A Quick Trip to Oregon Wine Country

We are lucky to live within a half hour’s drive of Oregon wine country. Last Sunday, after a long week of business travel, we decided to head out to wine country to pick up our fall wine shipments from a couple of the wineries to whose wine clubs we belong.

Visiting Kramer Vineyards

Our first stop was at Kramer Vineyards. It was great to see the Kramer girls and the Kramer wine dogs. The harvest starts this week. I sure hope the weather holds out for them. It’s been a rainy, wet year, which isn’t good for wine makers.

If I remember right, these are Muller-Thurgau grapes just about ready for harvest.

Our next stop was at Elk Cove Vineyards just down the road from Kramer Vineyards. We’d never stopped there before. We didn’t have any wine to pick up here, but that didn’t stop us from doing a little tasting and taking some pictures. They make a great Pinot Noir that is available in most states.

Elk Cove Vineyards

They have a great deck that overlooks the vineyards, and it’s dog friendly.

I just loved these purple flowers. It was like a breath of spring in the middle of fall. I found out that they’re called Naked Ladies and they’re part of the crocus family. Their leaves come up in the spring like most crocuses, but they die back during the summer. Then, in the fall, these beautiful purple flowers emerge.

Naked Lady crocuses at Elk Cove Vineyard

As we made our way down Oregon 47 through Yamhill and Carlton, we stopped at another new place for us, Cana’s Feast Winery. I’ve always been intrigued by all of the outdoor seating. Turns out that this place is a bit different from many of the others in area. They get most of their grapes from Eastern Washington and most of the wines they produce are big, bold reds. We did some tasting while Kendall hung out in the car. There’s a restaurant there and the outdoor dining area is dog friendly.

Bold reds at the Cana's Feast Winery in Carlton, OR


Bocce courts at Cana's Feast Winery


Outdoor dining at Cana's Feast Winery

From there, we headed down to Sokol Blosser Winery. It was much more crowded there, but we were able to get a seat on the deck where we enjoyed a nice glass of pinot noir. We picked up our wine shipment and a few extra bottles and headed home.

As you can see from the pictures, fall hasn’t really arrived here in the Pacific Northwest. The leaves are just starting to turn color. We hope to get back out there in a couple of weeks for more fall wine pictures and to see some of the harvesting going on.



Dog Events for August 20-21

Better late than never.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day – Saturday, August 20th

Today is the Responsible Dog Ownership Day at the Beaverton Petco. I completely forgot this was happening until we went in today to pick up some dog and cat food and there were food reps throughout the store. I picked up our usual Natural Balance cat and dog food as well as lots of samples of other flavors of Natural Balance and even some dog treats. When I checked out I was given a gift back of dog treats, pamphlets, and a tennis ball.

Also happening today

Dove Lewis Multnomah Days Dog Wash – Saturday, August 20th

Held at the Lucky Lab Public House on Capitol Hwy in Multnomah Village, this dog wash (10 am – 2 pm) benefits Dove Lewis.

And tomorrow

Dog Days of Summer Happy Hour – Sunday, August 21st

This event is held at Farmington Gardens on Farmington Rd. west of Beaverton. It’s a fundraiser the Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals. (2 pm – 5 pm)

Jake’s Dog Days of Summer Dining Out Event – Sunday, August 21st

Have you always wanted to take your dog to a nice restaurant. Here’s your chance. At Jake’s Dog Days of Summer event you can dine with your dog at Jake’s Famous Crawfish on SW 12th in Portland. You need to make reservations. This is also a fundraiser for Dove Lewis. Check out the link for details.

Anyone know of anything I’ve missed?

Dog Events for 8/12 – 8/14

Here’s the rundown on dog-related events happening this weekend in the Portland area.

Tualatin Dog Park Grand Opening
Festivities celebrating the long-awaited and much-anticipated new fenced dog park. Bring your dog and join in the Grand Opening Festivities which takes place during the Crawfish Festival! Free collapsible water bowls will be given away at the Grand Opening and Zelda, the world-famous bulldog, and her owner and creator, Carol Gardner will help celebrate opening the Tualatin Dog Park. So prepare your pup for fun! The off-leash dog park is a place just over half an acre in size where dogs can run and frolic with other dogs in a contained area and their human companions can socialize and enjoy the beautiful park at the same time. There are separate small dog and large/active dog areas, so all dogs can have a comfortable place to play. The Tualatin Dog Park Grand Opening is scheduled during the Crawfish Festival so if you’re in the park already, make a point of coming to the pooch party! Crawfish Festival admission is not required to attend the Grand Opening. For more information, please call 503.691.3061.
Location: Tualatin Community Park (North of railroad trestle next to the sports field on the pathway to the Ki-a-Kuts Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge)
Time: 1:30pm
Image from the WCSO Facebook page

K-9 Trials set for this weekend

(reposted from the Oregonian) The seventh annual K-9 Trials will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Century High School in Hillsboro, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. Police dogs from different agencies across the Northwest will be competing in events that test their agility, speed and ability to search for and apprehend suspects.

This is also the weekend for the Providence Bridge Pedal and the Bite of Oregon. There’s no lack of things to do.

