(map) In honor of Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday – and because it’s fun – Westcave Cellars held their first annual grape stomp this weekend. In addition to turning your tootsies purple, you could eat barbecue, listen to live music and, oh yeah, drink wine! Kids large and small jumped in for the squishy fun, after which you could leave your juicy footprints on a white tee to join the “Purple Feet Club.”
Under the shady oak trees, the crowd gathered at patio tables, picnic tables, on blankets and hammocks to enjoy the band. Below, that’s Allan, one of the owners, piling the barbecue on a seriously huge grill. That’s the tasting room in the background.
Westcave has been growing grapes for 12 years, and just started making their own wines last year. They’re off to a good start! The tasting room has been open just three months, and for this event, needed two pouring stations. You taste five wines of your choice for $10, which includes the glass, and afterward, you can buy a glass or bottle to enjoy outside.
There are still bunches of grapes on the vines waiting for harvest. The owners say that area foxes have noticed and are raiding them in the mornings. Crazy like a fox!