Wine and greyhounds are two things in life that make me infinitely happy, so I was pretty excited that we finally got to attend Grapehounds this year. It was a beautiful weekend to check out Virginia wineries and it was even more fun since we got to bring Gravy with us while supporting greyhound rescue.
Six wineries in the Leesburg area were participating in the event, and Larry, Gravy, and I were able to taste wines at four of them: Lost Creek, Hidden Brook, Willowcroft, and Quattro Goombas.
I learned that it is darn near impossible to take a decent photo when you have a leash in one hand and a wine glass in the other. It is even harder if you are also toting some wine bottle purchases, and maybe a couple of fried catfish sandwiches and an order of hush puppies. Once the wines from the tastings hit your bloodstream, camera operation becomes even more challenging...
And those are my excuses for the sub-par quality of the day's photos...
(Notice the sweet little girl pup who squeezed in between my two boys for some lovin'. That's my favorite place to be, too!)
It was so fun to see the tasting rooms full of greyhounds. I think greyhounds are the only breed where you could have a room full of dogs co-existing so peacefully. A lot of greyhounds are leaners, and I loved sipping my wine and looking down to find several greyhounds leaning up against me!
Also, if you look closely, you might notice a couple of funny-looking greyhounds...
"Hey, who let the short guy in here?"
Gravy was happy to have some one-on-one time with us without his pesky little brother tagging along. He was definitely not shy about making himself comfortable wherever we went. While we sampled the wines, he sampled the floors and had a mid-afternoon snooze on the floor of each tasting room:
He also got to sniff some butts. The finer things in life for both dogs and peeps: butts for the canines, vino for the humans!
"Driver, take me to the next winery! And if you don't mind, please keep it quiet until we reach our destination - I need to catch a little shut eye..."
After a great day, we made it home with ten bottles of wine and one tired puppy. The three of us had a fantastic time, and since we learned that many of the wineries are dog-friendly all the time, we're looking forward to spending summer weekends sipping wine in the mountains with friends and pups. Who's in?