Naming a wine club after a dog may seem silly, or like a
cheap trick, appealing to all the dog lovers who also love wine. OK, so true on both counts, but there is more
to this story.
Otto Von Biederman is the coolest dog I’ve ever known, and
I’ve known a lot of dogs. He was part of
a package deal when I started dating my wife, Kate, back in 2012. After we were
married in 2013, we lived in the apartment above my store, The Wine Rack, for 3
years before buying a house not far away.
We had a small rooftop deck up there, and Otto was quite fond of
lounging out there on a regular basis.
On most evenings, I’d be busy doing my thing in the shop while Otto
would happily look down from the rooftop deck, making his presence known to my
customers walking to and from the shop to the parking lot out back. Never shy, Otto quickly became known as “Otto
the Roof Dog”, or more fittingly, “Otto the Wine Dog”.
So there you have it.
The seed for somehow placing Otto into a role at The Wine Rack was
planted. Now that we are finally
launching a wine club, I felt it only right to name it after him. After all, Otto is a lover of all things
tasty, and possesses a true “joie de vivre”!