Bottled Poetry.

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

The Year Without a Summer.

The Year Without a Summer. #wine #vawine

Darkness

I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth
Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;
Morn came and went—and came, and brought no day,
And men forgot their passions in the dread
Of this their desolation; and all hearts
Were chill’d into a selfish prayer for light…

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Scenes from Our Harvest Party: Carneval in Havana.

Scenes from Our Harvest Party: Carneval in Havana. #wine #vawine

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Where to begin? Once again the party was a great success, thanks to the efforts of Cameron Anctil our tireless event planner and coordinator who somehow finds time to be the director of the Southern Virginia Wine Trail and run her own professional photography and design business, Studio Luxe Photography & Design.  Whew.

She pulled together an interesting assortment of vendors to make this party…

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Update: Where Can You Buy Our Wine?

Update: Where Can You Buy Our Wine? #wine #vawine

Recently we were picked up by Kysela Pere et Fils, the esteemed distributor out of Winchester for their customers in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC.  Kysela has a terrific reputation and a fascinating portfolio. In 2013 the firm was named Importer of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine  — great credentials, great wine, great service.

They picked up their first order in May 2014 and…

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The Power of O.

The Power of O. #wine #vawine

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, at Home in Dupont Circle with her Salon Pillow.  Image courtesy of Viking/Joanna Sturm.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980), at Home in Dupont Circle in Washington, DC with her Salon Pillow c. 1970. Image courtesy of Viking Books/Joanna Sturm

If you can’t say something good about someone, sit right here by me.

– Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)

Alice Roosevelt Longworth’s famous comment is a reminder of the danger businesses face with the advent of the “social sharing” on…

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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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