Posted by Melissa Lyden / Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Wine of the Week: It’s not necessary to be a wine aficionado to enjoy these musings.
Name: The Black Dog
Varietals: Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Winery/Vineyard: Château Morrisette
Winemaker’s Description: “A unique blend of Cabernet, Chambourcin and Merlot produces this exceptionally smooth semi-dry red wine. Its appealing spicy character and medium body enhance many dishes as well as light hors d’oeuvres. It’s obviously well bred!”
Wino to Wino:Wine jargon can be confusing, especially when seemingly commonplace words are used as important descriptors that help consumers with selecting wine. Semi-dry and semi-sweet wines sometimes meet in the middle. There is definitely the possibility for crossover. However, for wine drinkers looking for something on the drier-side, wines labeled semi-dry will usually be a better pick than those labeled semi-sweet (or not at all). The Black Dog is a great dinner party wine, taking into consideration the price point and the tolerance.
Professional Pairing: A great (and simple) hors d’oeuvres for a happy hour your hosted-or even as an easy dinner for yourself-is melted brie on crackers or crostini with a chutney containing dark fruit flavors. A great option that comes to mind is the Spicy Plum Chutney by the Virginia Chutney Company.
Let’s be Real: For all the Hokies out there, this is for you! Château Morrisette is located in Floyd, which is not far from Blacksburg. I highly encourage current students (21 and older!) to make the trip out there at some point. I highly encourage recent graduates to sip on this when you’re sad about the fact that you are not at Virginia Tech anymore (so basically 24/7).
Impress Your Friends: Château Morrisette is not only for Hokies-but also dog-lovers. Many of the labels feature various canine pictures, as do the wine names, such as Our Dog Blue. There is even a kennel club, known as a case club at other vineyards.
Château Morrisette: 287 Winery Road, Floyd; thedogs.com
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