Merry Christmas 2013!

I sincerely wish all my family and friends the most Blessed Christmas ever!  Share the true meaning of Christmas with those you meet and spread the love.  May 2014 bring you everything you could ever dream of and so much more. Thank you for helping to bring Joyful Reflections Photography a truly  wonderful year!  I treasure each of you!  God Bless.  I know it’s been a while since I blogged because I decided to give myself the greatest Christmas gift this season….precious time with my family and friends.  Life is to short…I’m living it and I hope you are too! Happy New Year!

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving…soon we will join loved ones and friends around the table to rejoice in all our blessings and to give thanks to the God who has blessed us. Sing the song of Thanksgiving…raise your glass of good cheer and be grateful. Grateful that you are here to celebrate this special day.  As busy as we all may be today I hope you can pause for a moment and remember those who are not with family, our military away from home and loved ones and strangers who may have no family. Pray for them and ask that our God may bless them and provide for them always. I give a special thanks to my family, friends and clients for without you I would not feel as much of the joy as I feel in my heart today. I wish you a special Thanksgiving day!

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Sharon - November 30, 2013 - 11:34 am

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Beautiful image Catherine.

CT Photographer ~ Taylor Brooke Winery {Woodstock, CT}

I love taking trips to “The Quiet Corner” of Connecticut as it is know.  On this day, my long time friend Sandy from Rhode Island and I decided to meet in Woodstock to attend the “Artists in the Country Juried Art Show” and explore other happenings in the area. One of our must have visits was to Taylor Brooke Winery located on Rt. 171 in Woodstock.  Sandy loves their Wine Dog 1 and St. Croix Rose’.  I had never been to this winery so I was excited to visit it also.

To my surprise it was a whole lot more then just “Vines and Wines” it was a family run business and I had the pleasure of not only meeting the owners Dick and Linda Auger personally…they gave me a pleasant tour of their facility and vineyard.  I even met Addison the vineyard dog.  I was invited into their small warehouse where everything is stainless steal and watched the entire three man process from bottling the wine to attaching the labels.  Each label is a work of art from a local artist.  How nice is that?  Wow did I enjoy this opportunity!  I had always wondered how it was all done.

Then I took a stroll through the vineyard and met other family members and workers who were helping that day with harvesting the grapes.  From the vineyard we made our way down to the tasting room which was done in a Country Home Style…very warm and cozy.  It was filled with shoppers and folks sampling wines. I just watched folks sample the wines as it was to early in the day for me to taste wines.  What a wonderful selection of local wines they do offer and everyone I listened to was really liking the tastings.

If you haven’t heard of Taylor Brooke Winery let me share a bit of history with you.  Richard A. Auger CFM (Dick as I was introduced to him), is the President and the man responsible for overall management of the winery and wine making process. He has several years experience in making small batch wines and has won numerous awards for his efforts. Way to go Dick!  Both Dick and Linda maintain a winery that produce 2,600-2,700 cases of wine a year.  On the smaller size but none the less…one of the BEST!

Their mission “to produce a variety of high quality wines from grapes grown on site and procured from local farms”.  That sounds wonderful to me!  They also believe that agriculture is an important part of the community and by establishing their winery and associated vineyard, they will be able to continue the tradition of farming. Let’s take care of all our farmers!

They recently purchased 13 acres of land next door and will be expanding not only the vineyards but the entire facility including a covered gazebo, new warehouse and more parking.  So next Spring it will have a completely new look.  I’m definitely stopping back to visit again and next time I’m sampling all the wines!

A big thank you to Dick and Linda for my first up close experience of a complete winery tour!

Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_TaylorBrookeWinery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaBeing a gardener I just loved the entrance way into the winery and how the flowers were growing in between the rocks.
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_TaylorBrookeWinery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photography by Catherine CellaJoyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaLet me introduce you to owner Dick Auger!  What a wonderful man!
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaDick took a few moments to show Sandy and I how the grapes are processed into the wine.
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaJoyfulreflectionsphotography.com_TaylorBrookeWinery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaThe grapes look so plump and juicy!
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaThis is Bailey who works for Taylor Brooke.
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT  Wineries- CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaSharon a family member who came to help harvest the grapes.
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT Winery -Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaSharon’s husband Carl…Mr. Smiles in the vineyard!
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT Winery -Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaThis is Paul and his job today was bottling the wine.
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT Winery -Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photography by Catherine CellaMr. Jeff was corking the bottles.
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT Winery -Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photography by Catherine Cella
On go those artist labels!
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT Winery -Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine Cella

This is the machine that seals the bottle.
Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT Winery -Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photography by Catherine CellaInto the cases they go and ready for you to purchase them!

Joyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT Winery -Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaJoyfulreflectionsphotography.com_ CT Winery -Taylor Brooke Winery Woodstock CT - CT Professional Photographer Catherine CellaHenry greeted us today in the tasting room.  Such a friendly guy.
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Cindy - October 30, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos and allowing me a trip to this vineyard via my pc. I will take a trip to the “Quiet Corner” of Connecticut soon!

Cathy Testa - October 30, 2013 - 12:45 pm

Oh Great. Now I’m thirsty. What a wonderful set of photos and everyone seems to be enjoying every sip! Cathy

Jessica Collins - October 30, 2013 - 12:52 pm

This looks like it was so much fun!

Linda Auger - October 30, 2013 - 1:23 pm

Thank you so much for capturing the “essence” of Taylor Brooke Winery! So glad your visit coincided with one of our harvest days…always a great experience for any of our visitors. Dick & I hope you will visit us soon (www.taylorbrookewinery.com), but be sure to come when you are ready to taste our delicious wines!

Bonnie - October 30, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Great pictures (of course!) and I love how you captured the entire process, from harvesting to processing to bottling to packaging to TASTING!!! (my favorite part!)

Vin - October 31, 2013 - 11:25 am

These are incredibly clear photos and a great post showing us all about this winery. Thanks for sharing!

Arelis Cintron - October 31, 2013 - 1:37 pm

I know CT has the Wine Trail; I’ve been to a few but I’d love to be able to stop at each one …maybe next year that’ll be my mission! I like the cranberry Riesling … I wonder how it tastes!

Sharon - October 31, 2013 - 7:41 pm

Wonderful photos…looks like a place I would love to visit!

Witless Whiner - November 3, 2013 - 5:37 am

You’ve done an incredible job capturing the essence of the wine experience in your photos. Not many get to experience the process of wine through the harvesting, fermenting, bottling, and tasting of the finished product. And Dick & Linda are the best of people, oh yes, and let’s not forget their wines…

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