Adair Vineyards: New Paltz, NY

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The wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail just keep getting cooler!

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Adair Vineyards, located in New Paltz, New York,  is housed in a 200+ year old barn, once occupied by cows and horses.

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The winery has a stream running by with the Shawangunk Mountains in the background.

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The winery also supports several animal related charities including:

  • Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary: ¬†a no-kill animal rescue, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, This organization’s¬†mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education.
  • The Sato Project:¬†dedicated to rescuing abandoned & abused dogs¬†from Puerto Rico. They¬†have rescued and rehabilitated over 1,200 dogs, and are¬†working towards systemic change through education and partnerships on the Island.

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The tasting room and gift shop are located in the loft of the barn and the wine making area is below – and dogs are allowed inside!

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We decided to do a wine tasting here, as this winery had many interesting wines to choose from! unnamed (96)

The loft of the barn – the tasting room – was really neat!

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This winery was truly a unique experience!

GSP Rescue of NJ at Valenzano Winery, Shamong, NJ

Hooch and Cello volunteered for the GSP Rescue of NJ at Valenzano Winery‘s Wine Festival.

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Fellow GSP Rescue volunteers Jen and Grace made Hooch his very own personalized donation vest!

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EVERYone wanted to know if Hooch was available for adoption!

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Hooch was exhausted from all the attention!

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The wine was delicious , and Cello and Hooch were a big hit, recruiting several people to fill out applications for volunteering, and even adopting!

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Good work, All!

Natali Vineyards, Cape May Courthouse, NJ

Cello visited Natali Vineyards during our stay in Cape May.

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The winery was setting up for a festival when we were arriving.

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Even through they were getting ready for a big event later that day, everyone at the winery was helpful, friendly, and laid-back! The people here are super-friendly (very dog-friendly too!), and very knowledgeable about their wines and what foods to pair them with.  Natali offers a variety of wines Рsome really unique, such as strawberry, plum, cherry, peach, blueberry, cranberry, and banana wine!

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We learned a lot about their wines as we participated in their wine tasting, before enjoying a glass of wine on their outdoor patio with friends, Brandi and Stan.

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We would definitely recommend a visit to this winery if you are ever in the Cape May area!

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CHEERS!

Willow Creek Winery, Cape May, NJ

Willow Creek Winery is a 50 acre vineyard located in Cape May, NJ.  They offer a variety of wines, including red and white sangria.

The grounds are gorgeous!

 

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We enjoyed a glass of the sangria with friends, Brandi and Stan, out on the patio at Willow Creek.

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Light fare and tapas are offered here for purchasing and enjoying either in the tasting room, or out on the patio. ¬†An¬†outdoor bar at the patio is almost completed, where they plan to serve wine slushies… YUM!

Bellview Winery, Landisville, NJ

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We had the pleasure of discovering Bellview Winery in Landisville, NJ this weekend.

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Bellview Winery is located on a 100 yr old 150 acre Farm in Southern NJ.  This winery not only had delicious wines (wine tasting is only $5 for 8 selections of your choice), but they were extremely dog friendly.  Cello was allowed inside in the tasting room, and anywhere on the grounds.

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For the wine tasting, we chose the following wines: ¬†Chardonnay, Jersey Devil White, Pinot Grigio, Traminette, ¬†Nana’s White, Fiesta, Black Currant, and Cristallina.
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After completing our wine tasting, we enjoyed a glass of wine on the grounds of the winery.

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Cello hammed-it-up while playing with her ball on the grounds of the winery!

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This winery also offers a free Vintner’s Club¬† – a chance to earn rewards while enjoying Bellview’s wine!

 

We enjoyed the wine so much, we bought several bottles to bring home!

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Margarita visited here on July 23, 2016

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File Jul 25, 8 07 57 PMIf you are ever in the area, this winery is a must-do stop along your way! Be sure to check out the many events they host at the winery as well!

Cheers!

London Grille, Paris Wine Bar, Philadelphia, PA

Located in the historic Fairmount Neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA, London Grille  is a short walk from several museums, including The Franklin Institute and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.   This establishment has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Style, The Wall Street Journal, and US Airways Magazine.

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Although we did not try the well-known food¬†at London Grille,¬†we did enjoy a glass of wine from¬†Paris Wine Bar,¬†the “sister-establishment”¬†to London Grille. ¬†Six wines are offered here “on draught,” tapped from kegs that have ¬†been specifically¬†filled by the winemakers for Paris Wine Bar. ¬†The wine selections change frequently in order to showcase the best of Pennsylvania’s winemakers such as Allegro, Pinnacle Ridge, Galen Glenn, ¬†and Manatawny. ¬†The rotating selections always include 2 whites, three reds, and one dry rose.

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Cello enjoyed the attention she received from 2-legged and 4-legged passerby’s, and the Sauvignon Blanc we ordered was delicious.

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Veritas Vineyard, Afton, Va

Located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Verita’s Vineyard¬†offers a variety of delicious wines.¬†¬† The vineyard grounds are dog friendly, and the setting offers a gorgeous view of the mountains!

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The tasting room was really nice and had a cool display of wine corks over the bar:

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Rockbridge Vineyard, Raphine, Va

Rockbridge Vineyard sits on a hill at 2,000 ft in elevation in Raphine, Va.  The wine maker has worked in wineries in Germany, California, and Virginia, before buying the land to have his own vineyard. The tasting room is actually inside the barn!

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The wines here have won many medals including Best in Show in the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, Best in Show in Town Point Competition, and has also won the Virginia’s Governor’s Cup twice.

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We did the white wine tasting list – and each one was delicious.

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Cello is waiting patiently for an oyster cracker – or maybe her own glass of wine? ¬†She is the “legal” human-age of 21 now ūüėČ

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After the wine tasting, we enjoyed a glass of wine before heading out to our next adventure!

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This tasting room had a neat concept for the ceiling too…

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Barren Ridge Vineyards, Fishersville, VA

While camping in Staunton, Va, we visited Barren Ridge Vineyards right after we did some

“spelunking” at Natural Chimneys in Mt. Solon, Va. ¬†

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Barren Ridge Vineyards¬†is located in Fishersville, Va on a former apple orchard. ¬†The winery makes 14 different wines, many¬†of them award-winning. The tasting room is a converted 1890’s apple barn. ¬†The owners preserved the original structure of the barn, and it’s wooden beams. ¬†The ceiling in the tasting room is constructed of the original barn’s wood…it was really neat!

 

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We enjoyed doing their wine tasting, and being able to have Cello in the tasting room with us:

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Our friends Brandi and Stan, and their dog, Guinness, also enjoyed the wine tasting:

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After the tasting, we enjoyed a glass of wine overlooking the vineyard:

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