Friday, October 03, 2008

Grape Stomping

The sweet and dizzying aromas of freshly crushed concord grapes filled Union Square today, as dozens of discalced shoppers participated in the annual New York State grape-stomping demonstration. I was reminded of this unforgettable episode of I Love Lucy in which Lucy, hoping to "soak up local color" goes grape stomping at a vineyard. Watching it again today, I am impressed anew with Lucy's comic virtuosity. Every part of her body is working; she does not have one unfunny muscle.
But so much of the effect is in the sadness of the story; it is really a shame that she falls out with her vat-mate, and she will be too purple to appear in the movie role she so desires.

The grape guys advised me to go slow and try to find the whole berries. It is very satisfying when you get one. Wine grapes are nature's bubble wrap. Ah, bubble wrap.

Oh yes. Don't let the season go by without trying grape pie.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! How cool you did that (and at Union Square!)!

Of course, that Lucy episode is one of my favorites.


3:56 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

thanks paz,

I was so happy to have this completely unexpected break in my day--surpassingly cool!

7:28 PM  
Blogger MiriyaB said...

Any blogpost containing the word "discalced" = made of awesome! ;)

Grape pie, eh?

Sounds delicious, if rather more challenging than my Usual Pie Level (the pecan pie & Derby pie that we made for Rosh Hashanah were finished up as of this morning)...

8:25 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...


discalced is just the beginning! they washed our feet with a ewer. It was very Levitical.

I don't think grape pie is much harder to put together than pecan pie or derby pie--I will be going to Kentucky in a couple of weeks and will have an eye out for the latter.

5:42 PM  

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