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J Vineyards & Winery’s Pinot for Paws

J Pinot Noirs paired perfectly with the life-enhancing work of Canine Companions.

Rischi Paul Sharma of Laguna Nigel says hello to Orent II, a Canine Companion service dog, at the Pinot for Paws event at Jordan Winery on Saturday, November 30, 2013. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

J Vineyards & Winery’s splendid visitor center near Healdsburg went to the dogs on a glowing autumnal Saturday, and it was a good thing.

The Pinot for Paws event at Jordan Winery on Saturday, November 30, 2013. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
The Pinot for Paws event at Jordan Winery on Saturday, November 30, 2013. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

The occasion was Pinot for Paws, the inventive pairing of tastings of J Pinot Noirs and encounters with the life-enhancing work of Canine Companions for Independence, the Santa Rosa-based organization that pioneered the training of service dogs for people with disabilities.

Visitors to J on Nov. 30 witnessed the remarkable and myriad ways that a helpful dog can enable and enrich a person’s life. In addition to introducing its patrons to CCI, J donated to the organization a portion of the day’s tasting fees and Pinot Noir sales.

The special day has J thinking it might introduce a Yappy Hour.

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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