News & Releases from Philip Carter Winery

PCW’s 15th Annual Winemakers’ Crab Feast

Join the annual celebration of the harvest at Philip Carter Winery with a Tidewater Virginia tradition of steamed Chesapeake Blue Crabs, Hush Puppies, Corn Fritters, and more. We are proud to team up with the finest purveyor of Virginia seafood, Blue Ridge Seafood, for our 15th annual Philip Carter Crab Feast! Come out on Saturday, September 10th for an all-you-can-eat CRAB and WINE extravaganza!

Reservations Required. The event starts at 5 PM and ends at 8 PM.

$58.00 per person which includes all-you-can-eat crabs and 1 glass of select wine.

Minors will be $46.00

Children 12 and under $25.00

 

 

Hume Appreciation Weekend

Philip Carter Winery is grateful to be a part of a sustainable farming community that is rich in agricultural traditions and heritage. We honor the people of the Northern Piedmont region and are thankful for the support of the residents of our neighboring winegrowing villages of Hume, Orlean, Markham, Delaplane, and Paris. This weekend we give thanks to our neighbors and appreciate them with a 40% discount to all Fauquier residents on all wine bottle purchases. Proof of residency is required.

Labor Day Sangria Celebration!

PCW honors the worker tradition of our country and for that, we are celebrating all weekend long with amazing sangria discounts! An incredible six sangrias will be available – Strawberry, Blueberry, Peach, Pineapple, Apple Cider, and House Red. Come out to spend quality time outside soaking up the beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains all while sipping on delicious house-made sangrias!

$10 Howler (32oz) and $15 Growler (64oz) refills.

PCW Howlers and Growlers are required and can be purchased at Philip Carter.

 

Join the End of Summer Celebration! 

No tickets required.

Blessing of the Vines

Join us for the centuries-old tradition of invoking a blessing on the coming harvest! Dress in white and join us in the vineyard for the ancient sounds of Scottish bagpipes and an interfaith blessing followed by a seated tasting in Cleve Hall and a simple, communal meal by Chef Chuck from Main Street Catering.
The ceremony is open to the public.
Reservations are required for the reception, seating is limited.
Purchase your ticket for the reception below!

2nd Annual Lobster Feast

Join us for a mouthwatering Lobster Feast at Philip Carter Winery. We are proud to team up with the finest purveyor of Virginia seafood, Blue Ridge Seafood, for our 2nd annual Philip Carter Lobster Feast! Come out on Saturday, August 6th from 5pm to 8pm for a Lobster and WINE extravaganza!
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Ticket Options:
1lb Lobster Dinner
$40 per person
One 1lb Whole Maine Lobster, Choice of 2 sides, and One glass of select PCW Wine
2lb Lobster Dinner
$69 per person
One 2lb Whole Maine Lobster, Choice of 2 sides, and One glass of select PCW Wine
Lobster Roll Dinner
$32 per person
One Lobster Roll, Choice of 2 sides, and One glass of select PCW Wine
– Add On –
Additional 1lb Lobster
$28 per additional lobster
Does not include wine or sides
Tickets must be purchased in advanced for this feast!
Philip Carter Winery Hume Fauquier northern Virginia wine vineyard

Blessing of the Vines

Join us for the centuries-old tradition of invoking a blessing on the coming harvest!  Dress in white and join us in the vineyard for the ancient sounds of Scottish bagpipes and an interfaith blessing followed by a seated tasting in Cleve Hall and a simple, communal meal.  The procession is open to the public.  Reservations are required for the reception, seating is limited.

 

More details and reservation link to come!

 

PCW Award Winners Tasting

We invite you to come out to taste 4 of the 5 Philip Carter wines that were given awards in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC). This wine & spirits competition is one of the largest charitable wine and spirits competitions in the United States! With over 3,000 entries from around the world and 50 judges, they hand out thousands of awards and only 8 Platinum awards, one of which was given to PCW’s flagship wine, Cleve!

 

Come out this weekend for a featured tasting of the following FLIWC Winners!

’21 Viognier – Bronze Medal

’21 Gov. Fauquier – Bronze Medal

’20 Shirley Chardonnay – Gold Medal

’19 Cleve – Platinum Medal

 

Winners Tasting Flight – $15/person

Includes a 2oz tasting of 4 winning wines

 

Our ’20 Nomini Hall Cab Fran also took home a Silver Medal, but this will not be included in the tasting as it was so delicious the remaining bottles have already been stowed away in our library! Don’t fret- our latest vintage- ‘21 Nomini Hall Cab Franc will be on the shelves in just a few weeks! Be sure to get your hands on one while you can!

