As George Orwell famously wrote about winemaking, "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a grape's face—forever." Have fun proving him right with today’s grape-smashing Groupon: for $5, you get an adult admission to the St. Clair Winery’s Crush Festival (a $10 value). Fruit stomping takes place on Friday, August 12 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. To participate in the grape-stomping competition, an additional $10 fee and reservations are required.
Grapes meet their juice-making end as crushing competitors vie for most wine produced during St. Clair Winery’s Crush Festival. During two-minute heats, teams of two battle to feet-squeeze or quietly bribe the most juice out of their barrel of raisin youngsters, contending for the grand prize of a trip for two to Las Vegas. As audiences watch the winemaking match, a food menu circulates and the notes of live music sprout from the instruments of the Soul Sanctuary on Friday, Duende Jazz on Saturday evening, and Rythmethod Band on Sunday evening. During the event, attendees sip on free wine samples that dance across the tongue in a variety of flavors. Guests also receive a souvenir wine glass for future grape-gulping or recreational ant-trapping.
St. Clair Winery & Bistro
Florent and Hervé Lescombes carry on winemaking traditions created by six generations of vintners in the Lescombes family. The winery’s 120 acres of vineyards stretch across the high desert, where the temperate climate and fertile soil help produce 7–10 tons of grapes per acre. After maturing, the grapes travel back to the winery, where state-of-the-art equipment transforms them into more than 70 different wines, including Blue Teal and DH Lescombes. On weekends, live jazz acts play at St. Clair’s four local bistros, which serve French country dishes and gourmet fare. St. Clair's wine festivals invite patrons to crush grapes between their toes and try to catch falling sparks on their tongues at fireworks shows.
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