People and pets gather at “Wine and Woofs” at Maurice Car’rie

TEMECULA – Hundreds of people and pets are set to gather, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the inaugural “Wine and Woofs” event at Maurice Car’rie’s vineyard and winery in Temecula, Aug. 27. The event is to mark the launch of a new wine label, called “Jelly Bean’s Peach Mango” sparkling wine; the proceeds will benefit homeless pets. Jelly Bean’s Peach Mango sparkling wine is a collaboration between All About the Animals, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit with the mission of saving and enriching the lives of abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted pets, and Maurice Car’rie vineyard and winery.

Two-legged attendees will be able to sample Jelly Bean’s Peach Mango sparkling wine, as well as the 32 varietals of wine offered at Maurice Car’rie vineyard and winery, while surrounded by the rolling hills of Temecula wine country. Visitors can complement their wine tasting with the winery’s renowned freshly baked sourdough and Brie bread.

Attendees will also be serenaded by Kaitlyn Weathers, a Murrieta-based musician who will be strumming her original music on an acoustic guitar, followed by the winery’s in-house DJ.

Four-legged attendees are welcome at Maurice Car’rie vineyard and winery, not only for Wine and Woofs but throughout the year.

Four-legged folk will be able to do some sampling of their own during the event; as pet-related vendors are due to attend, including a doggy food truck “Alice’s Gourmet Wonderland,” which offers all natural, human-grade treats and frozen yogurts and toys for pets, served up by the loveable Husky pup, Alice. Furry attendees are also able to make their mark with paw painting, using nontoxic, washable paint upon canvas.

Special offers and promotions will be available on the day of the Wine and Woofs event, for both purchase of Jelly Bean’s Peach Mango sparkling wine and wine tasting.

The wine features an image of Jelly Bean, a Dachshund-Chihuahua mix pooch who caused quite a stir following her rescue from Downey Animal Care Center in Los Angeles in July 2015.

Jelly Bean was found in a kennel filled with feces and had a bacterial skin infection which was thought to be exacerbated by the unsanitary conditions prevalent in the shelter at the time. Jelly Bean’s rescuers, All About the Animals, created a petition protesting these unsanitary and unpleasant conditions, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors responded by pursuing an investigation into the conditions inherent within its entire shelter network.

Today, all seven of Los Angeles County’s shelters are now nearly spotless and clean because of Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean was adopted by a loving family in Canada with help from Dachshund Rescue Team. However, with hundreds of adoptable pets like Jelly Bean facing euthanasia daily in California’s shelters, Jelly Bean’s wine is a welcome effort to raise much needed funds to help combat this problem.

Gary Van Roekel, general manager of family-owned Maurice Car’rie vineyard and winery and Temecula wine country’s first commercial vineyard with a winery open for business since 1986, said, “We are thrilled to have partnered with a worthy cause such as All About the Animals to bring our crisp Peach Mango flavored sparkling wine to animal lovers.”

Laura Jones, CEO of All About the Animals also said, “Animal and wine lovers like myself can rejoice as the proceeds from Jelly Bean’s Peach Mango sparkling wine benefit homeless pets; we now have an excellent excuse for drinking wine!”

Jelly Bean’s Peach Mango sparkling wine will be initially available online and in Maurice Car’rie’s tasting room; however, the intention is for it to be available in retail stores locally as well.

For more information about Wine and Woofs, visit the Facebook event page at www.facebook.com/events/114162179214822/.

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