Throwback Thursday Wine Making is an Art

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 REB.0759001

One of the funniest sitcoms I have seen involved Lucille Ball making wine the way it has been done for centuries.  Wash the feet, jump into the vat and just stomp. It was hysterical and whether that batch of wine was ever any good is secondary to the antics that scene presented.

Throwback Thursday  Wine Making is an Art

A recent blog post about wines reminded of something that we experienced back in 1995 on a visit to family in Portugal.  It was in September and that is the time of year when the grapes are ready to be harvested.  My cousin was making his wine and was going down to the wine cellar to start the process.  

Throwback Thursday  Wine Making is an Art

When my wife got done doing her part, some friends of my cousins came in to help as well.


The wine does have to be tested for alcohol content while still fermenting, and a clean sample gets pulled to test.

The raw wine on the skin needs to be cleaned off quickly and the alcohol's acidity neutralized.  After the legs and feet are washed, they need to be swabbed down with alcohol,. That is also made after the wine has been placed in their barrels.  My wife disappered for awhile but was eventually discovered red handed.

It was a wonderful trip with some great experienes.  On this particluar day, my wife had a lot of fun, so much so that she did have to go to bed a little earlier on this night.


Throwback Thursday  Wine Making is an Art



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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My parents used to make wine.  Very good and very powerful

Jan 12, 2017 05:28 PM #1
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

William Feela   My father at 96 still makes wine and has a couple of glasses with his dinner every night.  Anyone that knows him thinks it is a wonderful gift when he offers them a bottle

Jan 12, 2017 05:32 PM #2
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It looks like fun Ed Silva but I may never have another glass.

Jan 12, 2017 05:45 PM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have only stomped grapes once.  It was back in the 1970s.  What I remember is having purple feet for about a week afterward, and the stinging of the tannins from the juice.

The Lucy episode that has her stomping is one of my favorites.

Jan 12, 2017 05:54 PM #4
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

Jan 12, 2017 05:55 PM #5
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Bob "RealMan" Timm   the feet are washed well before they go in and the alcohol level would kill any bacteria.

Myrl Jeffcoat   that is why they wash down the feet and legs with alcohol to neutralize that stinging

Jan 12, 2017 05:56 PM #6
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Ed Silva  wondErful memories in these pictues I really enjoyed looking at them

Jan 12, 2017 06:02 PM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That last picture is really a keeper and I would have that one on display.

Jan 12, 2017 06:49 PM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Ed -  Somehow I loose my appitite with that second picture under Lucy.

Jan 12, 2017 08:00 PM #9
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Ed so funny we went to Temecula, CA with another couple 18+ years ago and they had a wine stomping fest I just could not get myself to roll up my Dockers and do the stomping instead we went to Thornton Winery and had lunch and a few glasses of wine instead:))Endre

Jan 12, 2017 10:57 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing some of your fond memories and your photographs.

Jan 13, 2017 04:03 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I remember watching that episode of I Love Lucy, it was indeed very funny!  Such a great experience you had and it's nice to look back on great times like that.  It looks like a lot of fun!

Jan 13, 2017 05:53 AM #12
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Sounds exciting to be able to hop in and start smooshing Ed Silva 

Jan 13, 2017 06:17 AM #13
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Ed, this is one of the most wonderful posts you've written to date! Your wife is a kick-in-the-pants, what a fun gal! This should be one of those experiences that the AirBnB guy ought to add to his list when he finishes creating his latest venture in the travel biz. 

Next thing you need to do is put this into the ActiveRainWiners Group! 


Jan 13, 2017 07:01 AM #14
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Now this was a memorable occasion. It's funny that the Lucy episode is still so funny!

Jan 13, 2017 08:16 AM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love that episode of Lucy....what a briliant comedian she was!

I love your story and seeing the pics. My husband made wine for a couple of years but we never did any stomping. He ordered the juice online. We still have many bottles of his wine.

Jan 13, 2017 11:01 AM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I never knew that trick about washing down the legs and feet with alcohol until now.  I learned something new today!

Jan 13, 2017 01:43 PM #17
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed I use to help my dad make wine every year.  He use to make about 200 gallons.  We used a wine press so we kept our cloths and shoes on ...... LOL

Jan 13, 2017 02:31 PM #18
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I loved that I Love Lucy show and your wife certainly looks like she is enjoying her part in the making and reaping the benefits of her labors.

Jan 13, 2017 06:24 PM #19
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Absolutely and I appreciate artists eveytime I can ... may open a bottle of ART tonight lol


Jan 02, 2018 04:51 PM #20
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