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If you wondered what the barrels, stage, and stomping was about on Thursday, September 19 at Promenade Temecula‘s outdoor Mall, guests were invited to celebrate the first annual harvest and grape stomp.
As the invite only crowd arrived, many were asked but few were up to the challenge of actually stomping the grapes, harvested from the vines on the “wine walk” mini-vineyard plots. Temecula’s Mayor Pro-tem Maryann Edwards was on hand to enjoy the evening, saying, “We love Promenade Temecula, and what they do for the city (of Temecula). It’s a wonderful evening and a great event.”
Press Enterprise captured the video of the actual stomping — which was heated competition, prizes for mini-pedis allotted to the participants, and Edwards Regal Cinema’s gift cards for the winners. Yes, they got their stomp on, as Orange County resident Mickey Marraffino said. Contestants stomped furiously to be first ones with a full container of “wine.”
“Our grapes were just juicier!” said a winning contestant, through much laughter and cheering of the crowd present.
All the while, the crowd of approximately 100 guests stayed to enjoy food and wine pairings, and music from Mike Gross and Brian Stodart, playing a mellow engaging songbook from John Mayer to Jason Mraz and Coldplay.
With an early Temecula wine country harvest, Promenade Temecula’s celebrated their Wine Walk harvest with verve and style at the outdoor wine walk location. Between Yard House and Pottery Barn, this location boasts winery information on the vines growing, and the wine growers who sponsor them.
Over the past year, shoppers have watched the new vines blossom, grow, and plump up with rich bunches ready for the Promenade Temecula’s harvest and grape stomp. The wine country grape stomp, with featured wine makers from South Coast Winery…
Robert Renzoni Vineyards, Wilson Creek WInery, Gerchon Bachus, Leoness Cellars, Danza Del Sol Winery, Callaway Winery, and Briar Rose Winery were on hand to share their knowledge and love of the vines growing in the open air mall.
“The grapes have done incredibly well this year,” said Leoness Cellars owner Mike Rennie. “Both here, and at the vineyard. It’s been an early harvest, due to the long season of cool weather, sharpened by a hot, humid August.”
The wine poured was perfectly paired with mall area restaurants, including sushi by Loveboat, pizza by California Pizza Kitchen, barbecue from Sweet Lucile’s Barbecue, and of course, delectable P.F. Changs signature chicken and fried rice.
Desserts by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, to name a few. The fudge, presented by Mallori DelFiandra, was melt-in-your-mouthable, when paired with late harvest zinfandel, and Briar Rose’s Syrah.
“2013 will be a great year for grapes,” Leoness’s Rennie said.