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Friday, July 27, 2007

Three Foxes become Five

July 22, 2007
THREE FOX VINEYARDS, Delaplane, Virginia
A burst of vibrant flowers greeted us as we pulled into Three Fox Vineyards on a picture perfect Sunday afternoon. Wine and winery style are both Italian (owner Holli Todhunter is off to Italy next week), which makes for a charming setting.

Three Foxes lives up to its reputation as a dog-friendly winery. We perrched on the stools for the tasting -- Munchie likes to get her licks in. Ellen and Jake, whose T-shirts proclaim they "work for wine" led us through a flight of five whites, followed by five reds, providing a plethora of good choices.

The yummy bottle of the Allouette Cabernet Franc we bought to take outside opened up nicely during a game of bocci ball. There were plenty of options for outside seating... we chose the catbird's perch at the top of the hill. The sparseness of the new plantings contrasted with the lush mature vines bursting with grapes.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch, then Pom napped while Munchie played frisbee. After a second bottle of wine, we finished with a trip to the creek, where Munchie cooled off and Uncle Jeff enjoyed the comfy hammocks. La dolce vita, indeed!

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