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Wilkes County winery may put your rescue dog's mug on its next label.

Kelly, rescued from abadoned junk yard
Kelly, rescued from abadoned junk yard
Debra Pittman Tobin

Raffaldini Vineyards sits in the Yadkin Valley in Northwest North Carolina and boasts it’s“ the Chianti in the Carolina’s.” So what has a winery got to do with rescue dogs?

The vineyard is holding a rescue dog contest by accepting photos and stories of these special saved dogs. The winning photo and essay will be featured in their new release of Pino Vino. According to the winery, “a portion of the proceeds is donated to local animal shelters and this will continue with the sale of Pino Vino II.”

Anne McCormick, owner of a rescue dog enjoys wine, especially Chianti. She loves the idea of putting a rescue dog on the wine label. “Wow, I think it’s great that by having a glass of wine I can help other dogs get saved and find a forever home like my Kelly did.” McCormick saved Kelly, a golden retriever mix and her eight pups from an abandoned junk yard in frigid weather. Will she write an essay and enter Kelly in the contest? “You bet!” she says. “She should win on just how much she endured in that junk yard with no food with her pups, but I’m sure a lot of dogs will have good stories.”

The invitation is there for all of you who have helped save a rescue dog an gave it a forever home. The contest is open now until April 30th. The winning high resolution photo must be sent via email to You will need to include your name and contact information as well as a brief story, no more than 50 words, about your dog. The winning pooch will be announced May 14 and we will get a chance to see the photo at their unveiling ceremony , June 12 at the vineyards .

Raffaldini has already given a portion from earlier sales of the Pino Vino wine to help a spay neuter program with the Humane Society of Wilkes County. They also feature monthly special events and daily wine tasting and tours. The vineyard can also host special occasions such as; weddings, parties, meetings and other gatherings in a grand setting in the Blue Ridege Mountain foothills. For more information on the winery you can go to the website at


  • Cindy Aiken B. 5 years ago

    Debra!!!! How lovely to find your article,especially about dogs. Enjoyed your other articles as well. Please email or write.

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