Friday Nights With Mike!

Friday Nights With Mike!

We are pleased to announce Gauthier Vineyard Winery will be open Friday’s from 4 – 8 PM beginning 2 January 2015. 

This opening is called “Friday Nights with Mike” because Michael Reed will be directing sales and services during that timeframe.  Michael is well known within the local winery scene as an expert in most things viticulture.  He has volunteered countless hours at festivals and behind the counter for several Virginia wineries and, of course, has been studying and tasting and evaluating wine for decades. 

We’re truly blessed to have Mike Reed officially join the Gauthier Vineyard team and we’re excited about adding Friday hours to our offerings. 

Join us for a glass of wine and light hors d'oeuvres in a relaxed atmosphere.  It’s a great way to unwind and start the weekend.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Mulled Wine is Here!

In the basic sense, mulled wine is a form of tea.  Spiced and heated wine was first recorded in Rome in the second century AD.  As the Romans conquered land and traded, they spread their wine and recipes to all of Europe.  There are versions from throughout the world, but the most familiar model calls for cinnamon and cloves or nutmeg in wine and served warm during cold weather months.

In the Netherlands, mulled wine is known as bisschopswijn.

The French call it vin chaud.

In Bulgaria, it is listed as greyano vino.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Servia, mulled wine is referred to as kuhano vino/kuvano vino.

Brazilians ask for quentão or vinho quente.

In Chile, is called vino navega'o.

Norwegians order glögg.

And in Germany and Austria, you sip Glühwein.

Whatever you call it, mulled wine is delicious.  Aimee makes ours with Gauthier Chambourcin wine and serves it up in a big white ceramic mug.  Please join us around the crackling fireplace this winter and enjoy this delightful seasonal drink!

Thank You, and Road Condition Update!

We want to thank all who visited us on our opening week-end.  We had a wonderful turn-out, and are deeply grateful for all the compliments.  We launched this venture with the intent of expanding our circle of friends, and our expectations are being greatly exceeded.   

We went from ice on our farm road on Saturday to a grand thaw and mud on Sunday.  This past year has brought more precipitation than most New Kent citizens can remember.  In spite of the continued rains this week, we have been able to re-surface our farm road with many loads of gravel.   Look forward to seeing you February 8th and 9th.  The forecast looks wintry, so we’ll keep the fireplace roaring.

Open for Business on February 1st!

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We are pleased to announce the opening of Gauthier Vineyard’s Winery on February 1st 2014. The one lane, winding colonial farm road from Farmer’s Drive leading to the tasting room provides a lovely view of the land and affords fleeting views of the many wild critters we share the property with – bald eagles, golden eagles, wild geese, kingfishers, herons, deer, foxes, rabbits, ground hogs, turtles, beaver and squirrels.   Please drive slowly and remain alert for oncoming traffic around the blind bends.   A century-old pond stocked with fish provides reflection views from the winery’s wrap-around porch. The road to the winery across the pond’s dam is too narrow to accommodate buses. Vans and Limo’s are welcomed. Please lookout for our critters and our other guests as you proceed with caution and enjoy the country setting.

During the winter, operating hours at the winery are on Saturday and Sunday from noon to six.  This limited opening will allow us to focus on providing the best possible experience to our patrons, affording us the time to engage each for their recommendations to refine our offerings and service.   We look forward to the ‘launch and christening’ phase of the winery – please join us by enjoying conversation over a fine glass of wine while seated in front of the fireplace.