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Wine Spectator Once-In-A-Lifetime Celebrity Cover: The Dogs of Wine Country

The March issue of Wine Spectator is dedicated to… dogs! At a time when unconditional love and devotion is needed most, the magazine is giving readers a treat by spotlighting more than a dozen dogs that work and play alongside their winemaker owners and serve as ambassadors at top estates in Sonoma and Napa Valley. The issue’s purpose: to bring smiles and spread happiness. Because why not?

“This special issue, which is near and dear to my heart, has been three years in the making,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “If you have a pet, you will especially enjoy this issue. If you don’t have a pet, we hope to inspire you to consider adopting one.”

The following canine companions are profiled:

RILEY, IMOGENE & PENNY, Yellow English Labrador, age 9, Labrador Retriever mix, age 3, and mixed—a true mutt, age 3, owned by Barbara Banke, Jackson Family Wines

CODY, Golden Retriever, age 9, owned by Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards

BAILEY, Bernese Mountain Dog, age 5, owned by Samantha Rudd, Rudd Estate

LEVI, White Labrador, age 11, owned by Joel Gott, Joel Gott Wines and Gott’s Roadside

NALA, Golden Retriever, age 6, owned by Bill Foley, Foley Family Wines

SIRI & FOO, Bernese Mountain Dogs, both 6 years old, owned by Robin Lail, Lail Vineyards

BRUNO, Lagotto Romagnolo, one year old, owned by Chuck Wagner, Caymus Vineyards

BORIS, Rottweiler, age 5, owned by Candace Cameron Bure and Val Bure, Bure Family Wines

COCO, Boxer, age 9, owned by Dave Phinney, Orion Swift and L’Usine

KHAN, Rhodesian Ridgeback, age 4, owned by Bill and Deborah Harlan, Harlan Estate

THEO, CARLOS & GRIZZLY, Husky Mix, age 4, Australian Labradoodle, age 4, and Bolognese, age 7, owned by Joe Wagner, Copper Cane

HOLLY, Yellow Labrador, age 12, owned by Kim Stare Wallace, Dry Creek Vineyard

JADE & OLLIE, German Shepherd, age 9 and Corgi, age 3, owned by Michael and Sarah Browne, Cirq and Chev

TUCKER, Black Labrador, age 11, owned by Peter Michael, Peter Michael Winery

MOLLY, Nova Scotia Duck Toller, age 7, owned by Chris Carpenter, Lokoya and Cardinale

ROCKY, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, age 11, owned by Kathryn and Craig Hall, Hall Wines

SOLOMON & LUNA, Lurchers, both age 11, owned by Lee Hudson, Hudson Ranch & Vineyards

The Dogs of Wine Country issue also features a roundup of pet-friendly tasting rooms, along with a photo gallery of the dogs belonging to M. Shanken Communications staff.

Readers are encouraged to submit their own dog photos, at, for an opportunity to be featured on

The March issue becomes available February 16 to humans and pets everywhere.

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  • March 2021