Links Bridge Wine Club August 2021 Selection

August 2, 2021 / News

Links Bridge Wine Club August 2021 Selection

We have just announced the August 2021 Links Bridge Wine Club selection to club members (more details below), and we’re sending this message to our general mailing list just in case some of you might want to join the club.

If you’re already a club member, or if you’re familiar with the club but have no interest in joining, stop here!  Otherwise, read on…

This post includes (1) a summary of how the club works, (2) a description of the August  selection, and (3) instructions on how to join the club.

We hope to see you soon at Links Bridge Vineyards!

Best summer wishes,
Bob & Joan

1.  Here’s how the club generally works:

  • If you join the Links Bridge Wine Club, we will provide you with four selected bottles of wine three times each year.  These selections may include current wines that we think are especially good, wines reserved for club members, and/or new wines that have not yet been released.
  • About a month in advance of the pickup period for a given selection, we will send you an email that describes the selection, the pickup date or period, and a deadline date for making adjustments to the selection.
  • The price of each selection will be our normal retail price for the wine less a 15% discount, plus Maryland alcohol tax.   For club members we will extend this discount to any additional wines you order along with the announced selection (and to wines you purchase at other times of the year).
  • If you wish to substitute a different wine for one or more of the selected wines, you can let us know by the deadline date. We will make those adjustments, and then on the day after the deadline date we will charge your credit or debit card for the adjusted amount due.
  • If you wish to opt out of a selection entirely, no problem—just let us know by the deadline date and we will not charge you for that selection.
  • If you have not requested substitutions and have not indicated that you wish to opt out, we will charge your credit or debit card for the current selection on the day after the deadline date.
  • We hope you will come by Links Bridge during the pickup period for each selection, as we enjoy your company and will often have members-only events on these dates that feature the selected wines, wines still to come, or both, and keep you informed about what’s going on at Links Bridge Vineyards.
  • If you’re unable to be here during the pickup period, we’ll hold the wine for you until you can come by.  Or, should you instruct us to do so, we will ship the selection to you at your expense.
  • Finally, with each selection, we will also include certificates for two of our normal sit-down wine tastings that you can use yourself or transfer to a friend.

2.  The August 2021 Selection

Our August selection will include one bottle each of:  2019 Norton, 2020 Rosé of Syrah, 2020 Vidal Blanc, and 2020 Muscat Blanc (Dry).

The pickup weekend for this selection is:  Saturday-Sunday August 21-22 (11am-6pm).  Come on by anytime during that weekend to enjoy a complimentary tasting of the four wines, plus a barrel tasting of our upcoming 2020 Syrah, about which we are pretty excited.  (Of course, if you are unable to come during the pickup weekend, we will hold your selection until you are able to be here.)

The deadline date for requesting substitutions, etc. is:  Sunday August 15.

All of the wines in our August selection are brand new ones from our March 2021 bottling.  Here are some details:

2019 Norton.  Norton is a mostly American grape that makes a dense, inky, reddish-purple wine with a uniquely spicy aroma and taste.  We encountered  this wine for the first time three years ago and instantly wanted to try making some Norton of our own.  We made this version from grapes grown in northern Virginia.  Aged in French oak for 18 months.  Bottled March 2021.  ABV 13.4%.

2020 Rosé of Syrah.  Made from a saignée of Syrah grapes from Washington state, this rosé won a gold medal in the 2021 Maryland Comptrollers Cup competition.  With hints of ripe strawberry on the nose and tart cherry on the palate, it’s the ideal companion for a hot summer’s day!  Fermented and aged in stainless steel for 6 months.  Bottled March 2021.  ABV 13.7%.

2020 Vidal Blanc.  We make a dry Vidal every year, but we’re particularly pleased with this one.  Its faintly butterscotchy aroma, tastes of apricot and pear, and fresh acidity make it a great pair-up for cheese, seafood, and pasta dishes.  Fermented and aged in stainless steel for 6 months.  Bottled March 2021.  ABV 12.2%.

