May 11, 2021 / News
Brent Heath: Talk on “Bulbs as Companion Plants”
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.
May 7, 2021 / News
Roger Crist, Woodworking Artisan
Here’s an encore we’ve been looking forward to: Roger Crist, designer and builder of artful furniture from old wine barrels and other interesting materials, will soon be here for a return engagement.
Visit us from Saturday May 29 through Sunday June 6 to see a new group of his works on display. It’s always both amazing and fun to see his latest creations–this year’s selection even features a wine cabinet made from a circa 1900 upright piano!
By the way, Roger’s talents are not limited to woodworking. Some of you will also know him as the Director of the Frederick Catoctones Barbershop Chorus. This well-known a cappella group has been relatively quiet for the past year due to COVID, but we’re looking forward to hearing from it again in the near future.
Bob & Joan
May 6, 2021 / News
We Double Dog Dare You!
On May 15, 1-3 pm, the Double Dog Dare Rescue organization will be here with a selection of dogs looking for good homes.
Double Dog Dare has rescued these wonderful dogs from destruction, placing them in temporary foster homes until permanent owners can be found.
We encourage you to come by and visit with the dogs and their foster owners.
You never know…you may leave Links Bridge Vineyards with something more than a bottle of wine!
(For more information about Double Dog Dare Rescue, look here.)
April 8, 2021 / News
Bottling day March 2021
Links Bridge Wine Club
We have just announced the May 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 May selection, and (3) instructions on how to join the club.
We hope to see you soon at Links Bridge Vineyards!
Best wishes, and stay well.
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 May 2021 Selection
Our May selection will include one bottle each of: 2019 Merlot, 2020 Rosé of Barbera, 2020 Albariño, and 2019 Chardonnay.
The pickup weekend for this selection is Saturday-Sunday May 1-2 (11am-6pm). Come on by anytime during that weekend to enjoy a complimentary tasting of the four wines, together with a small collection of complementary foods, plus a little “cheersing.” 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, additions, etc. is: Saturday April 24.
Of the four wines listed, the first three are brand new wines from our March 2021 bottling. The last is a wine from our 2020 bottling that we have recently made available on our regular tasting menu. Here are some details:
2019 Merlot. Our Merlot vines were good to us in 2019, producing enough really nice fruit to make about 25 cases of varietal Merlot–our first. This well-balanced and lightly tannic wine was aged in French oak for 18 months. Bottled March 2021. ABV 13.1%.
2020 Rosé of Barbera. This is our second try at making a Barbera rosé, and we are delighted at the way it turned out. Made from a saignée of Barbera grapes from Golden Run Vineyard in Sudlersville, Maryland. The wine is dry and crisp, with red fruit aromas and tastes, good acid, and a lovely salmon/pink hue. It will be a perfect companion on any hot day this summer! Bottled March 2021. ABV 11.8%.
2020 Albariño. Our favorite white grape! This dry white was fermented and aged in stainless steel at the lowest temperatures we could manage in order to keep aroma, freshness, and fruitiness at a maximum. It will pair well with mellow cheeses, all kinds of pasta dishes, and Maryland seafood (especially crab cakes!). Bottled March 2021. ABV 12.3%.
2019 Chardonnay. Fermented and aged in stainless steel for 8 months, this dry white with its beautiful balance of flavor and acid was awarded “double gold” at the 2020 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition. “Double gold” means that every Competition judge agreed that the wine rated a gold medal—so we are pretty proud of this. But we invite you to judge for yourself! Bottled April 2020. ABV 12.9%.
After the Links Bridge Wine Club 15% discount and Maryland’s 9% alcohol tax, the price of this selection for club members is $94.50.
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 email@example.com by the deadline date, Saturday April 24, 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 May 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 May selection.
To get this started, send us an email before the deadline date (Saturday, April 24) at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 May 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 May 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!)
March 27, 2021 / News
This message has two parts. First, we want to let you know that we will be open for our regular hours (11am-6pm) on Saturday April 3, but will be closed on Easter Sunday April 4.
Second, we also want to let you know that yesterday (Friday) was our bottling day for 2021. It came after a couple postponements having to do with the availability of corks. But it was a good day, and we’re very pleased with the new wines we’ll have available over the coming year. New 2019 reds include Cab Franc, Merlot (our first), new editions of Monocacy and Pileated, and an appetizing Norton. We also have a fresh and fruity 2020 Barbera. New 2020 whites are Albariño, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Muscat Blanc, plus two experiments, Vidalia and Multiflora (Not that every bottle of wine isn’t an experiment!) Finally, we have a Rosé of Syrah and a Rosé of Barbera that we hope you will enjoy on a hot day by the river. We’ll be releasing all of these wines as the summer progresses.
Bob & Joan
March 4, 2021 / News
Open on Weekends Again!
We are delighted to let you know that beginning this weekend (March 6-7), Links Bridge Vineyards will once again be open Saturdays and Sundays, 11am-6pm, and by appointment on other days.
We hope you’ll soon come by for a visit! We’ll be serving our usual 7-wine tastings, wines by the glass or bottle, and two new charcuterie platter options. (You’re also welcome to bring snacks or a picnic of your own to enjoy with your wine.)
We’ll have all the outdoor seating you could want, with no reservations needed. For the time being, though, we will be limiting indoor seating to two parties at a time, with all the appropriate social distancing. So if you you’d like to sit inside, please call ahead (301-466-2413 or 301-602-5733) to make sure a seat will be available. We’re also asking all of our customers, outdoors or indoors, to “mask up” when not actually seated at their tables.
The picture above shows what Links Bridge Vineyards looked like just a week ago. The one to the left shows what we hope it will look like as soon as it possibly can. Right now, things are somewhere in between. The weather is variable, the grass is beginning to look green, and the shrubs, trees, and vines have that “I’m thinking about April and May” kind of look. That’s what early March is like. But March is also (drum roll)…
Maryland Wine Month!
Maryland Wine Month is the first month of the year when it’s just warm enough to feel comfortable with the weather, but not so comfortable that you can’t give your full attention to the wine. It is the ideal time, in short, for a first visit of the year to any number of Maryland’s 90 or so wineries.
All the best,
Bob & Joan