On the wild chance you may find yourself in Southwest Virginia looking for something to do, there is one winery experience that I dare say ranks in the top 5, if not first in terms of Virginia wineries, if based on experience.
Chateau Morrisette is nestled on a lovely section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Being in the southwest part of the state lends itself to mountainous views in the first place, but the Blue Ridge Parkway unveils some of the best views of the state from the road. Even on the gloomy day we went, it was still beautiful The winery is comprised of a restaurant and a tasting room (house). Both are homey and very rustic. The tasting room is the craftsman’s style. The restaurant seems like a house turned commercial.
The food at the restaurant was amazing, as it should be for the price. I ended up getting just a simple side of Mac and Cheese and Asparagus. I went with my boyfriend, my dad and his girlfriend. Josh, my boyfriend, go the BBQ sliders and my dad got the French Dip. The love of French Dips must run in the family or something. Even just nibbles of either, they were wonderful. The French Dip especially. The au jus was probably some of the most flavorful I have ever tried. The potato wedges and the potato salad served with either were not the expected. The potato salad has sweet potatoes and white potatoes. And the wedges were amazingly crispy.
I opted for what some would call a measly dish. The mac and cheese has a great flavor and deliciously creamy. Many times in restaurants I find myself hating on the asparagus because it ends up being too limp and kind of, well, gross. This asparagus was cooked to perfection and spiced just the same. Even though I may not have had an extravagant meal, I still ha a mighty tasty one.
Once in the tasting room, you purchase your wine tasting. This was personally my first winery experience in the first place. Chateau Morrisette boosts some odd 30 wines. Obviously, they won’t serve them all to you. So they compile a list based on the season to provide you with corresponding flavors. If asked nicely, they will even give you a tasting of one you might’ve eyed that wasn’t on the list.
Some of their wines are named after the owners’ dogs, hence this blog’s title. Our Dog Blue is their most famous. The Chateau’s wines can be found in grocery stores across the country. Obviously, Virginia’s stores have some of the widest selections. I highly suggest some of their fruit wines like the apple (a little sweet) and their blackberry (very tart).
If you’re looking for a great winery with an even better location, Chateau Morrisette is the place to try. The drive may or may not be worth it. I would say worth it considering the nature and beautiful views you get to see along the way.