You don’t have to travel to Burgundy, France or Oregon to enjoy outstanding Pinot Noir! Spoiled Dog Winery in Langley was just awarded three Platinum awards at the Best of the Best of the Northwest. All three - Estate Pinot Noir and Estate Rose of Pinot Noir, and Escape Blanc - are made from grapes grown on Whidbey Island. This is the second year in a row the Estate Pinot Noir has taken a Platinum.
The winery is also known for its Bordeaux wines taking Double Gold at this year’s Best of the Best of the Northwest for its Cabernet Sauvignon following last year’s Platinum for Penn Cove Red (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot) and Double Gold for Deception blend (Merlot-Cabernet Franc-Malbec).
Karen Krug notes, “Wine Press Northwest created the Platinum Judging in 2000 as a way to determine some of the best wines of the Pacific Northwest. They chart more than 50 professionally judged wine competitions worldwide to track the gold medals won by fruit from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia in 2018. Northwest wineries were awarded more than 2,300 gold medals at professional judging's for the year.”
Spoiled Dog Winery, owned by Jack, Karen, Lindsay and Jake Krug, is a destination to discover. The tasting room and a walking tour of their vineyards provide a complete vine to bottle experience. Visitors get to sample award-winning wines while enjoying the beautiful view of the vineyard and farm.
The Krug family, now two plus generations running the vineyard and winery, believes great wines begin in the vineyard, and their grapes are their passion. They grow their grapes sustainably using organic practices. Pinot Noir is their flagship estate wine.
The name of the winery comes from their two Australian Shepherd dogs who often are on hand to greet visitors.
The Krugs moved to Whidbey from Colorado in 2003 and planted the vineyard. They had sailed in the Puget Sound Area many times and were drawn to the climate of Whidbey Island. The move to Whidbey allowed them to follow their dream to start a vineyard and create a winery in a place perfect for growing Pinot Noir grapes. They explored and researched Pinot Noir grapes extensively and completed three planting phases, leading to a complex Pinot they describe as “full of spices, fruit and backbone.” Their first harvest was 2007. Their first Double Gold Award came from their 2009 Estate Pinot Noir.
The winery also offers very popular refillable growlers with a choice of Pooch Red wine (Syrah-Cabernet blend) or Pooch white wine (Chardonnay – unoaked) as well as “specialty wines” that rotate. The refillable growlers are very popular with local people because it is a greener way to drink wine (no bottles, no cork, no label to recycle) and is less expensive, and the savings are passed on to the consumers.
Last year the Krugs expanded their production to include hard cider - under the name Driftwood Hard Cider. Their Whidbey Heirloom Cider is sourced from apples and pears from their orchard on the farm. It can be found at select local restaurants.
The Spoiled Dog Winery and Vineyard is located at 5881 Maxwelton Road, Langley just ¼ mile from Highway 525. Winter hours are Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Spring and summer hours, beginning in May, are Wednesday through Friday, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. Visitors can call for appointments at other times 360-661-6226. For more information visit the website: www.SpoiledDogWinery.com
Spoiled Dog Winery is participating in the 2019 Red Wine and Chocolate Tour on Whidbey Island , February 9-10 and 16-17. For ticket information visit: http://whidbeyislandvintners.org/events.html