SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — It’s harvest time in wine country and for some, that still means getting their stomp on.I took off my shoes and gave it a try during travels About The Bay.
Perhaps all you know about grape stomping is what you learned from watching ‘I Love Lucy’, but actually there’s a long and distinguished history.READ MORE: COVID Recovery: Businesses Hoping End Of COVID-19 Restrictions Will Bring Crowds Back To Ferry Building
“I went on a trip to Egypt and they had some statuary and they had the little pictographs on their side and apparently that was how they flattened their grapes even then,” said Jane Engdal, coordinator of the Sonoma County Harvest Fair World Championship Grape Stomp.
I was able to enter the competition with no good reason, but few others seemed to have one either.READ MORE: California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A Day
One competitor, who only gave her first name, Jen, said she had just moved to the Bay Area from Texas and figured this is what you do in California.