Posts Tagged ‘Bonair Winery’

Fresh Hop Ale Festival & Bung’s Birthday Bash Update!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016


Hello Friends!

Did you know that today is National Drink a beer day? I know that I’m a “Wine Dog” but, I also live in Hop Heaven too. I’m pretty sure this particular holiday was created for our Valley, seeing how we provide 75% of the nation’s hops.  This week also just happens to be FRESH HOP WEEK, which includes various events today through Sunday and the Fresh Hop Ale Festival on Saturday, October 1st.

Here are just a few things going on during this week:

Wednesday: Bron Yr Aur Brewing Co. Movie On The Patio: Come watch the Jungle Book at this Family friendly event featuring pizza, popcorn and the release of Bron Yr Brewing’s fresh hop beer. Win Fresh Hop swag and tickets.  Movie starts at dusk.

Yakima Craft Brewing Co.: Enjoy a three course dinner with beer pairings.  Event to be held at their downtown tasting room at 6PM, $35/person.

The Beer Shoppe 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall:  Come share in the tasting of hard to find beers. Also featuring the tap release of many of your favorite breweries’ fresh hop beers.  Food truck (Chronic Foods) on site for this event. 6PM $2/taste.
2ND Street Grill & Hop Nation Brewing Company:  Fresh hop beer inspired brewers’ dinner, 7PM.

Bale Breaker Brewing Company, Yakima Chief Hop Union & Crafted Gastropub: Crab feed and oyster bar with beer specials, brewery tours and Fresh Hop prizes given away throughout the night. Event starts at 5PM.

Apple Tree Golf Course 9 Hole, 2 Man Scramble including Beer & Lunch: Join Apple Tree as they host brewers from around the NW for a tasting and golf experience like no other.  $75/person Registration starts at 11AM and Shotgun start at 1PM will begin a 9 hole, 3 club, 2 person scramble golf tournament on Apple Tree’s back nine. A beer station will be present at each hole, with a different craft beer for you to try. Each golfer will get a free stainless steel beer glass  and nine beer script, compliments of McCown Crafted. Space is extremely limited. Entry fee includes, round, cart, beer, lunch, range balls, and stainless steel glass. Contact Apple Tree and reserve your tee time today at 509-965- 5877.

Yakima Sports Center Brewery Party: Come mingle with brewers and craft beer industry folks from Deschutes, Firestone Walker, HUB, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada & 2 Beers while enjoying the tap release of many fresh hop beers.  Win Fresh Hop Ale Festival tickets and swag. 7PM-10PM.

Yakima Valley Hops & Chinook Fest Fresh Hop Party: Featuring live music from Rust on the Rails and Hillstomp.  Mingle with growers and brewers and enjoy 8+ fresh hop beers, food truck on site. Win YVH swag and Fresh Hop Ale Festival tickets.  $10/presale, $15/door. 5PM

2nd Street Grill Morning After Brunch: Bloody Mary Bar, and bacon cheeseburger bloody Mary’s.  Brunch at 9AM, game at 10AM.

One of my friends DJ Paul from Brew Public even wrote a nice preview of what’s in store for this week’s festivities.  On the Wine front, Bung the Wonder Dog has a nice update for us on how his Birthday Bash was last weekend – I’m sure fond of that dog, Happy Birthday Bung!
Cheers to a fun weekend!
-Penny the Pill


Hi, this is a picture of me, looking very tired as the last of my doggie friends depart.  September 17 was the big day and our friends from Wags to Riches Animal Rescue were here to help celebrate my tenth birthday with YAPPY HOUR all day at Bonair Winery.  So many doggies came to visit, to enjoy each other’s company, to investigate the ducks on the duck pond, and to run leash free all over our big grassy area.  We served HOT DOGS to well-behaved owners and BUNG’S DOGGIE BONES to our dog friends.  Wow, at one time there were 10 dachshunds all at once on ten leashes.  They were so excited to be here that it made me hyper and yes, I had to take a ten minute “time out” on a chair to bring myself back to my normal calmness.

Doggie lovers were so very generous to donate so much to Wags to Riches- as well as all the tasting fees, hot dogs and doggie bones sales.  Thank you so much for helping where it is so much needed.  Now harvest time is here and I have to get back to my very important job of supervising the grape pickers (well, I guess I really mean getting spoiled by them and having my tummy rubbed a lot).

Your friend,


Summer News from Bung!!!

Monday, August 22nd, 2016


A big hello from Bung the Wonder Dog!

I have had such a busy summer enjoying my job as official greeter of visitors and especially those who bring their doggies wine tasting with them.  When the summer temperatures are HOT, doggies on leashes get to cool off in our air conditioned tasting room (except when we are serving food on the weekend afternoons).  We have a duck pond for doggies who need to really cool off and a huge grassy area where they can run off leash and stretch their legs.  Please come and see me- I will happily pose for you,  and my owners have some really good wines for humans to enjoy.  They like to get a glass of wine and just sit outside and enjoy the peacefulness of wine country.

By the way, my special birthday party is coming up-BUNG’S BIRTHDAY BASH on September 17.  More on that soon!

Love you all!

