Summer of the Vineyard

 The August days are melting away, or perhaps it's mostly me who is melting? Not that I would trade the heat - however the humidity can go. The heat will be gone soon enough, and the days of dining al fresco will fade away, which will be a terrible shame in this post pandemic world. Outdoor dining has been the saving grace of the summer, the feelings of normalcy in sharing a meal with a friend, and where better to do so than a vineyard? 

Connecticut is somewhat surprisingly rife with them, considering how difficult it can be to grow grapes in this climate, however I did recently read a piece in a local publication that mentioned how a winery can call themselves an estate grower even if as little as 25% of the grapes are grown locally, with the rest imported from California. Fortunately I'm not a wine snob, or connoisseur, or even particularly discerning - naturally I make most of my wine purchasing decisions based on how much I like a label - so I'm quite content with what the local vineyards have to offer. 

Sometimes there is table service and tasty offerings of burrata cheese and fresh tomatoes, other times we just throw a blanket on the grass - it's usually pretty easy to social distance, and is free from the worries of being a table hog, no one minds how long you linger, even if it's after closing time.

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The Rundown
White Lace Maxi Dress
"Assoulin" Joie via Poshmark
Straw Hat "Marcos" Brixton via eBay
Slide Sandals "Gracie" Vince Camuto via TJMaxx
Raffia Waist Bag Etsy
Mother of Pearl Earrings Argento Vivo via TJMaxx
Good Directions Necklace S.V. Decker
Blue Topaz Stacking Ring Hirajule via TJMaxx
Thin Gold Ring Etsy
Nail Color "Pre-Show Jitters" Essie


  1. Love that dress, so perfect for an evening of wining and dining (or however you spell it, haha!)
    We haven't been eating out anywhere still but at least we've started to get takeout food so I'm not cooking every day. But it's still only once a week because we on a budgetttttt, haha!

  2. so beautiful Sunset,eating out there is so amazing!
    and so special waist bag.

  3. I've been to a few of the wineries there and remembering them being really lovely places - and any place that you can be outside is a real boon these days!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  4. Wow Lydia, these photos and this post is just absolutely stunning! This winery is gorgeous, and I agree with everything you wrote - outdoor dining really is a saving grace right now. What's going to happen when the weather changes? I'm scared to find out actually. But for now, let's just enjoy it :)

  5. What a beautiful little white dress on you! I really like the location as well! I'm not a wine drinker so haven't been to any wineries although there are a lot around here, they always look so pretty! :)

    Hope you are having a nice week :)

    Away From Blue

  6. I am so envious that there are vineyards in Connecticut. I would have been thrilled to be able to spend time wandering through fields of grapes and sipping local wine this summer. Alas, the closest thing we have here are sunflower fields, and while lovely, the amount of fun you can have in one is really limited to getting the photos. And so, as I often do, I will live vicariously through your photos, instead. I can't imagine a more perfect dress for a day at a vineyard, I must say, and that sunset shot is just stunning.

  7. Fab pictures. I went to a winery in Chile and did a wine tasting and it was so funny, I would just take a sip and pass it on to my colleague - I really had no idea what I was doing as I do not care for wine.
    I enjoyed sight seeing and the story behind it.