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Old Pearl: Because Every Dog Has Her Day

Spend a couple of minutes scrolling our social feeds and it’s obvious — we love our dogs here at Shannon Ridge. Yes, it is as fun as it looks, being surrounded by so much floof; our four-legged friends provide companionship, laughs, and all-around marketing gold. What’s more, they have played an indispensable role in our ecosystem from day one; the safety of our workers and our livestock depends on these capable cuties.

This post, however, isn’t about our sustainable farming practices, tasting notes, or ratings. It’s about a goofy ol’ gal that has stolen our hearts and become family to us.

Defender by Day

Old Pearl, AKA Pearl Baby, AKA “Poop,” is the official mascot of our working dogs. Sure, Great Pyrenees are known for their tremendous power, which makes them great defenders against bears, coyotes, and other predators. Their thick coats and calm, patient, temperaments make them a perfect match for the varied climate that vineyard life demands. They thrive out in the open land and they’re smart, too; they seem to coordinate amongst themselves with little prompting from us. As our founder, Clay Shannon, puts it, “You just have to talk to them.”

Still, there’s a side of Pearl that you won’t find in a Wikipedia article or adoption brochure. Cue Angie Shannon’s favorite subject. “She’s actually not very playful. She’s super shy and sweet.” Despite being only 5 years old, Old Pearl earned her name because “she acts like she is 75.” She has a lazy streak, and “only moves if she smells a predator. The sheep love her because she is so gentle.”

Rogue by Night

Ironically, Pearl is the runt of the litter — but she’s not all meekness. When she’s not guarding the outhouse or lying around, she can be quite the travel enthusiast. “We have to keep her away from the new pups. If let out from the sheep fencing, she may go 10 miles in pursuit of a predator or someone’s comfortable porch furniture. She makes friends with our neighbors up to 5 miles away.”

Combine these outings with a side of kleptomania, and it’s a wonder she gets away with that white coat. Pretty and petite, “she is a total thief. She steals anything that humans leave around.” Pillows, cushions, boots — you name it — if left out, you’ll find them somewhere in the vineyard, half-chewed.

Legendary Friend, 24/7

Needless to say, we couldn’t think of character more suited for a wine label. One would be hard-pressed to find more nuance, complexity, and just enough earthiness to take in at every turn. Thanks for everything, girl.

Cheers!!

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Still need plans for the weekend? All of Lake County will be partying down at the Shannon Mercantile for our GRAND OPENING this Friday, Decemeber 4th! We'll have live music, incredible local food, and a host of wines by the glass to kick your holidays off just right. 💃

Love your Saturday Farmer's Market fix? Come on down 1 hour early at 10am for some some prime shopping time! 🍳

Event details @ the link in our bio.
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We've had SO much fun serving visitors at the Shannon Mercantile and can't wait for all of Lake County to get together December 4th, 11am - 7pm for a rowdy celebration of our grand opening! 🥂 Visit the link in our bio and check out our event details!

4350 Thomas Drive
Kelseyville, CA 95451
707-279-9475
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On the lookout for some killer Black Friday deals on wine? Check out our Semi-Annual Case and get your shopping done early: $150 to ship a case of 12 wines to your door! We've just added the 2016 Writer's Block Zinfandel to the lineup. 🍷

Shop now at the link in our bio.
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Our Shannon Ranch Grass-Fed, Vineyard raised lamb is now available Thursday- Monday at The Mercantile: pre-order at…info@shannonridge.com #grassfedlamb #healthyfood #organicfarming #organicgrapes ...

We're less than two weeks away from the GRAND OPENING celebration of our Shannon Mercantile! Don't miss out on some great local bites from @badassblts in the afternoon and dinner fresh off the grill from @roseycooks! Enjoy wine by the glass and live music all evening courtesy of the Lake County Diamonds. 🍷

View the Facebook Event for more details at the link in our bio.
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We can post all day, but... some things you've just got to see for yourself. 👀 Book a visit to one of our amazing tasting experiences at the link in our bio! ...

Club Members! Don't forget your Pick-Up Party this Saturday between 11am and 4pm at the Vigilance Tasting Room – to join, email reservations@shannonridge.com. Rumor has it there's some homemade, bread-bowl clam chowder on the menu. 😋

If you’re not yet a club member, but would like to get in on the action next time, visit the link in our bio and find the perfect membership for you!
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It's week one of our Semi-Annual Case Sale and we've already sold out of two wines! 🥂 Not to worry; we're replacing them right away with selections from our Writer's Block and Shannon Ranch collections! Ship any of these wines to your door for just $150/Case at the link in our bio.

SOLD OUT:
2016 Steele Carneros Pinot Noir
2017 Steele Cabernet Sauvignon

NOW AVAILABLE:
2017 Writer's Block Malbec
2019 Shannon Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
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The Mercantile Bar is open (soft opening) 🤩that is. #shannonfamilyofwines come see us this weekend ...

Step right up and stock up on show stoppers for the holidays! The highly anticipated Semi-Annual Case Sale is back with 10 wines to suit even the harshest critics (looking at you, Aunt Cindy). Shop now at the link in our bio.

Ship a case to your door for just $150! Simply add 12 of your favorite bottles to your cart and the shipping discount will be automatically applied.

Don't dilly dally – these wines sell out fast! Curtain call is November 30th.

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Construction on our brand new Shannon Mercantile is coming along nicely! We couldn't be more thrilled to invite all of you to our GRAND OPENING celebration on Saturday, December 4th from 11am - 7pm! This building will be the site for so many amazing events to come and we can't wait to see you there. 🍷🥂

Click "Interested" on our Facebook Event to receive reminders for the big day!
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It's the weekend! Don't be chicken; come on out to the Vigilance Tasting Room and remember what it's like to socialize! 🦋 We have a lovely selection of wines to help you shake off that post-pandemic shyness.

Reserve your spot online! (Link in bio)
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Fall vineyard post harvest cleanup with 300 ewes
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Our beautiful Shannon Ranches team surprised us by Dressing up as wine bottles for Halloween. Love this amazing crew and thank you for the creativity #shannonfamilyofwines ...

Longer nights means a little more time to get rowdy... who's excited for the holidays? 🥂

Never too early to knock out that shopping list. Shipping included on full case orders for your early birds (link in bio)
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Happy Halloween!! We saved arguably the most terrifying spot on property for our final Spooky Sunday.

We're asking you nicely; if you still have a VCR, DON'T WATCH THE TAPE. We don't need that gal from The Ring running around the vineyards again (although tbh we could use the drip irrigation).
#thering #theringmovie #wellbeing #happyhalloween🎃 #horrorfans
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The 2018 Shooting Star Pinot Noir sold out on day one, but we just discovered one last stash!

The Flash Sale ends tomorrow night – don't forget to take advantage and stock up for the holidays at just $150/Case, shipped to your door.

Shop now at the link in our bio.
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Close your eyes. Make a wish. For six nights only, ship a case of select Shooting Star wines to your door for just $150! Simply add 12 of your favorite bottles to your cart and the shipping discount will be automatically applied for some astronomical value.

Don't blink – this sale burns out bright on Halloween night!
Shop now at the link in our bio.

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