Celebrate Chinese New Year: Brown Earth Dog Feb 16, 2018

Brown Earth Dog 20182018 Chinese New Year is arriving on February 16, 2018. That is the 4715th Chinese year. The zodiac sign of 2018 is the Dog. According to the Chinese Horoscope calendar, 2018 is the Male Earth Dog year. Brown is connected to the earth. Therefore, 2018 is also called the Year of the Brown Dog.  According to chinesefortunecalendar.comAccording to the Chinese Horoscope theory, Male Earth is connected to the mountain. Dog mainly contains Male Earth with little Metal and Fire. The sign of 2018 Male Earth Dog year is two mountains sit side by side or another mountain beyond a mountain. That will be a strong Earth. People will focus on real estate, agriculture, environment, territory integrity or religious, spiritual area.  

2018 is a Mountain Dog year. Mountain Dog might be a wild dog. It could block your way out. That implies you might encounter some obstacles before executing your plan. You need to use your wisdom to remove the blockage first, then you will see the wide-open road.

So in 2018 it appears that you may encounter some obstacles, but once you get around them you could have success in real estate, the environment, spiritual and more.  And hopefully wine to celebrate it with.

Dog Related Wines

BC Wineries

  • 40 Knots Ziggy Siegerrebe 2016

    40 Knots Ziggy Siegerrebe 2016

    40 Knots Vineyards & Estate Winery has their dog Ziggy, which is shown on their Ziggy Siegerrebe 2016.

  • Covert Farms Family Estate has their dog Odie on their 10th Anniversary NV sparkling wine.
  • Bella Wines is named after their old bulldog.  Bella only produces sparkling wines, currently with three 2015 Brut Blanc de Blancs, three 2015 sparkling rosés, and two 2015 ancestral methods sparkling.
  • Road 13 Vineyards has a picture of a dachshund on the label of all their wines, following their tractor.  They have two winery dogs, Fil and Meg.
  • BlackDog Cellars in the Okanagan. Why is the winery named Black Dog?  They say “…People often ask why we decided to name our business “Black Dog”. Many think that it’s because we live on the edge of Skaha Lake (Skaha means Dog in the local native language) and because we grow some of the best Pinot Noir (Black) grapes. Others have guessed that it’s named  “BlackDog” because we own a  friendly Rottweiler. 
  • BlastedChurch Merlot 2015 has a dog holding a wooden cross or stake in his mouth.  I don’t know the reason for the dog, but the dog does show up elsewhere on the website.
  • See Ya Later Ranch Rover 2015

    See Ya Later Ranch Rover 2015

    See Ya Later Ranch  The See Ya Later Ranch property in the Okanagan was purchased by Major Hugh Fraser in 1920, where he lived for 45 years, planted many grape vines, and had many dogs as companions.  According to the website, “…In a nod to the Major’s lifetime of canine companionship, the winery welcomes four-legged family members, with a Barking Lot for them to play in.  Dog lovers will also get a kick out of the Major’s pet cemetery, where each of his favourite pets was given a grand burial and headstone to celebrate its life.  The oldest headstone marks “Jimmy My Pal”, who lived from 1917 to 1921.  There are 12 headstones in total, noting the passing of Ping, Rex, Nelly, Spud, Haggis and Eulita to name a few.  His favourite pets, including Ping, Jimmy and Rex, were given engraved headstones.  The last headstone is marked Rover, who was buried in 1962.”  http://www.sylranch.com/About/Our-Tale  They have Ping Meritage 2015, Rover Shiraz-Viognier 2015 and Jimmy My Pal Chardonnay-Pinot Gris 2016, and Nelly Rose 2016.

The Rest of the World

From my research, there was no shortage of wineries that have a dog theme.  There were many in the United States, one in Ontario, and one in each of Australia and New Zealand.  There are probably more around the world.

So there are red, white and sparkling wines with a dog theme for you to choose to celebrate Chinese New Year.  There should be a good match with anything you decide to serve for your dinner.

Enjoy Chinese New Year of the Brown Dog and don’t chase your tail.

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