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20 selecttraveler.com M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 Groups can learn the basics of improv during classes at the famous Chicago theater that has trained the likes of Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Mike Myers, to name a few of the famous Second City alumni. For smaller groups, usually 12 to 15 people, the theater offers one-, two- and three-hour Intro to Improv workshops that cover the basics and allow people to get onstage and get crazy. For larger groups of up to 200 people, workshops are held in a theater and are more presentation style, which gives guests a chance to remain anonymous in the audience or get in front of one, either for big laughs or full-on flops. "We always say at Second City, you're either going to get so good you never fail, or you get so good at failing you never care," Poole said. Groups typically take a midday or afternoon class, then break for dinner and return for an evening show. The theater's first restaurant, 1959 Kitchen and Bar, opened last March, tak- ing its name from the year Second City opened its doors. The restaurant offers group dining packages and allows people to stay on-site between an improv class and an evening show. W W W . S E C O N D C I T Y . C O M GRGICH HILLS ESTATE R U T H E R F O R D , C A L I F O R N I A In 1976, Miljenko "Mike" Grgich stunned the wine world during a blind tasting in Paris when a panel of French judges deemed his 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay the finest white wine in the world. Today, Grgich Hills Estate has a winery and a tasting room in Ruth- erford, California, and 366 acres of vineyards throughout Napa Valley. Every year, Grgich Hills allows guests to stomp grapes during harvest time, roughly from Labor Day to Halloween, although it could run earlier or later depending on Mother Nature. Every harvest starts off with a blessing of the grapes, and this season will mark Grgich's 41st blessing, an event that's free and open to the public. A Catholic priest will "bless the grapes and bless the people who are there," said Ken Morris, communications manager for Grgich Hills Estates. Once the harvest is underway, grape stomping can begin. It's available every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors take off their shoes, roll up their pants, step in a sawed-in-half barrel "and squish some grapes." The barrels are large enough that five people can get in together for a photo op. When finished, visitors stamp their purple, grape-stained feet on a T-shirt printed with "I stomped at Grgich Hills" for a personal memento. The experience also in- cludes a glass of wine. Groups of eight or more must make reservations and can also add a tasting or a guided tour of the working winery. During a harvest-time tour, visitors will also see grapes being pressed and the juice being pumped to tanks. The winery is surrounded by 20 acres of vine- yards, including a demonstration vineyard where guests can learn about the different types of grapes grown at Grgich's five estate vineyards. W W W . G R G I C H . C O M Courtesy Country Music Hall of Fame Hatch Show Print Footprint souvenir at Grgich Hills Estate Blue Man Group Courtesy Grgich Hills Estate By Kelly Day, courtesy Blue Man Group

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