Puppy Love in Yakima Valley!

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Mercer Wine Estates

Mercer Wine Estates

This weekend is Red Wine & Chocolate in the Yakima Valley! I’m very excited for my owner to take me to all of the festivities too .. and she even told me that a certain wine doggie wants to be MY valentine!!!  If you don’t believe me, look at the note he left for me below!! I think you know who I’m talking about, he lives at Bonair Winery…and his name is Bung!  We have met a few times – and my little tail can’t stop wagging when I’m around him.

Today, I helped my owner deliver the new 2016 Travel Guides to our member wineries in Benton City. We made stops at Mercer Wine Estates, Chandler Reach Vineyards, Col Solare Winery, Cooper Wine Company, Sleeping Dog Wines, Tapteil Vineyard and Tucannon Cellars.  I was greeted by quite a few dogs at almost every stop – all very friendly – but it was raining outside, so I said hello to them from the backseat window.  I was hoping to see Bud at Cooper Wine Company, but he was visiting his grandparents for the weekend.  And when we arrived at Mercer Wine Estates, I had fun on their walking trail – I even saw a bunny jump out in front of me, that was so exciting!!

Well, it’s time for me to get ready for my day at the Pet Spa tomorrow – I need to look pretty for Red Wine & Chocolate.. and my valentine, Bung. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, you’ll want to make a trip out to the Yakima Valley, Washington Wine Country.. and bring your furry friend with you too, Puppy Love is in the air! .. “Penny & Bung sitting by the tree..K-I-S-S-I-N-G”  ~Penny The Pill


Bung The Wonder Dog

Bung The Wonder Dog – AKA Penny’s Valentine!

Winter is over and the sun is shining and I am feeling fine and frisky and ready to start working, after a lazy winter. Today I am heading out with my best friend Bonair Gail to do some work in the vineyard.  This is serious business. First we have to check out the pond- and today we discovered dozens of gold fish on the surface- I guess they are excited about the good weather too.  Next I have to check out our pruning crew and politely wait until sometimes a tasty tidbit or two  drops into my mouth.  Then finally I have to bound up and down the vineyard rows just checking to see if a squirrel or rabbit might be out that I can pretend to chase.  I like those wild animals- they are friends of mine, but it is fun to tease them a little.

At the end of today, it will be a much needed rest dozing with my head on Bonair Gail’s lap.  It really is a dog’s life!    I am looking forward to seeing my dog friends and their owners at Bonair Winery.  We are open every day from 11-4. I’m kinda shy around girls, but Penny the Pill, will you be my valentine?

Your friend,

Happy Birthday Bung!

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Bonair5 Last month my owner took me to Bung’s Birthday party!  Yappy Hour was such a hit!!! This was actually my very first Wine Doggie Birthday Party – my owner made sure I was dressed for this occasion.  Bung is quite the charmer, I’ll have to say .. I was quite taken by him.  His owner has a photo of us together.. you might get a glimpse of it in a future post from The Wonder Dog himself! My owner enjoyed a glass of one of her favorite Riesling’s while I watched wine club members come and collect their boxes of wine.. lots of visiting out on the patio..and lots of BBQ hot dogs &  hamburgers cooked by one of Bung’s owners – Bung is so lucky, I bet he gets all the leftovers.

Bung also invited the pet shelter to his party – they were handing out information on their “Shelter Essentials” and instead of presents, Bung wanted his guests to donate some of these essentials to the shelter.. what a guy!!! I was quite excited – they lady at the shelter gave me my very own treat bag with 3 delicious dog biscuits – nice party favors Bung – I certainly approve!

I even met some of Bung’s friends too – Bonair Winery and Vineyards is one of the happening places for dog friendly destinations.  If my owner would have shown up a few minutes earlier, we could have also participated in Yoga by Whitney – all summer long, she has yoga classes at select wineries.  My owner is already in search of the proper yoga attire for us – we will be ready next summer!

Weekends were meant for activities like these – and with only Saturday & Sunday, there are too many places yet to visit!  Click here for a “few” options you will definitely want to check out this weekend..and the weekend after.. and the weekend after.. and the.. well, you get my point!  Cheers – Penny the Pill



Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

IMG_1376 It’s been awhile since I’ve heard from my pal Bung..but my owner just told me that Bung is getting ready for a big Birthday Bash … and guess what?!?!?! … I FINALLY get to meet him.  I can hardly wait!!! Here’s a little bit of what Bung has been up to lately … See you at the BIG BIRTHDAY PARTY!! ~Penny the Pill

Hi to all my friends from Bung the Wonder Dog. Boy, I am one happy dog this month. Grape harvest has begun. I love this time of the year with so many new and old winemaker and wine grower friends stopping by every day. There are so many tractors and bins and ripe grapes to smell- I am in doggie Heaven!

But the best thing about harvest is the arrival of my new best little friend and playmate: Wilson!! His owner is our winemaker assistant for crush, and WILSON comes with her every day. He is so cute and such a fun puppy (only18 weeks old) that he makes me feel so young. We chase and play and explore together- and then crash and take naps together. I am teaching him a lot of new tricks and he is teaching me patience!

