Morgan Ridge Wine & Beer Shoppe features quality wines for visiting connoisseurs.

We take pride in growing our own grapes. All wines are produced and bottled by Morgan Ridge Vineyards, Gold Hill, North Carolina, located only 10 minutes from our shop.

 

Red Wine

Sangiovese 2012

A smooth, medium-bodied wine with a traditional Italian flare. Six months of barrel aging boasts a down-to-earth bouquet. Dark fruited and supple on the palate with a pleasant enduring finish.

Merlot 2014

Intense ruby color. Rich black cherry and currant aromas. Barrel aged in American oak for 8 months created a balanced medium-bodied wine with soft tannins on the finish.
Wine

Merlot is a variety of grape and also the name of a wine. It is blended with other grapes to make a wide variety of wines. It is widely planted and often used in Bordeaux wines. The word “merlot” is believed to come from the Old French word for “Blackbird”. Merlot wines come in three types depending on the number of tannins.

Merlot contains many different flavor notes, and this means that it can be paired with many different types of food. It works well with charred or grilled meats, salmon, and mushrooms. Some Merlots coordinate with shellfish. Strong cheeses and spicy foods do not combine well with Merlot and should be avoided.
Grapes

The grapes are a beautiful rich dark blue color. This color also gives the grapes their name. Merlot is also the name of the type of wine made from Merlot grapes. Merlot grapes are associated with a large number of fruits such as cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, blackberries, and plums. Merlots also contain flavors of olives, peppers, rhubarb, mushrooms, tobacco, and leather. Some believe that it also tastes of many herbs including tea, mint, sage, and thyme.

Awards

Gold Medal at NC State Fair

Syrah 2012

Aged in American oak for 8 months produced a Syrah, smooth rich & spicy with a peppery finish.

Awards

Bronze medal winner at 2013 Grand Harvest Awards in Sonoma, CA. by Vineyard & Winery Management. Gold at NC State Fair

 

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Grown in mineral rich soil enhances the earthy tones of cherry and tobacco. Aging in Hungarian oak for 18 months gives tannins and great texture, creating its full body.

Duet

A perfect union of our Syrah and Sangiovese to create this exquisite blend. Aged 2 years in French and American Oak. Lingering soft tannins and blackberry notes.

Chambourcin 2014

Our Chambourcin is an exciting complex red with bold raspberry characteristics. A pleasant surprise!

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Reminiscent of white chocolate and raspberries. Don’t let the full body richness fool you. Enjoy the beautiful color. It can be made into a dry style or one with a moderate residual sugar level, giving it a pleasant but not overbearing sweetness. Chambourcin wines are often served with dark chocolate as the flavors of the wine and chocolate intermingle exceptionally well. Chambourcin has been planted widely in the mid-Atlantic region of North America, particularly in such states like New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. The most striking attribute of Chambourcin, besides its distinctive dark coloring, is its herbaceous aroma. The wines are often spicy, with black cherries and plum flavors, and a range of herbal characters.
Grapes

Chambourcin is a purple-skinned French-American hybrid grape that is more readily available in the United States and Australia than in its homeland, France. Commercially released in 1963, Chambourcin is a relatively new hybrid but it is also one of the most successful. The intense dark color of Chambourcin has led winemakers in many regions to use it to improve the depth of blended red wines, without sacrificing the fruit quality of the main variety. The exact parentage of Chambourcin remains unknown, but it is thought to be a crossing of native North American vines with a Siebel hybrid. Chambourcin is also the parent of the Regent hybrid, which is grown in Germany and Switzerland. Chambourcin has been grown in the northeastern and Midwest United States since the 1970s. Due to its hybrid heritage, the French don’t allow Chambourcin in any Vin de Pays or appellation controlled regions. However, growers in Nantes, in the western Loire, grow a significant amount for use in Vin de Table wine blends. Chambourcin is widely grown in New South Wales, Australia, where it may be blended with Shiraz or produced as part of a sparkling red wine blend. It is also planted to a limited degree in Canada, New Zealand,and Vietnam.

White Wines

Seyval Blanc 2016

These grapes are grown in mineral-rich soil which produced a Seyval, light-bodied and crisp with hints of pear and magnolia with a clean finish.
Wine

Seyval Blanc is a hybrid wine grape variety used to make white wines. It’s vines ripen early, are productive and are suited to fairly cool climates. Seyval Blanc is grown mainly in England, the United States east coast (specifically the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and Virginia), as well as to a lesser extent in Canada. Seyval Blanc was created either by Bertille Seyve, or his son-in-law Villard, as a cross of Seibel 5656 and Rayon d’Or (Seibel 4986), and was used to create the hybrid grape St. Pepin.

Seyval Blanc has a characteristic citrus element in the aroma and taste, as well as a minerality that may be compared to white Burgundy.

Grapes

An old white disease-resistant hybrid, known now as a Piwi variety. In the UK its main use is for Sparkling Wine, whole bunch pressing is advantageous. Adding gelatine to the must can have positive benefits. There is a tendency to early oxidation so the aging potential is limited.

IN USA, when harvested at optimal maturity, the wines have attractive grassy, hay, and melon aromas. The body tends to be thin, and malolactic fermentation and barrel fermentation/oak aging are used to enhance quality.

Chardonnay 2014

Barrel aged for nine months in Russian oak creates tones of vanilla spice with rich creamy texture. Contains floral hints with a long enduring finish.
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Chardonnay has the potential to be paired with a diverse spectrum of food types. It is most commonly paired with roast chicken and other white meats such as turkey.
Grapes

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a “rite of passage” and an easy entry into the international wine market. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak.

Rose 2016

The assemblage of Chambourcin, Petit Verdot & Syval Blanc create a crisp plum aroma followed by rich flavors and natural acidity which brings forward raspberry and grapefruit. Clean refreshing finish.

Fruit Wines

Shipwreck Red

Tart Pomegrante

Applelicious

Containing a hint of cinnamon.

What The Fruit

Pineapple, pear and white grape – great paired with dark chocolate!