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Month: January 2011 (page 3 of 3)

So What’s For Dinner?

That’s the question Paul asked this past Friday night, and I already planned to prepare panned-fried chicken breasts topped with a wine sauce. A side of angel hair pasta tossed with butter and parmesan cheese finished the dish. The next question? Of course it was, “What Virginia wine should we have with dinner?” My decision was the 2008 Chardonnay Reserve from Keswick Vineyards.

With dinner on the table and candles already lit, my trusty notepad was beside my plate and at the ready to take notes on this Chardonnay. It presented a pale straw color in the glass, and the nose was greeted with aromas of pear, apple and hazelnuts. Simlar fruit characters were evident in the mouth with a honey/caramel texture and toasted edge. We both noted a lengthier finish, too. It proved to be the perfect partner with our meal, and we only regretted finishing the bottle!

So now that 2011 is in full swing, look for more regular postings from us. We resolve to try even more Virginia wines this year, and the 2008 Chardonnay Reserve from Keswick Vineyards got us started on the right track. Plan a visit to Keswick Vineyards soon, and be sure to mention that Virginia Wine Time sent you.

2009 Governor Fauquier from Philip Carter

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!

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