5 Dog Friendly Winery Tasting Rooms
Kathy A. McDonald, LA Weekly
A love for wine and dogs can co-exist. People take their pets everywhere these days--dining and drinking out, no exception. Although Los Angeles has approved pets on restaurant patios (per the recent Squid Ink post), rules prohibit them inside. Nor are they welcome at bars or in the tasting rooms at in-town Malibu-area wineries. Canines, like people, thrive out in wine country's clear air, open acres and room to roam. And since winery dogs are an essential fact of life in wine country, both for security and companionship -- several books chronicle their carefree days -- they're welcomed at many tasting rooms.
Presqu'ile Tasting Room, Los Olivos:
Downtown Los Olivos is super convenient for wine drinkers because of its 43 winery tasting rooms in a four block area. "There's no need to get lost in wine country, and you'll taste a broad spectrum of Santa Barbara County wines," advises Matt Murphy Presqu'ile's president. At Presqu'ile's tasting room, which opened in February, a pit bull-mix and rescue named Hazel often greets guests and is willing to share her water bowl. Cool blue walls and a modern look inside set this winery tasting room apart. Wines here are made using only native yeasts (rather than added in via inoculation, the more common approach). Try the 2009 Presqu'ile Rim Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir (available only at the tasting room) or the vibrant Presqu'ile Rosé of Pinot Noir (available at ink. in Los Angeles too). Wander down the block to Panino for a generous-sized sandwich or to the nearby Sides restaurant, from the brothers who famously ran Mattei's Tavern, now in new digs. 2369 Alamo Pintado Ave., Los Olivos; (805) 688-2022.