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GrapeStomp1The rains stayed away from Vintage Oaks in New Braunfels Saturday, where the second annual Texas Hill Country Wine Trail Championship Grape Stomp was held.

That meant a crowd of more than 300 enjoyed the largely outdoor afternoon party, which included tastings of Texas wines, snacks from local vendors and, of course, the chance for people to get their feet all purple from pressing grapes or personalizing T-shirts with some juice.

GrapeStomp2Dozens of couples stomped their way through barrels of grapes, competing with each other to see who could press the most juice in 10-minute increments. One competitor, bearing the name tag “Mad Mommy” stomped her way through a load of grapes. It was fun, she admitted, but it was also not as easy as it might appear.

Keeping the action going was the music of local favorites Jazz, Blues and Diamonds, which offered a lively mix of old favorites that had people on the dance floor while the stompers danced and pressed what they could in the barrels.

Some of the wineries on hand to pour their products included Dry Comal Creek, located just across Route 46 from the new subdivision where the party was held, as well as Becker Vineyards, Pillar Bluff Vineyards, Grape Creek, Stone House Vineyard, Fall Creek, McReynolds, Three Dudes, Flat Creek Estate, Texas Legato Winery, and Driftwood Estate.

Dry Comal Creek also offered up a frozen sangria that sent people back for seconds. Here’s the recipe for the tangy treat:

David’s Sangria-Off Champion

1 (12-ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate
1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 bottle Dry Comal Creek Foot-Pressed Red
2 liters grapefruit soda

Mix together limeade concentrate, orange juice concentrate and wine. Place in freezer until slushy. Add grapefruit soda and serve.

From Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery

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One Response to “Stomp!”

  1. Amy Chaney says:

    Thanks for the wonderful info. Very interesting!!!!