Monday, July 21, 2014

March Wedding at Antrim 1844 | Jane + Will

I knew Will and Jane’s wedding day was going to be amazing from the first time we met.  Will and Jane are just so full of love so I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to have on a rainy wedding day at Antrim 1844.  While the entire venue is gorgeous outside, because of the weather, we spent a fair amount of time shooting in door.  Of course, I had to sneak them outside for a romantic, heavy rain, umbrella portrait.  Adventurous couples are the best!  Thank you to the entire staff of Antrim 1844 for providing such a beautiful venue and a memorable day.

 -- Shane Reighard, Reighard Photography

Will and Jane are such a beautiful couple- inside and out. I am so lucky to have had the chance to work with them throughout the planning process and to help them on their BIG day!  Even the weather couldn’t bring this awesome couple down!  I would like to personally thank Will and Jane for choosing Antrim 1844 to host their gorgeous wedding.  I wish you all the best!

--Beth Pumphrey, Antrim 1844 Special Events Coordinator


 Venue | Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel

 Coordinator | Beth Pumphery

Photographer | Reighard Photography

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Save the Date | September 25th Joseph Phelps Wine Dinner

Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel welcomes back Mike McEvoy and Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Join us in welcoming back Mike McEvoy for this exceptional event featuring Joseph Phelps wines. The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a half hour of hand-passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a presentation of Joseph Phelps Vineyards by Mike McEvoy, Joseph Phelps Vice President & Director of Sales & Marketing. At 7:30, guests will be seated in the restaurant to begin a six-course prix-fixe dining experience meticulously paired with Joseph Phelps wines. 

Wine Dinner Pricing
$140 per person all inclusive*

Space is limited - advance reservations recommended!

Presenter | Mike McEvoy
Vice President, Director of Sales & Marketing

A native Marylander, Mike McEvoy moved west to join Joseph Phelps Vineyards as Director of Marketing in 2003 and in December 2005 was promoted to Vice President and Director of Sales. Mike is responsible for the sales and distribution of JPV wines in the U.S. and 42 other countries. Prior to joining JPV, he had fifteen years of marketing and management experience on the East Coast.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

In the late 1960’s, Joseph Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the U.S., Hensel Phelps Construction Company, when he won the bid to build Souverain Winery (now Rutherford Hill) located a few miles outside of St. Helena. Enamored with the beautiful Napa Valley and contemplating a career change. In 1972, Joe bought the 600-acre Connolly cattle ranch in Spring Valley, and began planting vineyards and construction of a winery. The Joseph Phelps winery was completed in 1974 in time for harvest, crushing grapes for the first Insignia and the first Syrah bottlings. It put Joseph Phelps Vineyards on the map of top Napa Valley wine producers.

Four decades later, the flagship wine, Insignia, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest wines. Thirty-one of thirty-seven vintages have been rated 90 or more points by various wine publications, including three perfect 100 scores for the 1991, 1997 and 2002 vintages from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate in Mr. Parker’s Historical Tasting of Insignia report, published November 2013. The 2002 vintage of Insignia was also awarded “Wine of the Year” by Wine Spectator magazine in 2005. 

For the ultimate wine dinner experience, make your reservation to stay in one of the elegantly appointed rooms or suites throughout the property. A limited number of rooms and suites are available from $125 to $150. Your overnight stay will include afternoon tea from 4 to 5 PM, a continental breakfast tray delivered outside your door with freshly baked muffins, morning newspaper and your choice of coffee or tea, followed by a full country-style served breakfast in the Mansion.

*Tax, gratuity and paired wine are included.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Featured Wine | 2013 Chateau du Rouet Cotes de Provence Cuvee Reserve Tradition Rose, Provence, France

Tasting Notes

Delicate salmon color. Intense nose bringing small fruits notes of blueberries and raspberries. Fruity palate, elegant fresh flavors. Round, the wine gains a lot of volume on the mid-palate, prolonging into a long, rich aftertaste. Good terroir expression.

Wine & Meals

Cured meat, grilled white meat, poached salmon and spicy dishes. 

Grape Varieties 

Grenache 60% and Syrah 45% 


Hand-picked grapes. Skin-contact maceration. “Saignee” type rose. 

Cotes de Provence Wine Region

Cotes de Provence is the largest appellation of the Provence wine region in south-eastern France. It covers roughly 50,000 acres of vineyards, which produce the vast majority of Provence’s rose wine. This appellation includes most of the viticulture in the Var department - essentially the eastern half of the Provence wine region - apart from 5560 acres due north of Toulon which is set aside for the Coteaux Varois appellation. 

About Chateau du Rouet

The Chateau du Rouet is situated at the foot of the red rocks mountains which are part of the Esterel mountain - range, near the Roman town of Frejus. Five generations have succeeded each other on this Mediterranean soil to develop and master the most fitting techniques of wine growing and vinification which give aroma and character to the wines of the Chateau du Rouet. The selection of the best grape varieties for these acidic, forest soils enables the elaboration and maturing of red, rose and white. In the last ten years the wines “Chateau du Rouet” have obtained 22 medals at the Concours General Agricole in Paris, as well as the Concours des Grands Vins de France in Macon, notably 6 gold medals and 4 silver medals. 

This 2013 Chateau du Rouet Rose is just one of the 2,600+ selections of wines available on our wine list. To view more, visit

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