I love wine and I love dogs. These two things rarely meet, but I found my fundraising sweet spot tonight at the Chicago French Bulldog Rescue wine tasting. MacKenna met me at D'Vine Wine in Palatine for the tasting.
All the proceeds went to the CFBR, where they find and foster Frenchies, then place them in loving homes. While my dog is English, being from Yorkshire and all, and not a bulldog, I'm happy to support adorable dogs everywhere, especially while drinking delicious wine and enjoying way too much cheese, chocolate, fruit and crackers.
We enjoyed samples of six wines tonight, three white and three red samples. My favorite was the La Carraia Orvieto, which was a very smooth and tasty white wine. MacKenna is a fan of reds and liked the Alliance Shiraz.
I also ate roughly my body weight in snacks. They had a great spread of fruit and cheese and all sorts of wine-complementing bites. It's just fuel for tomorrow's bike ride, right?
I even won a prize in the raffle! It's an ornament made of glass salvaged from the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. Napoleon was very interested in this, but mostly because he wanted to chew the package. It's going to look great on my tree this year.