Friday, April 25, 2014

V is for Vineyards and Greyhounds

What do vineyards and greyhounds have in common? 

Every summer, select Virginia Vineyards open their doors to the gentle and mannerly greys for Grapehounds—a wonderful pairing for those who love greyhounds and wine. This year the event takes place May 9-11 with the Friday night festivities beginning at Northgate Vineyards near Purcellville, Va.

Last year was my first year attending this event, and I was amazed how we were ushered straight inside the winery with dogs in tow, where we set up dog beds just under our high-top table and enjoyed high quality wine while eating catered barbeque. We met greyhound owners traveling from New York, New Jersey, and North Carolina, and on that Saturday, we met vendors who had traveled even further.

Every year, six vineyards participate and the cost of admission covers entrance and free tastings at all the wineries. A percentage of the cost benefits the greyhound rescue of your choice.  On Saturday and Sunday, the grounds of Quattro Goombas Winery in Purcellville will be filled with vendors selling all sorts of greyhound paraphernalia and food.

Even if you don’t own a greyhound (and if you don’t—why not?), you can still come out and enjoy the day (or days) of dogs, food, and wine. Cheers!

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