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Get Knee Deep in Grapes

Winemakers abandoned grape stomping long ago in favor of mechanical maceration. But people still love to do it. Just ask the participants in the Grape Stomp at the Steele Wines Harvest Festival, October 12–13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., at Steele Wines in Kelseyville. Besides the stomp, the event will also offer live music by the Funky Dozen, David Neft, Austin and Owens, and the Cal Alumni Big Band; art and craft vendors; and a wine tasting. For the kids, there’ll be face-painting, hula-hooping, and a pie-eating contest. Admission and parking is free. Wine tasting is $5 and includes a glass and five tasting tickets. The Grape Stomp will run noon–4 p.m. 4-H will serve a barbecue from 11 a.m. until supplies run out. On October 13, the Run for Literacy, an all-ages benefit race featuring a 5K run/walk and a 10K run, will start at 9 a.m. Registration fees are $15–$35; ages 6 and younger register for free. Register at See for information about the Harvest Festival.