About Pug Wine

Why Pug Wine?


Because pugs, like wine, are one of life’s great pleasures.

Both the breed and wines exhibit purebred character unmistakable for any other. Both flourish from hands on attention and can transform any event into a celebration.

Pug Wine was founded to create small lots of handcrafted ultra premium, single vineyard wines from California’s best grape growing regions. We believe there is no reason to make wine from anything other than great fruit harvested at its peak.

Since its inaugural releases, Pug Wine has featured wines from two Sonoma County vineyards: Pug Pinot from Amber Ridge Vineyard and Pug Blanc, a Rhone style blend of Marsanne and Roussanne, from Saralee’s Vineyard. These “cool climate” varietals reflect the unique soils and climate of the Russian River Valley. Each of these wines are handcrafted in very small lots and aged in French oak at the winery to produce wine that is well structured and vibrant in character.

In 2009, Pug Wine released its first Cabernet: Pug Cab. It was made from grapes grown in Napa County’s Oakville region, harvested in 2007. Great Cabernet comes from Napa County and this one is spectacular.


Why is Pinot Noir Winning the Hearts of Wine Lovers?


… there are few wines as reliably food-friendly and delicious. We also find that Pinot is especially fun to linger over, so we’d open it when we got home and sip it through dinner. Good ones always seem like several bottles as they change through the night, and they’re great with a wide variety of dishes from salmon to roast chicken to lamb.

– Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, wine critics, Wall Street Journal.


" For my 75th Birthday, Ann, my niece, sent me the 2009 Pug Pinot Noir Russian Valley. When we opened the bottle, the clarity was excellent and the bouquet of the wine with the hint of bing cherry, strawberry and red fruit while drinking it the fragrance reminded us of a beautiful spring day. We have since sent this bottle to another niece for her birthday.

My husband and I have lived overseas and had many good wines but your 2009 Pinot Noir is very unique and the Best Pinot Noir we have ever tasted "

Sue FlemingCustomer

"Pug Wine: The only dogs among their wine were on the labels. They poured a nicely nuanced white Rhone blend, but it was the Pinot Noir that really raised our eyebrows. It offered beautiful, delicate red fruit with floral and spice notes. This wine is not at all the bruiser that some Pinots can be these days. Based on Amber Ridge Vineyard fruit (this is becoming one of our favorite phrases), it carried itself lightly and had great acidity. Very enjoyable on its own, it will be great with food that isn’t too heavy or bold."

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