2020 Muscat Blanc (Dry).  Our second try at a Muscat Dry, this version reminds us of ripe red Fuji apples.  We like the result and hope you will too.  Fermented and aged in stainless steel for 6 months.  Bottled March 2021.  ABV 13.3%.

After the Links Bridge Wine Club 15% discount and Maryland’s 9% alcohol tax, the price of this selection for club members is $89.87

As always, you may substitute other wines for those in the selection, add extra wines (also at the member discount), or both.  Just email us at linksbridgevineyards@gmail.com by the deadline date, Sunday August 15, and let us know what you’d like to do.

On the day after the deadline date, we will charge your credit card on file for the August selection, adjusting for any substitutions you have requested or other instructions we have received from you.  (If you are a new member and do not have a card on file, we will send you an invoice which you can pay electronically with a credit card, and we’ll ask that you place the card on file for future distributions.)

3.  How to Join the Links Bridge Wine Club

We invite you to join the wine club simply by purchasing our August selection.

To get this started, send us an email before the deadline date (Sunday, August 15) at linksbridgevineyards@gmail.com.  Use WINE CLUB as the subject line.  Please include in your email:

  • Your name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
  • Whether you would like to make any substitutions or additions. (For information about our other wines, look at the “Our Wines” page in our website—just click here.)

On the day following the deadline date, we will send an invoice to your email address that bills you for the August selection, adjusted for any substitutions you requested.  This invoice will come to you from Square, the same well-known point-of-sale system that we use for transactions at our tasting room.  You will be invited to pay this invoice online with a credit or debit card.

At the same time, Square will also present you with the option to save your card details in order to facilitate subsequent wine club transactions.  We will need you to do this in order to make our wine club system work.  Please note, however, that your card information will be housed securely with Square rather than at Links Bridge Vineyards.

Once you’ve purchased the August selection and placed your card information on file with Square, you are officially a Links Bridge Wine Club member.  (And our communications about subsequent wine club selections will be a lot shorter!)

 

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Goat Yoga Returns!

July 9, 2021 / News

Goat Yoga Returns!

We are deelighted to tell you that Goat Yoga is returning to Links Bridge Vineyards on Saturday afternoon July 17 from 3-5 pm.

Before your one-hour class, savor a glass of sangria.  After class, enjoy a glass of wine on our new tasting room terrace.  Take a stroll along the Monocacy River.  Bring a picnic or try one of our charcuterie platters.  Buy a bottle of wine and enjoy the rest of your afternoon up on the terrace or down by the river.

Exercise, relax, and enjoy!

Register for the class here on the Goat for the Soul website.  Sangria, the goat yoga class, and the after-class glass of wine are all included in the $40 ticket price.  Children are welcome!

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Photographs by Michael Farnham

June 30, 2021 / News

Photographs by Michael Farnham

Saturdays and Sundays July 10-25
11am-6pm

Starting soon, Links Bridge Vineyards will host an exhibit of photographs by Michael Farnham, a professional photographer who lives in northern Virginia.  In the course of naval, civil engineering, and state department careers Michael has made pictures all over the world.  In this exhibit, however, he will present some local Virginia, Maryland, and Frederick County landscapes. We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase his work.

Michael began his photographic career making vacation pictures with a childhood Brownie Hawkeye box camera.  From that time onward (generally with more sophisticated equipment) he has focused his lenses on a wide variety of subjects and locales, from mid-60s Manhattan to the South Pacific and the coasts of Africa.  Through his work travels and filming he has developed a strong sense of the field of view, color, palette definition, and framing the shot.  Today Michael continues photographing, both as a recreation and for his State Department work.

Michael’s work has recently been exhibited at the Torpedo Factory Art League Gallery and at Gallery 75.   He has been a contributing photographer for National Geographic’s Your Shot program, with a couple of recent Editor’s Favorites selections.  And he continues photographing, both as a recreation and in his documentary work for the Department of State.

