I volunteer ... as crusher: You know the 1980s-era grape crusher sculpture on Highway 29 as you descend on the hill toward southern Napa Valley? Sitting just below that statue and to the north, five eclectic wineries have formed an alliance known as the Crusher Wine District.
The group of small, family-owned wineries -- Humanitas Wines, J. Moss Wines, Spelletich Family Wine Co., Trinitas Cellars, and Y Rousseau Wines -- formed at the end of 2013 and is introducing itself to the world as a new wine district (not to be confused with an appellation) on Aug. 2. That day, they'll open their tasting room to the public and play a variety of games called -- gulp -- The Crusher Games.
Don't worry. There won't be dresses on fire or fight-to-the-death tastings. Games include the "impossible bottle toss" and the "bung bung barrel toss," which at least sound innocent. Details: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2. Check-in begins at the Trinitas Library, 851 Napa Valley Corporate Way, Suite A, Napa. Tickets: $30 through July 22; $40 after July 22. http://bit.ly/1sG73yw.