The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, Irvington
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We didn't go here the first 3 years that we went to the Tides, thinking that the wine would be bad. I'm so happy that we finally came! It's a beautiful vineyard, with great tastings at reasonable pric... read more »
Our B&B we were staying at recommended this winery. It was nice stop with a very friendly employee offering wine tastings. Pretty area and good wine
We had so much fun here! The owner did our wine tasting. He gave a fabulous presentation filled with history of winemaking. As a history buff I loved it! Loved that they have rescue dogs. Sorry we mis... read more »
I rarely write reviews of a place, however I hope that this experience will help change a couple of processes of this venue. First time we went to The Dog and Oyster, it was great, during the wine and oyster festival. Great food, friendly atmosphere (love the personalized oyster shells), and I love the support they give to rescue/stray dogs and give them a home on the vineyard. The location is gorgeous and there is a lot of potential. The rainy 4th of July weekend, however, was the worst winery experience I have ever had at any venue. 6 of us were taken in to do a tasting under cover, told that we were to do the tasting first then move to the umbrellas outside for additional wine drinking/food. We sat down and 15 minutes later we were finally noticed by a gentleman who was paying about 1/2 the attention needed to conduct a wine tasting. We easily waited 10-15 minutes between each wine tasting. It had been 45 minutes after trying only 4 wines. When each wine was poured, no description or any personality was displayed. We were starving and since the service was so sluggish, we went to go order food outside (great food like oyster tacos, raw/roasted oysters, etc.). We were stopped by the manager and told we were not allowed to order any food until the tasting had been completed. So no food until the tasting was done, and we were never able to finish the tasting because the servers were not paying much attention to us. It was winery purgatory! The saddest part was that 45 minutes and 4 anemic tastes of wine later, we had not been noticed for quite some time, while we watched the gentleman serving us step outside to have what appeared to be a smoke. We payed for our tasting that we didn't finish, and got up and left without any staff member even noticing that we had left. Lots of potential and I love the dedication to dogs, but can't say I will go back after that.
The wine was good but pricey for the area and for what you get. They say they have the best oysters but all they offer is raw or steamed on the half shell - no actual oyster dishes like oysters Rockefeller or oyster soup. The atmosphere really makes the place worth visiting though - the tasting room is a beautiful old porch nestled right in the middle of the vineyard. Also - props because their grape master took the time to be present in the tasting room pouring and answering questions.
I am rounding up from 3.5 stars. It was a nice Virginia Winery. The owner was very nice and we tried many things. If you are in the area and enjoy local wines, it is a fine stop. They do their own pickling too. We bought some and it was delicious.
Good wine. Beautiful surroundings. Great staff. And you can't help but fall in love with the friendly rescue beagles and hounds that roam the vineyard.
We had a great time at the vineyard! Mark, the owner, was personably and answered all our questions. I learned a ton about making wine! The grounds are beautiful. We'll be back.
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