Episode 33: Joe Dombroski, New Kent Winery

New Kent Winery

On this edition of Crystal Palate’s Wine Country, we are headed to the Colonial Virginia Wine Trail for an interviewNew Kent Winery
with Joe Dombroski at New Kent Winery in New Kent, Virginia.  If you are not familiar with New Kent, it’s one of the few vineyard properties southeast of Richmond. The Dombroski family purchased the property in 2014. They are producing some Virginia favorites like Vidal Blanc and many classics from Chardonnay and Merlot. The Dombroski’us are also pleased with their recent bottling of Norton (the real American grape), which they named For Pete’s Sake in memory of New Kent’s first owner.

Joe talks about his journey from law enforcement to winery owner. Plus, he shares his inspiration for getting into the business and future plans for New Kent and we are sampling the Norton  on the show.  It’s all hands on deck for the Dombroski family. Joe’s wife Jo Anna and their children play critical roles in the business. They also enjoy hosting wine dinners in the wine cellar and would love to welcome you the next time you are in the Colonial Williamsburg area. Enjoy the show!

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Visit New Kent Winery

8400 Old Church Road
New Kent, Virginia 23124
(804) 932-8240

Episode 27: Norton, The Real American Grape


Norton Wine by Chrysalis We are taking the show on the road to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond this week to celebrate the legacy and cotributions of Dr. Daniel Norton and The Real American Grape.  This episode is all about the Norton grape and how many in Virginia are trying to preserve its rich history.

While Norton is hailed state grape of Missouri, its origins can be traced to Richmond and the innovation of Dr. Daniel Norton.  The Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery hosted a reception to honor the 175th anniversary of Dr. Norton’s death.  They will be erecting a new monument in his honor later this spring.

Dennis Horton of Horton Vineyards helped revive the beloved Norton grape with his bottling of Horton Norton.

Jennifer McCloud, owner of Chrysalis Vineyards has also fought valiantly to educate and inspire others about the Norton grape, in fact Chrysalis has the largest plantings of Norton worldwide. Learn more about the unique Norton grape by listening to my interview with Jennifer McCloud.