Lucky and I want to raise a glass (or doggie dish) to California’s Mutt Lynch winery for gifting us some of their outstanding wine–and boy could I use a glass after the past two weeks after Lucky’s surgery! Mutt Lynch’s motto is “bark less, wag more,” and their array of fine wines—including the newly released 2009 mbf (“man’s best friend”) Primitivo, the complex Out of Reach Muttitage Red, and the gold-medal winning 2007 Canis Major Syrah—certainly brought out the puppyish joy laying dormant within me. Each of these wines received top accolades at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and are perfect gifts for all the animal loving sommeliers out there. Better yet, 10% of the proceeds from their Out of Reach Wine go to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue—a fabulous organization devoted to finding homes for older dogs. Order a bottle (or case) from Mutt Lynch at muttlynchwinery.com, or visit muttville.org to find out how you can help directly.