Much of the taste of wine begins with the “nose” or scents of flavor that the wine emanates, and who has a better sense of smell than our faithful companions? And as Vito would tell you, “The Nose Knows”.

Black Lab sniffing the air in the vineyard

Vito Beresini was born on May 20, 2004. Vito is a very noisy Black Labrador, but he knows his grapes. His predecessors Chester (1988 to 2001) and Luca (2000 to 2006) watched over the vineyard before Vito.  Thus, our ranch has been named “Black Dog Ranch” in honor of these wonderful and much-loved canines.

Vito is often seen wandering through the vineyards ensuring that no ground squirrels, rabbits or birds are disturbing his grapes.










Roscoe (2006 to 2013) was the exception to the Black Dog theme. Roscoe was a mix of Anatolian Shepherd and Great Dane.  He was the only dog we ever knew that had eyebrows and could sit on the couch with his feet on the floor!  Roscoe was a sweetheart and we miss him very much.