Family-owned New Kent Winery takes pride in their exceptional wines made at their vineyards and storied location in New Kent County, Va. The winery planted their first vines in 2001 and opened their doors in 2008 in a historic building making use of reclaimed wood and materials well over a century old. New Kent currently produces 6,500 cases of wine a year, and a offers a selection of varietals including Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Vidal Norton and Cabernet Sauvignon.
New Kent’s Vidal Blanc grapes are grown from a hybrid of Trebbiano and Seibel varietals. As soon as the grapes are harvested they are immediately chilled and fermented to ensure a refreshing light bodied and slightly sweet wine. Vidal Blanc is best served chilled and pairs well with light chicken or fish dishes that are not heavily sauced. It’s an enjoyable wine that’s great for sipping on warm summer days. For a perfect pairing, New Kent recommends trying their Vidal Blanc with their Grilled Citrus Chicken Recipe.
New Kent Winery Grilled Citrus Chicken
Prep/Marinate Time: 4–10 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 green onions, finely chopped
4 green onions to grill as garnish (set aside)
2 teaspoons of fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons bourbon
3 double breasts or 6 single breasts of boneless skinless chicken
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a resealable plastic bag and mix well.
Keep bag refrigerated for 4 to 10 hours.
Remove chicken from marinade and pour marinade into a sauce pan.
Before grilling the chicken add salt and pepper on both sides.
Place marinated chicken on preheated grill on low-low/medium heat.
Grill chicken for 15-20 minutes, turning after 3-4 minutes and brushing marinade on topside.
Serve with a glass of Vidal Blanc and enjoy!