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Pahrump Valley Winery ready to stomp some grapes

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Participants are allowed to take their shoes off and jump right in at Pahrump Valley Winery’s Grape Stomp Festival.

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Grape Stomp Festival
Oct. 9 & 10, 12 p.m., $5-$30
Pahrump Valley Winery
775-751-7800

Despite our five-star restaurants and world-class sommeliers, this stubbornly remains a beer and liquor kind of town. Order a Cabernet from a cocktail waitress on the Strip and you're likely to be served a tumbler filled with syrupy red swill. It may come as a surprise, then, that nationally recognized wine is produced just 50 miles southwest of Vegas, at Pahrump Valley Winery. Using grapes grown in Nevada, California and Oregon, the winery has won more than 100 awards since 2004. Local oenophiles need no better excuse to check its offerings than this weekend's Grape Stomp Festival, a two-day celebration of the harvest season featuring live music, food, and drawings. Stomping is, of course, optional.

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  • Tender wrappers, each plumped up to the size of a playing card, swaddle a juicy pork/vegetable blend worthy of being trumpeted on the marquee.

  • La Monja will be a Mexican-style raw bar, while Hatsumi will offer a more elegant experience, focused on traditional robata and irori grilling.

  • Head to the bar for executive chef Mark Andelbradt’s counter-only menu and prepare for a range of explosive flavors.

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