We’ve had a very generous response from local vineyards to our Homes with Woofs event and we will be offering three separate wine tours and tastings in our live auction!
The first is courtesy of the indefatigable Louis Gaal and Claire Faguy, who I met years ago when they hosted a wine-tasting for me at my first book launch, just after they opened Blue Gypsy Wines. Since then, we’ve become friends, and their winery, located in Oxford Mills, has continued to excel at producing gorgeous dessert wines.
The winery is situated on 62 acres of fertile, pesticide-free farmland, formerly part of an 1800s apple orchard. They are currently planting a wide variety of fruits so that Blue Gypsy Wines will be able to grow most of the fruit it uses–making it a truly local fruit wine product, and not only local and delicious, but pesticide and sulfite free wines!
For this year’s event, they have donated a wine-tasting for six PLUS souvenir glasses PLUS two bottles of their wonderful cranberry wine also available at LCBO (link here)!
The second wine tour and tasting comes from Three Dog Winery, which was our featured wine at our 2014 event and one of my personal favourites. This year, they have donated a tour and wine-tasting for six people.
Stroll the vineyards of ThreeDog Winery, glass in hand. Enjoy a specially prepared meat and cheese platter as you sit on the beautiful patio.
Can you think of a better way to spend a day in the County? (Note: we’ve included a bottle of their Doghouse Red label in our “Woof if you like pasta” signature gift basket, which will be up for grabs in our silent auction.)
Our third generous donation comes from Smokie Ridge Vineyard where you can enjoy a tour and wine-tasting for ten this summer or fall!
A short drive from Ottawa, located in Mountain, Ontario, Smokie Ridge Vineyard is a local family owned and operated winery specializing in northern varietal grapes including Frontenac, Sabrevois, Louise Swenson, St. Pepin and Marquette. (Must be redeemed by December 31st.)
Check out the Smokie Ridge website for news of upcoming events, which include horseshoe tournaments and paint nights! Future plans include adding a stable!
Again, thanks to all these generous donors — be sure to come out and bid for one of these fabulous packages!