Bentley’s Grill Girls —Kristi Reed and Soraida Cross Win 2011 Grape Stomp at Willamette Valley Vineyards!
We reported earlier this month that our very own Soraida Cross from Bentley’s Grill and Kristi Reed from The Grand Hotel in Salem would represent the Salem Block at the 21st Annual Oregon Grape Stomp Competition at Willamette Valley Vineyards last Friday for the special “Business Day”…..But little did we know of the hidden talents Soraida and Kristi have as a grape stomper and swabber!
The pair performed so well during Friday’s business competition, they were invited back by Jim Bernau, founder and president of Willamette Valley Vineyards, to participate in the actual competion September 23-24…and THEY WON!
Yes, you read it correctly- Soraida Cross and Kristi Reed are the 2011 Oregon Grape Stomp Champions and will be moving on to compete in the Sonoma County Harvest Fair World Championship Grape Stomp in Santa Rosa, California this weekend!
Teams of two (one stomper & one swabby) compete in the hope of being named the world’s greatest grape stomp team. The Stomper (Kristi) stands in a barrel full of grapes, and squishes out the juice using only feet. The Swabby (Soraida) stands below the barrel and keeps the juice flowing into the jug, pulling grape skins away from the screen, and pushing juice toward the pipe.
Read all about it! Grape stomp champs: Bentley’s Grill Girls