New Kent Winery
Vol X, Issue No. 7
June 30, 2015




Dear Wine Lover Friends,


This month we will be "wine-ing" our way around Virginia, attending festivals and visiting wineries. Maggie, our wine dog, will be in tow, as she was a few years ago during one of many visits to Wintergreen Winery (photo below). Sadly the winery closed and the property has been sold and will be known as Blue Toad Hard Cider.


New Kent Winery is our July Winery of the Month. Just off US 64 between Richmond and Williamsburg, this is a summer "must-stop" for vacationers and weekenders. The setting is spectacular. The winery majestic. The wines are award-winners.


Our featured festivals for July are Chateau Morrisette's Black Dog Arts Festival in Floyd on July 11 and the Purcellville Wine and Food Festival on July 18 in northern Virginia. Be sure to enter to win tickets to the Horse & Hound Festival at Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford on July 11. Check the Events calendar for more festivals and other special events, tastings and pairings and happenings at the wineries.


Hope to see you while you're out "wine-ing" this summer. Cheers!


Frank C. Britt






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480 King Carter Drive

Irvington, VA  22480

(804) 438-5000





The unique Horse & Hound Horse and Hound Festival Festival is one of Virginia's most popular wine festivals. Events with horses and dogs are scheduled throughout the day in addition to live music, arts, crafts and food vendors. Taste the wines of Peaks of Otter and other Virginia wineries.


The Festival takes place at Johnson's Orchards Farm in Bedford on Saturday, July 11 from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information and tickets, visit





Festival of the Week: July 18 Purcellville Wine & Food Festival


Winery of the Month: New Kent Winery

July 11, 2015
July 18, 2015
July 18, 2015
July 16-18, 2015



July 11, 2015

Chateau Morrisette, Floyd 



If you are a wine and arts lover, you will not want to miss this event. It's a day filled with wine tastings, music and many talented artisans showing and selling their works. Wineries include Stanburn, Fincastle, AmRhein, Mattaponi, Attimo and Beliveau Estate. The music lineup includes the New Orleans based band Bonerama followed by the swing band Timeless.


An incredible performance by the Greensboro Symphony will feature music from the movies filmed in Virginia, music from famous composers such as Strauss, Verdi, and Mancini and even a special selection of dog music!


Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the gate. It is a rain or shine event. Dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash.


Black Dog Arts Festival

12 pm to 6 pm




July 18, 2015

Fireman's Field - 250 Nursery Avenue, Purcellville


Featuring a showcase of amazing wineries, breweries, food purveyors, live music and artisans. Wine, gourmet foods and wine related art and accessories will be available for purchase. Grab a meal or appetizer to compliment your favorite beverage selections from one of the many fine local food purveyors and dine alfresco style while you take in the entertainment and family activities.

Early bird tickets available online. VIP packages available; hotel, B&B discounts for overnighters.


Purcellville Wine & Food Festival

3:00 to 8:00 pm


It's a Virginia Original
New Kent, Virginia

New Kent Winery is a summer "must stop" for vacationing out-of-state visitors, as well as Virginians out for a relaxing experience, or neighbors making memories. The setting is spectacular. The winery is majestic. The wines are first class It's a Virginia original! 

A passion for fine wine and a lifestyle surrounded by family and good friends working together and enjoying each day is the reality created by Joe and Joanna Dombroski. The entire Dombroski family is involved in New Kent, including son Jacob as Director of Agricultural Operations. His wife Lindsay is in charge of marketing, Joseph label design and information technology. Jessica tastes and enjoys while boyfriend Kevin Keller is Tasting Room Operations Manager, and Joshua assists with landscaping and harvest. The cutest Dombroski, Berkley Lane, brings her smile and everyone joy.

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Garlic and Mushroom Steak with New Kent Merlot
A Recipe from New Kent Winery

Pair with New Kent 2012 Merlot, a medium-bodied red wine, 100 percent estate grown and aged for 18 months in American Oak barrels to enhance the tannic flavors. It has mild oak flavor with hints of cherry, blueberry and boysenberry. Pairs well with red meat, roasted vegetables and red pasta sauces.

