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Monday, May 26, 2014

A Growing Virginia Wine Dog Tradition: Earth Day at Gadino Cellars

Gadino Cellars
Washington, VA

It was Earth Day 2009 when the Virginia Wine Dogs made their first visit to Gadino Cellars. After meeting Bill and Alita Gadino and tasting their wonderful wine, Munchkin and Pomeroy put down roots. The petite pups planted Petit Verdot vines on the last full row in front of the Gadino tasting room. 
Munchkin and Pomeroy plant Petit Verdot
(from the Wine Dogs archives - read more)
On Earth Day 2014, Pomeroy brought Ecco back to show off his vine (#32) - all grown up now and producing great fruit. In fact, the 2010 Petit Verdot won silver in the Governor's Cup competition last year. It is sold out, but the PV shines through in the 2011 Delfino Rosso (a meritage blend).

Once again, the Wine Dogs were warmly welcomed by Bill and Aleta Gadino, who were enjoying the recently released 2013 Pinot Grigio on the patio. This refreshing wine is certain to be a big hit this summer.

Bill spoke enthusiastically about his wines and plans. He is planting more grapes this year (fruit supply is a challenge across Virginia), but wants to keep Gadino small. He steered the Wine Dogs toward the 2011 Viognier, a silver medal winner in the 2014 Governor's Cup Competition. He did not mislead. Hungarian oak added depth and character to the signature Virginia grape. Pomeroy gave it two paws up. 

In the tasting room, they were also happily pouring a Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and the Gadino's celestial trio - Sunrise, Sunset, and Luminoso.

It's always a treat when the Wine Dogs get to enjoy the music of Robbie Limon, who performed framed by trellised vines to guests on the deck

 
...and in the vineyard.

A most successful Wine Dog visit, catching up with old friends and enjoying good wine...
and a new conquest for little Ecco at Gadino!

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