Saturday, March 1, 2008

Wolf Mountain Vineyards

Woooo!!! Thank woo all for your posts about my secret trip!!! I just got home, uploaded my photos, and am ready to share with you all about my special trip.

But first, I want to tell you how our trip came to light. This all started last weekend when Mom and Dad went and bought a bottle of wine called Instinct made by Wolf Mountain Vineyards. Mom looked more closely and realized that it was made here in Georgia in a town called Dahlonega (about 2.5 hours north of where we live). While she was on their website, she came across a news release about their beloved Cree passing away. Well, Cree, was a Siberian Husky! We were very sorry to hear of their mascot passing. They said on their site, "She spent many years greeting guests and steeling their hearts with her sweet smile and unforgettable blue eyes." Isn't that so sweet!!! Anyroo, mom emailed them to see if I could accompany them on a trip to their vineyards. Mom talked to this very nice lady (Lindsay) and she assured us that I was more than welcome to come on a visit and they even had outdoor seating in their cafe for me to dine! How cool! So, this was the photo that got all of the excitement started!!!


So without further ado.... Hello, My name is Sitka and I will be your tour guide today to Wolf Mountain Vineyards....

So, in order to get there, we had to pass through the big ATL (Atlanta). Here it is coming up.....

Once we were through downtown ATL, we came upon the King and Queen! These buildings are really cool at night all light up. Dad says they are called the King and Queen because they look like the King and Queen in the game of Chess!

Ahhh.... look upon the horizon... those are mountains that we are coming up on. Aren't they pretty????

Finally!!! We have arrived at Wolf Mountain Vineyards! It is about darn time. I have been in the car for far too long attempting to chase and woo at every person who passed our car on a motorcycle!

Now, I think this photo is very cool! As soon as we went through the entrance to the Vineyard, we had to climb this steep hill! I was sure glad that I did not have to pull the car up the hill! That would have required a LARGE team of Siberian Huskies!!! Once we arrived and parked, Dad went in to get the lay of the land. Mom found this old car with this display of used wine bottles!!!!

Dad was told that I could go anywhere on the property that I wished! Holy Huskies. How neat is that??? So, as Lindsay escorted us to our dining table out on the beautiful deck (that was recently built), I found something interesting.... Could that be a wolf? Oh no, just a statue!

Mom and Dad placed their food order. Shall we take a look at what mom ordered??? She had the Croque Madame. It was Smoked Turkey, Boursin Cheese & Herb Aoli grilled panini-style with Cibatta Bread and served with Oven Roasted Rosemary Potatoes. That made my mouth water. Oh, I almost forgot, Lindsay brought my my OWN personal bowl of water to go with the bites of Turkey that mom passed to me! How sweet!

And there was dessert! It consisted of Key Lime Cakes, Raspberry Cheesecake, and Chocolate Covered Strawberries! Mom said it was heavenly! Oh, Don't worry! I did sample the Key Lime Cake! I can 100% say you HAVE to try them!

I was extremely patient while they ate lunch AND did a wine tasting at the bar! I have to say, and don't want to brag, but there were several people who oooed and ahhhed over me. I received several rubs and kisses! Then, there was a lady who came all the way from the other side of the bar just to see me and tell me she had TWO at home! Umm... why didn't she bring them???? But Mom and Dad were both very proud of me for being such a good girl! I did attempt SEVERAL times to go behind the bar. For some reason, I was not receiving a tasting of these wines!

Now... on with the tour. Dad spotted this first! It is a wolf weather vane! I know that Holly Bolly Bannananana Boo's mom would LOVE to have this! I am sorry to report that I was not able to scale the owner's home to retrieve it for her. Sorry!

Did you know that you can get married there? Mom had a nice lady ask her if her and dad were getting married there! She told her no, that they were already married. Anyroo, I am standing right beside where someone would be married. It overlooks the side of the mountain and the vines.... Here, allow me to show you....

Here I am goofing off a bit....

Here I am showing you some of the vines that you can see from the Pavilion.

Shall we take a closer look???? I can't wait to return when they wake up (Mom said they are still sleeping and that is why there are no grapes on the vines!!!).

Ahhhh, this is the home of the owner (where the Wolf Weather Vane was). They have a view of the vines as well.

Ahhh, this is where the wine is made! The upper level was the tasting room and the Cafe! The downstairs is where they made the AGJ (adult grape juice - for those of you who don't know what that means).Just look at that view!!! Oh, see the lower level? Well, we talked with the son (Brannon) and he was cleaning out the big barrels that hold the wine. He told mom and dad that he had three Siberians at home and just talked of what a wonderful breed that they are.

Here I am standing before the beautiful waterfall that is under the deck of the Cafe! Isn't it just beautiful???
Well, that concludes the tour of the property! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my trip... but wait, there is more. Heading home, we saw this beautiful creek. So, mom asked dad to stop for a photo...


