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What better excuse for a wine-tasting ramble than a fall weekend with the vineyards ablaze and your trusty companion by your side? No matter which part of the state you’re visiting, you’ll find lots of options among the more than 600 dog-friendly winery tasting rooms listed on DogTrekker.com and its companion mobile app. Here are some places to get started.
Tiny Tawny in Vacaville. Photo Credit: Brendon Connelly
Ready for some wine tasting? The verdant Suisun Valley, about 20 minutes from downtown Vacaville, is home to numerous wineries that welcome canine guests in their picnic areas. more »
Navarro Vineyards, Mendocino County. Photo Credit: @goldens_flutie_ferris
If your dog is like most, she doesn’t give a sniff about how “approachable” the wine you’re sipping might be. She cares about how approachable the winery’s visitor facility is to canine guests. And in Mendocino County and elsewhere on the North Coast, you can pull up to any of scores of tasting rooms and be assured of a warm welcome. more »
Grape Crusher, Napa Valley. Photo Credit: @crazyblondie021
The Napa Valley wine harvest is in full swing right now, but not for long. Come October, the vines will be blazing orange and high-season crowds will have dissipated. Go midweek if you can—and if time is short, consider staying at the Meritage Resort in the south end of the valley, just an hour from San Francisco or Sacramento. more »
Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters
Sonoma County is one of California’s largest and most diverse regions—and one that can seem very close or very far away, depending on your time, destination and inclinations. For a day trip or quick weekend escape from Sacramento or San Francisco, the town of Sonoma charms with its historic square (no dogs on the grass, please), intriguing shops, dog-friendly sidewalk cafes and close-in opportunities for wine tasting. more »
Wine dog in action. Photo Credit: SkyWideDesign (CC)
The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, known primarily for producing pinot noir and chardonnay, is one of the oldest in the state. Close to 100 wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled in nooks and crannies throughout Santa Cruz County, and dogs are welcome at many of them. DogTrekker.com has created a designated wine trail as you drive in on Highway 1 from the north. more »
Meet Gunner. Photo Credit: Emma K. Morris
Once, handsome Gunner had his own happy home and loving family. Then came the Napa earthquake, and he lost both. In foster care, this happy pit mix, now 5, has shown himself to be a real people-loving sweetie, who loves to play and wants to be by your side. Snuggles? Belly rubs? Look no further. more »