November 2, 2022 / News

Links Bridge Wine Club November 2022 Selection

We have just announced the November 2022 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 November  selection, and (3) instructions on how to join the club.

We hope to see you soon at Links Bridge Vineyards!

Best autumn 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.
  • Two to three weeks 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% wine club 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.

 

2.  The November 2022 Selection

We hope you’ll be pleased with the November club selection, which includes four wines from our 2020 and 2021 harvests.  We chose these particular wines because all did well at the recent 2022 Maryland Governor’s Cup competition.  They earned one double gold, one gold, and two silver medals, plus two Best in Class designations—one for red wines and one for off-dry wines.  Needless to say (but we’ll say it anyway), we were delighted with these results!

November 2022 Club Selection Details

The pickup weekend for this selection is:

  • Friday November 18 (2-7pm)
  • Saturday-Sunday November 19-20 (11am-6pm)

We’ve added Friday afternoon to the pickup weekend because things got a bit crowded last time around.  (The weather may be cold by then, so if you’d like to be sure of indoor seating, it would be a good idea to make a reservation!  And if you are unable to come during the pickup weekend, we will of course hold your wine selection until you are able to be here.)

The deadline date for requesting substitutions, etc. is Friday, November 11.

The selection includes:

2020 Vidal Blanc Reserve.  This dry white was made at Links Bridge from grapes grown at Golden Run Vineyard in eastern Maryland.  Harvested September 2020.  Fermented and aged in stainless steel for 6 months, then in French oak for an additional year.  Bottled March 2022.  ABV 13.3%. Silver medal, 2022 Maryland Governor’s Cup competition.

2021 Vichard.  This off-dry white wine is a blend of 50% Vidal Blanc grown at Golden Run Vineyard and 50% Chardonnay grown at Links Bridge Vineyards. Bottled March 2022.  ABV 13.4%.  Gold medal and Best in Class: Off-Dry Wines, 2022 Maryland Governor’s Cup competition.

2020 Cabernet Franc.  Dry red made from grapes grown in the original block of cabernet franc vines that started our Riverside vineyard, 12 years old at the time of the 2020 harvest.  Aged for 18 months in new French oak. Bottled March 2022.  ABV 13.5%.  Double Gold and Best in Class:  Red Wines, 2022 Maryland Governor’s Cup competition.

2020 Pileated.  A hearty blend of our best red wines, named for the woodpecker who hangs out in our forest and occasionally graces our bird feeder, looking for all the world like something out of Walter Lantz.  32% Petit Verdot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Barbera.  Bottled March 2022.  ABV 12.5%.  Silver Medal, 2022 Maryland Governor’s Cup competition.

After the Links Bridge Wine Club 15% discount and Maryland’s 9% alcohol tax, the price of this selection for club members is $104.69.

3.  How to Join the Links Bridge Wine Club

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

To get this started, send us an email before the deadline date (Friday, November 11) 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!)

Cheers!
Bob & Joan

 

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Paintings by the Mary Pfister Studio Painters

October 13, 2022 / News

The Artist’s Hand: Studio Painters of the Mary Pfister Studio

Links Bridge Vineyards is pleased to host a special exhibit of paintings by a group of artists led and inspired by the nationally recognized portrait and still-life artist Mary Pfister.

All rights reserved by Jodi O’Connell

The exhibit runs from Saturday October 15 through Sunday November 13, and can be seen during Links Bridge’s normal weekend hours (Saturday and Sunday, 11am-6pm) or by appointment at other times.  The artists will be at the tasting room for a reception on Sunday October 16, 1-3 pm.  We hope you’ll come by to chat with them and see their work!s,

Various subsets of the Studio Painters have been meeting for some 30 years, first in downtown Frederick, and more lately at Mary’s resident studio in Walkersville.  They get together weekly in groups of seven or eight, working on their own projects, in their own styles, and in their own chosen media.  Some members of the studio group are fairly new to painting, but many have been painting, showing, and selling their work for many years.  All are talented!

It’s Mutual
Copyright by Emily Sloviko

This exhibit includes paintings by:  Sandra Cook, Jill Crone, Betsy Fisher, Saboora Haider, Pam Herrick, Noralie Katsu, Ann Lundahl, Peggy McClelland, Jodi O’Connell, Don Ouellette, Mary Pfister, Robin Seidel, Kristin Simanek, Emily Sloviko, and Stephanie Torres.

(For more information about Mary Pfister Studio, look here.)

We think you will enjoy the paintings, many of which will be available for purchase. The holidays are almost upon us and you may want to brighten a wall of your own home or those of your friends and relatives!

We hope you’ll come by to take a look (and have a glass of wine!).

Cheers!
Joan & Bob

 

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Visit Brookfield Farms Pumpkin Patch!

September 30, 2022 / News

Visit Brookfield Farms Pumpkin Patch!

One of the great things that happens in our neighborhood at this time of year: Sam and Mary Jane Roop open the Brookfield Farms Pumpkin Patch to the public for a fall celebration.

Brookfield offers hayrides to their 15 acre Pumpkin Patch (where you can pick your own pumpkin), a corn maze, a farm animal petting zoo, and other activities to entertain your children. It’s a great experience and an opportunity to purchase the perfect pumpkin for Halloween!

