Wine Has Gone to The Dogs!

Toast to the Dogs! America's love affair with pets is stronger than ever before. In fact, pet spending in the U.S. is expected to surpass $40 billion this year. So, when Ileen Kaufman of Boca Raton, Florida wanted a one-of-a-kind way to celebrate the "woman's best friend" in her life, she surprised her family and friends with a very special wine. It's a "tail" unlike any other.

Kaufman contacted Dog Lovers Wine Club and "Molly's Merlot" was created. The custom wine labels, featuring the family's 9-year-old Boxer, were beautifully illustrated from an original photograph of Molly. Kaufman marked the arrival of the bottles by throwing an intimate dinner party, featuring "Molly's Merlot" as the main attraction. "You buy the wine for a dual purpose," says Kaufman. "I love wine and I support animals."

Dog Lovers Wine Club is a boutique winery, based in California, that supports The Humane Society of the United States. The Dog Lovers Wine Club mission is to blend wine with philanthropy. "It's a win-win situation for everybody," adds Kaufman. "To be honest, we didn't know what to expect with the wine. But, it actually surpassed our expectations. Every single dinner guest loved it."

Aside from offering custom wine labels and beautiful art images, Dog Lovers Wine Club has a very special and unique wine club with monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly premium wine shipments sent to club members. The wine club shipments are accompanied by inspirational stories of families and their life with dogs. Each month the wine club labels are illustrated from select photos received from dog lovers around the country. There are even tips about life with dogs, tasting notes about the featured wine, the source of the grapes and recommended food pairings.