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Gauthier Vineyard opens in New Kent

New Kent Virginia can now claim ownership to Virginia’s 248th winery. ( Who knew) with the recent opening of Gauthier Vineyard’s Winery.  

Gauthier Vineyard  is a family-owned working farm, equestrian center, vineyard and winery located in scenic New Kent County near the intersection of the Lafayette and Washington-Rochambeau trails to Yorktown. The owners, Mo and Sandi Gauthier, both retired Navy Captains, purchased the 110 acre “Fair Winds” farm in 2010. Like most ground in the county, the farm is rich in history. Local relic hunters have validated its service as a Civil War encampment for both Union and Confederate forces during the lengthy Peninsula Campaign.

Also on the farm is another family operation – Hensley Show Horses – a world class equestrian center complete with a barn full of champions.

 Gauthier Vineyard  is a family-owned working farm, equestrian center, vineyard and winery located in scenic New Kent County near the intersection of the Lafayette and Washington-Rochambeau trails to Yorktown.

The Gauthier’s built their state-of-the art equestrian center in 2011. The equestrian center offers boarding, training, lessons, clinics and competitive events.

The Gauthier’s original 3200 Norton and Viognier vines were planted by friends and family in the Spring of 2011, followed by construction of the tasting room and wine making facility in 2012-2013. In addition to their estate grapes, the Gauthier’s purchase Virginia grapes and lease vines in the foothills overlooking the Shenandoah Valley in partnership with Randy and Karen Phillips, founder-owners of Cave Ridge Vineyard. Randy, an award winning vintner, oversees the wine making operations for Gauthier Vineyard.

Mo and Sandi’s daughter, Aimee Stevenson, is Director of Sales and Marketing and manages tasting room operations. Aimee has many years of experience in the service industry, and we are thrilled to have her on the team.

With the opening of Gauthier Vineyard New Kent now has three wineries including

Virginia is well on its way to full ownership of the title Napa of the East Coast. The  Old Dominion is the fifth largest wine grape producer in the country, and has a long history dating back to winning Gold at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1889. Where once it was law for every well-bodied male to plant vines and grow grapes, winemaking has become the passion of a commonwealth of lovers.

More info here Gauthier Vineyard

Iimagef you are seeking other wineries nearby explore the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail which features four of Virginia’s best wineries all within a one hour drive of Williamsburg VA.  No matter where you start or finish your wine trail adventure, you are sure to enjoy great wines, great food and lots of fun along the way. Take the scenic drive along I-64 sampling wines from the Williamsburg Winery, Saude Creek Vineyards, New Kent Winery and James River Cellars, all within a day’s adventure.

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29th Annual Classics on the Green New Kent, VA*

imageClassic Automotive Events of Virginia, Inc., in conjunction with the Central Virginia British Car Club (CVBCC) is pleased to announce its 29th annual Classics on the GreenSports and Classic Car Show and Wine Festival. The show and wine festival will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at the New Kent Winery, 8400 Old Church Road – just off Route I-64, Exit 211 – in New Kent, Virginia. The event opens to the public at 11:00 AM and will continue until 4:00 PM (rain or shine). The fun begins on Saturday, September 14th, with driving tours, sightseeing, shopping, and a dinner at the winery.
Last year’s event was a huge success with over 250 automobiles and motorcycles on the show field and many vendors offering unique food, goods, services, fine art and crafts. This year promises to be even more spectacular, with our second year on the new show field, several new vendors along with our vendors from past years, and many other activities for the family’s enjoyment. The Winery will feature a variety of exquisite Virginia wines from its own Winery and other Virginia Vineyards.
This year’s featured marque celebrates the heritage of Mercedes-Benz which will include a very special 50th anniversary display of the classic Pagoda SL. Attendees will also enjoy seeing a display commemorating the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Porsche 911
Please join us with your family and friends for the 29th Annual Classics on the Green. Advance purchase admission to the car show and wine festival is $25.00 (advance purchase will be available through the COTG website). Admission for the car show only is $10.00 for adults (children 12 and under are free). A portion of the proceeds from the car show are donated to charity. Our charity again this year is the Richmond Fisher House at the McGuire Veterans Medical Center.
Additional information and ticket purchases will be available through the COTG website: www.classicsonthegreen.com Information about the New Kent Winery can be found at www.newkentwinery.com

Virginia Derby @ Colonial Downs this weekend

The $500,000 Virginia Derby  is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders’ Cup winners in just the last five years!
Parties start at 3 PM — Post time is 5 PM

The top three finishers from the June 1st Penn Mile will square off again and clash with seven other three year olds in Saturday’s $500,000 Virginia Derby  at Colonial Downs.

