As published in 50Plus Living:
The Great American Road Trip by Gina Trippi
My husband and I own Metro Wines in Asheville. We have two greyhounds, Domino and Kobe, that we find very hard to travel without. Air travel for a month, even a week, is out. Aside from the time I considered smuggling their two predecessors into England on a tramp steamer, a very brief consideration of a private jet and crossing the ocean on the QEII with two big dogs in a very small cage, that pretty much just leaves the car. And that means The Great American Road Trip!
Research shows that taking dogs on vacation is the new trend! Apparently, we, at least in this country, need the canine emotional support and friendship. No one has specifically studied the effect of taking your dog on wine adventures as your destination, but it is certainly a consideration. Without some kind of assistance, read: sitter, your out of the room or out of sight experiences are limited. And, even if you opt for taking the dog everywhere, there is, unless you have the new Tesla, the hot car problem. I am told the Tesla has a battery operated AC mode for, well, the dog.
We have decided to do the old fashioned, time-tested trip with our magic seat Honda. To avoid too many stops and a lot of curious looks from the back that ask with ears whether we are there yet, we have opted to keep the destination within a four hour radius of Asheville. With a map and a compass, we have selected targets based on literary history as opposed to wine. This is the first trip. The destination is 4 hours and 7 minutes. Already breaking the rules but …
I won’t lie to you, we have canned wine in the car in the event we hit a dry county. Believe it, they exist. In 2018, on the way to Chicago to pick up Domino and Kobe, we picked up Italian food from a restaurant for the room. That would be when we found out we would be having gnocchi, which was pretty good for a small town, paired with coca cola.
So, on this road trip, there will be wine! We need a restaurant where we can sit at the window and watch the dogs in the car. No way I am leaving them in the hotel room for someone to open the door and two greyhounds go 45 miles an hour down the dusty streets of a small town. That said, the surveillance window takes priority over the wine list. I know. I know! But that’s the reality.
And that means we are probably doing take out again. And THAT means Sant’ Evasio Red in a box and in the car! Take it from veterans of the family road trip: always be prepared with wine in boxes or cans. Shop success @MetroWines!