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May, 2008

In Memoriam

Squatty Stanton

1992 - 2008

Our Beloved Dog Squatty

Many long-time friends and customers will remember our beloved dog Squatty from his time as the first "mascot" of Wines by Jennifer. Here is his story, as told by his master, my husband Don:

The time was late August of 1992, in what now seems like another lifetime. George H.W. Bush was the nation's President, the USA Basketball "Dream Team" had just finished dominating Olympic competition in Barcelona, and more importantly, Hurricane Andrew was rapidly bearing down on the Gold Coast of Florida.

It was during this pre-Andrew anxiety in South Florida that a lost Doberman Pinscher landed on the front porch of my house in suburban Ft. Lauderdale on a Saturday afternoon, August 22, just 36 hours prior to the hurricane's scheduled landfall. After a mutually cautious evaluation between us, I decided that with too much to do and too little time, this stray canine would need a place to stay through the storm until it could be reunited with its rightful owner.

The chaos that followed in Hurricane Andrew's wake throughout South Florida can be appreciated only by those who experienced it. Death, destruction and despair prevailed. The descriptor "war zone" was tossed around frequently by those living this nightmare, and it was fitting. It quickly became quite obvious in this environment that my new friend and I would be together much longer than originally anticipated - as in permanently.

While spending the next couple of weeks with some very understanding friends until power was restored to our home, I discovered that my new friend "Buck," as I had been calling "him," was actually a female. But it was too late - the dog was answering to the name, and so it was that a family tradition of unusual dog names was born.

This would not be my only surprise.

From the beginning, I noticed that Buck was a bit "larger" than the usually svelte Dobermans and as the days passed and Buck continued to grow, so did my suspicions about the situation.

I was employed at the time as executive director for an OB/GYN group medical practice that, conveniently enough, had an in-house ultrasound department. Seizing upon the opportunity, I scheduled a clandestine appointment with the technician (who was, ironically, also the owner of a Doberman rescue dog) to determine once and for all if my new friend was indeed - PREGNANT?

The results of the sonogram were immediate and unmistakable. My household that had already grown by one was about to grow by 11 more!

I had no idea how I was going to deliver and care for 11 puppies. I had had dogs before, but never straight from the womb. Fortunately, I had a friend who was experienced with dogs who could help when the time came, which, according to the ultrasound tech, would be another month or so.

Mother Nature had other plans.

On Monday night, September 14, I arrived home to the sight of Buck lying on my living room floor going into labor. After a minute or two spent regaining my composure, I called my friend to get some help. He informed me that it would be impossible for him to get to my house in time, but that he would be willing to talk me through it on the phone. At this point, I took what help I could get.

The good thing about this situation was that it was over before I could even begin to panic. In the course of 30 minutes or so, I had delivered a litter of eight beautiful, healthy puppies. (Sadly, three were stillborn.)

Over the next several weeks, I had the pleasure of waking up every day to the experience of eight pups climbing out of their plastic swimming pool "bed" and all over me, licking me with their puppy breath. When they were weaned and it came time to find them new homes, there was one pick of the litter that would not be going anywhere. His name was "Squatty."

Why Squatty, you may ask (as most people did)?

There was (and still is) a great friend of mine affectionately known as Squatty, due to his, ahem, fire hydrant-shaped body. Rather round, not so tall, and powerfully built, it was the exact name that came to mind when I delivered the rust-colored square package that grew up to be the best friend I ever had.

Over the next 15 1/2 years, Squatty and I were inseparable, mostly because I loved having him with me, but also because he suffered from "separation anxiety," which is a nice way of saying that anytime he was left alone, something was sure to be destroyed! His stubborn determination and 75 pounds of solid muscle was a combination that led to doors ripped off hinges, busted screens, holes under fences, and most notably, a Houdini-like escape from a steel dog crate using only his jaws.

When he wasn't wreaking havoc, Squatty enjoyed eating, riding in the car, chasing squirrels and taking me for walks, but mostly he enjoyed just lying at my feet in hopes of a nice massage. He was fortunate in that regard because I spent most of his life working from my home, allowing ample "bonding" time for us.

