Visitors enjoy Harvest Wine Festival in Blanco

Joshua Kellogg

BLANCO — Visitors roaming the grounds of the Wines of the San Juan winery enjoyed live music, seeing their friends and the taste of the wines served today as part of the 15th annual Harvest Wine Festival.

Dusti Monge, left, and Stephanie Bushman, of Farmington, pose with their wine glasses during the Harvest Wine Festival on Saturday at Wines of the San Juan in Blanco.

The two-day event continues Sunday. Nearly 70 vendors were on hand today to sell jewelry and artwork, and serve food, including barbecue and pizza from a wood-fired oven.

“I think it’s really good, I think we have a good turnout,” Wines of the San Juan Marketing Director Brittny Arnold said. “It looks like we have a lot of new people and a lot of new vendors.”

It was the second year for Phyllis Castor to attend the event. She purchased several items, including handmade candles, while enjoying some of the wines offered by the winery.

“I enjoy all the wines and all the booths,” Castor said. “Just the camaraderie of people. It’s a beautiful day.”

Castor favors white wines that are not too sweet and said Girls are Meaner was her favorite.

Gennie Kennedy and her daughter-in-law Tammy Rinerson had several chairs and a table set up where they were eating, drinking and listening to the music from one of the several bands performing over the weekend.

Waunita MacDonald, left, talks about her artwork with Marcia Arnold during the Harvest Wine Festival on Saturday at Wines of the San Juan in Blanco.

As the Cannondolls played their Americana tunes onstage, Kennedy said she loved the weather and the scenery. She also enjoyed having an opportunity to spend time with Rinerson.

A crowd formed to watch this year’s Great Grape Stomp, which featured eight two-person teams in a competition to see who could produce the most grape juice with their bare feet. Most of the teams were dressed in costumes.

Before the stomp, Jessica and Trudy Adams finished last-minute preparation by spraying glitter on their arms, face and hair.

In dresses that made them look like mermaids, Jessica and Trudy dubbed themselves the Merlotmaids.

It was the first time for the mother and daughter to participate in the event. Jessica had watched her sister in the event last year and thought it would be fund to participate in.

Visitors enjoy music and dancing during the Harvest Wine Festival on Saturday at Wines of the San Juan in Blanco.

She thought it was great to see the community come together for the event.

“Everyone here is so nice and ready to have fun,” Jessica Adams said.

Dressed as Ethel and Lucy from the television show “I Love Lucy,” Lisa Salzbrenner and Tara Roice competed in the event for the first time. They are part of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, which selected the festival as its September group event.

“It was fun. It was a rush,” Salzbrenner said about stomping on the grapes.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.