Also Happening this Week

Fore the Animals Golf Tournament
Tuesday, August 16th
This golf tournament, held at the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, is a fund raiser for the Oregon Humane Society. For more information, see their web site.
Dog Days of Summer @ The Gypsy
Thursday, August 18th
The Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge in NW Portland will be holding Dog Days of Summer events every Thursday throughout the summer. The event is a way for guests to bring their dogs down and hang out with other dogs while owners relax and eat dinner while watching their pooches.
Location: The Gypsy Restaurant and Lounge, NW 21st and Irving
Time: 4:00 – 9:00pm
Hope you have a great weekend, no matter what you decide to do.

Canines Uncorked – An Oregon Wine Event

Kendall and I are volunteers with the Oregon Humane Society as part of their AAI program (Animal Assisted Interactions). The following information is from the OHS web site. We’ll be there and hope to see you, too. I’ll be sure to get lots of pictures.

Canines Uncorked Wine Tour  – July 30
License to Taste at Seven Wineries!

The one-of-a-kind Canines Uncorked event on July 30 offers a day of complimentary wine tastings at seven dog-friendly Oregon wineries in the north Willamette valley for just $40. Best of all, 100% of proceeds benefit the animals at the Oregon Humane Society.

Your “License to Taste” Passport opens the door to great wines and special dog-related events, food and contests sprinkled among the seven participating wineries (see Google map for locations).

The passport also provides discounts on wines purchased through Aug. 30. Purchase License to Taste Passports online here.

What: Canine’s Uncorked Wine Tour of seven dog-friendly wineries that welcome you and your furry friends with food, contests and special activities.

When: Saturday, July 30, 2011; 11 am – 5 pm

Where: The wineries are in the North Willamette Valley region and include: Apolloni Vineyards, Helvetia Vineyards, Kramer Vineyards, Montinore Estate, Oak Knoll Winery, Plum Hill Vineyards and Tualatin Estate

Tickets: $40 provides you a Canines Uncorked “Licensed to Taste” Passport and Wine Tour Guide that can be presented for a complimentary tasting at each participating winery. The Passport all offers discounts on wine purchases through August 30 (all Passport proceeds go to OHS; $25 is tax deductible). The Passport provides information about each winery and the special events taking place as part of Canines Uncorked.

Activities by Winery:

Apolloni Vineyards Lickin’ Lau: Your pooch can indulge in a special ice cream sundae for dogs, cool off in a doggie pool, and and relax under a shady tree.

Helvetia Vineyards Grapes & Games: Release some energy at this picturesque location; enjoy fun interactive games for you and your dog.

Kramer Vineyards Taste & Train: Meet with an OHS behavior expert
who can help with problems like “My dog couldn’t come today because
he doesn’t like other dogs.”

Montinore Estate Pinot & Pampered Pooches: Get summer grooming tips and have your and your pet’s photo taken . Also see the latest doggie fashions. Picnic lunches available. Meet OHS dogs available for adoption.

Oak Knoll Winery Wine & Wellness: Learn about your and your pet’s health. Visit with animal therapists, experts on pet nutrition, veterinarians, and pet psychics.

Plum Hill Vineyards Kids & Canines: Stop by and see the wonderful dog items the Gaston Elementary School children are selling to raise money for their school. Also receive tips from animal behavior experts on introducing a new pet into a home with children and monitoring interactions between canines and children.

Tualatin Estate Paws & Paint: Create your own artwork with your dog or come view pieces from several local artists
Purchase Passports online here.

Canines Uncorked Passports can be also be purchased on July 30 at the following wineries:

Apolloni Vineyards

Helvetia Vineyards

Oak Knoll Winery

Plum Hill Vineyards

Dog-friendly Events in Portland this Weekend

The weekend is upon us, and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking for dog-friendly events to participate in with your favorite pup. I found a few things going on:

Saturday, June 11th – Yappy Days in Pacific City, O R

The Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Tillamook Animal Shelter, and United Paws are working together to present the 3rd Annual “Yappy Days” festival at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City on Saturday, June 11, 2011. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Tillamook Animal Shelter and United Paws of Tillamook. Bring the family & your pet to the beach and enjoy a day filled with a pet talent and fashion show, pet musical chairs, games, grooming demonstrations, pet photos, doggie wash and much more. Purchase raffle tickets for a fishing trip, surf package, doggie gift basket and other fun, interesting items. Registration is $20 per family, and there is no limit on the number of pets you bring with you.

Sunday, June 12th – DoveLewis Run for the Love of Dove in Portland

9a to 12p
Admission: : $40 with a race shirt or $30 without a race shirt

Benefiting: DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital

Lace up those running shoes and get prepared to pound the pavement in support of DoveLewis! The beloved Run for the Love of Dove returns this year as a timed 5K run/walk. Runners, both human and canine, at all experience levels are invited to join the fun. There will even be a 1/2K puppy run for the kids! Lucky Lab in Northwest Portland will serve as both the start and finish line. Post-race festivities include food, drink, entertainment and a silly pet tricks contest!

Sunday, June 12th – Milk Carton Boat Races, West Moreland

This event starts at 11 am at the casting pond in West Moreland. I’ve never had the chance to see this, but I’ve always wanted to go. You can’t participate with your pet, but it might be fun to bring him along.

What are you up to with your pup this weekend?

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