As Squatty got older, he began to suffer from extreme arthritis in his hips, but even that did little to slow him down. After x-rays were taken at age 12, the vet commented that he was amazed that Squatty was even walking given the condition of his hips, but he not only walked, he still ran circles around dogs half his age, a true measure of the indomitable spirit of my dog, a spirit which continued to the end.

Just as it was when my "once in a lifetime" dog entered this world on September 14, 1992, I was holding Squatty in my arms when he passed peacefully from it on March 13, 2008. Preceded in death by his mom Buck in November, 2001, the tears are a constant reminder of how much I love and miss him, but I take comfort in the many priceless memories, and the faith that my precious dogs will be waiting for me on the Rainbow Bridge when I too am called home one day.

(This story would be incomplete without an expression of my extreme gratitude to Dr. Linda Faris and her assistant Mary Dunn of Acupuncture and Herbs for Pets in Overland Park, KS. Over the last 2+ years of his life, Squatty was a regular visitor to this holistic veterinary clinic, where he was pampered and loved while enjoying his monthly acupuncture treatments. I am convinced that the care given by these wonderful ladies enhanced and extended Squatty's life, and for that, I am very thankful. I am blessed to call them my friends and cannot recommend them highly enough to those of you with pets.)

Inside This Issue:

Upcoming Special Events

Upcoming Tasting Room Selections

Wine Club Wine of the Month

Cellar Club Wine of the Month

Recipe of the Month

Featured Artist

Pinot's "Fun Wine Factoids"

Wine Trivia Contest

Featured Customers

Featured Testimonial

Recommended Resources

The Last Sip

Past Newsletters





















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Pinot's "Fun Wine Factoids"


"Pinot" - The Official Feline of Wines by Jennifer


  • A "vertical tasting" is a tasting of several different vintages of the same wine, made by the same producer.
  • Many wine regions have communal tasting rooms that offer wines from a collection of small, local wineries.
  • Centuries ago, crossings between Pinot Noir and the now obscure Gouais Blanc resulted in a number of varieties, including Chardonnay and Melon de Bourgogne.
  • In 2006, a new winery was licensed in Iowa every two weeks.
  • Since 1945, each year's label appearing on Chateau Mouton-Rothschild has been designed by a different artist, including Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Prince Charles of England.

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Submit the correct answer by May 31st and win a free wine tasting compliments of Wines by Jennifer. In the event of multiple correct answers, the winner will be chosen by random drawing.

Et tu, Brute?What wine or grape was named for Julius Caesar?

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Wines by Jennifer Featured Customers

Steve and Kari Quinn


Steve & Kari QuinnShown here enjoying themselves during Steve's birthday bash at Wines by Jennifer, Steve and Kari are loyal customers and great friends.

We look forward to seeing them every Wednesday when they come in to enjoy their regularly-scheduled "date night," or at many of the advanced wine courses we've all completed together.

Thanks, Steve and Kari. We are thankful to count you as customers, and more importantly, as friends!

Wines by Jennifer Featured Testimonial


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Recommended Resources

Culinaria Spain

Marion Trutter, Editor


Culinaria SpainWe received this book as a gift from our good friend and customer, Ken Anderson, in recognition of Wines by Jennifer's fifth anniversary (more on that next month!), and what a great gift it is:

"The variety of Spanish cuisine matches the size of the country, on of the largest in Europe.

This book in the Culinaria series awakens the desire to discover Spain with all the senses. In 488 pages and over 1200 illustrations, it depicts the way that landscape, climate and diversity of cultures have shaped the cuisine of this richly varied country. A total of 202 recipes from every region promises pleasure for the tastebuds to accompany the food for thought of an inspiring read.

Last but not least, Culinaria Spain contains a survey of all the important wine-regions of the country."

Although we haven't made it cover to cover yet, this is a terrific book that Spanish food and wine lovers should not miss. (And if you're not a Spanish food and wine lover, we dare say you will be after you get this book!)

The Last Sip


“Give me books, fruit, French wine, fine weather, and a little music out of doors, played by somebody I do not know.”

- John Keats


That's all, folks - see you next month!

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