No, this isn’t a couple of mobsters mopping up after someone got whacked. It’s just Bill Lavicka and a few of his pals clearing the mess made after someone dropped a 30 gallon glass jug full of homemade red wine in his basement. The group gets together one Saturday a year at Lavicka’s Near West home to press and bottle wine from grapes they have shipped from Michigan and California.
The process can be messy, but obviously this was pretty extreme. My pants and boots were completely covered. There were specks of red in every corner of the room. It looked like a scene right out of The Sapranos. Who knows, maybe the poor guy who let it slip eventually met a similar fate. I left relatively soon after to find a fresh set of clothes before moving on to my next assignment.