Karen and Jack Krug opened the tasting room of Spoiled Dog Winery in February 2011. Since that time their tasting room has become a major tourist destination for people wanting to sample award-winning wines and tour their vineyards: a complete vine to bottle experience.
The name of the farm comes from their two Australian Shepherd dogs, Blue and Samantha (Sami), who love to greet visitors.
Spoiled Dog Winery is known for its extraordinary hand-crafted Pinot Noir, their flagship wine and winner of a Double Gold award at the 2011 Seattle Wine Awards. They also have other award winning wines including Pinot Gris, Rose of Pinot Noir, Deception (a Bordeaux blend) and Malbec made from Eastern Washington grapes.
The Krugs moved to Whidbey from Colorado in 2003. They had sailed in the Puget Sound Area many times and were drawn to the beauty of Whidbey Island. The move to Whidbey allowed them to follow their dreams to start a vineyard and 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.
Next they wanted to develop an equally excellent white wine from their farm. They created “Pomo di Moro” (which means apple of love), an apple-pear wine made from heritage trees on the Spoiled Dog farm. Pomo di Moro was a bronze award winner at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Awards (largest in the world).
The winery has continued to expand, and Spoiled Dog now offers Pinot Gris, Malbec, Deception (a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec) and Crimson (released each year in time for Christmas), all award-winning wines. These are made from Eastern Washington grapes.
The Krugs are committed to sustainable growth at their earth-friendly vineyards, and they encourage visitors to not only sample the wine, but to tour the vineyard as well. They are proud to grow their grapes sustainably, using organic practices.
The Krugs wanted people to appreciate their wines paired with food, so this summer they are once again offering Winemaker Dinners under their apple trees overlooking the oldest part of their vineyard. They have chefs who prepare gourmet plated courses specially paired with their wines. People describe it as a “magic experience.” These sell out quickly. The proceeds are donated to local non-profits from these dinners.
The Spoiled Dog Winery and Vineyard is located at 5881 Maxwelton Road, Langley just ¼ mile from Highway 525. Hours are Friday and Sunday, noon to 5 PM, Saturday 11-6 PM. Visitors can call for appointments at other times by calling 360-661-6226. For more information visit the website: www.SpoiledDogWinery.com