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Working Dog Winery

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Working Dog Winery
Location610 Windsor-Perrineville Road, Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA
Coordinates40.232429 N, 74.539829 W
FormerlySilver Decoy Winery
First vines planted2001
First vintage2004
Opened to the public2003
Key peopleTodd Abrahams, Brian Carduner,
Mark Carduner, Russell Forman,
Jerry Watlington (owners)[1]
Acres cultivated17
Other attractionsPet friendly
DistributionOn-site, wine festivals, NJ restaurants
TastingTastings Friday to Sunday

Working Dog Winery is a winery in Robbinsville Township in Mercer County, New Jersey.[2][3] The vineyard was first planted in 2001, and opened to the public in 2003.[4][5] The winery was originally known as "Silver Decoy Winery," but the name was changed in 2013.[6][7] Working Dog has 17 acres of grapes under cultivation, and produces 4,000 cases of wine per year.[2][8]


Sign at the entrance
Sign at the entrance

Working Dog Winery produces wine from Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Chambourcin, Marechal Foch, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot gris, Riesling, and Traminette grapes. Working Dog also makes fruit wine from blueberries.[8][9] The winery was a participant at the Judgment of Princeton, a wine tasting organized by the American Association of Wine Economists that compared New Jersey wines to premium French vintages.[10][11]

Licensing and associations

Working Dog has a plenary winery license from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which allows it to produce an unrestricted amount of wine, operate up to 15 off-premises sales rooms.[12][13] The winery is a member of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.[14]

See also


  1. ^ Working Dog Winery. "Once upon a time . . ." (commercial website). Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Clerkin, Bridget. "Grapes of math: New Jersey's wine industry sees growth, increase of vineyards statewide" in The Times of Trenton (13 October 2013). Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  3. ^ Corcoran, David. "So Crisp, So Complex, So Unexpected" in The New York Times (17 July 2005). Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  4. ^ Kohlhepp, Jennifer. "New Jersey and wine lovers, perfect together: Local vineyard recognized as state's Winery of the Year" in The Examiner (25 August 2007). Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  5. ^ Coryell, Lisa. "The Grapes of Mercer County" in The Times of Trenton (reprinted article) (25 August 2003). Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  6. ^ Peskoe, Ashley. "State's largest wine festival showcases Jersey wineries" in The Star-Ledger (1 September 2013). Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Taittinger Toasts the SAG Awards. Plus, the duck-label war returns to Long Island and rears its beak in New Jersey" in Wine Spectator (31 January 2013). Retrieved 14 November 2013. Duckhorn Winery in Napa Valley, California has a wine label called "Decoy."
  8. ^ a b Jackson, Bart. Garden State Wineries Guide. (South San Francisco, CA: Wine Appreciation Guild, 2011). ISBN 9781934259573.
  9. ^ Working Dog Winery. "Working Dog Winery: Reds," "Working Dog Winery: Whites," and "Working Dog Winery: On the Sweeter Side" (commercial website). Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  10. ^ Storchmann, Karl. "The Judgment of Princeton" on The American Association of Wine Economists (academic website) (11 June 2012). Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  11. ^ Davidson, Adam. "Bottle Bing: How New Jersey Could Make Itself the Next Napa" in The New York Times Magazine (12 March 2013). Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  12. ^ New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "New Jersey ABC list of wineries, breweries, and distilleries" (5 February 2013). Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  13. ^ New Jersey General Assembly. "N.J.S.A. 33:1-10". Statutes of New Jersey. New Jersey.
  14. ^ Garden State Wine Growers Association. "GSWGA Wineries." Retrieved 22 March 2013.
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