Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Channeling 'Lucy' on The Hill at Muza

Lucille Ball in the iconic episode
Lucille Ball in the iconic episode
Back in 1956, an episode of "I Love Lucy" showed Lucille Ball stomping grapes in a vat while on vacation in Italy.

It became an iconic moment in television history, one that the folks at The Hill at Muza hopes will resonate 60 years later when they recreate it.

The event, called "An I Love Lucy Vineyard Grape Stomp," is set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, September 22, at the Troy venue located in the multi-tiered beer garden space behind the restaurant Muza. It's part of an evening at which the venue's fall wine list will be unveiled, and guests will be invited to participate in a grape stomp and speed tasting.

Wooden barrels will be filled with Zinfandel, Cabernet and Marquette grapes from the Musto Wine Grape Company of Connecticut and Amorici Vineyards, located nearby on the border of Rensselaer and Washington counties.

"This is going to be just like that classic grape stomping scene, with people squishing around on grapes in big wooden vats, making funny faces, laughing and getting messy," said Tim Tyrrell, a partner in the business with owner Adam Siemiginowski whose family owns the restaurant Muza. And, the "speed tasting"? Tyrrell says "It's like speed dating, but with wine, where you go on a mini-date with each wine on our list."

In addition to the Lucy event, The Hill at Muza will be open for its normal 4 to 11 p.m. hours. The entrance to the venue is at 379 Congress Street.

As to the "I Love Lucy" episode, called "Lucy's Italian Movie," it can be seen on You Tube. If you want to show off your trivia skills, ask people who the 4-foot-10 actress was playing in the vat opposite the 5-foot-7 Lucy. (Answer: She was Teresa Tirelli D'Amico, who was born in 1907 in a section of Austria-Hungary that now is part of Croatia, and died in 1989 in Northridge, CA.)

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