Canines Uncorked 2012 – A Benefit for the Oregon Humane Society

Tomorrow, three of my favorite things come together for one event: dogs, wine, and the Oregon Humane Society. This event, held on Saturday, July 28th 11 am – 4 pm, takes place at 11 dog-friendly wineries in the North Willamette Valley region. A special passport gets you complimentary wine tasting and dog-centric events at the participating wineries. Better yet, all of the proceeds from the $40 passports go to support the Oregon Humane Society.

For more information, visit the Oregon Humane Society’s web site. There’s a map and a list of participating wineries. We hope to see you there.


When it snows to the valley floor in the Portland area, it’s a big deal. It doesn’t happen that often, and when it does it pretty much shuts things down. We don’t have the snowplows or the deicing equipment to handle anything. Usually, if we want to see snow, we head up to the Cascades and Mt. Hood or Mount Bachelor. Yesterday was one of those days where they had the special news crews doing special reports about the snow. You’d have thought we were expecting a blizzard, but no. We had some snow showers.

It was beautiful as it fell, but it didn’t stick to the roads. Our friends at Apolloni Vineyards posted some beautiful pictures that they’ve given me permission to share with my readers.

Snow in the vineyard


A beautiful view

We first discovered Apolloni Vineyards when we spent the day in Oregon wine country doing the Canines Uncorked tour. Then, not an hour after I got an email with permission to post the pictures, we walked into one of our favorite restaurants, Decarli, and what’s on the wine board – Apolloni Vineyard’s Conti di Yal Seriana Soleggio. I had to have a glass. According to their web site, “the Soleggio, which means sunshine in Italian, represents the sunshine-ripened grapes, which make up this Super Tuscan style wine. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon provide structure and brightness as Merlot adds balance. This wine opens with a burst of figs and bright cherry while the structured tannins tie the black pepper, toast and coffee notes into a lasting finish. Enjoy this wine with flavorful dishes, including cheeses and roasted meats.” Enjoy it, I did! It was the perfect ending to a beautiful day in Oregon.

A wonderful evening at Kramer Vineyards

Last night I was invited to spend an evening at Kramer Vineyards in Gaston with food and wine bloggers and members of the Kramer family. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for an evening in Oregon wine country.

All set for a wonderful evening
Sunset put a golden hue on everything

The sun cast a golden glow over the vineyards as we shared appetizers and tasted wines from the Kramer’s collection as well as other notable wines that some of the guest brought with them. I had the opportunity to sample some very good wines while learning a lot at the same time.

A perfect spot for an outdoor event
Great wine and good company

Guests were asked to bring something to share. Food bloggers brought food and wine bloggers brought wine. although I think some people brought both. Not being a food or a wine blogger, I decided to bring figs with goat cheese drizzled with peppered honey. It’s something that can be made entirely with local Oregon ingredients, and it travels well.

Anna and Justin - Anna blogs over at Banana Wonder
Discussing wines - Lisa Shara Hall, Kim Kramer, and Christopher

In addition to the figs, I also made frozen yogurt, blueberry, and peanut butter treats for the Kramer wine dogs.

Brody - One of the Kramer Vineyards wine dogs

Cosmo – One of the Kramer Vineyards wine dogs
Missy - another of the Kramer Vineyards wine dogs

Becky cooked some wonderful steaks on the grill. All of the food was awesome as were the great wines and the award-winning beer we sampled. Thanks for a perfect evening in Oregon wine country.

Barbecuing some awesome steaks

As promised, here is the link to the tomato jam.

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