The $500,000 Virginia Derby  is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders' Cup winners in just the last five years!

The first race on Saturday, July 13, 2013 is scheduled for 5:00 PM. The Derby has been carded as the seventh, and will go off at 8:12 PM.

Cost: See website for tickets and Party Zone options
Phone: (804) 966-7223
www.colonialdowns.com/grandslam/vaderby

Colonial Downs Racetrack

10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy, New Kent, VA (map)

Dogwood Classic to be held April 2013 @ Colonial Downs

imageSteeplechase horses will compete at Colonial Downs in New Kent and tailgaters will party on the country’s second largest dirt oval as Central Virginia’s new spring racing event will kick off with an early April date.

The first ever “Dogwood Classic” will be held the afternoon of Saturday April 6th, 2013. Colonial Downs will produce the new event and oversee all operational aspects. A number of National Steeplechase Association (NSA) races are expected to take place on the Secretariat turf course and tailgating will be available on the track’s 1 ¼ mile dirt track.

The name “Dogwood Classic” was obtained thru a contest and promoted by Cox Radio stations in Richmond. Of all potential names submitted, five were chosen by a panel and posted for on line voting. Dogwood Classic received 33% of the votes while Commonwealth Spring Classic was second with 20%. The next three in order were Colonial Downs Spring Fling, Kentland Races and Brick House Races.

“We want to kick off the inaugural Dogwood Classic with an immediate vibrancy,” said Colonial Downs President Ian Stewart. “We’re excited to offer this event at the beginning of the spring festival season when nice weather has arrived and everyone is ready to shake off winter and enjoy terrific racing in a great party atmosphere.”

More event details and tailgating information will be available in the coming days at dogwoodclassic.com and via facebook.

A  “launch party” is being planned for November 15th. For more information, call 804-966-7223.

Virginia Derby–July 21 @ Colonial Downs in New Kent

The $600,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in New Kent is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders' Cup winners in just the last five years! The $600,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in New Kent is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders’ Cup winners in just the last five years!

Like last year, there will be two party zones—the Xfinity Home Party Zone and Hoot on the Hill. In the Xfinity Home Party Zone, there are three levels of tickets ranging from the Trackside Party Zone ticket for $30 in advance ($40 at the gate) to the Trackside Party Zone Reserved Table for $200 (for four people

New this year for the Hoot on the Hill party zone are tailgating spots for $100. You and your friends can enjoy a true tailgating experience with this new option at Hoot on the Hill. Regular admission to Hoot on the Hill is $10 per person if you walk in from the parking lot. And as before, the Hoot on the Hill area is a BYOB area, so bring your coolers and all the refreshments you will need for the evening, as well as portable chairs and pop-up tents. There will also be betting stations, and two jumbotrons for better viewing of the races.

The 2012 Virginia Derby is on July 21 this year. Gates open at 4 p.m., and post time is 5 p.m.!

A Taste of New Kent

Tickets for the 2012 A Taste of New Kent Wine Festival are now available at the winery. Spend the day tasting wines from 14 wineries, plus enjoy live music, local arts and crafts vendors, carriage rides and a variety of foods! The date for this year’s festival is May 12, 2012. Tickets are $25 at the winery before May 12th or $35 at the gate on the day of the event. Online ticket sales will be available soon.

For more information, visit www.atasteofnewkent.com.

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THREE ROUNDS OF GOLF IN A DAY @ ROYAL NEW KENT

imageThe Solstice Survival is a 54-hole, one-day, individual net and gross stroke-play tournament at several of the region’s best courses. It is competitive golf from sunup to sundown, a day of patience and shadowed golfers perseverance, a day of endurance and elation. With a loyal following, the Solstice Survival sells out every year. You may play as a singleimage or up to a foursome. Download the PDF form and mail in or click the Sign Up Now button on the right to sign up online.

Royal New Kent and GolfStyles are pleased to bring this incredible event to the Richmond-Williamsburg area. The three events in the Washington-area are already sold out because the event, in its 19th year, is so popular.

Read the history of the Solstice Survival.

Read about Royal New Kent Golf here

Read more about nearby Brickshire here