The adventures of wine-loving dogs Munchkin the Yorkie and Pomeroy the Pomeranian as they travel Virginia's wineries and vineyards.
Munchkin, the Original Virginia Wine Dog
The Virginia Wine Industry lost one of its most enthusiastic promoters on September 10, 2012. Munchkin -- the
irrepressible Yorkshire Terrier of Virginia Wine Dogs fame -- crossed the Rainbow Bridge to
tend heaven's vineyard. Read
Jeff White of Glen Manor Vineyards Receives Governor's Cup (read about the Wine Dogs' visit to Glen Manor)
It was an evening of celebration as the results of the 2012 Governor's Cup competition were announced. The night's big winners: Glen Manor (Guv Cup), 1st Lady Maureen McDonnell (Wine Person of the Year), Lake Anna's Ann Heidig (Lifetime Achievement), Del. Scott Garrett (Legislator of the Year) + 12 Gold Medal Wines for Governor's Cup Case.
Dr. Jeff Cooper (Cooper Vineyards) chaired the Governor's Cup Committee and served as the night's emcee.Virginia's Governor's Cup competition has been revamped and is now one of the most stringent and thorough wine competitions in the United States.
Lake Anna Winery Founder (and Spottsylvania County Supervisor) Ann Heidig received Gordon Murchie Lifetime Achievement Award for her many years of exceptional service to the Virginia Wine Industry.
First Lady Maureen McDonnell was recognized as the Virginia Wine Person of the Year. As First Lady, she has been a tireless promoter of Virginia Wine.
VA Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore reads the proclamation declaring March "Virginia Wine and Dine" Month (so successful it's expanded from a week... mirroring the success and expansion of the Virginia Wine industry).
Governor Bob McDonnell says one of the easiest parts of his job is promoting Virginia wines, which he has featured on international trade missions. "Just as Virginia wines have been gaining acclaim here and abroad, we have raised the bar on the competition," the Governor explained, including a requirement that all entries to be made 100% from Virginia-grown grapes.
More than 400 Virginia wines were entered into the competition. Governor McDonnell presented the Governor's Cup to Jeff White, owner and winemaker of Glen Manor Vineyards, for the 2009 Hodder Hill, a meritage blend which the Governor called "“a stunning representation of the best in Virginia wines."
Winemakers representing the 12 highest ranking wines in the competition out of 400 entries. These wines will be combined in the Governor's Cup Case and used to showcase the best of Virginia wine.
Rappahannock Cellars Huntley, Virginia There are wine clubs, and there are wine clubs, but the Wine Dogs have found few compare to the Win...
Little Prosecco joined the Virginia Wine Dogs in January, adding a bit of sparkling to the pack. She is still a pup – barely a year old – but the Yorkie girl is already sneaking a taste here and there under parental supervision – and taking to the vine like a pro.
Virginia Wine Dogs on TV (NBC 29)
Munchkin and Pomeroy ran into the Pup-arazzi and the evening news featured the Wine Dogs' visit to the King Family Vineyards.
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Wine Dog of the Year
Paws Up to Posh, voted Virginia Wine Lover Magazine 2012 Readers Choice for best Wine Dog. Dog star Posh (left) hangs out at Three Fox Vineyards and is featured on their Sirius wine label.
The fabulous Vino Vixen interviews Munchkin and Pomeroy. Check out the story in the September edition of Our Town magazine or click the image above. Wine Dogs reveal favs include "any winery where Robbie Limon is playing." Scheduled soon are Gadino Cellars, Phillip Carter Winery, and Rappahannock Cellars.
Wine Dogs Reporting for Duty
Major Munchkin and Private Pomeroy are the first to get their campaign journals stamped by Phillip Carter Strother. PC Winery is one of 10 wineries along the new Generals Wine & History Trial. Click on picture for more info.
Meet Munchkin, a ravishing red Yorkshire Terrier, and Pomeroy, a sparkling white Pomeranian. This petite pair of pups spend weekends touring Virginia wine country and are eager to share their experiences.