Sharpe Hill Vineyard, Pomfret Connecticut

I recently had the pleasure of spending the day with my mom and we decided to take a drive to the eastern part of our state and check out  Sharpe Hill Vineyard.  It’s an award winning vineyard in what’s known as “Connecticut’s Quiet Corner”.  It’s located in Pomfret just minutes from Route 169 and it’s a beautiful drive through the countryside to get there.

We were among the first visitors to arrive on Saturday morning and decided to take our time and stroll through the gorgeous well kept gardens.  Many of their flowers were still in bloom and so beautiful.  The owners also grow many vegetables and herbs that they use daily in their restaurant.  While wondering through the gardens we were lucky enough to meet James one of the chefs who was actually picking herbs to use in the kitchen.  That was pretty neat!

I felt like we were in a photographers heaven if you enjoy photographing flowers and I do.  So does mom as she pulled out her new iphone to take some photos along side of me.

Sharpe Hill has 25 acres of vineyard and the grapes were just about ready for harvest and filled the air with such a sweet aroma.  I loved photographing the grapes as I took a walk up the hill where you can actually see Connecticut Valley, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

After walking through the gardens and vineyards we checked in to enjoy lunch in their Fireside Tavern which is located in a beautiful restored eighteenth century building decorated with early American style furniture and charm.  We also took part in their wine tasting and were excited to try some of their famous award winning wines.  The wine they are most noted for is a white semi-dry fruity wine called “Ballet of Angels”.  I enjoyed that wine but really preferred the red wines especially the Red Seraph which is a fine Chianti style red wine made with a blend of St. Croix and Merlot grapes.  I absolutely loved the Pontefract dessert wine.  A luscious smooth and delicate Port style dessert wine made from estate grown St Croix grapes.

For lunch I decided on the Spicy Jamaican Chicken.  It was a wood grilled boneless breast of chicken marinated in hot and spicy Jamaican Jerk Sauce served over rice with grilled bananas and fresh mango chutney. The presentation was amazing as was the chicken. Absolutely the best!  Mom decided to try the Lamb Chops which were two Steakhouse Prime spring lamb chops grilled on wood with fresh rosemary served with mint jelly and the Chef’s choice of fresh vegetables. She couldn’t say enough about it and enjoyed ever bite.  Our waitress Kate was the most polite and pleasant girl.  We really enjoyed her attentiveness to service and she really helped to make this special lunch date with mom a time to remember.

Sharpe Hill Vineyard is a place you don’t want to miss the next time you take a trip to the quiet corner of Connecticut!  It’s a trip worth experiencing!  They are open all year long but I have always enjoyed traveling to visit them around harvest time.  I do hope you’ll take the trip sometime…you to will truly love it!

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Bonnie - October 7, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Every thing looks BEAUTIFUL! Great pictures and the food, wine, vineyard, garden, flowers, EVERYTHING is incredibly captured.

Wendy Kane - October 7, 2013 - 9:29 pm

Gorgeous pictures! Definitely going to put this place on my list to visit.

Cheryl S. - October 7, 2013 - 9:55 pm

I love this vineyard! My husband and I have been here many times and always enjoyed ourselves. Your photos capture it perfectly.

Jenny - October 8, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Your pictures always make me feel like I am there! Amazing! I can’t wait to really go there myself!

Catherine - October 8, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Thanks Jenny and all you wonderful ladies for such nice comments. They truly warm my heart and make me want to share more experiences like this trip with you. Definitely try and go you will love it!

Patti - October 8, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Never heard of this Vineyard! Gorgeous photos, might have to head over to the quiet corner of CT.

Sharon - October 9, 2013 - 7:29 am

Just lovely Catherine. Looks like a wonderful place. Perhaps some day I’ll make it to Connecticut and this will be a place to visit for sure.

Jacklyn Carney - October 9, 2013 - 4:54 pm

My favorite rest. on the planet!!
Always fresh, delicious, and the warmest of welcomes!!

Jessica Silva - October 10, 2013 - 8:36 am

Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your amazing pictures!

Baby Dempsey.

These photos are from some time ago now but I still wanted to share them with you because each time I look at them they warm my heart.  Remember this image below of Daddy and baby Dempsey.  A very precious moment between Father and Son.

I photographed the Perez family indoors and then Wendy, Baby Dempsey and I went to the river where I truly loved photographing them…in natural light…what I love best.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.  Thanks again Perez family for letting me be a part of these special days and moments you will now have forever.  God Bless you sweet little Dempsey.

2013-10-03_0009Dempsey in his daddy’s firefighter gear.  I just love this image and did it especially for dad.
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 JoyfulReflectionsPhotography.com_Ellington CT Family PhotographerBig brother takes a close look at his new baby brother.  So sweet.
JoyfulReflectionsPhotography.com_Ellington CT Newborn Childrens PhotographerJoyfulReflectionsPhotography.com_Best CT Newborn PhotographerMy absolute favorite image from this part of the session.  He’s just about to give me a little smile and he was so warm and cozy in the bowl.
 JoyfulReflectionsPhotography.com_Ellington CT Newborn Lifestyle PhotographerNature baby enjoying the sun and he opened his eyes for me.  Such a handsome little one.
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Irela - October 3, 2013 - 8:48 pm

Catherine….these images are just gorgeous. That first photo with dad and baby is so beautiful …well all of them are. This is one beautiful family. Great work lady!!

Wendy Kane - October 3, 2013 - 9:46 pm

These are awesome. Very creative! What a lovely family.

Bonnie - October 4, 2013 - 7:35 am

Love these! So cute. The river pictures are amazing, as well as “big brother” holding his new sibling. You see the love all over his face!

Sharon - October 4, 2013 - 8:15 am

Catherine, you have wowed us again! The ones in the river are just stunning…beautiful light.

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Cathy Testa - October 4, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Catherine, I agree with Sharon’s comment above. Wow is just the word. I can not say enough you have a gift of taking photos and capturing the “joy” in people, children, and so much more. Thanks for sharing your gift with us, Cath

Julie - October 5, 2013 - 9:15 am

OMG these are lovely! Everything one of them. Catherine, you are so talented. I love looking at your blog because your images always lift my spirits. Keep up the great work!

Wendylis - October 6, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Catherine thank you so much for these beautiful images … you had so much patience with the little guy its no surprise the images came out soo perfect…I love the image of Dempsey in all of Daddys work gear…with all of the colors in the photo his pale little body pops in this picture … not to mention he looks soo comfortable lol. Also the big brother pictures are so special showing the joining of my old boy and the new one …And our first family picture priceless … these images are very special and our family wants to thank you from the bottom of our hearts … keep up the good work!!

Old Treasure.

Hello October…my favorite month of the year in New England!  I love my new old treasure I found at a recent yard sale.  I have been wanting an old bike to put in one of my gardens for a long time.  So when I saw this one I had to have it.  Cost $7.00!  I scored!  It will probably become a favorite prop of mine too.

Happy Fall!  Enjoy this incredible weather we have been blessed with this week.  I love Indian Summer in October and temps in the 80’s…it doesn’t get much better than that!


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Jessica Collins - October 1, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Love old bikes! great find!

Irela - October 2, 2013 - 5:09 pm


Julie - October 2, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Love it!