Monday, September 27, 2010
Plump, sweet and juicy
So what's all this about? The Second Annual Grove Winery Grape-Stomping sponsored by The Wine Authorities. We (about 55-60 of us) boarded a bus and off we went to Guilford county, watching the I Love Lucy episode when Lucy is in Italy and goes out to stomp grapes to "soak up local color" and ends up soaking up too much! A classic.
We were sent out into the vines in teams-- I was on the Spice team (I am now Culinary Spice)-- charged with cutting the white grapes, de-bugging them (just in case a spider was hiding) and choosing only those that we would actually put in our mouths and eat. I did have to taste them frequently, quality control, you know. The bees were out and about, but I avoided them, luckily.
After the grapes were picked, we had lunch and tasted several of Grove's wines. The sky opened up and the rain began while we were under the tent. It did not put a damper on our fun, however (and the good Lord knows we are desperate for rain in North Carolina). The stomping was set up under cover and off we went.
We stepped into 4 different foot-washing-rinsing solutions before stepping into the vat with the grapes.
And here are my feet afterwards--
We worked up an appetite with all that stomping around so we had a little snack-
We made new friends. I loved the t-shirts some of them were wearing--
Thanks to Seth, Randy and Mic for organizing this wonderful outing.
And here's to the Lucys!
Bon appétit, Grape Stompers at Grove!