THE STORY of the FIRST GRAPE STOMP at the PORT GARDNER BAY WINERY
The 1st Annual Grape Stomp took place at the Port Gardner Bay Winery, 9-22-18. It was made possible by the caring and support of Chris and Linnea Covington, the owners of the Winery.
Several groups banned together with the Covingtons to make this happen: The Everett High School JrROTC under the leadership of Commander Rick Gile USN, Ret.; Frank Craven, Aalbu Brothers Machine shope, Karote Gym and others. Everybody felt strongly about taking action to support Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington.
The First Annual Port Gardner Bay Winery Grape Stomp for Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington was intentionally kept small and carefully managed. The competition took place in the parking lot behind the Winery.
Each Stomp Team generally consisted of two individuals – a “stomper” and a “Sculler” to maximize the volume of grape juice that could be not only produced but forced out the drain hole at the bottom of the half barrel and into the collection bowl.
The set-up for the Grape Stomp was managed by the Covington’s. The Grapes arrived in a huge container that had to be moved by a forklift. From the huge storage container, 10 lbs of grapes were carefully weighed out and then transferred to each half Barrel for Stomping.
Volunteers were of critical value in managing the filling, emptying and refilling of the barrels.
Furthermore, the start/stop timing of each Stomp team was very carefully managed and recorded by Neetha Hsu, aided by her daughter, Keira.
The results of the competition are listed below. The winner was Frank Craven and his son, Francis Craven.
As a result of this initial Stomp, thanks to very generous donors like Dr. Forrest Hsu and others, several thousand dollars were collected – and added to the fund raising associated with the 18th Christmas Spectacular. The $26,000 total was passed from the Dorothy Jayne Foundation 501c directly to Make-A-Wish of Alaska and Washington.
All concerned felt that this small, initial effort was successful and that a 2nd Annual Grape Stomp should be organized for September 2019.
Sanford Wright MD
Co-Organizer of the Stomp with Chris and Linnae Covington and others
Producer Director of the Christmas Spectacular