Every winery should have at least one amazing dog in residence
and we did! Trooper, an imposing Red Doberman, graced Flat
Creek Estate from the beginning of time through Spring 2012. He was
truly a “trooper” involving himself in all aspects of the
business and never missing a day at the winery.
He was indeed a dog of many talents! During the early
development of the vineyards, it was clearly his job to remind
rabbits, skunk and deer that they were not welcome to share the
vineyard blocks. As the vineyards matured, he took on the
responsibility of tasting grapes as harvest neared. In his
later years, he helped Chef develop the best possible Bistro
menu. Of course, his favorite activity…and the one many of
you recall…was his greeting upon your arrival!
With all this talent, Trooper was given “Trooper’s Den” as
his namesake building. Expect education & special events
to be hosted in the room that houses his best photos.
The most recent vineyard planting is “Trooper’s Block”, a small
planting dedicated to Montepulciano. The vineyard is thriving &
will provide grapes for blending…or perhaps there will even be a
Trooper label one day!
To date, no puppy has followed in Trooper’s footsteps…but
you may expect to see Fancy, a beautiful Blue Dobie visiting at
Flat Creek from time to time.