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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/28/2020 11:51 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/28/2020 11:51 AM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM

2020 Virtual Grape Stomp is a Wrap! Top 10 Teams Take Top Honors & Auction Opens

Murphys, CA...Celebrating the 27th Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp - the Oldest & Largest in California.  On September 27th Stomp Teams from across California competed in the first of its kind, "Virtual Grape Stomp:Backyard Edition" during pandemic. The event took place online using Zoom Webinar from 11:00-3:30 with an Awards Ceremony at 4:30. Stomp Kits were picked up at the Wine Info Center in Murphys, CA and included a half wine barrel bucket, 25 pounds of Syrah grapes from event sponsor, Aloria Vineyards, Measuring Supplies, Tasting Passes & Surprises. Teams decorated their backyards, got costumes ready, practiced mad stomping skills and tested smartphones or tablets to join the Zoom Online Event.

About the Calaveras Grape Stomp:

This annual celebration of harvest in the Calaveras Wine Region usually takes place the first Saturday of October at Murphys Community Park where all of the Grape Stomp festivities happen including the Grape Stomp Auction and Costume Contest. Long-standing event MC, Doug Brown warms up the teams and crowd with his spirited commentary while his wife Joey oversees the auction tables and welcomes visitors. The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance sells wine by the glass and bottles as well as the annual event T-Shirt. Our friends at Feeney Park host the Gold Rush Street Faire the same day and about 5000 people join each year.

How did the Virtual Grape Stomp Competition Work?

Teams of two met up on Zoom at their assigned heat time to stomp away for 3 minutes. They had another 2 minutes to extract as much group as possible from barrels into the measuring bucket provided. Teams were judged based on Skill, Style and Spirit. Sandra Hess, Executive Director of the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance invited Morgan Gace, CEO of the Calaveras Chamber of Commerce to help MC and judge the event. "We had a ball hosting the event online and chatting it up with such spirited stomp teams using Zoom event," explains Hess. "The Calaveras Wine Region has been built by so many with prospecting and innovative spirits. We took a different approach to make this annual tradition happened and the community came alongside to see it through! Not only did we see many of our past stomp teams but also welcomed first-time stompers this year."

About the Fundraising Event:

Event sponsor representatives from Bear Valley, Aloria Vineyards and Gold Electric welcomed stomp teams before each heat. The Grape Stomp Silent Auction went online this year and stompers had first access to the auction items this past Friday. Today, the auction opened up to the public HERE and runs through October 6th. This annual fundraising event benefits the CWA High School Scholarship Program, Parks and Community Organizations. "We hope to meet our commitments to many again this year even though we had to move away from the park and go online," Hess explains. "We are grateful for the support of our business community and the auction page has incredible items including golf outings, river rafting, private winemaker tastings & tours, snow play adventures, a casino stay & play package, wine packs, gift baskets and gift certificates".

Who Won Top Honors in the Virtual Stomp Competition?

The Top 10 teams took home trophies, bragging rights and prizes. The competition was fierce this year as 35 stomp teams brought their best stomping skills. The top 3 teams in the "Skills" category (amount of juice collected) were:

Crushing It - 3:00 Heat - 5.8 Liters

Grape & Grain - 11:00 Heat - 5.75 Liters

Twin 2 Zin - 5.25 Liters

In addition to the Skills category, teams received a maximum score of 10 points for the Spirit Category and 10 points for the Style Category. We saw teams create artwork and custom backdrops for their backyards and one team even wrote their own song for the Virtual Grape Stomp! Winery teams from Ironstone, Newsome Harlow, Brice Station, and Tanner Vineyards brought their pro stomping tips and for some it as a family affair as father and son team Scott and Sebastian Klann, "Newsome Harlow Degens" were joined by Scott's daughter Sydney and her boyfriend Jason, "Ten by Ten Hicks" who sported Daisy Duke shorts. Returning champions, "The Mucker Truckers" created a float at their home to encourage honking as viewers passed by. "Team Tanner Vineyards" brought a "circular stomping pattern" to this year's competition, taking high scores in the Style category.

DRUM ROLL PLEASE..... The awards were presented to the following teams in each category:

1st Place - Grape & Grain

2nd Place - Crushing It

3rd Place - Mucker Truckers

Finalist - Camp-bernet Counselors

Finalist - Wino Women

Finalist - Calaveras Crushers

Finalist - Stomp Wars: Rise of Vader

Finalist - Vino Las Vegas

Finalist - Twin to Zin

Finalist - Team Tanner Vineyards

About the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance:

Established in 1989, The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance (CWA) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to increasing the awareness of all wines produced in Calaveras County and/or produced from Calaveras grapes. CWA represents Calaveras County families - making some of the most exciting wines in California’s historic Sierra Foothills region. Annual CWA hosted events include the Vineyard Tour, Presidents' Wine Weekend, Calaveras Grape Stomp and Fair Wine Pavilion exhibits and tastings.

Source = Calaveras Winegrape Alliance

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Posted on: 2020-09-28 12:10:40   By: Anonymous
Where are the mask’s Libtards?

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    Posted on: 2020-09-28 12:17:13   By: Anonymous
    It was virtual

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    Posted on: 2020-09-28 13:51:12   By: Anonymous
    So, for starters - a virtual event among families so no masks required. Secondly - and likely most important - it isn't liberals nationally who are NOT wearing masks. Any stroll through Angels Camp will prove the point.

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Posted on: 2020-09-28 12:20:11   By: Anonymous
Man these people are so F__KING stupid anything to get a high

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    Re: anything to get high
    Posted on: 2020-09-28 12:31:31   By: Anonymous
    Isn't that what getting high is all about?

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      Re: anything to get high/\/\Isn't that....
      Posted on: 2020-09-28 12:54:21   By: Anonymous
      I don't drink and I don't do drugs but I think that was a great event and how they did it was clever. From what I understand if they're doing this in their own backyards and are closely related like family and tested negative, I'm sure that's OK and all good! Thank you, Steven R Smith

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        Re: anything to get high/\/\Isn't that....
        Posted on: 2020-09-28 13:41:32   By: Anonymous
          Edited By: thepinetree
        On: 2020-09-29 09:25:33

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Posted on: 2020-09-28 13:49:10   By: Anonymous
All wineries promoting teams. So, just a big ad for more wine drinking which has ruined Murphys.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-29 08:24:03   By: Anonymous
    Not according to Brian!!

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Posted on: 2020-09-28 20:37:57   By: Anonymous
Nice work to those who participated and had fun while doing so! To those who wanna mock them or crack wack a$$ lib jokes- well simple put- go f*

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    Posted on: 2020-09-29 15:35:01   By: Anonymous
    *f right back at all you Narcissistic Personality Disorder drunk and drugged slobs. Blindsiding locals by bringing others, as yourselves to drive our roads inebriated. Anything to be noticed and seen right? Look at all the selfies.

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