrade their palate to higher-end wines,” he said.
Chateau began considering a brewery operation last year, but the infrastructure to make and sell beer is still another one to two years away, Toler said.
“It hasn’t been on the front burner. The cider opportunity appeared, so we decided to go with the cider route first,” he said. But “you see the popularity of craft beer now, and we just felt it was something we needed to look at.”
The winery’s beer license application, which is still pending, was filed in February 2015.
It created a company called Chateau Morrisette Cider Works to represent its cider operations, and it plans to start its offerings with 3,200 12-ounce bottles of each kind of cider: a cherry ginger cider, a chai cider and barrel-aged dry cider, each with an alcohol content of no higher than 7 percent.
The ciders will be made with apples picked from the Silver Creek Orchards in Nelson County.
Chateau will exclusively sell and sample its ciders on site before determining if it wants to roll the beverages out on a much larger scale. Toler said the winery is in discussions about potential cider distribution.
Although the ciders themselves will be made at the winery, the bottling and carbonating will occur at Chaos Mountain Brewing in Franklin County.
The number of operating breweries in the U.S. grew by 15 percent in 2015 to 4,269 breweries, according to the latest report from the Brewers Association, a trade group that represents small and independent American craft brewers. The group described that number of breweries as “the most at any time in American history.”
The Brewers Association also described the South as one of the fastest growing regions, noting Virginia as among the four states that each saw a net of increase of more than 20 breweries.
Floyd, VA, August 3, 2016 – Chateau Morrisette Winery will offer an immersive vineyard experience for the first time on September 24, 2016. The program is designed to engage wine enthusiasts in the process of harvesting grapes and making wine, providing participants with both education and hands-on training during a half-day session.
Guests may choose to participate in either a morning of afternoon experience. It begins with an informational briefing from the Vineyard Manager, Steve VanSutphin. “I will cover viticultural topics including planting, pruning, trellising, canopy and soil management, to name a few,” VanSutphin said. Participants will learn standard harvest techniques and will be provided with clippers and a grape lug to try their hand at the traditional harvest.
Once the harvest is complete, the grapes will be transported to the cellar crush pad for processing. Participants will meet with the Winemaker, Brian Smyth and learn all about the crushing process. The grapes will be pressed and turned into juice. “While time will not allow us to actually begin the fermenting process, I will discuss how that process works once the juice is made,” said Smyth. Each guest will take home a bottle of juice from the day’s harvest.
As with any harvest, this vineyard experience will take place rain or shine. Guests should come prepared with proper shoes and clothing. The cost of the program is $70 per person and includes presentations, equipment, lunch in the vineyard and souvenir items to take home. The program is offered at 10:00 AM or at 1:00 PM. Reservations are required and tickets may be purchased on the website at www.TheDogs.com. Participation is limited to 34 guests during each session.
For tickets and additional information, click here Harvest With The Dogs: A Hands-On Vineyard Experience at Chateau Morrisette Winery
About Château Morrisette
Château Morrisette has retail distribution throughout Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky. The winery and restaurant is located at milepost 171.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in beautiful Floyd County, Virginia. For more information, visit www.thedogs.com, call (540) 593-2865, or follow us on Facebook.
The Embers boast numerous albums and single releases that span decades and all the crazes continuing to exhibit top quality showmanship, musicianship and professionalism. Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and most recently the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music. This group has traveled the country and the world and have performed for every event imaginable from the highest dignitaries to the hottest back yard frat parties. The Embers were also honored to travel throughout South Korea to perform their Christmas special ‘Christmas with the Embers’ on American Military bases for America’s troops in December of 2007 and 2008. The Embers were awarded Military Coins of Excellence for their distinguished service.
This combination of experience and longevity has allowed THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS to possess a level of versatility few other groups can match. With five lead vocalists and up to three horns, they can perform almost any style of music from up-tempo dance and rock to the smooth easy listening for the more subdued occasions. The music is GREAT but what sets THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS apart is the personality of the group. From start to finish every performance becomes a PARTY! The fun starts at the first note and doesn’t stop until the last. A performance by THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS is not just a party, it is an EVENT!
The Black Dog Beach Music Festival takes place on August 13, 2016 at Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant's Festival Field. Advance tickets are $20 and they sell for $30 at the gate. Admission includes all day wine tastings, a souvenir wine glass, entertainment and free parking. Well behaved pets on a leash and children of all ages are welcome at the event. Food, wine, beer and arts are all offered for sale. For more information, visit THEDOGS.COM
Natalie Soucie, host of Day Time Blue Ridge on WSLS 10 in Roanoke, Virginia visited Chateau Morrisette and spoke with our Events Director, Sally Truslow to learn all about The Black Dog Jazz Festival on July 9, 2016. Sally told her about the musical artists performing for the day, including saxophonist Grace Kelly, swing music by Wally West's Little Big Band, and the Mike Floyd Jazz Trio. Click here to view the 4 minute segment that ran on Wednesday, July 6th. VIEW VIDEO