May 2017
Let us hope that May will be a normal month, as we had weather from all seasons in April.  Thank heavens, the rain stayed away for the Warrenton Garden Club tour, which was a big success.
First Friday celebration on Main Street is scheduled for Friday, May 5th, weather permitting.  If all goes well, we will have a wine tasting in the shop from 5 to 8 but if the weather is terrible, we will close earlier.  Main Street will be closed to traffic starting at about 4 PM, so please pick up your fish early.
There is a lot going on this month, Gold Cup, Mother’s Day, Warrenton Spring Festival, graduations, etc.  We usually close early on the day of the Spring Festival as many of our customers are unable to park anywhere near town.  Please remember that we sell Gold Cup tickets, which is especially useful on the day of the races as you cannot purchase them at the gate.   
Just arrived: metal stakes that hold your wine glass and one for your wine bottle.  These are great for picnics, the races or anywhere that you need a place to put your glass when you are sitting down, especially on the ground.  Try them in a flowerpot on the deck or patio.
May is going to be a very tough month for me as Bibi, Anne and Robbie will be away at various times but I hope to offer fish as often as possible. Stay tuned…………………
There is a wide range of items for Mother’s Day: gardening tools, bath and body care items, wines, chocolates, kitchen linens, insulated glass for her favorite wine or drink, and much more.  The CultiMate, a great new gardening tool, the coconut broom, “Foxgloves” (a gardening glove), and the HoriHori tool are among gifts for the gardener.  Don’t forget wines, especially the Ruby Red rosé in still and sparkling versions.
Bridal Registry
Emily Ashwell/Tray Allen
Marsha Hermes/Shaun Brinkley
Susan Tulu/Daniel Bounds
Lily Strange/Jonathan Ritchie
The new pesto and oils from Italy are selling well and receive rave reviews.  The Lemon and garlic infused olive oils are especially good with fish and roasted chicken.  We just received a large order from Stonewall Kitchen and made sure we got several cases of the spicy corn relish, which makes the most incredible dip or side dish.  They have introduced a new organic spicy corn/tomato relish.  Believe it or not, Stonewall Kitchen is now sold in Harrods and also in Italy.  Their entire line is delicious.  We decided to bring back their Roasted Corn Grits which they renamed Roasted Corn Polenta (a big mistake we think) and the sales dropped as no one realized that it was the same item.  The risottos are great and so are their many dessert sauces, jams and jellies, savory jams, mustards and dipping mustards, chutneys, pancake mixes and more.
There are many new wines to choose from, with the 2016 rosés trickling in.  The grapefruit wine that we sold so much of last year is now available in a sparkling version and we sold several cases over the Easter holiday.  Every time we offer tastings of this wine we sell cases of it.  Prosecco is still a huge favorite among the sparkling selection, but we do have great Cavas and French sparkling wines.  The Thibaut Janisson from Virginia is right up there with “real” Champagne.  There are lots of wine choices for Gold Cup, but Picpoul is still a huge seller for picnics.  Please remember that it is also available in the 3 liter box.  In the May 3 Washington Post wine column, Dave McIntyre has written great reviews for the Picpoul (known to us as the “Hugues” wine), and the Ch. Montaud, the wonderful rosé that is now available in the box version.  Our wine section is stacked high, with lots of great new choices. 
Jon and Al Henry’s fruit stand is open again and they are featuring plants and hanging baskets.  They hope to have rhubarb soon, but a bakery usually takes most of it.  We cannot wait for the stand to be in full swing, but remember that they have fresh eggs throughout the year.  Anne bought some tasty heirloom tomatoes this week. 
The mugs, trays and napkins with the Vicki Sawyer whimsical birds and animals in hats will soon be joined by a line of stationery.  We are hoping that the shipment arrives before the weekend.
Annette and the gang