Pawsport Napa Valley: Fidos + Vinos

Invite your pup (or tell him you'll see him later) for a fundraising wine to-do in wine country.

IF YOU'VE EVER SIPPED A PINOT GRIS... while scratching your pomeranian's tummy, you know the relaxed pleasure of enjoying a wind-down glass of wine while enjoying the companionship of your best pal. Maybe this isn't an "if you've ever" kind of moment; maybe this is a Friday night in your home. A lot of people get that, and understand that there's a lot of crossover between canine affections and devotion to good eating and good libations. A person doesn't even need to visit too many wineries before coming across a vineyard or two where a dog rules the roost (the sort of retriever or lab who genially greets guests as they're walking up to the tasting room door). The chance, then, to show your commitment to all things doggy and to spend a day out getting to know the grapes of Napa Valley and what various winemakers are up to is, perhaps, like Friday night on your couch, only with a get-outdoors twist. Add a fund-raising twist to the equation, too, for Pawsport Napa Valley will support the...

NAPA HUMANE: What's to woof about here? From Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21 participating Napa wineries (and, yes, tasting rooms) will join in a passport-based happening that helps out the hounds and critters of the area. Merryvale Vineyards, Dutch Henry Winery, Clos Pegase Winery, and a number of other spots are all part of the pup party, a party that you're invited to bring your own pooch to, if you like (though if he isn't so social, that is not required). For passport prices, designated driver info, and more, wag your tail in this direction.

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