WHOA! What is this? It is hard to say for sure, since Dad can not get a clear view of it's tail, but it is either a groundhog OR a beaver! How furry cool!

So, for the continuation of the drive home, I could be seen doing this.....

Once we arrived home, we were thoroughly inspected by Tia. She asked me where we had been all day. She thought I may have been at the vets office like she was a month ago.. but then she discovered something on the hearth of the fireplace...

And I had to re-inspect the purchases from today!

In closing, let me say that if you are anywhere within driving distance, you should go check out Wolf Mountain Vineyards. It is certainly worth the trip and is very beautiful! I can say that our experience there was delightful! Everyone was so nice and gave me plenty of head rubbies and kisses! So, that is a bonus in my book! Mom said that we will definitely go for a visit again (soon!). Mom also asked me to add that their wines are very wonderful! I would not know since no one ever gave me a taste!

Hope you enjoyed hearing about our trip today :) Hugs and Woos, Sitka

P.S. Please don't think my mom is a lush! They only bought 4 bottles. Plus, there is no where here where they can get this wine, with the exception of the bottle of Instinct that we can get in our town!

38 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Ha roo roo ROOOOO!

I'm glad woo all had a great time!!

My mom used to take some of her other Sibe girls to the winery she liked around here - Allegro - I believe your mom and Hbbbbbbbb's mom have been known to have some of THAT!

Great photography AND tourguide dogwomanship!

Sleep well BFF!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

PeeEss: Did I say I knew where woo were going ;-)

AND WOW - my sekhret word to type was ivrhbb (not khwuite enough bbbbbbb's)

Turbo the Sibe said...

I'm glad woo had a great time!

Thor said...

What a beewootiful place you went to, Sitka! Wish I was there too! When we read your blog, the little biped was here, and mama told her your name. Wouldn't you know, she said it perfectly! Mama is very proud, and thought you should know that your name is the first one she ever pronounced correctly! She can't even say MY name right yet!

Woos,
Thor

Holly said...

Oh my dog!!! I LOVE that wine bottle! That would look sooooo pawsome on my mom's shelf! You know what a wolf freak she is!!

What a beautiful place! And how cool that they let you come along too! I think your mom will probably make more trips there now that she found such a cool place, and it's not too far away!

Holly

Sophie Brador said...

My mom says she would have bought a whole crate, and she's not a lush either. I think you should get a weekend gig as the winery mascot, so you can go hang out and bask in the loving all the time.

xo
SB

Joe Stains said...

Mom would have bought a case I am sure! Looks like a fabulous trip, and the photos are pawesome!

Noah the Airedale said...

Wow what a great day out you had. Bet Tia wishes she could have gone. We don't think your mum is a lush lol, you should see how many bottles my pinkys have....hmmm.
Thanks for telling us about your day. We really enjoyed the read.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess and Lucy
ps. we saw 3 huskies in our village yesterday. Lucy barked her head off when she saw them.....sigh

Maggie & Mitch said...

What a fun trip! We were absolutely drooling over your mom's lunch, Sitka! The pictures are just beautiful!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Amber-Mae said...

Woah, you & your hoomans had a great time! Mmm, Smoked Turkey sounds absolutely YUMMY to me! I can see that you were having a splendid time there... Nice wines.

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Dakota said...

Sitka, that looked like great fun. We've been known to have agj here, and those wolf bottles are lovely!
I'm sorry you didn't get any wine, but that turkey sounded awfully good too!

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

You are an excellent tour guide. Perhaps you have another career waiting if blogging gets boring! I love the video of you playing! I'm glad to know that you weren't behaving constantly. :-)

Steve

The Army of Four said...

Wowzers, what a great road trip! You must have had a blast! The people at the winery must be really nice and smart since they have and are owned by Sibes! They were wonderful to let you bring your mom and dad there!
Their logo is too cool - our mom would buy wine just for that. Ha roo roo roo!
That cake sounds so yummy ... everything sounds yummy!
Thanks for a great tour, Sitka!
Play bows,
Zim
PS: Storm LOVED the video - she plays leash-grabbies, too!
PPS: Did Tia have a party while you all were gone?

Kathryn and Ari said...

That's so sad to hear about Cree! My sister- and brother-in-law gave us a bottle of their wine back in 2000. We were reluctant to open it because we liked the bottle so much, but we finally corked it this fall. It was really good--I couldn't believe it aged so well!

Amici said...

Now that was a great post! We'd loved reading about your trip. It looked like a great time and the best part was that it was so husky friendly. :)

Your wine looks yummy. Let us know if it tastes as good as it looks!

The Daily Echo said...

