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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Wine dogs, books and bugs

If you like wine and dogs and have a coffee table with a blank spot on it, consider covering it with Wine Dogs, a 536-page tome about the canines who live, work and play at wineries. It's filled with photographs, essays and anecdotes and even a 100-point Dog Rating Scale devised by Robert Parker. And if that's not enough, there's a second book featuring dogs at Australian wineries, a calendar, a plush toy and a poster.

Some winery dogs are learning new tricks. An experimental program in California is training dogs to sniff out an agricultural pest that produces a secretion that renders grapes unmarketable. Dogs promise to be more efficient, cost effective and accurate than humans in canvasing the more than 100,000 acres of Napa and Sonoma vineyards that could be harboring the vine mealybug.

A wag of the tail to Carlene for sending the bug-sniffer link.
M. Zane Grey, 11:09 PM