Grape Stomp Festival Stains Feet

Published October 12, 2013

The wine town of Murphys draws quite a crowd a few days a year. Today was one of those days. Their grape stomp festival stains feet from all over the Sierra Foothills. Contestants stand on red grapes within a half barrel while a mucker (no, not a typo) ensures all the juice flows into a measuring can and filters out skins, seeds, or stems that could block the flow. The juice excised is measured and winners announced with the most clear juice. The grape stomp winners are sticky, pink, and slightly smelly but appear to be feeling fantastic… even one who appeared to have made the mistake of wearing white pants.

More appellation adventures from my month in this region.


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