A Vintage Affair hosts 3rd Annual Grape Stomp at Animalia
The third annual Grape Stomp at Animalia will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, 2-6 p.m., at Animalia (www.animaliawellness.com), a cutting-age veterinarian clinic owned by Aubrey and Michelle Preston, 1973 New Highway 96 West near the Westhaven neighborhood. The event is presented by First Tennessee Bank and Humana.
So, whether your notion of grape stomping conjures up romantic images of Keanu Reeves and his love interest in the 1995 film A Walk in the Clouds, or of the iconic scene from the famous I Love Lucy “Grape Stomping” episode, those bold enough to brave the messiness are invited to experience traditional wine making as they stomp barefoot in competition against others in a tournament bracket-style competition. There will be five stomp heats, comprised of six teams each. The team to collect the most juice at the end of the four-minute stomp will advance to the finals, where five teams will compete to be the Grape Stomp champion. Members of the winning team will receive a case of wine as reward for their stomping talent. The stomp will be hosted by Eric Morrison of Sonoma, California. Eric is known as the “grape stomp expert” of wine country.
There will also be a special award given to the best-dressed Grape Stomping Team – sponsored by Muse Boutique out of Cool Springs. T-shirts or creative costumes are encouraged. The cost to sponsor a team of five is $1,000 and up to 30 teams will be assembled. Those wishing to enjoy the event from the sidelines may purchase general admission tickets for $50. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for $100 each. VIP ticket holders will have access to a designated VIP tent where they will enjoy exclusive wines, gourmet food and the finest cigars.
Not interested in stomping grapes, how about listening to some good music? Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of Loretta Lynn and formally of the group Stealing Angels, and Curb Record artist, Ashley Gearing will blow the crowd away through out the day.
Wine and food will be plentiful. Four Roses Bourbon from Lawrenceburg, Ky. and Cougar Juice Vodka from Calistoga, Calif., will both be creating a signature cocktail and will offer bourbon and Vodka tastings. Additional participants include VIP food sponsor, PortaVia Italian - along with Drake’s, Puckett’s, Papa Boudreaux’s, McCreary’s, Sopapilla’s and Zolo’s Italian. Champagne will be served in the “VIP Bubble Lounge” for those who purchase VIP tickets.
Visit AVA’s website at www.avintageaffair.org for more details and to purchase tickets. For information on registering your grape stomping team please contact Ashley W. Roberts at 615-351-8165.
Posted on: 9/13/2012