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Wine Grape Stomping Event in Orange County

August 8, 2014

Wine grape stomping event in Orange County!

Orange county wine grape stompingOC wine grape stompingWine grape stomping is such a fun activity!  It’s a great way to add a little pizazz to your Italian themed event, or your wine tasting event, or just because…!!

It is exactly what it sounds like…wine grape stomping – wine grapes in a half cask on which you stomp with your bare feet.  Yes, it’s a strange, yet exhilarating feeling…and fun!

wine grape stomp orange countyWhen thinking of grape stomping many of you will think of the famous I Love Lucy episode where Lucy gets into a large half cask to stomp grapes with a local Italian gal in her 1956 Season 5, Episode 23, called Lucy’s Italian Movie.  In classic Lucy form, she was lined up to play a part in a movie called “Bitter Grapes” – she took the title seriously and decided to pick up some ‘local color’ – ultimately she gets in a fight with the local gal, gets submerged in the must (term for the grape juice and skins), gets stained head to foot, and then cannot be in the movie after all!  The Director has to go with Ethyl instead.

Lucy wanted her on-film first reaction to the feel of the grapes to be authentic so she did not rehearse with any grapes – grapes were only used when the scene was actually being filmed.  So, the reaction you see is real.  She was quoted later as saying, It felt like “stepping on eye balls!”

orange county cigar stationItalian Duo orange countyEssence Entertainment produced a wine stomping event last Saturday and it was a smash hit!  (Pun intended.)  It was held at the Pelican Hills Resort in Newport Beach, CA.  Double A Events utilized not only our wine stomping, but also Oscar our Cigar Expert and our Strolling Italian Duo, Eric and Fred (Accordion and Violin).  It was a lovely outdoor event on the Bungalow Lawn – the decor was fabulous, the food divine, the music lively, the cigars aromatic…and the grapes squishy!

OC grape stompGrape stomping has been in practice at least since Ancient Roman times (there’s evidence on a sarcophagus dated 200BC).  The stomping not only creates juice, but it also aids in the fermentation process, called pigeage (peej-ahje) – which literally means ‘punching down the cap’.  The grape skins and stems float to the top creating a ‘cap’, which needs to be punched down again and again, enhancing the fermentation.  Pigeage a pied is the act of punching down the cap with your feet!

Grape stomping with feet has been banned in America since the end of the 20th Century, so you don’t have to worry about anyone’s feet having been in your wine!

The event was such a success that Double A Events has already requested Essence Entertainment to produce another wine grape stomping event!orange county grape stomp

Interesting tidbit – we used Corinthean grapes, which are nick-named Champagne Grapes – they have nothing to do with making Champagne – the story has it that there’s a famous photograph of a small bunch of these beautiful grapes sitting on a table next to a glass of Champagne…thus the nick-name Champagne Grapes!


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