The first Sunday in October always brings the blessing of the animals. We could find no better place to celebrate our furry friends than St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and his name sake winery rolled out the red carpet for all animals large and small.
Old and young, big and small, birds, turtles, horses, hamsters, animals of all breeds came with their owners ready to celebrate and receive their blessings. https://www.stfranciswinery.com/upcoming-events/blessing-of-the-animals/
This event benefits the Humane Society of Sonoma County, which provided animals with life savings services year around and during the wildfires of 2017 and 2019. https://humanesocietysoco.org/ The event offered many ways to donate to their organization including purchasing wine by the glass, a silent auction, and raffle where you could purchase tickets. They even had a “Winery dog of the year” contest.
Receiving their Blessing of the Animals!
We gathered our furry friends and headed to St. Francis Winery & Vineyard. Everyone was excited and ready for their blessings! As for us, we were ready to enjoy some wine! St. Francis was pouring two wines by the glass with proceeds benefiting the Sonoma Humane Society.
Guests chilled out and drank some wine while they waited for the “Winery Dog of the Year” contest, raffle and silent auction. This year a collie named Giuseppe was named “2019 Winery Dog of the Year”.
The two wines available for purchase by the glass were:
- 2017 Sonoma County Chardonnay
- A medium bodied Chardonnay with aromas of green apple, pear and caramel. This is a well balance wine with a smooth and creamy finish.
- 2016 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandal
- This beautiful well balanced wine brings bright berries on the nose, red raspberries and blackberries. It is a medium bodied wine with hints of cinnamon spices and a long lingering finish.
These wines are a great value and available for purchase at: https://www.stfranciswinery.com/
This is an event that we highly recommend. It is so much fun for everyone and benefits a wonderful Sonoma County cause. Next October we hope to see you and your furry companions there!