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Oct 30, 2012 03:08 PM

Proposal Spot: Dog-Friendly, Picnicking Winery

I have seen a number of threads of places to picnic in wine country, however, I am looking for a picnic spot at a winery that is a little more secluded so I can ask a very important question to my special someone. The spot doesn't need to have spectacular views (though wouldn't be opposed to it), just a semi-private spot out of earshot of bachelorette parties or tour bus groups. I don't really have a preference on the region either.

We typically opt for off-the-beaten path wineries, but at this point, I'll consider anything. Initially thought of Kunde's mountaintop location, but they don't allow picnicking there. I have inquiries into Gundlach Bundschu, Unti, and Hanna. Oh and it would have to be a dog-friendly place.

Are there some places I am missing?

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    Do a control-F search for "picnic"

    I know nothing about the wines, but this looks like it has lots of spots that would be nice for a proposal:

    3 Replies
    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      +1 on Lambert Bridge....I was there about a month ago (think it was on Sunday) and noticed a number of people sitting outside, enjoying the tranquil setting. It is a very pretty and pleasant place. I think the wines are pretty good, but have only tasted chardonnay recently. There are two very large dogs at the winery.

      1. re: pinotho

        Thanks for the resources, I have had a chance to look at similar resources and was really looking for some personal recommendations. I have been tricked by web marketing before that made a place sound quaint, when it really was a sh*tshow. Good to know about LB: tranquil setting is definitely a plus!

        1. re: luckeedawg

          You can use the resources to come up with a list of possibilities and then ask a specific question rather than a more general one. Very few people can off the top of their heads name wineries that are dog-friendly and allow picnicking.

    2. You may want to check out Zahtila Vineyards in Calistoga. It is off the beaten path, has a nice area and surrounded by rose garden for picnic and they would probably be happy to accomodate since they are a smaller winery.

      1. Dogs
        Dutch Henry winery is dog friendly. While Dogs are not allowed in the winery we are happy to set you up at a picnic table for a tasting. Leashes are encouraged and when possible a call ahead to alert our resident Airedales of pending four legged company.