Bottled Poetry.

News, notes & musings from Annefield Vineyards in Southern Virginia.

You’re Invited to Our Harvest Party: Carnaval in Havana!

You’re Invited to Our Harvest Party: Carnaval in Havana!

Carnaval Get Ready for Music, Mojitos and Mambo!   Annefield Vineyards invites you to   CARNAVAL IN HAVANA Saturday, October 4, 2014  – 11 am to 6 pm   Music by The Key West Band   Come to the tropics with us!  Enjoy a taste of Old Havana accompanied by our award-winning fall releases, with Caribbean cocktails, Cuban food, hand-rolled cigars, dancing, a lounge and entertainment.  Cash bar.   $49./person

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The City of Bath.

The City of Bath.

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In Bath we had use of a delightful Georgian townhouse, dubbed Founders House by the owner and located on a quiet lane just steps from everything.  The location was splendid, with all of the sights and numerous restaurants just steps from our door.  The house was perfectly appointed, and even had an Aga cooker, though there was no opportunity to use it.

Our first stop was the famous Roman baths,…

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Can The California Drought Get Any Worse? Sadly, Yes.

Can The California Drought Get Any Worse? Sadly, Yes.

Approximate location of maximum subsidence in the U.S., identified by research efforts of Dr. Joseph F. Poland (pictured). Signs on pole show approximate altitude of land surface in 1925, 1955, and 1977. The site is in the San Joaquin Valley southwest of Mendota, CA.

Approximate location of maximum subsidence in the U.S., identified by research efforts of Dr. Joseph F. Poland (pictured). Signs on pole show approximate altitude of land surface in 1925, 1955, and 1977. The site is in the San Joaquin Valley southwest of Mendota, CA.  Image and caption courtesty of the California Water Science Center.

Can the news from California about the drought really get any…

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A Stop by Blenheim Palace, then on to the Cotswolds.

A Stop by Blenheim Palace, then on to the Cotswolds.

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We needed to get from Cambridge to the Cotswolds, and among In the gorgeous rolling countryside between them lie innumerable interesting sights.  We needed a stopping point, and really having seen Cambridge there was no reason to see Oxford (with apologies to graduates of that esteemed institution, but to us it would be more of the same).  But outside of Oxford is a town called Woodstock, and…

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Graduation Day at Cambridge.

Graduation Day at Cambridge.

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The dons of Oxford and Cambridge are too busy educating the young men to be able to teach them anything.

– Samuel Butler

Back to our travels.

With a slightly heavy heart, but looking forward to getting out of the noise, soot and traffic of London, we took the train to Cambridge.  It was a journey of but 47 minutes, and took us a world away.  By coincidence it was graduation day, and the…

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Beware the Concussion! Mitigating Hail Damage in Vineyards.

Beware the Concussion! Mitigating Hail Damage in Vineyards. #wine #vawine

Hail Cannons c. 1901

International Congress on Hail Shooting, 1900. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Farming is difficult enough, but lately growers around the world – particularly in Europe – have been battered by hail storms. “Languedoc hit by hail catastrophe” (Gabriel Savage, Drinks Business, 9 July 2014).

Between 12,000 and 15,000 hectares of vineyard in the Aude [29,600 to in 37,000 acres] – about a quarter of the…

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There Will Always Be An England.

There Will Always Be An England.

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Our annual respite from the rigors of daily life – otherwise known as a vacation – this year took us to the British Isles, specifically to England and Ireland. It felt like a homecoming, because so much of it is familiar. The language, of course, and the place names that were brought to the New World by those brave colonists so many years ago. The pubs felt very much like bars in the United…

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It’s Only Been Nine Years, But the Exterior is Nearly Done.

It’s Only Been Nine Years, But the Exterior is Nearly Done.

Annefield in the 1950s.  Photograph courtesy of Catherine W. Bishir.

“Annefield,” Charlotte County, Virginia c. 1955. Photograph courtesy of Catherine W. Bishir.

It’s hard to believe, but the exterior restoration of the house at Annefield is nearly done.  But first, some background.

We’re really grateful to have this old photograph of the house at Annefield, which we assume dates from about 1955, based on the style and appearance of the cars parked outside.  This…

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Wineries at Historic Houses in Virginia.

Wineries at Historic Houses in Virginia. #vawine #wine

Chatham Farm, Eastern Shore of Virginia.  Photograph copyright Anna Marie Jehorick, all rights reserved.

Chatham Farm, Eastern Shore of Virginia. Photograph copyright Anna Marie Jehorick & pulloverandletmeout.com. All rights reserved.

For years we’ve half-joked about planning a European tour that would take in only those littlest of countries.  These are those obscure principalities that are holdovers that survived the demise of the Holy Roman Empire — those staunchly independent nations that saw no…

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