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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!!

Social Feed

Have you seen the articles (such as this one from @tastingtable) suggesting that red wine in moderation might lower your risk of contracting COVID? According to W. Blake Gray in @winesearcher, in a recent major British study, "The risk of getting Covid-19 was 10-17 percent lower for people who drink red wine. Unlike with other alcoholic beverages, the effect did not significantly diminish for people until they got above 14 glasses per week. This is good news!" We'll drink to that! 🍷

(Link to Wine-Searcher article in bio.)

The rustic tannins in some red wines, specifically those grown in mountain vineyards, have already been linked to health benefits via their polyphenols and antioxidants.

*We are not medical professionals and are in no way certified/qualified to offer medical advice; please consult with your doctor for matters relating to your own health and wellness.*

Stay safe out there, folks!
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Sale ends January 30th.
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4350 Thomas Drive
Kelseyville, CA 95453
707-279-9475
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We will be one of the largest 100% certified organic mountain-grown vineyards in the United States by July of 2022! Read all about our industry-leading Sustainable practices at the link in our bio. ...

That's all for 2021, folks! Thanks to everyone who has made this year such a success, from opening two new tasting experiences to launching a new website and taking sustainable + organic + regenerative farming to the next level with Project Ovis.

None of this would be possible without our amazing club members and customers who make this whole thing worth it. Here's to an even better 2022! 🥂
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