Somehow we’ve all grown up with images in our heads of the ancients stomping grapes to produce wine. Well, now you too can have the pleasure. According to USA Today, it’s not just us wild and crazy Californians who indulge in this; it appears that folks across the U.S. crave the feel of grapes between their toes. From Northern California’s wine country to SoCal’s Santa Barbara, north to Oregon and Washington and east to New York, Virginia and North Carolina, harvest festivals are in full swing including some that feature grape stomping contests.
And by the way, we’re celebrating our own harvest season. No, we’re not picking grapes in our back yard. We’ve harvested Snob Free Wine Tasting Companion content and colorful pics and converted them into a Kindle book now available on Amazon! Great discount too when you purchase it with the paperback book.
High season in the wine country is a good reason to rejoice. It’s the culmination of a year’s devotion to tending to grape growth by every vintner committed to great wine. Vineyards are abuzz with activity. Grape clusters are removed from the vine and transported to the “crush pad” of the winery to start the wine making production process (sans the foot stomping). Usually this begins in September and can last through October. Although some dates have passed, check this list of events throughout California to catch a bunch of fun, including grape stomping, food and wine tasting along with music.
Enjoy the fall season!