You're a wonderful tour guide Sitka! What a great trip that was. Those mountains remind Mom of the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA. Thanks for sharing your field trip with us!
ECHO

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrr Sitka
that looked like a great trip Harrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

Lorenza said...

Hi, Stika!
Thanks for the tour! Looks like you had great time there!
Tia looks so cute inspecting the wines!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Girl Girl Hamster said...

What a pawsome trip you went Sitka. Tia sure is curious about the wine too hee

~ Girl girl

Stormy, Thunder, JoJo and Bow said...

Wooos Sitka! You were such a wonderful tour guide and the pictures are be-woo-tiful! We are so glad woo had a good time. What fun for woo. We look forward to hearing about your next trip.

Woos, wags & wuv,
Thunder & Stormy

Penny & Poppy said...

Hi Sitka! What a wonderful tour you conducted! That sure is a pretty place and how cool that you got to go! Our mom and Ezzy Rider's mom were in Dahlonega last Tuesday. They didn't go to the winery, but they had lunch in downtown and walked around all the little shops.

Aire-hugs,
Poppy, Penny & Pockets

Marvin said...

wow! thank you for showing us your trip, Jeannie says can you just pour some wine down the computer to her, it all looks fine to her!

Salad Caprese is her favourite, she always has that here if it is on offer.

thank you for showing us some lovely photos and the video.

we enjoy seeing where you live, and Jeannie says the wine photos were good as well, and she is not a Lush either, just likes good wine!

Marvin xxxxxxxxxxx

Lady Kaos said...

Wow! What a wonderful trip!! I wish we were closer to that place and Mom liked whine!
Kaos

Marley said...

WOOO HOOOOO!

Sitka, that looks like it was just fabulous! Next time ask your Mom if I can come, 'kay?!

Marls

Ferndoggle said...

That place sounds so cool! That food looks incredible...Mom loves anything with Boursin cheese.

I think I should come for a visit. It is named WOLF Mtn and I AM a wolf...so I tell everyone.

Sherman

Snowball said...

Wooff! That place is beautiful! How I wish I could be there.

Luv
Snowball

The Zoo Crew said...

That sounds like a PAWSOME trip! I need to tell mom that she needs to get us out more and take us on a trip like that!!

Peace + Paws,

Kai

The Husky in the Window said...

What a great trip! You look like you had so much fun. And it was a beautiful day. It is really nice that there are places you can go too! I bet you were tired when you got home.
Husky Hugs, MayaMarie

Comet and BLU said...

You did a great job as a tourguide. That was very nice of them to let you show all of us around.

Simba said...

what a pawesome trip!!! thanks for sharing!

wags,

Simba

Snowball said...

Sitka, Please tell your mum that she has a mail in her Gmail account.

Luv
Snowball

Snowball said...

Sitka, we have just sent your mum another email. Cheers!

Tasha & Eva said...

Such an exciting trip! Your people need to talk to our people. They haven't taken us anywhere exciting lately.

T&E

Cassidy said...

That looks like a great day out, lucky girl!

Nibbles
Cassidy x

-The Mullin Clan's Mommy- said...

You are a most excellent tour guide, Sitka. Those are great pics. It looked like you were having a great time.
-Cosmos & Juneau-

Sassy Kat said...

What a wonderful trip that must have been. Aren't road trips so much fun and it was so nice that you got to go along.

Asta said...

Hi/Sitka

That looked like a wondewful twip,and you wewe so vewy well behaved . No wondew evewyone wanted to come and say hello to you..it looks like a lovely place..Sitka is it youw Birfday tomowwow??
If it is I hope you have a vewy HAppy one in good health!!! I hope you get lots of tweat and belly wubls and play time with youw family!extwa smoochie kisses
ASta

Bama said...

Wooo Sitka, you told your adventure story so well, and got mama all excited. She and daddy have some very good friends that moved to Dahlonaga about 5 years ago. They own Hawg-Halters where they make after market motorcycle parts, one of those motorcycles you passed might have been them! Mom & dad were just talking the other night about how they needed to get up there for a visit, now they've got a double reason to go! I'm afraid they won't take us though...last time they went they didn't have us girls yet, but Chili & Cracker didn't appreciate being tied out on their friends deck while they went to breakfast, so Chili chewed through his leash, then sprung Cracker, then they both tore up all of the nice screening Bob had around his deck. They said Bob was very nice about it and wouldn't take any money for repairs, but mom & dad said they wouldn't subject their friends to that again. (They love Bob, but he's not much of a pup-person & the boys weren't allowed in the house, mom says she wouldn't subject us to it either....)
We see our our skin sister Sam coming to stay with us very soon while mom & dad go visit & stock up on wolfie AGJ!
Thank woo for the heads up!
Kisses,
Bama & the RHP

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a fun trip. You had a big day and lots of attention.