Michael will be at Links Bridge on Saturday July 10 from 1-3 pm to talk about his work.  We hope you’ll come by to say hello!

Cheers!
Joan & Bob

Visit www.mikefarnhamphotography.com to learn more about the artist.

 

 

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Marcelo Novo exhibit ends July 4

June 29, 2021 / News

Novo exhibit ends Sunday July 4

Many visiting Links Bridge Vineyards have enjoyed our exhibit of paintings by Marcelo Novo.  (Look here for additional information.)  July 4th is the last day of the exhibit, and on that day Marcelo will be back at 3pm for a closing reception.  (While he’s here we’ll have 2017 River Rocks sparkling wine available by the glass!)  If you’d like to meet Marcelo, come on by!

 

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Paintings by Marcelo Novo

June 22, 2021 / News

Paintings by Marcelo Novo, on exhibit through Sunday July 4

This summer we are excited to be hosting a fascinating exhibit of paintings by Marcelo Novo.  Born in Buenos Aires, Novo graduated from Argentina’s Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, studied under the surrealist painter Roberto Aizenberg, and later earned a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. Since 1992 he has lived and worked in the USA, currently in Washington, DC.

“Journey.”  2007, acrylic on maps and stamps on canvas.  20×16 in.
© 2007 Marcelo Novo

Novo is a well-known contemporary artist both in South America and in the United States.  His work has been featured in galleries and museums throughout the USA and abroad. His paintings are colorful, strong, and emotional.  Links Bridge is very pleased to have the opportunity to display his work!

The exhibit at Links Bridge extends through Sunday July 4.  It includes a selection of works from Novo’s “Maps and Stamps Series.”  In this series, the painting surfaces are maps of the USA and other parts of the world, on which Novo has painted instinctive/subconscious images that relate to his travels, identity, and sense of place. Please join us at Links Bridge for this great opportunity to see his work “up close and personal.”

Visit www.artmajeur.com/novo to learn more about the artist.

Also see  https://www.facebook.com/MarceloNovoArt

 

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Brent Heath to Talk on “Bulbs as Companion Plants”

May 11, 2021 / News

Brent Heath: Talk on “Bulbs as Companion Plants”
June 5-6

We are excited to announce that Brent Heath, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, will be at Links Bridge Vineyards over the June 5-6 weekend to give a talk on the subject of  “Bulbs as Companion Plants.”

The Heath family has been growing beautiful bulbs in Gloucester, Virginia since 1900.  Their journey began when Brent’s grandfather, lover of daffodils, moved to the area to start his farm.  Today Brent and Becky Heath continue the tradition he began.  Together they are proud bulb suppliers, garden writers, photographers, lecturers, consultants, and educators.  Over 8 acres of their 28-acre farm are devoted to educational gardens where visitors are invited to learn more about sustainable gardening.

With exquisite images illustrating the talk, Brent will introduce you to the best of the best…the right bulbs for the right spots.  He’ll show you how to combine bulbs, perennials, annuals, ground covers and flowering shrubs that will create just the feeling you want to generate for three seasons in your garden.  After the talk he will lead a walk around the garden at Links Bridge.
You’ll have lots of opportunities during the talk and the garden walk to ask questions.

After seeing and experiencing this talk, you’ll leave with information and inspiration to produce a garden that you (and your neighbors and friends) will enjoy all year.

Brent will present his talk at these times:

  • Saturday June 5, 1 pm
  • Saturday June 5, 3 pm
  • Sunday June 6, 1 pm

The cost is $35 per participant for the talk and a glass of wine of your choice.  Seating  is limited so sign up quickly!  Call 301-466-2413 to register.

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Upcoming

Saturdays and Sundays July 10-25--Photographs by Michael Farnham.  Meet Michael on July 10, 1-3 pm.  More

Saturday July 17–Goat Yoga, 3-5 pm.  More

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