Posted by: twodogtales | July 2, 2010

B.O.W. — wow!

Last Sunday Barrel Oak Winery threw a great GRREAT fundraiser!

About an hour’s drive from Washington, the winery welcomes leashed dogs throughout the property, including in the tasting room.

The winery's main entrance door

Barrel Oak's front door

The winery donated $6 of every $10 wine tasting to Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training, as well as 10 percent of all purchases from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The owners have two Golden Retrievers, named Barley and Justice. According to their website, they have donated 10 cents from every bottle of wine they have sold to GRREAT since opening in 2008.

Some of Barrel Oak's wines have dog-themed names

GRREAT President Louise Davidson and her Golden Ruby greeted the attendees, which, no surprise, were mostly Goldens and their owners.

Ruby makes a friend

The winery staff made sure there was plenty of fresh water both on the large outdoor patio and inside the tasting room, and even set up a “cooling tent” with a sprinkler to keep the dogs comfortable in the heat. Most people stayed in the tasting room and listened to live music by singer Lexie Hayden, but some were brave enough to sit outdoors.   

There's room for people and dogs at the tasting counter

Here’s a suggestion for a great day trip with your dog. Head out to Sky Meadows State Park for a hike (they have 12 miles of trails and it’s just about 10 minutes from Barrel Oak), then reward yourself with a wine tasting and lunch at Barrel Oak.

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