Stomping Out Your Fears

October is Texas Wine Month so it is the perfect time for a wine festival! Ours is October 19th and it revolves around the family fun of grape stomping. Historically, rather than using a wine press or other mechanized method, grapes were crushed by foot in vats to release their juices and begin fermentation. Luckily all our grapes that are to be made into wine have already gone into the tanks for fermentation, but we do keep some for the festival stomping - more of a tradition and back to the earth thing than a necessary part of the process. People arrive at the stomping vat with different perceptions from timid interest to enthusiastic abandon. But you definitely need to experience it at least once - get back to nature, squish it around, enjoy!