Super Bowl Fever!

Go Hawks


We’ve all got Super Bowl fever – even the dog!

We’re heading to Woodinville for our first wine trip of 2015 and no doubt a gathering of Seahawks fans and 12’s as far as the eye can see.  Gotta stock up for the big game tomorrow.

One word of warning – fireworks can really upset your pets.  If you think your neighborhood is going to be celebrating after the game, think about your pets and take the same precautions as you would for 4th of July.




Happy 2nd Birthday to Penny Lane!

Penny Lane 2 yeards old

Penny Lane 2 yeards old


Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day!

Happy 2013 – Peas on Earth

It’s New Year’s Day and the Black-Eyed Peas are on!  I make mine the same way I make Red Beans and Rice but you can make them however you wish – just be sure you eat  your peas today.  You do know about the tradition of eating Black Eyed-Peas on New Year’s Day, don’t you?


  • 2 Medium Onions – diced
  • 2 Green Peppers – diced
  • 5 Ribs of Celery – diced
  • 3 Bay Leaves
  • 3-6 Cloves of Garlic – smushed
  • 1 Pound of Sausage – whatever kind you wish
  • 2-4 Smoked Ham Hocks
  • 1 Pound of Black-Eyed Peas – soaked overnight and rinsed
  • Olive Oil – just enough to coat the pot in the beginning
  • 5-8 Cups of Water – added at various times
  • Rice (optional)
  • Pepper, Cajun Seasoning, Cayenne Pepper, Salt – all to your taste

Start with a big pot.  (I always underestimate just how much room all of this takes.)  Coat the bottom of the pot with olive oil and put in the chopped sausage so it can render.  You don’t need much oil, just enough so the sausage doesn’t stick before it starts to cook.  After a couple of minutes, add the green pepper, celery, onion and garlic.  Let all of this cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until things start to soften up a bit.  Then add the bay leaves and the ham hocks.  Top it all off with the peas and then add enough water to cover it all.  You’ll add  more soon.



Now, make yourself a mimosa, enjoy some football and let this cook for about 3 hours; add water and stir as you go.  After an hour or so you can take out the hocks, cut off the meat and add that back to the pot.  Or you can leave the hocks in and whole, not much difference either way.

Serve them with or without rice and get ready to enjoy a year of prosperity!

Cricket is looking ahead to a great New Year…

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

We wish the same for you…Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

It’s almost 2013…and I think it’s about time that I get back to the blog. So many changes, so little time to track them all. That’s part of the reason I’ve put off updating this; I didn’t know where to start.  The longer I waited, the bigger the task got.  Procrastination is a beast.  You’d think I would have learned that by now; I’ve had years of practice.  But I finally got my act together and am happy to announce …Canines and Cabernet is on its way back !  The Woodinville Wineries page is being updated (it was REALLY out of date) and simplified; I hope to have it posted in a couple of weeks.  I also plan to eventually include info on: Seattle Urban Wineries, Whidbey Island Wineries and maybe even Olympic Peninsula Wineries.  But Woodinville is still the focus and where I spend most of my time “researching.”

Aside from changes to the blog, there have been a lot of changes with me as well.   The highlights…I have a job I enjoy, a new dog that likes going to the wineries as much as dad and I do (you can see her on the ‘About Canines and Cabernet’ tab) and a great new house that I moved into less than a month ago. Unpacking, getting set up in the new place and relaunching Canines and Cabernet are a few of my top goals for the month. All of this will no doubt require drinking some great wine along the way.

Life is good – cheers!


Happy New Year from me and The Doodles!

First Woodinville Trip of 2011

Being unemployed has really affected my contribution to the Woodinville wine community, and not in a good way!  It was good to get up there again but hard not to go on a major shopping spree.  I say it all the time…there are some FANTASTIC wines in Woodinville!  It’s been about a month but here is a brief recap…

J Bookwalter –  Terrific case sale on the Subplot 24!  This is a wonderful blend and is on sale for $144 a case.  This is a great price for a great wine.  We were also lucky enough to do a vertical tasting of the Protagonist wines from the past few vintages.  Delicious.

Otis Kenyon –  This is one of the newer tasting rooms in Woodinville and I have a feeling it’s going to really take off.  The wines are ripe and juicy, the tasting room staff is wonderful and there is a fantastic slice of history and story that goes with the winery.  Stop by, you’ll have a great time.

Covey Run –  We’ve been Covey Run fans for years but decided to pass on tasting today.  They have two tasting menus (one for $5 and one for $10) and each was about half white and half red.  The tasting fee is only refundable if you join the wine club.  We weren’t interested in joining anymore clubs or in drinking any whites today so we passed all together. 

Zerba Cellars –  When we decided to skip Covey Run, we went to Zerba Cellars instead.  Boy was that a great stop!  I haven’t been there since their grand opening weekend (roughly a year ago maybe?) and had forgotten just how good their wines are.  We were also lucky enough to meet Shawn Chandler in the tasting room.  He knew tons of information about each wine, was as nice as he could be and agreed to open a Cabernet Franc for us, even though it wasn’t technically on the line up for the day.  That was one of our favorite wines of the day – and that says a lot because there were a lot of good wines.

Pomum Cellars –  This is one of those wineries that isn’t open on a regular basis.  They open for appointments and for releases and every now and then we get lucky and go by on a day when their sign is out.  This was one of those lucky days!

Efeste –  This winery has been getting a lot of good press recently, and with good reason.  They only had a few to taste because all the good press has led to big sales and there just wasn’t much juice to go around.  The barrel room was pretty full though, so more will be on the way in no time!

Red Sky –  We’ve gone to Red Sky for years and I think I’ve always loved the Sunrise blend the best.  This trip was no exception.  Like a lot of places, all the wines are great – but there is something about Sunrise that really appeals to me.

Pondera –  We happened to be there on a day when they were hosting an event in the barrel room.  I believe it was a vertical and barrel tasting but I can’t swear to that because we hadn’t prepaid or made reservations to attend.  I can tell you that we were welcomed in to do their standard tasting and made to feel right at home. 

Cheers to another great day in Woodinville!

Happy Birthday Cricket

Cricket is now three years old…but when will she actually “grow up?” 

She still has to be locked up in a crate when I leave the house.  Much to her delight, I was recently laid off andBirthday Girl no longer have to go to work and lock her up on a daily basis.  I’m hoping that by the time I go back to work, I will have done some training with her and be able to leave her alone and free again…but that can be very destructive and very expensive. 

Things aren’t all bad; there are some very endearing things about her puppy-like behavior.  For example, I’ve never had a dog that throws its toys around and chases after them with such delight.  She’s also one of those dogs that just takes off and runs laps around the house for no obvious reason.  She burps.  She snores, often.  She sleeps upside down and fully stretched out, as if she hasn’t a care in the world.  Yep – there are a lot of cute things about Cricket, even if she can’t be trusted.