Another Travel Zoo adventure. This one turned out to be amazing. We had a very informational tour with a friendly, funny guide (James), a private tasting in the bridal suite, and a picnic basket with cheese, meat and crackers. We loved every one of the wines. Every. One.
It was a beautiful drive to the winery (I saw a bear!!!) and we arrived early, so we decided to pre-game a little before the tour. He got a glass of Meritage and I had a Cab Franc. Both were full bodied and flavorful, the smokiness of the Meritage was incredible. We sat in the building for a bit talking and enjoying our wine, looking at the artwork and waiting for our tour to begin. James came to get us, walked us into a row of grapes and began to tell us the history of the Carter family and the winery. He then took us downstairs, showed us the presses and the big wine vats, told us stories and answered every question we had. We then went upstairs for a tasting. I think we tried four whites and four reds, each one as good or better than the one before.
We chose gouda for our picnic and bought a bottle of Sabine Vigonier ($22) to open and drink there in the vineyard. We spread out the blanket and sat by the vines and just relaxed. Beautiful.
We ended up buying three bottles altogether, the Vigonier, the Late Harvest Vidal Blanc ($21) and the Meritage. ($29)
The weather couldn't have been more perfect for us, and our trip to Philip Carter definitely ranks up there with our favorite wineries. We'll be back soon, and we'll be sending people there as well.
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