Bridging the Divided

Crazy About Dogs And Downward Dog Wines…..

It’s no secret. I am dog crazy. Specifically, I am Yorkie crazy. The older I get, the more I prefer the company of the canine variety over the human variety. Nothing against humans, mind you, just personal preference.

I like wine, too. Wine has heart-healthy properties, right? I’m not a wine snob by any means – some ten dollar wines are better than some pricey ones. My palate isn’t sophisticated like people who describe their wines as lacy spider webs. Seriously, what does a lacy spider web taste like? 

I like Yoga, too. It’s good for the body, mind, and spirit. I tune into a Youtube Yoga video on occasion – the senior version, of course. Who doesn’t like watching a yogi perform an expertly executed Chaturanga stretch, or a strong Warrior One? Hey, there are even days I do more than watch!

One day my husband brought home a box of Downward Dog Chardonnay. Two of my favorite things – dogs and wine. And, our oldest female Yorkie’s name is Chardonnay who has taken to performing a downward dog Yoga pose when she wants something – usually to be let outside or to seek attention for being cute, which is all of the time. Providential, wouldn’t you say? 

Chardonnay, the drinking kind, is not my favorite wine, but a smooth, buttery Chardonnay once in a while is appreciated. Downward Dog Wines touts their Chardonnay as ‘Toasty and Toned’ with subtle hints of caramel corn. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but yep, that’s what I tasted. In terms of whites, I prefer a good Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, or Riesling. I will never turn down a glass or two of wine unless it’s too sweet – not a fan of sweet wines. This past winter I got into Cabernets. No idea why. It’s not because my palate is getting sophisticated, for sure – still not picking up lacy spider webs. 

Anyway, I took a trip to the liquor store one Friday afternoon hoping to find a Downward Dog Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. The Downward Dog shelf was empty – just a couple boxes of the Red Blend and a single box of Chardonnay. Must be a popular wine in our area. Disappointment set in – not for long, however. I got on my trusty cell phone and googled Downward Dog Wines. Google – what would we do without it? As it turns out there are several stores in the area, including Costco, that sell Downward Dog Wines. My mission, should I choose to accept it, which I will, is to find Downward Dog Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

The logo for Downward Dog Wines is adorable – a dog in down dog pose and a glass of wine. My word-oriented brain traveled down a rabbit hole after I left the liquor store thinking about creative and fun names for Downward Dog Wines to accompany their adorable logo. How about Mountain Pose Merlot, Pigeon Pose Pinot Grigio, or Chaturanga Cabernet Sauvignon? I read reviews on almost everything and Downward Dog reviews talk about changing the perception of boxed wines without breaking the bank, and it’s true. They have a really good reasonably priced boxed wine. I don’t have a problem with boxed wines – not a snob, remember? The lacy spider web folks probably don’t appreciate a good boxed wine – their loss!

And, get this, Downward Dog Wines has logo apparel. Usually I avoid logo apparel – I mean, why would I purchase apparel to advertise for a company free of charge? But, in this case, the apparel is equally adorable to their logo. What is not to love about a dog with a glass of wine? One pair of leggings, a hoodie, and a reusable grocery bag, please!

Promoting products is not my thing, but in this case, if you like dogs and wine, try a box of Downward Dog Wine. Pour a glass and hang out with your favorite dog……

4 comments on “Crazy About Dogs And Downward Dog Wines…..

  1. wynneleon

    Cute post! I have similar affinities for dogs and wine and buying wine with dogs on the label definitely inspires me! There’s a winemaker here in Washington that makes a red blend called “Three Legged Red.” It was named after a puppy that the winemaker rescued as it was being attacked by another dog. The puppy lost his leg but found a home. Now who wouldn’t buy that bottle of wine? 🙂 Cheers!


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