Dog Friendly Wineries in California

So where are the top dog friendly wineries in California? On a recent trip to Napa I found myself charmed by all of the friendly faces in the tasting rooms – not just staff and visitors, but the pets that seem to feel as at home in a winery than at a dog park. It turns out that many California wineries are pet-friendly, making a wine tasting trip with your furry pal a reality.
Dog Friendly California Wineries include MUMM Napa
A pup enjoys a shopping break at MUMM Napa. Credit: Jill Barth
This story, published in my column over at California Winery Advisor, includes tips for your pup when she/he visits wineries and five suggested spots to visit.
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Adegas Valmiñor, A Rias Baixas Winery

Adegas Valmiñor, a Rias Baixas Winery

Adegas Valmiñor is located in the southernmost region of  DO Rias Baixas. The winery was founded in 1997 by Carlos Gómez. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the wine bottle labels which emphasize the Celtic symbols of land, air, sun and rain. These four ancient symbols were unearthed from a mountain located near the winery. The winery is located in the DO sub-region of O Rosal, along the Miño River which borders Portugal. The vineyards are influenced by low altitude, high precipitation and mild temperatures as well as the Atlantic Ocean and the River Miño. The soil is known for its minerality Adegas Valmiñor Location A Portela s / n, San Juan de Tabagón.
36760, O Rosal – Pontevedra
GPS coordinates: 41º 55 ‘59.1’ ‘N, 8º 47’ 41.5 ” O Wine Tasting At a spring 2017 Rias Baixas wine tasting in Oxon Hill, Maryland ...

Mar de Frades: A Rias Baixas Winery

Winemaker Paula Fandiño

Mar de Frades is a winery located in the up and coming Rias Baixas wine region of northwest Spain. Mar de Frades, established in 2007, is located in the Salnés valley and close to the Arousa estuary. The winery features the Albariño grape variety. In addition to Albariño still wine, Mar de Frades is also producing a 100 percent Brut Nature made with 100 percent Albariño grapes. This is produced with the  classic Méthode. Mar de Frades location: Finca Valiñas, Lg Arosa 16, 36637
Meis, Pontevedra (Spain) In response to a series of questions, Winemaker Paula Fandiño kindly responded.
  1. What are your most enjoyable aspects of winemaking?
“What I like the most is that every day is different. It is a special process, global and unique every year, in which you work to get the best of each grape and translate it into a wine.”
  1. How ...

Introducing theCompass Craft Beverage Finder Mobile Application

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theCompass Winery, Brewery, Distillery Locator app has been re-branded the theCompass Craft Beverage Finder mobile application. The new name encapsulates the expanding craft beverage market from the major three industries (wine, beer, spirits) by including hard cider, mead, and sake.  This re-branding also includes a new website displaying the general functionality of the application. theCompass is available in AndroidiPhone, and now Amazon Fire tablets ($.99 on each). The re-branding effort in the iPhone will not be released until later this year as it incorporates the latest iOS upgrades.

theCompass includes information on craft beverage producers in the United States and Canada. These establishments can be mapped using a radius search of the device’s location or by the establishment name, city, or zipcode. Users can also browse establishments by state for the United States or by province for Canada. All results can be filtered by industry type ...

January 16th, National Fig Newton Day

Springhill Winery vineyards in Kentucky

Springhill Winery vineyards in Kentucky

Today is National Fig Newton Day. The Fig Newton cookie was first created and marketed in the early 1890s. The first cookies were filled with a fig jam. Today Nabisco has changed the name to Newtons and consumers have the choice of fig, strawberry or triple berry fillings. A few years ago we visited several wineries in Kentucky. One of our stops was at Springhill Winery, a boutique winery, in Bloomfield, KY. The owners are Eddie and Carolyn O’Daniel.
Springhill Plantation Bed & Breakfast

Springhill Plantation Bed & Breakfast

Next to the winery is a historic manor house, Springhill Plantation Bed & Breakfast.  The manor house has a tragic story about the Civil War which involved soldiers believing it was a safe house. To find out what happened visit Springhill Winery or read the Wine Trail Traveler article. One of the wines the winery offered during our visit was a Chardonnay which ...

More Thanksgiving Wines

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is behind us, but we bet we’re not the only ones still eating leftovers! So here are some more wines to pair with turkey, in addition to the ones we told you about before the holiday. Again, these are wines that were sent to us to sample over the holidays. Thank you to the wineries who shared their bounty! screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-5-23-05-pmJoseph Phelps Vineyard 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($55)
This is the 10th vintage of Pinot Noir sourced from two of the winery’s estate vineyards in Freestone, CA — 51% from the Quarter Moon Vineyard and 49% from the Pastorale Vineyard. The 2014 Pinot Noir is a powerful combination of fruity and savory, with earthy notes and flavors of black fruit and spices. Enjoy it now (with decanting) or over the next five years. From the winemaker: “The 2014 Pinot Noir showcases aromatic red fruit, fragrant violet and savory spices. Fresh and focused on ...

Esporão Wines at Washington, DC Event

Rosé wine from  Esporão winery in Portugal

Rosé wine from Esporão winery in Portugal

This week we traveled into Washington, DC to discover wines produced by winemaker David Baverstock at Esporão in Portugal. The wine and dinner event was held at the G Restaurant which is one of Mike Isabella’s many restaurants. Several Esporão wines were paired with a delightful four-course dinner. These special courses each had our separate dishes that offered a taste of what is to come at the soon to be opened Arroz restaurant by Mike Isabella.  Mike is a well-known chef who is opening a restaurant based on Portuguese and Spanish food styles at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Our evening at the G restaurant began with a 30-minute interview with David Baverstock, who is the head winemaker at Esporão. We discovered he is not only knowledgeable but friendly and easy to talk with. David also has an interest in crafting ...
Braised pork
Dessert Esposão wine