My BIRTHDAY is coming up and we are celebrating at Bonair Winery on September 19. All day is yappy hour and donations are accepted for our true friends who are helped by the Humane Society. And guess who is coming to see me: PENNY THE PILL. I read her blog (with the help of my human owners) and she looks pretty cute- can’t wait to meet her.  I will keep you posted! ~Bung the Wonder Dog



Penny the Pill Post: Spring Barrel Weekends!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

SpringBarrel1Today marks the official kick off to Spring Barrel Weekends and my owner is so excited to try out new releases, drink wine from the barrel and meet new friends along the way.  Because it’s such a busy weekend, she tasked me with staying home and researching the wineries, their hours and anything extra fun happening at their facility.  Since there are 100 wineries in the Yakima Valley, I requested some help from my fellow Wine Doggies.  They were willing to share some of their stories too!

But first, let me tell you some of my own findings.  Most wineries are open at 11AM, but Windy Point Vineyards is open at 10:00AM and the views are just spectacular! Agate Field Vineyard will have pulled pork sandwiches available – I hope my owner brings me some leftovers. For details specific to this weekend, you’ll want to visit our Yakima Valley Tourism website.  Make sure to check it quite often because you don’t want to miss out on any of the festivities!! Well, now that you have some ideas for Spring Barrel Weekends, this little Pill is going to relax by the fire while my owner sips on her Merlot.  In the meantime, check out the latest from my buddy Bung at Bonair Winery and Vineyards.



Happy Tourist Season from your friend BUNG THE WONDER DOG. Winemaker Bill and I are hanging out together in the barrel cave. We’re getting ready for Spring Barrel Tasting at the wineries in my neighborhood, the Rattlesnake Hills near Zillah. Bill and I like to work on those red wines and we’ve got a woofing good wine, a Petit Verdot, for you all to barrel taste.

Come on out and spend time with us anytime on April 24th-26th to join in the festivities. Miz. Dee from Yakima is serving her finger licking ribs and chicken!  She is my best friend on those days- she knows how to make a doggie happy with those little tidbits! (Sorry Penny – I’m not even going to promise any leftovers) She is a lot smarter than I am and knows I can only have a little bit, as my doggie nose and mouth just run wild with those flavors!!

Please join us all here at Bonair Winery for some wonderful wines and great wine deals.  I will happily pose with you for a picture or two!  We are open every single day from 10-5 and

The Wonder Dog


Happy February from Bung the Wonder Dog!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Bonair Bung Spring 2015I am one happy doggie.  It is spring in late February and the weather is warm and sunny AND I have discovered a brand new and interesting scent that I would like to share with my doggie friends who bring their owners out to taste wine.   My owners got excited too, when they discovered that we have a muskrat living at the edge of the pond.  Now I have so much herding to do- I have to keep the ducks by the pond, keep the muskrat in the pond, and keep an eye on the dozens of gold fish that have moved to the surface of the pond to get warm.

I can always use back-up-dog help.With all this work, I am always happy when people and dogs come to our winery so I can take a break and get my ears scratched and tummy rubbed.  We are open everyday from 11 AM-4 PM.  Come and see us at BONAIR WINERY!!

Happy Hallowine from Bung!

Monday, October 20th, 2014

dbloggyHappy harvest and Hallowine from your truly, Bung the Wonder Dog!    Our grape harvest is all done.  I helped a lot by supervising Alfonso as he brought in all the bins of grapes, and I entertained our crew by bouncing cabernet grapes off my nose.

Now we are celebrating the harvesting of our Bonair Pumpkins and getting ready for HALLOWINE, October 25, when more than three hundred costumed humans on horseback will ride to our winery and enjoy our wines.  I have learned to be very quiet and just watch the funny horses as they come by.

We still have tapas available to enjoy on these long sunny fall weekends- and you will find me ready to hop on a chair beside you and be your very best friend.  Hope to see  you at Bonair Winery and the Rattlesnake Hills very soon!

Help Bung Celebrate His Birthday!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

bdayThe secret is out.  I get to have a birthday party for me, Bung the Wonder Dog, this Saturday, Sept 6 all day at Bonair Winery.  My owners are serving hot dogs and chips for $5.00 to my human friends (all the money goes to The Yakima Humane Society to help other not so lucky dogs).  If you bring a doggie food donation for the Humane Society, your wine tasting at Bonair Winery is free!

All dogs are welcome to come and frolic on the grass and by the duck pond, just not into the tasting room.    We are making delicious BUNGS BONES for well-behaved humans to give to their own special dog as part of my celebration.

See you Saturday. Hopefully I won’t have to wear this hat much!

Dog Days of Summer in Wine Country

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

coolHi, again from Bung the Wonder Dog at Bonair Winery.  I usually don’t pay mush attention to the pond here at the tasting room, but this really is THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER. After playing with my new doggie friends who join their human companions to the winery, I do jump in and visit with the ducks. Then I shake water all over them which makes them laugh.  Ducks are funny but Dogs are funny AND smart.

So escape the heat. Come on down to Bonair, get a glass of cold summer wine from the tasting room, sit out by the pond and watch us frolic. But watch out when I shake out the water after a dip!