Bottled Poetry.

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

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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Some Thoughts on “Table Wines.”

Some Thoughts on “Table Wines.”

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Here’s a story.

Several years ago we were shopping in our local Food Lion and took a moment to browse the relatively pathetic wine selection available there.  Imagine your typical mass-market grocery store fare that leaves the wine lover a tiny bit sad.  In the middle of the aisle was a woman studying a wine bottle, looking very perplexed.  She turned to us and said, “Excuse me sir, but do you…

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A Special Event: Reenactment of the Battle of the Staunton River Bridge.

A Special Event: Reenactment of the Battle of the Staunton River Bridge. #vawine #vahistory

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Civil War Reenactors. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It’s mid-June in Virginia, where bright clear days give way to balmy humid ones, and our thoughts turn to … war.

This weekend is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Staunton River Bridge, a conflict that resulted in a Confederate victory during the War Between the States.  Each year around this time there is a re-enactment at the S…

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Scenes from a Wedding.

Scenes from a Wedding. #vawine

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The match
Were rich and honourable; besides, the gentleman
Is full of virtue, bounty, worth and qualities
Beseeming such a wife as your fair daughter

– William Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (3.1.64-7)

Last Saturday we had the honor of hosting at Annefieldthe wedding celebration of Ashley Elizabeth Ailsworth and John Anthony Sterling. This is a first for us, and we relented because…

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Recipe: Country Pâté (Pâté de Campagne)

Recipe: Country Pâté (Pâté de Campagne) #wine #vawine #localfood

Country Pate

Last week at our Spring Bacchanalia we opted to prepare an appetizer to serve with the cava, crémant and sparkling wine we offered our guests on arrival.  The Rondel Brut Cava NV we found was exceptional; we also broke out a few bottles of Andre et Mireille Tissot Crémant de Jura Rosé Extra Brut NV, and a few other things we had lying around.

We needed something to nibble on before dinner, so we…

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Scenes from Our Spring Bacchanalia.

Scenes from Our Spring Bacchanalia. #wine #vawine

Burrata with Melon Creme, Prosciutto and Arugula

It was an exquisite evening.  The afternoon had been breezy, but the winds calmed down and became a gentle zephyr by the time our guests arrived.

After drinks on the terrace, we dined by lamplight under a tent in the garden.  The boxwood parterre was punctuated with bottle trees festooned with tiny lights, which only became evident as night…

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