Concannon Winery dogs
With 40-plus wineries tucked into a landscape of rolling hills and sun-dappled valleys, the Livermore Valley Wine Country shares a landscape very similar to the more famous valley with a name beginning with the letter “N.” The region’s boutique labels are produced in small lots and not widely known, which makes it all the more fun to go exploring. One of our favorite places to visit with Fido along is Garre Winery and Cafe, whose Italian roots are reflected in the restaurant’s Mediterranean lunch menu and the bocce courts just outside. Take a seat on the expansive patio (dogs welcome, of course) and ask the server to pair your dishes with wines made from grapes grown right outside the door. If this isn’t California wine heaven, we don’t know what is.
Want more? Concannon is a big name in Tri-Valley Wine Country, but DogTrekkers here are greeted with hospitality, not swagger. The home of America’s first Irish vintner has lovely picnic grounds where you’re welcome to set up shop with your dog. The Underdog Wine Bar next door serves small plates and more than 50 wines by the glass. Load up and retreat to an outdoor table to enjoy a memorable repast.
Three more dog-friendly vino spots to put on your list: El Sol, where Fido can join you on the patio; Fenestra, where you and yours can sip and nibble in a lovely picnic area; and Las Positas, where the picnic area boasts stellar vineyard views.
To discover more dog-friendly wineries in the Tri-Valley region, go to DogTrekker.com and enter “Tri-Valley wineries” in the search field.