When harvest was all said and done late last year, we had a few tons of grapes left over that hadn’t been allocated to other winemakers. What do you do with world class Syrah grapes? Stomp the bejeezus out of ’em and make thee some wine! So that’s what we decided to do. We partnered with a winemaker and decided to make a few barrels of wine. Our wine project won’t be ready for quite some time because the juice needs to sit in barrel for a couple of years while it does its thing, but at least we were able to be a part of the process.
By the time we made it over to the winery the grapes had already begun their fermentation process. They were cold and a bit slushy. But the kids were troopers as we lowered them into the cold bins and held them while their tiny feet stomped away. Did I feel like “I Love Lucy” in her infamous Italian adventure? No, but it was pretty exhilarating nonetheless. And when somebody asks you if you want to stomp grapes, always say “YES, PLEASE!”