Moose, a giant Bernese mountain dog, helps patrol the vineyards at Bedell Cellars. He's one of many vineyard dogs featured in a new book.
When Moose isn't patrolling the vineyards from the back of a red pickup truck, it's likely the giant Bernese mountain dog is greeting visitors in the tasting room at Bedell Cellars.
The sprawling Long Island winery is the daytime home to nearly a dozen of its employee's dogs, including Ripple, Willow and Jefferson, a Katrina rescue, who spend their days chasing deer and running through herb gardens.
"They have a blast here," said Amy Finno, head of marketing for the pet-friendly winery, which also welcomes canine visitors and holds dog-friendly wine-tasting events that benefit local animal shelters.
Dogs and winemakers make the perfect companions at many New York vineyards.
After all, dogs love farms and winemakers love dogs, and the state is dotted with wonderful grape vineyards that produce quality Cabernet and Merlot, among other wines.
"Few things are better than a glass of wine in your hand and a dog at your feet," said Sharon Rubin Levine, of the dog-friendly Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, in Calverton, L.I.
Her fitting quote graces the back cover of the book, "Winery Dogs of New York" (Winery Dogs Publishing), a collection of photos and essays featuring the resident hounds at wineries on Long Island, the Hudson Valley and the Finger Lake regions. The publisher's website also features a map of wineries throughout the state at www.winerydogs.com.
Photographers Andrea Jacoby and Marjorie Adams visited 70 wineries, including 21 on Long Island, where they captured the essence of the winery dogs - from dachshunds to Labradors - at work and play.
"It was heartwarming to hear their stories," said Adams, who splits her time between Cutchogue, L.I., and Manhattan.
Many of the dogs are rescues that are now enjoying a second leash on life.
Fred, an Irish setter/border collie mix who runs unfettered at the Red Tail Ridge Winery in the Finger Lakes, was found inside a cardboard box left in an alley way.
And Julia, a beagle at the Croteaux Vineyards on Long Island, found her paradise after she was abandoned to a local shelter when hunting season ended.
Canines aren't the only animals found at wineries. Cats rule at the Knapp Winery and Vineyard Restaurant, in upstate Romulus, said operations manager Belinda Venuti.
The vineyard's 'Kat Knapp' line of wines are named for resident felines Superstition and Curiosity, whose photos grace their labels. Sadie, the newest winery cat who was a stray in the vineyard, greets guests in the tasting room. Guests can also get up close and personal with the menagerie of peacocks, birds, chickens and ducks that also call the vineyard home.
Dog-friendly wine tasting events also abound, (but remember that grapes are toxic to dogs and they should never drink alcohol!)
Eli the Chihuahua hosted his own day of fun last year at the Martha Clara Vineyards, in Riverhead, which raised money for the Animal Haven shelter, said the Celebupup's owner Karen Biehl.
Last weekend, gaggles of waggy-tailed canines turned out for the Dog Day Afternoon event held at Astor Wines in Manhattan. While the canines sniffed the aisles for treats and sat for portraits, their owners sipped Bulldog wine and munched on vegan pigs in the blanket.
For a list of dog-friendly wineries check out www.dogfriendly.com.
The Hudson is measured north from Hudson River Mile 0 at the Battery at the southern tip of Manhattan. The George Washington Bridge is at HRM 12, the Tappan Zee 28, Bear Mountain 47, Beacon-Newburgh 62, Mid-Hudson 75, Kingston-Rhinecliff 95, Rip Van Winkle 114, and the Federal Dam at Troy, the head of tidewater, at 153. Entries from points east and west in the watershed reference the corresponding river mile on the mainstem.