Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Spring this year has been propitious. I could have used superlatives like “awesome” or “unbelievable” but I am a bit averse to superlatives, and “propitious” is a little more precise meaning that spring is favorable, indicating a good outcome, but not let’s go overboard.

Winter/Spring Newsletter 2019

Winter/Spring Newsletter 2019

As you know, I always like to start my newsletters with something poetic: the Bard or Keats or something of that ilk. This morning, I wanted to find a poem about winter and all I could remember were bits and pieces of a poem I vaguely recollected in which a recurring line was, “and greasy […]

Our Travels in Portugal Part 3 – The White Wines

Our Travels in Portugal Part 3 – The White Wines

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Andrew's Newsletter, Travel | No Comments

This is part three of my series on the Alentejo region of Portugal that Patricia and I visited over a year ago. Probably the most defining factor of the region is the climate. Rocks and dirt do not seem to figure much in the discussions of terroir (except in The Algarve that is higher, and more granite based.) In more familiar wine regions

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Autumn 2018 Newsletter

What could be a better way to start the Autumn Newsletter than by showing a water-color rendering of our very own vineyard painted by my truly beautiful and talented wife, Patricia? Or should it be by my, truly talented and beautiful wife? Either way… it sounds good. And if you have been following our newsletters, Autumn […]

Our Travels in Portugal Part 2 – The Red Wines

Our Travels in Portugal Part 2 – The Red Wines

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in Andrew's Newsletter, Travel, Vineyard | No Comments

The Red Wines of Alentejo As I outlined in part one of the blog The Alentejo is a vast area of Portugal that is relatively uninhabited except for vineyards, olive groves and cork-bearing oak trees. Within this vast area there are 29,000 hectares of vineyards – an area almost as large as the whole of […]

Our Travels In Portugal

Our Travels In Portugal

Posted by on Oct 15, 2018 in Andrew's Newsletter, Travel, Vineyard | No Comments

As autumn sets in, it occurred to me that almost a year ago today, Patricia and I went on one of the very best educational wine tours we have ever experienced. We have taken many exciting trips around the world, but this trip to Portugal with our friend, Richard Hewitt who owns Vino Tours, was perhaps one of favorites.

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Summer 2018 Newsletter

It is almost as hard to get things done in summer as it is during the Christmas holidays. In France, the French admit it and everyone goes on vacation. The whole country nearly shuts down, and if you want the best of Paris do not go during August – everyone’s at Cote D’Azur.

And so it is with grape growing, we are simply waiting in the sultry, sweaty sun for the grapes to ripen – the summertime blues for which, as you remember from Eddie Cochran, there is no cure. Then again, you can think of summer as a time when the living is easy, when the fish are jumping, and the cotton is high if you are Porgy from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Late Summer Strawberry Meyer Lemon Jam

Late Summer Strawberry Meyer Lemon Jam

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Recipes | No Comments

Our seasonal featured jam recipe

Featured Collaborative Dinner

Featured Collaborative Dinner

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Events & Festivals | No Comments

The Farmhouse at Veritas & The Virginia Distillery Company We often forget to talk about all the cool things that are happening over at the Farmhouse at Veritas. The Farmhouse is our sister Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant and is located just a 5 minute walk from our tasting room. It’s over at the Farmhouse that we can invite […]

Spring Newsletter 2016

Spring Newsletter 2016

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Andrew's Newsletter | No Comments

Easter is over and spring is sprung. May is an important date, as it is when we celebrate the final emergence from the gloom of winter. The sap rises and the vines start to weep from their pruning wounds as the overture to bud break. Our spirits reawaken to the veritable joys of being alive. […]