Staunton, Virginia has become widely known for its quirky, downtown atmosphere and small-town charm, and this is one of the reasons why John Reese chose it as the location of his wine bar. Barking Dog Wine is located on Beverly Street in the heart of downtown Staunton, an ideal locale for anyone desiring a glass of wine after a play at the Blackfriars Playhouse or a day of browsing the local shops. The wine bar features the products of some of our favorite nearby vineyards—Veritas, Bluestone, Blenheim, Jefferson, Barren Ridge, and Cardinal Point—paired perfectly with a variety of cheeses and sandwiches.
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Barking Dog sounds fantastic! Why isn’t there more of a buzz about it?” And the answer is because it’s a new establishment. Barking Dog is only a few months old, having been opened this past summer. Owner John Reese has worked in the business world for thirty-five years, the last twelve of which were spent as Regional Vice President for Kohls. (Needless to say, Mr. Reese knows his way around the business world.) He and his wife decided to embark on a new adventure as proprietors in the world of wine.
The next question you may be asking yourself is, “How on earth did they come up with the name ‘Barking Dog’?” The wine bar was named after the Reese families three pet dachshunds, Charlie, Franklin, and Oscar. As Barking Dog’s Facebook states, “Every company has a CFO – meet Barking Dog’s. Charlie – Franklin – Oscar!”
If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere and a selection of excellent local wines, then plan a stop at Barking Dog.