Put on your rubber boots and get ready to emulate Lucy and Ethel because City Winery wants you for its First Crush. Taking place on Saturday, Oct. 20, first crush invites anyone interested in the wine-making process to come out and see how it's done first hand. Sure it's not the same as waking up at the crack of dawn out in the vineyards in Sonoma or Bordeaux to pick the grapes, de-stem and more, but it'll give people a good idea of what goes on.
The City Winery first crush begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs until 4 p.m. with a new crush happening every hour on the hour. During your time, you'll spend 20 minutes on the crush (stemming, sorting and processing grapes that will be sent to the fermentation tanks) and 20 minutes for a winery tour before tasting some finished wine and having a buffet-style picnic lunch. First crush costs $30 a person, which includes lunch and five wine tasting tickets. To sign up, call 312-733-9463.