Click Here for Recipe


July 3, 4, & 5: Red, White & You!

Philip Carter Winery of Virginia

A celebration of freedom, independence and liberty. Festive three-day weekend filled with live music, games, apple pie and vanilla ice cream.


 July 4: 7th Annual Pork & Cork

Barren Ridge Vineyards (Fishersville)

A fun and tasty event, 6:30 to 10. Music by Who Shot John and full BBQ dinner by Hogback Mtn. Barbecue. Fireworks after sunset.


July 4: Reds, Whites and Bluegrass

Keswick Vineyards (Keswick)

Wines by Keswick. Music by Bent Mountain Trio. Soul food, pizza, savory and sweet pies and ice cream for purchase. No entry fee. Picnic and enjoy. Pets welcome.


July 4: Birth of Democracy Festival

Democracy Vineyards (Lovingston)

All day music, food, vendors and wine tasting by DelFosse, Hilltop Berry Farm, Lazy Days and Mountain Cove. Entry fee. Call for reservations.




July 4: Independence Day Celebration

New Kent Winery (New Kent)

Celebrate America's 229th birthday in the spectacular setting of New Kent, Winery of the Month for July. Bring your picnic blanket or grab a spot on the porch for an afternoon with friends and family. Enjoy the music of Southern Branch.




July 4: Pre-Fireworks Party

DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)

Yankee Dixie play bluegrass and Americana. BBQ for sale by Pig & Steak. Pets welcome. No cover. Followed by Graves Mountain Lodge fireworks just down the road.


July 4-5: Celebrate Independence Day

Narmada Winery (Amissville)

Plenty of reds and whites perfect for summer sipping. Test your cornhole skills at the first ever competition on the lawn by the tasting room. Perfect family fun.


July 5: Yappy Hours

Keswick Vineyards (Keswick)

Bring your four-legged friends to play while you socialize and sip with other animal lovers. Louisa Humane Society on site. Every Sunday event.


July 11: Annual Key West Festival

Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)

Come to the "Vineyard in Paradise" for wine tastings, food vendors, live music, kids activities and more! Tickets online and at the gate.



July 11: The Black Dog Arts Festival

Chateau Morrisette (Floyd)

If you love wine and the arts, you won't want to miss this inaugural festival featuring talented artists showing and selling their work. Day ends with a performance by the Greensboro Symphony. Visit website for information and tickets.



July 11: Winemaker's Dinner

Naked Mountain Winery (Markham)

Chef Eric Stamer's amazing dinner pairs delicious creations with amazing wines. Passed hor d'oeuvres followed by a four-course seated meal. Reservations required.


July 11: The Palio!

Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)

Learn about this time-honored Italian tradition form Siena where bareback riders circle the Piazza del Campo with thousands watching. Be part of the Tree Fox Palio race.



July 11: Bastille Day

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)

A celebration with delicious French Crepes and cheese plates. Music in the outdoor plaza. Selection of five to eight savory and sweet crepes for purchase. Reservations suggested.


July 11: Starry Nights

Veritas Vineyards & Winery (Afton)

Bring family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs and dancing shoes for live music, wine and an unforgettable night under the stars. Advance reservations suggested.


July 11: Horse and Hound Wine Festival

Johnson's Orchards Farm (Bedford)

Taste Virginia wines while enjoying good music, art, craft and food vendors. Parade of horses, agility dog and muskrat racing plus numerous other events with horses and dogs as the primary attractions. Family and pet friendly. Tickets online.


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About Events: As our information comes from many sources, we recommend you verify dates and times, as well as costs and reservations that may be required. (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.)


If you would like to submit an event, send details (what, where and when, as well as contact information) to no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.  



Buy early bird tickets and save!


Festivals. Festivals. Festivals!  Virginia Wine Lovers love festivals.  Buy tickets for your favorite festivals at "Early Bird" savings.  It's easy.  CLICK HERE to select the festival(s) and follow link to purchase tickets.



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