Hundreds stomp grapes at South Coast’s annual event

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Diane Tattersall stomps while a friend collects the grape juice during South Coast Winery Resort and Spa’s annual Grape Stomp celebration Sunday, Sept. 15. Jeff Pack photo

Stomping grapes is a messy business.

For the hundreds of people that came out to participate in South Coast Winery Resort and Spa’s annual Grape Stomp celebration Sunday, Sept. 15, they were willing to sacrifice cleanliness for fun.

Owners Dawn and Jim Carter were on hand, as were winemakers Jon McPherson and Javier Flores to celebrate the start of harvest season with a harvest moon hanging overhead.

As guests took their seats, managing director Karl Kruger welcomed them to the event and turned the microphone over to Monsignor Don Webber for a blessing of the harvest.

Guests were then directed to the buffet dinner served in the tasting room while classic rock and roll band, Endeavor, performed classics.

After dinner, the Grape Stomp competition began pitting two-member teams against each other in several rounds of competition.

While one team member was in the barrel crushing grapes with their bare feet, the other member of the team was collecting juice in a bottle. A winner was announced when one of the teams was able to fill up their bottle.

In each round, the winner took home two bottles of South Coast wine and competed in a final stomp-off. The team won that battle was awarded won a one-night stay at South Coast Winery Resort and Spa with dinner at The Vineyard Rose Restaurant.

Jeff Pack can be reached by email at jpack@reedermedia.com.