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Friday, February 20, 2009

Front Royal's Got a Wine Shop in It

Vino e Formaggio
Front Royal, VA

There's a new Wine Shop in town...
and it's going to the Dogs.

Over President's Day weekend, Munchkin and Pomeroy took a trip into town (Front Royal) and discovered a wonderful new wine shop on Main Street -- Vino e Formaggio.

Top dog at the store is Christian Failmezger, a wine enthusiast who is eager to spread the love of the grape. The shop features wines in the $10-$20 range to encourage new winedrinkers to experiment and find the wines that set their tails a waggin'. The Virginia Wine Dogs were pleased to find a strong selection of Virginia wines (for those times when visiting the winery just isn't practical).

Vino e Formaggio offers weekend wine tastings (beer on Sundays) as part of their education campaign. They are "always fun and always free."

Munchkin was back the next weekend (February 20-22) for the special Vino e Formaggio Dog Benefit for the Warren County Humane Society, the Service Dogs of Virginia, the Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation (dedicated to raising and training service dogs for assisting individuals with disabilities), and the San Francisco SPCA.

There was a special selection of dog-oriented wines, and on Saturday, local author, Hal Creel, was on hand to sign his book, Do Old Dogs Dream? Munchkin is not going to reveal her age, but listening to her contented sighs as she sleeps will give you a clue.

The book is a beautiful collection of photographs and poetry in loving tribute to Chester and other dogs of a certain age. And the author is donating all profits from the sale of this book to the rescue and care of old dogs.

For Munchkin, the top dog among the wines was the Liberty, a red blend from Ch√Ęteau Morrisette here in Virginia. Check out the winery's website at (gotta love it). Chateau Morrissette donates a portion of the proceeds from Liberty and its sister white, Independence to Service Dogs of Virginia and the Saint Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation. Dan, Virginia. If you can't get out to Floyd, you can pick up a bottle at Vino et Formaggio.

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