Frenchie Winery at Raymond Vineyards
Nickname: Frenchie… I know kind of boring, but true.
Sign: Aquarius—but in dog years, I’m not quite sure.
Like to hang: Pretty much anywhere I can get a belly rub and some handouts.
Favorite food: Not sure if I should say this—sounds like I’m a cannibal— but I really dig hot dogs.
Best quality: My eyes, my tail, my hair, my ears, my mouth, my swagger, my smile. There’s more, but I’ll keep my comments to a minimum.
Worst thing done lately? What happens at Frenchie Winery stays at Frenchie Winery.
Like to chew: Mostly processed meat items.
Drink from the toilet: Come on, I’m a dog. Duh!
Cats: I’ll take the Fifth.
Bed or the sofa: Both.
Anything else? I hate Halloween, but I love dressing up. Strange huh?
Oh, I occasionally like to chase my tail, even though I don’t have one.
Sign: Don’t know. I came from the pound.
Like to hang: Under the bushes outside the door so I can bite my mom’s feet as soon as she comes out. I like it when she wears Uggs. It’s like herding little sheep.
Favorite food: Three-day-old garbage, and nothing you can do will stop me.
Best quality: Loyalty.
Worst thing done lately: In the last five minutes? How about eating part of that fresh cow pie and then rolling in it?
Like to chew: Heels. I’m a blue heeler. Stupid question.
Drink from the toilet? There‘s nothing I haven’t done.
Cats: I love cats. Where there’s a cat there’s a dish of cat food.
Bed or sofa: Another stupid question. The bed of course. The sofa is for Duke, that ridiculous black Lab.
Nickname: Benjamin Yahoo.
Like to hang: The tasting room, or Swiss Hotel front patio.
Favorite food: Red meat.
Best quality: Lover Boy.
Worst thing done lately: Slept all day.
Like to chew: Pigs ears. Yum.
Drink from toilet: Never.
Cats: Love to chase them.
Bed or sofa: Black leather sofa at office and home. And by the way, dogs hang their heads out of car windows because people fart.
Sign: Not sure.
Like to hang: At the office.
Favorite food: Greenies.
Best Quality: Playing fetch.
Worst thing done lately: Ran away from home for a couple hours.
Like to chew: My stuffed animal collection.
Drink from the toilet: I would, but they keep the lid closed.
Cats: I love a good chase.
Bed or sofa: The bed, when I can get away with it.
Nickname: Ziggy the Love Dog.
Sign: Buy Wine Now.
Like to hang: The leather sofa in the Sojourn tasting salon.
Favorite food: Brian Flannery 24-oz, bone-in, rib-eye steak,
Best quality: What I was trained for—the ability to sniff out TCA
(the stuff that causes cork taint).
Worst thing done lately: Steal baby Julia’s toys and hide them.
Like to chew: Tennis balls.
Drink from the toilet: Do I look like I drink from the toilet? Nah! But
I once tried to use the toilet.
Cats: Cats are a love/hate thing. Best to be wary.
Bed or sofa: Sofa by day, bed by night (or whenever I’m home alone).
Like to hang: My dad’s bed.
Favorite food: Grandma’s leftovers, filet mignon.
Best quality: I’m super handsome.
Worst thing done lately: Growled at a bum.
Like to chew: Dried chicken strips.
Drink from the toilet: Nope.
Cats: Hate them. Really hate them.
Bed or sofa: My dad’s bed. I’m always the little spoon.
Nickname: Miles—Mileage. Merle—The Sheriff.
Sign: Miles—Gemini. Merle—Virgo.
Like to hang: Miles—Under any desk.
Merle—At the barn.
Favorite food: Miles—Greenies (doggie crack).
Best quality: Miles—Who says love is a weakness?
Worst thing done lately: Miles—Fell off the bed.
Merle—Departed this world.
Like to chew: Miles—Greenies!!!
Merle—A good idea.
Drink from the toilet? Miles—I’m a lady. No way.
Cats: Miles—I do my best to ignore them.
Merle—No comment, I plead the Fifth.
Bed or Sofa: Miles—The bed, of course.
Merle—The night watch never sleeps.
Like to hang: With the office gals.
Favorite food: Anything but kibble.
Best quality: Looking cute.
Worst thing: Barking too loud at school kids.
Like to chew: Rawhide bones.
Drink from the toilet: Look at me! Do I look like I drink from a toilet?
Cats: Love them. Best friend is the office cat.
Sofa or bed: BED!
Larson Family Winery
Sign: Aquarius. Love the water.
Like to hang: In the vineyards or the tasting room by the picnic tables.
Favorite food: Carne asada.
Best quality: Gentle and sweet.
Worst thing done lately: Get in the trash and make quite a mess…again.
Like to chew: Food.
Drink from the toilet: Never!
Cats: Love our cat Picasso. Like to mess with him.
Bed or sofa: Me, my littermate Pete, and Picasso prefer the bed.
Nickname(s): Pepperoni, Peppermint, “You’re Soo Cute.”
Sign: Fire hydrant.
Like to hang: Near the messiest eater picnicking by the lake.
Favorite food: Whatever you’re eating.
Best quality: Good physique, pretty eyes, being extra cute around food.
Worst thing done lately: This photoshoot and interview. The pooperazzi are following me. And I used to pull bungs from the pinot barrels.
Like to chew: Rocks, the bigger the better. Don’t waste the tennis balls.
Drink from the toilet: Never. No….not today, anyway.
Cats: Love to chase them. Hate it when they don’t run.
Bed or sofa: I’m not allowed in the bedroom. I like the sofa, I sleep with all four paws in the air.
Little family winery
Nickname: Roma Tomato.
Like to hang: In the tasting room. Tasters give me treats and rub my belly.
Favorite food: Everything.
Best quality: Very loyal, very good at eating leftovers.
Worst thing done lately: I ate grapes off the vine, but they were green. Yuck.
Like to chew: Any kind of treats.
Drink from the toilet: Never. But I love to drink out of the winery fountain.
Cats: Cats are my best friends!
Bed or sofa: My roommate, Sonny, and I each have a room in the doggie duplex.
From the 2012 Fall issue of SONOMA