We’re back! Happy New year! After about a two week hiatus we have returned. We haven’t stopped drinking Virginia wine, we’ve just taken a break from reporting what we’re enjoying. Tonight we’re back to reporting what we’re tasting. We have always enjoyed the wines from Philip Carter Winery. The 2009 Chardonnay and the 2009 Cabernet Franc just won silver at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Congratulations! Those are our two favorites from Philip Carter Winery.

Tonight for our sipper we had the 2009 Governor Fauquier. We had it with some soft and creamy brie cheese on crackers. We noted pear and citrus on the nose. In the mouth we picked up pear, citrus, a spice character, nice acids, and a longer finish. It paired really well with brie cheese and crackers. We could also see pairing it with holiday ham, turkey, or shellfish. We thoroughly enjoyed this wine and would recommend it for those looking for a nice white wine to have with dinner or nibbles before dinner. Plan a trip to Philip Carter soon and tell them Virginia Wine Time sent you!