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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Wine and Dine at Château Morrisette

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and open year round, Château Morrisette welcomes visitors to tour their facilities, experience their wines and savor their American cuisine while enjoying such events as Black Dog & Our Dog Blues Concerts all in an elegant old world atmosphere. A comfortable drive from the Piedmont Triad, Charlotte, Roanoke and Martinsville, Château Morrisette is both a relaxing and exciting experience for anyone who enjoys fine wine, good food and natural surroundings.

Château Morrisette is located in a spectacular mountain setting in Floyd County off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 171 and 172. The winery and gift shop are open seven days, Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The restaurant at Château Morrisette serves lunch Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Sunday lunch/brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and dinner Friday-Saturday 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Make plans to visit their restaurant, gift shop and gardens, the winery for a tour and wine tasting, or stop by for one of their special events.

I have only tried two of their wines and I love them both! One of them is “Our Dog Blue:”

A popular white wine, Our Dog Blue is a semi-sweet blend of Riesling with a small amount of Vidal. Aromas of mint, honeydew and apricot highlight the soft finish of this soothing wine. Serve chilled with fruits and cheeses or with spicy Chinese food.

The other Château Morrisette wine I have tried and love is “Sweet Mountain Laurel:”

A unique and refreshingly sweet dessert style wine made from Native American grape varieties. A firm acidity balances the natural sugars, producing a crisp finish with aromas of freshly picked grapes. Pour over fresh berries and sponge cake or blend with vanilla ice cream and fruit for a creamy dessert smoothie.

For more information visit the Château Morrisette website.

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