Pre-Release Virtual Tasting

Join PCW winemaker, Alejandro Francia, and PCW General Manager, Nora Weaver for an exclusive chance to taste wines that have not made it to our tasting room yet! The exclusive pre-released wines will only be available at a discounted rate for this event!

Receive 20% off and FREE SHIPPING when you purchase 2 or more bottles!

Be the first to try some of our newest vintages right from the comforts of your home!

This tasting includes:
’21 Ten Vines White
’21 Nomini Hall Cab Franc
’20 Cleve
’21 Shirley Chardonnay

 

To purchase your virtual tasting bundle, click the link below! Use code VTBat check out to receive the discount!

Buy Bundle Now!

What Makes A Wine Last More Than Five Years?

When I do have the opportunity to speak with you all in person (I recommend Tuesday, July 12th when we bottle next), one of the questions that invariably comes up is how long can I age my wine?  This is not exclusive to just the fine wines that we produce at Philip Carter but addressed against all wines in one’s collection.  Over 90 percent of all wines in the world are made to be consumed within one year, and less than 1 percent of the world’s wines are made to be aged for more than five years.  Wines change with age, some get better, but most don’t.  The good news is that the 1 percent represents over 350 million bottles of wine per vintage.  I will here, do my best, to address the factors that play into that age-worthy equation.

What Makes A Wine Last More Than Five Years?

The color and the grape – Red wines, because of their tannin content, will generally age longer than whites.  Certain red grapes, such as Tannat and Petit Verdot, tend to have more tannin, than, say, Pinot Noir.

The vintage – The better the weather conditions in one year, the more likely the wines from that vintage will have a better balance of fruits, acids, and tannins and therefore have the potential to age longer.  In Virginia, recent strong vintage years were 2019, 2016, 2015, 2010, and 2007.

Where the wine comes from – Certain vineyards have optimum conditions for growing grapes, including soil, weather, drainage, and slope of the land.  All of these factors contribute to producing a great wine that will taste better after aging.  Our Strother Family Vineyard in Delaplane has many of these characteristics to include elevation (1,000’) , soil composition (granite and greenstone), and aspect (southeastward facing) among others.

How the wine was made (vinification) – The longer the wine remains in contact with its skins during fermentation (maceration), and if it is fermented and/or aged in oak, the more of the natural preservative tannin it will have, which can help it age longer.  These are just two examples of how winemaking can affect the aging of wine.  Our Cleve and Tannat wines are aged for over a year in a mixture of French and American oak, in conjunction with the factors above make these age worthy wines.

Storage conditions – Even the best-made wines in the world won’t age well if stored improperly.  Best storage conditions: 55 Degrees Fahrenheit and 75% humidity.

If you’d like to discuss this topic or another at greater length both Alejandro, our Winemaker, and myself would welcome the opportunity.  As mentioned above we’ll be bottling on Tuesday, July 12th and we’ll be available for conversation for the better part of the day (outside of the work component). If you are interested in volunteering please email nora@pcwinery.com!

 

-Dale Clemence

Assistant Wine Maker

Founders Craft Beverage & Peach Fest

America’s Founding Family of wine opens its doors to local beer, cider, mead, and hand-picked local peaches from Valley View Farm! We invite you to be part of an annual Virginia tradition at Philip Carter Winery, celebrating 258 years of wine excellence in Virginia as we enjoy the very best of Virginia craft beverages including wine from Philip Carter Winery, beer from 480 B.C. Brewery, and hard cider from Valley View Farm.
Delicious BBQ will be available for purchase from Uncle Fred’s BBQ Smoke Shack all day long! Thirst-quenching beer will also be available from Warrenton’s very finest,
480 B.C. Brewery!
Feeling Peachy? It’s almost time for PEACH SEASON at Valley View Farm! We will be offering a limited quantity of prepicked peaches available for purchase! To make things even peachier, we will also have Peach Sangria and Peach Sangria Floats!
Enjoy live music and yard games in the vineyard. We look forward to having you!
Tickets are $15 per person in advance ($20 at the event) and include a taste of 4 wines, 3 ciders, a beer, and a mead.
Additional Event Details
All participants in the tasting must be aged 21+. On the day of the event, please be prepared with valid identification at our check-in table. This event is rain or shine and predominantly outside. We recommend dressing for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes as seating will be limited. We encourage guests to bring lawn chairs for larger groups!

Tickets Here!