So on your way to Links Bridge Vineyards, stop at Brookfield and enjoy a special family adventure that has become a tradition in our area.

You’ll find Brookfield Farms at 8302 Ramsburg Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, just up the road from Links Bridge.  The Pumpkin Patch is open through Oct 31.  Mon-Thurs 3pm-6pm.  Fri-Sat 10am-6pm.  Sun Noon-6pm.  Visit www.BrookfieldPumpkins.com for more information.

Best wishes for a great October!
Bob & Joan

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Last Chance This Year for Goat Yoga at Links Bridge!

September 30, 2022 / News

Last Chance this Year for
Goat Yoga at Links Bridge!

Our last Goat Yoga experience for this year will take place on Saturday October 8, 3-5pm!

Arrive a little early to savor a glass of Sangria before your class.  After class, enjoy a glass of wine on our tasting room terrace.  Before or after the class, take a stroll along the Monocacy River.

Exercise, relax, and enjoy!

 

Register for your 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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Links Bridge Vineyards: Upcoming Events

September 6, 2022 / News

Fishing at Links Bridge Vineyards
Photo by Karen Cool, copyright 2022

Links Bridge Vineyards:  Upcoming Events

Hello all,

We hope the summer is treating you well!

One of our guests made the “fishing” picture above while enjoying a glass of wine with friends on our riverside patio–we thought you might like it.

Apart from that, this is just a note to tell you about some things going on at Links Bridge Vineyards in the near future, and to remind you that the Maryland Wine Festival is also coming up.  Look below for information about:

  • Goat Yoga III, September 10, 10am-Noon
  • More Paintings From Elizabeth Floyd’s Master Classes, on display September 10-October 10
  • Wine Barrel Furniture by Roger Crist, on display Sept 10-18
  • Maryland Wine Festival, September 17-18

Cheers!
Bob & Joan

Goat Yoga III, Sept 10, 10am-Noon

If you missed the first two installments of Goat Yoga this summer, the third time’s the charm!  For more information, see our previous post.  To register for the class, look here.  And for more information about the goats and Goat Yoga, take a look at the Goat for the Soul website.

More Paintings by Elizabeth Floyd and her Students

Oh Jolly Summer–Nasturtiums and Lavender
by E. Floyd. All rights reserved.
8 x 8 inches – oil on linen panel.

Earlier this summer, Elizabeth Floyd and her students exhibited paintings from two of Elizabeth’s Master Copy Classes.  From September 10 through October 10, they will provide an encore with a new set of paintings from Elizabeth’s Floral Still Life class and from others of her Master Copy classes.  We think you will enjoy them!

For more information about Elizabeth’s classes and about her own work, see our writeup for the earlier exhibit, or go directly to Elizabeth’s website.

Wine-Barrel Furniture by Roger Crist, Sept 10-18

Bistro Table and Seats
by Roger Crist

Our neighbor Roger Crist designs and builds artful furniture and furnishings from old wine barrels.  Some of his best will be on display here at Links Bridge from September 10-18. Beautiful and interesting to see, this exhibit will also be a potential source of gifts for the holiday season–don’t miss it!

Maryland Wine Festival, Sept 17-18

Bob: Whatever wine that is, I want to try it!
Joan: Me too!

The 38th Maryland Wine Festival will take place at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster on Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, from 11am-5pm each day.  This is the state’s wine festival highlight of the year, and we hope you’ll attend on one day or the other (or both)!  For information about location, participating wineries, juried artisans and vendors, virtually all-day live music, and ticket sales, take a look at the Wine Festival website.

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Paintings by Robert Lipartito

July 19, 2022 / News

Landscape Paintings by Robert Lipartito
July 23 – August 7

Potomac Morning, © 2020, oil on canvas, 12” x 24”

Links Bridge Vineyards is delighted to announce an exhibit of paintings by Robert Lipartito, July 23 through August 7th, in our tasting room.  While Lipartito does portrait, still life, and occasional abstract paintings, this exhibit focuses on his landscapes which are primarily done “en plein air.’  In particular he has been successful in “quick draw” plein air competitions where his style is especially suited to capturing momentary lighting and the mood of the landscape.

He painted these for many years in his native Southern New Jersey and later elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic states. He strives to have a strong compositional element in his paintings, balancing between light and dark shapes and between warm and cool colors to depict structure and light.

Harpers Ferry, © 2016, oil on canvas, 16” x 12”

Lipartito studied art at the Fleisher Art Memorial and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  He has given solo exhibitions at the Fleisher Art Memorial, the Cherry Hill (NJ) Public Library, and the Warden’s House Gallery (Mt. Holly, NJ).  His work has also been shown at Artists’ House Gallery (Philadelphia), the Reading (Pa.) Public Museum, the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (Reading), the Hill Center (Washington, DC), the Art League Gallery (Alexandria, Va.), the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and Philadelphia City Hall. He currently lives in Washington, DC.

For further information, take a look at Mr. Lipartito’s website, where you can see the full extent of his work:   https://robertlipartito.com/

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Upcoming

May 27: Memorial Day, Open 12:30-6:00 pm

May 18-June 2:  National Parks: Our Best Idea.  Photos by James Schlett.

June 15:  Goat Yoga Returns!

(Look here for our complete upcoming schedule of artists’ exhibits for the year!)

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