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The Story Behind The Dog That Started It All

Chester was rescued off the streets of Baltimore City by RRV co-owner Chris O’Neill. A very social dog, he loved to greet guests and accompany them on tours of the RRV estate. Chester’s eyes were both piercing and of different colors, one being an eye-grabbing powder-blue.

A true "winery dog", Chester was an inspiration for adventure and enjoying the pleasures that the outdoors had to offer. 

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Winemaker Giovanni Balistreri and Retired Partner and Founder Chris O'Neill posing with original winery dog, Chester. 

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In honor of his time with us and contributing to lifelong memories of visitors of the winery, we have created wines in his name. Similar to Chester, Russian River Vineyards strives to not take take life too seriously. 

chester. Wines embodies the spirit of people who live for adventure, dogs, and seeing all that life has to offer. Life shouldn't be taken so seriously. Enjoy a glass of wine and relax. 

Chester standing in a truck bed, taking in the fresh summer time air 

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Chester. Sparkling 

"Wine is sunlight, held together by water"

- Galileo Galilei