Bottles, saddles, and purrs
“The Galloping Grape combines my two greatest loves: horses and wines,” store owner Kimberly Pinello says. In fact, the shop is the only store in the country where you can purchase wine and beer along with your saddles and tack. “I love to do saddle fittings, because people bring their horses right here to the shop and I get to play with some horses and get a little dirty,” says Pinello. “And when it comes to wines, I love the challenge of matching a person’s taste to the perfect wine, and I’m good at it.”
Pinello’s gift is just one of the reasons why the Galloping Grape has been voted Best Place to Buy Wine every year since 2009. Visitors enjoy the locally-owned shop’s well-curated selections, all of which Pinello has personally tasted and approved, as well as the warm welcome from Pinello’s two assistants: rescue cats Chloe and Molly. “As soon as the doorbell rings Chloe runs to the front door to greet everyone, and when they leave, she walks them out,” Pinello laughs.
The Galloping Grape’s best sellers are its Virginia wines. “They’re moving tremendously compared to eleven years ago when I first opened the shop,” Pinello says with a smile. “I’m happy to see the Virginia wines doing well and moving off the shelf. And we offer free wine tastings every Friday and Saturday. We always match or beat every price in town, including the grocery stores’ prices.”
The Galloping Grape is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. It’s located at 143 East Shirley Avenue, across the street from the Warrenton Horse Show Grounds.