When people talk about the “dog days of summer,” we like to think that they are referring to Canines Uncorked, the annual event of northern Willamette Valley wineries welcoming pups and their owners for a day of tail-wagging fun. The dog-friendly vibe doesn’t stop there either; be sure to book a room at one of the Tualatin Valley’s dog-friendly hotels.
Happening August 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Canines Uncorked is sponsored by the North Willamette Vintners and Unleashed by Petco, benefiting the Oregon Humane Society. A $40 ticket provides a “License to Taste” passport for tastings and dog activities at each participating winery. Bonus: the passport is good through the month of August, so you can still enjoy tastings at each participating winery for weeks—that’s a great deal!
If you don’t have a dog yet, but possess a bad case of dog fever, then Canines Uncorked is a perfect cure, too, with lots of pooches for petting…and adopting if you happen to fall in love (and how could you not?). A few years ago, David Hill Vineyard & Winery’s tasting room manager, Michele Carpenter, found herself going from working the Canines Uncorked event to finding a new canine family member. Guests at her tasting room kept talking about an adorable rat terrier mix up for adoption at Apolloni Vineyards. Well, one thing led to another and Michele and her husband were taking the little rascal, named Memphis, home the next day.
Each wine destination offers not only a leisurely wine tasting, but also a unique doggy-and-me activity, ranging from massages to photo-ops. This year, David Hill Vineyards will be going with a “Lickin’ Luau” theme that is complete with Hawaiian decorations and ice cream treats for four-legged friends.
Start planning your dog-and-me getaway! Here is a list of wineries participating in Canines Uncorked:
A Blooming Hill Vineyard
Ardiri Winery and Vineyard
David Hill Vineyard and Winery
Elk Cove Vineyards
Oak Knoll Winery
Plum Hill Vineyards
Willamette Valley Vineyards at Tualatin Estate
Looking forward to saying hello—and woof!—soon. Buy advance tickets to Canines Uncorked.