Ficklin Winery: Grape Smush

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Got the hook up to go to a members only event at Ficklin Winery this weekend. Boyfriend and I got to crash the PORTfolio Society annual Grape Stomp.  I felt like we were on a date from the bachelorette. I had no idea you could actually do something like this in Fresno, well Madera, but pretty close anyway.

The day started off with us enjoying some Port Delight. Nothing like a Port at 9am! Then we were given tools and headed out into the fields.  After a quick schpeel on not chopping off your fingers with sheers we were filling baskets like nobodies business. Here’s my face since you have yet to see it.

Except usually when you ask me to take a picture I do this:
Those are the beautiful Tinta Madera grapes we harvested.
Oh and here I am being the Sunmaid Raisin Girl. You know the old one that is probably considered racist now, not the new one that looks like a cartoon barbie doll:
After the grapes were brought in they prepared the buckets for us and we got to stompin. Here we are mid stomp:
He’s cute, right? Love it.
And since you have no idea what our feet are actually doing by this picture. Here are post stomp feet:
Once we hosed down, there was a catered lunch, croissant sandwiches and salad, and let me tell you the port was flowing all morning.
Seriously, such a fun morning date. To become a member of the port society, all you have to do is purchase 2, 3-bottle sets a year. It gives you a 20% discount all year on additional purchases and entrance into these events. They have a big launch event for every wine release. I think it’s so worth it. We loved it and are considering a membership ourselves. Here is the photo gallery from last years stomp. In case the gratuitous pictures didn’t capture enough for you.So in like 20 years when you get to try the Tinta Port (I have no idea how long it takes to make wine) just think of how my sweet little toesies sweetened it up for you. If you stop by Ficklin, which I highly recommend, Seriously, you HAVE to try their chocolate port sometime. Ask for our buddy Jeremy Medieros, he’ll treat you right.
&hearts
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