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Come Stomp the Grapes Julian Style!

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Come check out the Pamo Valley Winery booth!! 

Every September the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the harvest of the grapes with a real, olde-world style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery. This grape stomp out-does all others by providing two barrels for stomping–one for adults and one for children.

Tons of grapes are blessed then poured into the barrels. The atmosphere is created by Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocci Ball competitions, stomping, wine tasting, a Jumbo Jump for the kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale will keep you busy.  Situated in rolling hills covered with vineyards and apple orchards, the Menghini Winery offers an ideal setting for the Festa.

The Grape Stomp Festa is a Julian Chamber of Commerce fund raiser and has been for the last nine years.  The festa draws approximately 1800 people each year.  The proceeds from the event pays for marketing the town, cleaning the streets, maintaining the public restrooms and funding historic preservation projects and events.

Dates: September 6, 2008
Times: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Menghini Winery
Admission: $10 adults 21 and over (includes a commemorative wine glass and 4 free tastings), $5 ages 20 to 6, 5 and under free
Contact: Krisie Morgan, Julian Chamber of Commerce (760) 765-1857

AH!!! Life in the Vineyard

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Guest Blogger Alex McGeary on where he’s at with his winery!

“Well I looked up to the sky and noticed a full moon this past week and then looked down into a Merlot vineyard and observed that they were ripe indeed and ready for harvesting. But, it’s only the middle of August I said to myself, what’s going on?”

“Well, Global Warming is going on and it’s pushing the ripening curve of all of the varieties that I grow at high elevations. So, four days later and the Merlot vineyard is picked and the sugars of three other varieties are now ready. This harvest season is off and running. So goes the harvest of 2008!”

Alex McGeary
Shadow Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Warner Springs, CA