Though most famous for its association with grapes and the winemaking process, stomping has been used throughout history in the execution of other edible creations such as mashed potatoes and squash. Pound out a delectable delicacy with today’s Groupon to the Grape Stomping Bash and new-wine-release party at The Winery SF on Saturday, October 22, from noon–5 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $22, you get admission for one (a $45 value).
- For $40, you get admission for two (a $90 value).
- For $72, you get admission for four (a $180 value).<p>
The Winery SF’s 20,000-square-foot winemaking facility plays host to an I Love Lucy –themed grape-stomping bash celebrating the arrival of its newest wines. Treat tongues to a dozen new vintages from the winery’s private labels, including such medal-grabbers in the San Francisco International Wine Competition as double gold medal winner Flower Power and bronze medal winner Rockstar. Attendees are encouraged to don a Lucy-themed outfit for the costume competition, with a free bottle of fresh-batch vino going to the competitor who can mash up grapes while still remaining sepia toned. Tours of the winery will take place throughout the event, and every guest is invited to stomp on the ovular produce or dance the juice out to the accompanying tunes of the DJ.
Though not included in today’s Groupon, a raffle (one ticket for $2; six tickets for $10), the benefits of which go to the local charity Project Open Hand, plucks four winners to participate in the Bash the Grapes competition at 4 p.m. The victorious stomper is awarded with a gift certificate for a future 10-person wine-and-barrel sampling to test the complexities and IQ levels of Winery SF’s different varietals. Groupon holders can also hand over extra dough to satiate hunger pangs with pizza slices from Golden Boy Food Truck ($3–$5). The winery provides free parking on the day of the event.
Within the Winery Collective's multi-winery tasting room, grape savants uncork the flavorful nuances of liquid harvests hailing from more than 2 dozen of California's boutique wineries from Santa Barbara to Napa Valley. Winemakers and enthusiasts guide palates through wine-flight menus, which are culled from the more than 100 vinos that line the tasting room's walls and, like the political views of a housecat, change daily. The Winery Collective also hosts private and semiprivate parties and corporate events, during which guests mingle and sip in a lofted earth-toned lounge outfitted with crisscrossing wooden shelves that display colorful wine bottles and shapely decanters.