Kris, I and the greys went to our first Grapehound Wine Tour. Parker stayed with his grandpappy and Murphy. We started with 6 dogs in the car, but after dropping off Parker then Bunny and Gertie, we were just down to Stella, Stanley, and Jaime.
With the doggie dropoff detours, it took about 9 hours to get to Ithaca, NY. After registering, we grabbed a bite to eat at the Fine Line Bistro. The kids enjoyed the attention of passerby.By the time we got back to the hotel, the kids were ready to hit the sack.We started our tour halfway up the left side of Seneca Lake and worked our way halfway up the right side. There was a list of greyhound-friendly wineries, so we made sure to hit those. Our first stopoff was Pompous Ass Winery. They only did sweet wines which made us pucker up. The Finger Lakes region is known for sweet wines, but we were hoping for some good dry rieslings or reds.Lakewood Vineyards was our third winery, and the first to have good dry reds. We bought a six pack and plopped ourselves down at their picnic table for lunch. Wine, cheese, and summer sausage. All locally made.The view from Catharine Valley Winery is beautiful.The view from Bloomer Creek Vineyard is something I could get used to!Back at Grapehound Central, a black greyhound enjoys the Folk Jazz band.Stanley is so tired from visiting wineries all day, he barely has the energy for a sip of water.A shot of part of Grapehound Central. It was in a big field in the middle of nowhere.It was kinda warm and sticky outside, but the grass was nice and cool to lay in.Our first winery on day 2 was Damiani. A small family-owned operation that specialized in dry reds. They all seem to have nice views of the lake.To complement our lunch from the previous day, we had hot dogs and wine at Hazlitt winery. We drank out of our Grapehound stemless wine glasses.Jaime and Stella sporting their new wine collars. Jaime has wine glasses. Stella has wine bottles.Other greys also decided to enjoy the picnic area at Hazlitt Winery.At Standing Stone Winery, we found some babysitters while we did the wine tasting.The kids were already starting to poop out at this point.Kris: Yes, they really are this lazy.We came across a deer crossing. The kids were fast asleep and didn’t even flinch.By the end of day 2, Stella was tuckered out and plopped down on the chaise lounge.This was pretty much the scene for the entire trip back home. Two days of wine tasting, and the kids need another vacation.We had a great time. We managed to visit 16 wineries and a distillery. Not bad for two days. We plan on going again next year. Hope to see some of you on the wine trail.