Label shoppers, be on the lookout for Cru Vin Dogs wine with bottles sporting gorgeous portraits of labs, golden retrievers, and German shorthaired pointers. These beautiful, anatomically-correct illustrations of our favorite furry friends were created by local artist Jay P. Snellgrove, and they catch your attention. Which is a good thing, because not only are these boutique wines excellent, they’re a worthy purchase, with 10 percent of sales going to three canine causes: the Alie Foundation, Canine Companions for Independence, and Morris Animal Foundation.

We first discovered the Denver-based wine group a couple months back, and they’ve since become one of our favorite ways to spread some good. My summer pick is the citrusy Sauvignon Blanc (perfect for tempering the heat), but I also love the rich, slightly spicy Cabernet-Syrah. Find these wines at shops like Mondo Vino and DiVino Wine & Spirits, and restaurants such as Japon and Solera.

Bonus: Check out Cru Vin Dogs’ gallery, with limited-edition giclee prints.

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