When we opened the store, we could have applied for a food license-in addition to our liquor license-that would allow us to sell snacks like chips and candy. We didn't do that, because we chose to welcome dogs instead. Over the years, a few people have been annoyed over the lack of snacks, but countless customers have loved the opportunity to shop with their furry friends (or pet somebody else's). Seriously-given a choice between a Milky Way and a puppy, you'd pick the puppy, right? So would we. Which explains why our Valentine's plans include your four-legged friend*.
Valentine's Day originated as a celebration honoring one or two-historians are divided on this-early Christian saints named Valentine. One of these, Saint Valentine of Rome, was martyred in 269 AD for performing weddings for Roman soldiers (who were officially forbidden to marry). In 496, Pope Gelasius I designated the day of his death, Feb 14, as St Valentine's Day, but the day did not become associated with romantic love until Geoffrey Chaucer's poem Parliament of Fowls (~14th century). In 18th century England, it became fashionable for couples to exchange hand-made 'valentines'. More recently, mass-produced cards became the norm, along with chocolate, flowers, and other gifts.
We happen to think that a great bottle of wine (beer, whiskey, etc) is an excellent way to show your two-legged Valentine how much he or she is appreciated. Specifically, we'd recommend a delicious Pinot Noir. Because what's sexier than silky, voluptuous, decadent Pinot? But that still leaves the four-legged Valentines...
So load Fido up and come to Puppies & Pinot this Thursday. From 6-8 PM, we'll pour samples of delicious Pinot Noir and hand out some tasty dog treats. Your mission-should you choose to accept-is to try those delicious Pinot Noirs while petting cute dogs. If you find something perfect for your human Valentine, we're donating a percentage of all sales to Forever Home Rescue, to help them rescue homeless and neglected dogs.
Puppies & Pinot & Dog Rescue-that's a Win/Win/Win in my book!
*well-behaved and leashed
The wine world also has blockbusters, wines so famous that even non-wine drinkers are on a first-name basis. Many of them are wonderful. But when I think of the wines that I truly love- the wines that manage to touch your soul- they're usually the wine equivalent of an indie movie: wines made by someone unafraid to risk coloring outside the lines.[ ... ]