Meet Peggy-Sue the fun loving nine-year-old Staffie, the Franschhoek Wine Dog for February, and whose owner is La Bri winemaker Irene Waller.
According to Irene, Peggy-Sue has a distinct passion for Merlot says Irene. She also has a keen sense for ripeness and will taste all, but only eat the grapes when they are ready to harvest.
Peggy-Sue is Irene’s constant companion in the vineyards and uses these opportunities to stick her head underneath a bunch of succulent grapes and take a sniff here and there. As the grapes ripen she will start to taste them, helping herself to more if they are to her liking (eating the berries – pips and all!), but will only taste once if not ripe enough. By the time the grapes are ready to be harvested Irene has to stop her from nibbling the bottom of the bunches as they wander through the vineyards.
She loves running after balls, and has been know to steal the lemon (or two) off a tree just to play. After a hot day in the vineyards inspecting the grapes with Irene, Peggy-Sue loves nothing better than a swim in the dam to cool off.
For more information on the Peggy-Sue’s preference for Merlot visit www.labri.co.za.