Episode #273 – “Hey Lucy, You Got Some Stainin’ To Do!”

Stomping Grapes and Shattering Records in NY

1232 people stomped 60 tons of Concord grapes to set a Guinness World Record for the most people grape stomping blocks from the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, in Jamestown, New York

1232 people stomped 60 tons of Concord grapes to set a Guinness World Record for the most people stomping grapes.

It is by far and away the most memorable and imitated comedic wine-themed moment in television and motion picture history. And what made it even more special was the fact that not a single word needed to be uttered to make the scene magical. Last week in Jamestown NY–in celebration of Lucille Ball’s iconic grape-stomping scene–a new Guinness World Record for the most people to foot-stomp grapes was set by 1232 purple-footed partiers. The revelers, mostly dressed like Lucy, stomped 60 tons of Concord grapes in a vat that was a city block long! Join David as he relives the magic with Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy and the National Comedy Center, based in Jamestown, the hometown of Lucille Ball.

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Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy

While we’re talking New York wines, David introduces you to Jennifer and Fred Johnson, owners of the Johnson Estate Winery, the oldest farm winery in New York State. They’re located in Chautauqua County’s Lake Erie wine country, the largest grape growing region east of the Rockies. Will David make good on his offer to pick Ice Wine grapes in sub-zero temps? Burrrrrrr…

This winter David will be picking ice wine grapes!

This winter David will be picking ice wine grapes!

And finally, Grape Encounters proudly introduces a new cast member to the show, our new Senior Wine News Correspondent, Larry Gifford, who has the latest on Napa Earthquake damage estimates, a new California wine-themed bar in London, and an NBA star who bathes in wine.

Larry Gifford, Senior Wine News Correspondent

Larry Gifford, Senior Wine News Correspondent

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