My 29-year-old self does not quite “party” like my 19-year-old self. Late nights and cheap drinks have turned into day drinking on the weekends and naps. I’m OK with that.
Yesterday, we went on a quadruple day date to Lakeridge winery to enjoy their annual harvest grape stomping festival! We tasted some of their wines, enjoyed some cold beer (I know, not wine- but it was a million and five degrees out!!) and stomped it out.
First of all, I have wanted to venture out to the winery for awhile. They did a tasting way back when at our college and I have tried their wines a few times since. They have 80 acres and it really is so beautiful and green. I hope they do weddings there, it would be so pretty! I think their wine is nice, too. However, they make a lot of sweet stuff. We started the tasting walk and about our 3rd taste on were dessert wines. A little too sweet for me. I was wanting a nice merlot…
This event was popular- we were parked in the overflow’s overflow. Impressive customer service though because they had continuous golf cart service which was much appreciated in the heat.
We tasted first, before taking our drinks to the grape stomping “line”. For this group of teachers, we were under-impressed with the general public’s line making skills. It was more like a cluster! Now, I must admit- this has been a bucket-list item for me to stomp grapes. Maybe it stems from that (best ever) I Love Lucy episode… who knows! I was pretty psyched about it! We waited for what felt like hours in a steamy, sweaty tent full of people (and lots of kids). Finally, it was our turn!
I really loved squishing my bare feet into a barrel of smashed grapes. As weird as it sounds, it was so satisfying to pop each grape and push the juice through. Turns out, this was a competition- who produced the most grape juice within a minute. I didn’t win- typical. But, Mike did! And as a winner, he left with a brand new T-shirt!
Of course, there was a wash station for your feet. I truly thought we would leave with purple feet, but no! And I must say, after grape stomping, a swim in the pool and a hot shower… my feet were feeling pretty soft and smooth last night. Who needs a spa?
After our stomp, and a bite to eat, we joined an afternoon tour of the winery (which just a short movie and one behind-the-scenes look) but it’s pretty interesting to see the equipment these places have now to mass produce. Giant machine shake the vine to catch the ripened grapes and then they are squeezed in a huge machine where red juice gushes out ready to be fermented. (Also, interesting to learn that for some reds, the grapes are fermented whole to absorb the color from the skin before juicing- who knew! Well, maybe you did. News to me!) It seemed like an efficient system… not as great as Mike and I stomping… but we both have jobs! We can’t be there to stomp grapes every day.
It was a much-needed adventure after an exhausting first week of school. And look at what great company we had (blurry- the stranger we picked for picture taking might have sampled too much wine):
Today is my lazy day. I plan to sleep, clean, meal prep, and plan a solar eclipse lesson for Monday!
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