Livermore Valley wineries partner with animal rescues to promote adoption

Livermore Valley, Calif. — Friendly dogs and their wine-loving owners will want to sit and stay in Livermore Valley wine country on Sunday, June 2 for the second annual Wine & Wags event. More than 20 local wineries have partnered with eight Bay Area animal rescues to host a day of wine tasting, dog adoptions and fun activities for man and his best friend. All attendees and their leashed dogs will receive a welcome treat from Entirely Pets and have the opportunity to enjoy grassy lawns, doggie obstacle courses, dog pools and more treats throughout the day. Food, pet-themed gifts and special activities will be available for purchase at many locations. Tickets are $30 in advance at and $35 at the event.

Thanks to the involvement of local animal rescue organizations, many dogs seeking homes will be available for adoption at wineries during Wine & Wags. Guests are encouraged to bring their friendly, leashed dogs to enjoy the day, but pets are not required. Many fun activities are included in admission:

  • Photo booth for owners and dogs at Mitchell Katz Winery 
  • Make a doggy bandana at Big White House Winery 
  • (Dog) Treats for (Owner) Tricks at The Singing Winemaker 
  • Dog treat pairing flight and doggy pools at Las Positas Vineyards 
  • Doggy obstacle course at Cedar Mountain Winery 
  • Doggy pools and Camp Bow Wow of Livermore at Wente Vineyards

For a complete list of activities and details, visit

Pinot’s Palette will be set up at BoaVentura de Caires Winery, McGrail Vineyards and Winery and Las Positas Vineyards to help attendees paint a portrait of their own pet on a wine glass. To participate in “Project Pet,” a $49 reservation must be made in advance (in addition to event ticket) and a high-quality photo of the pet submitted via email. An artist will coach each painter on creating the perfect portrait. Painters must be 21+ years old and 15% of Project Pet sales will be donated to a pet rescue organization. 

Everyone has the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a Celebrity cruise for two provided by VinoDestinations and Cruising for Canines. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase during Wine & Wags at winery tasting rooms, and in advance from participating rescue organizations and the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association office. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100. Other raffle prizes include two nights in the Ultra Suite at Wag Hotel in Oakland, a BratPak basket that includes doggy day care and other goodies and a BarkBox Gift Card. 

Tickets for Wine & Wags are $30 in advance at and $35 at the event. Each ticket includes entrance into participating wineries, a celebratory Livermore Valley Wine Country GoVino glass, at least two wine tastes at each winery and access to event activities.

Wine & Wags sponsors include VinoDestinations, Cruising for Canines,, Amador Veterinary Clinic and Camp Bow Wow Livermore. Attending dogs must be leashed at all times.

Participating Rescue Organizations: 

  • Contra Costa Animal Services
  • NorCal Sled Dogs
  • Northern California German Shepherd Rescue
  • Ozzie’s Pound Puppies
  • Paws in Need
  • Umbrella of Hope Rescue
  • Valley Humane Society 
  • Wings of Rescue

Participating Livermore Valley Wineries: 

  • 3 Steves Winery 
  • Bent Creek Winery 
  • Big White House Winery 
  • BoaVentura de Caires Winery 
  • Cedar Mountain Winery 
  • Dante Robere Vineyards 
  • Darcie Kent Vineyards 
  • Eagle Ridge Vineyards 
  • Elliston Vineyards
  • Fenestra Winery 
  • Garre Vineyard & Winery 
  • Las Positas Vineyards 
  • Leisure Street Winery 
  • Longevity Wines 
  • McGrail Vineyards and Winery 
  • Mitchell Katz Winery 
  • Occasio Winery 
  • Page Mill Winery 
  • Retzlaff Vineyards & Estate Winery 
  • The Singing Winemaker 
  • Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room 
  • Winemakers Studio 
  • Wood Family Vineyards