Northern Sonoma County is home to hundreds of wineries, not to mention some doggone breathtaking scenery. Three major appellations are represented by Wine Road, an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Fido’s tail will be wagging no matter which one you choose to nip into on your next wine-tasting weekend.
Suggestions for a yappy day:
• In the Alexander Valley, travel east from Healdsburg on Highway 128 or north on highway 101 to dozens of wineries. Two dog-friendly places to check out: Stryker Sonoma in Geyserville and Alexander Valley Vineyards just outside Healdsburg. Dogs aren’t allowed in the tasting rooms, but Fido will prefer the serene picnic areas anyway.
• In the Dry Creek Valley northwest of Healdsburg, Lambert Bridge is a DogTrekker favorite for its monthly “yappy hours” and anytime access to the tasting room.
• In the Russian River Valley south of Healdsburg, DeLoach welcomes dogs on the grounds and in the tasting room, and will even provide a picnic. The buildings at Rodney Strong are off limits to canines, but DogTrekkers and their furry pals are welcome to wander the expansive grounds, enjoy the lovely picnic area, and, of course, taste the wines.