Peaks & Paws: Wineries Pour for Humane Society Benefit at Squaw Valley

Bob the Dog at door of
Uncorked in Squaw Valley
I like wine, but I really LOVE dogs.  So when the opportunity came to combine the two by attending the great charity event Peaks & Paws at Squaw Valley, I couldn’t resist.   Proceeds benefited the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, and I’m pretty sure I saw the soft touch of Kali Kaliope, owner of Uncorked wine shops, in encouraging the wineries that poured for the event.  Most of these wines are available at the various Uncorked wine shop locations in the Tahoe area, including Petra in Northstar.

Bob the Dog was pretty interested in making friends, so it was difficult to get to all the tasting stations. 
Dogwood Cellars
As befits the occasion, we started at Dogwood Cellars, tasting their 2007 Zinfandel, Mendocino.  The grapes for this wine were sourced from BRutacao Vineyards, and 700 cases only were produced.  Deep ripe berries rise up to greet the palate, and such exotic spices touch the wine too.  Taste of blackberry, boysenberry, dark cherry, sage and brown sugar make this a hearty and delightful wine.  15.4 per cent alcohol, $28/bottle. 

The star of the show, to my mind, was the Aglianico Campagnia 2010 Red Wine Terredora Di Paola.   This Italian red is an intense ruby red color, with flavor of black cherry, blackberry and plum, topped off with a nice spicy and toasty tone.  It is soft and elegant,  with a nice long mouthfeel of red fruit.  It has sufficient structure to age well, and is a very versatile food wine.   12.5 per cent alcohol,  $19/bottle.

Super Sonoman
Super Sonoman presented its 2007 Meritage red wine from Sonoma County.  This is a wine sourced from grapes grown at high altitudes on the west side of the Mayacamas range in Sonoma.   Good acidity characterizes this Meritage, which is a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec,  and it has a lot of structure.  It features an aroma of black raspberry, flowers and a hint of coffee or tobacco, with taste of black currant and licorice and a bit of smoke.   Sweet tannins and a velvety texture make it drinkable now, or it can age nicely.  14.5 per cent alcohol, $75/bottle.

Boeger'S Pinot Gris
Closer to home, the Boeger 2011 Pinot Gris red wine from their Pinot Grande vineyard in El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills,  has aromas of honey, peach and green apple. It is light and delicate on the palate with just a hint of spice.    14.1 per cent alcohol, $15/bottle.

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (  features adoptions every Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. in Truckee, or call to make an appointment at 530-587-5948.   Bob the Dog was a rescue; thank goodness for these organizations!   They deserve our support.

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