Five New Oklahoma Wines at StableRidge

StableRidge Vineyards in Stroud, Oklahoma Releases Five New Wines!

There's big fun on both sides of Route 66 this month! That hip little winery on Route 66, StableRidge Vineyards, is offering five new vintages: Pinot Grigio, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Muscat Blanc, and Merlot.
Stop on by, give 'em a try and leave us a comment to let us know what you think!

StableRidge Vineyards in Stroud, Oklahoma

Vinita Vineyard Harvest Event July 31 and Aug. 28th

Summerside Winery, Featured on Discover Oklahoma, Holds Harvest Party

Oklahoma tourism show, Discover Oklahoma, visited Summerside Vineyards & Winery located at the Vinita I-44 Exit and Historic Route 66. They filmed some footage of the winery in June and filmed the Ketchum vineyard in July.

The footage will be highlighted Saturday, July 31st at 6:30 pm on KOTV-6 in Tulsa, KWTV-9 in Oklahoma City, and KSWO-7 in Lawton. Friends from the Grand Lake and Vinita area played roles as background guests during the shoot. Tune in and find out why Summerside Vineyards & Winery won the Grand Lake Association's 2003 Crystal Pelican Award for Outstanding Attraction.

Also for a closer look at the action, you can join Summerside Vineyards & Winery in celebrating harvest and crush at their Vineyard Harvest Parties on July 31st and August 28th.

A prize will be awarded to the person who picks the largest cluster of grapes. After a couple of hours the group will return to the winery for a little pampering while enjoying a Champagne brunch.

Summerside Vineyards owners, the Butlers, promise that participants will be jaded, sated, take home some blisters, and meet some interesting folks. They say you will sleep well that evening and never look at a bottle of wine quite the same way again.

Summerside Vineyards and Winery - Bed & Breakfast, Deli and Wine Tasting at our Vineyard off Route 66 in Vinita, Oklahoma


Friday Evening Dinners at Stone Bluff Cellars

Sunset at Stone Bluff - Summer 2004
Friday Evenings (July 9th - August 27th)
Tour/Tasting: 6:30pm Dinner: 7:15pm
Cost per person: $45.00 (tax not included)

Come join the winemakers for a tour of the vineyard, a tasting of the wine and a gourmet buffet dinner. Seating is limited so make your reservations early. Groups of 25-35 people may reserve entire evening for their function.

Sunset at Stone Bluff

Jamaican Grilling Techniques at Tidal School Vineyards July 31

Join the folks at Tidal School Vineyards for a great evening of dinner, wine, music, and fun on The Barbeque Trail Saturday July 31st!
This will be the first in a series of grilling demonstrations at the winery.

Grilling from North America: Jamaican Jerk Pork dinner. 5pm - 7pm.

Menu: Jamaican Jerk Pork, Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Jamaican Fry Bread.
Dinner: $12.00 + tax Reservations recommended.
(Does not include wine. )

Other Grilling Trail Dates on The Barbeque Trail:

Sept 11- Grilling from Europe - Greece Souvlaki Flambeed w Metaxa

Sept 25 - Grilling from the Middle East- Ali Kabobs with eggplant and yogurt

Oct. 16 - Grilling from Central Asia- Chicken Tikka

For more information contact: Tidal School Vineyards - Vintage Oklahoma Winery, Vineyards and Event Venue


Oklahoma Vineyard for Auction Aug. 6


(336 Acres CRP, 29.4 Acres with Vineyard)
(469 Acres Cultivation, Balance Native Grass)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2004, 11:00 A.M.
PTCI Telephone Company Meeting Room
115 West Main, Boise City, Oklahoma

TRACT #1 Section 5, Twsp. 3, Rnge 3. (641 acres + or -) ASCS records indicate 316 acres in cultivation, balance in native grass.

TRACT #2 Section 6, Twsp. 3, Rnge. 3 less a 29.4 acre

Tract in the NW of Sec. 6-3-3 (606.6 acres + or -).336 acres enrolled in CRP. Annual Pmts. $9,428. ASCS records indicate 153.0 acres in cultivation, balance in native grass.

TRACT #3 A 29.4 acre surveyed tract in the NW of Section 6. Twsp. 3, Rnge. 3. VINEYARD Approx. 3 acres planted to grapes w/electricity, well and drip system.

BIDDING PROCEDURE: The auctioneer will accept bids on each of the three tracts separately. All three tracts will then be combined and offered as one unit. The property will be sold in the manner resulting in the highest total sales price.

Successful bidder(s)will sign a purchase agreement at the auction site immediately following the close of the auction.

TERMS: 10% down payment on the day of auction, upon signing a purchase agreement. Down payment may be paid in the form of cash, approved personal check, approved business check or cashier’s check. Down payment to be paid to the escrow/closing agent named in the contract with the balance of the purchase price due in cash or certified funds upon closing. Buyer and Seller to each pay ½ of the fee charged by the escrow/closing agent.

CLOSING & POSSESSION: Closing shall be held at the office of the escrow/closing agent within 10 business days after approval of title as provided in the purchase agreement. Possession upon closing.

TITLE: Seller agrees to convey property by Warranty Deed. Within 30 days from the date of auction, or as soon as practicable there after, Seller shall deliver to Buyer an abstract of title covering the surface only of said real estate, certified to the date of auction, indicating good and merchantable title in and to said property. Buyer shall have 30 days after receipt of abstract to have it examined. Seller will have a reasonable time thereafter to perform corrective title work if necessary.

TAXES: 2004 Ad Valorem Taxes will be prorated to the day of closing. Buyer to pay 2005 and all subsequent taxes.

CRP & U.S.D.A PAYMENTS: Seller agrees to transfer to Buyer all rights to CRP for 2004 and any DCP or other U.S.D.A payments for 2005 and all subsequent years. Interested parties should contact the Farm Service Agency office in Boise City, Oklahoma for further details

MINERALS: Buyer to receive any and all mineral rights vested in the Seller.

SELLER: Steve & Teresa Cryer
BROKER: ED DESBIEN 580-544-3274

All information contained herein, while not guaranteed, has been gathered from reliable sources. Broker and Auctioneer make no warranties, either expressed or implied. Each potential bidder is responsible for conducting his or her own inspections, investigations, inquiries and due diligence concerning the property. Announcements made day of sale take precedence over printed matter.

DIRECTIONS: 14 Miles West of
Boise City, OK on St Hwy 325 (Kenton Highway),
1 Mile North to the SW corner of Sec. 5-3-3. 15 West &
1 North to SW corner Sec 6-3-3.


Tulsa Opera Preview at Tidal School Vineyards Aug. 28

Get a double-dose of culture Saturday, Aug. 28, 1:00 PM at Tidal School Vineyards in Drumright.
The Tidal School Winery preview will include selections from the upcoming season, including Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Also, favorite songs from The Sound of Music will be included in the program! This family favorite marks the first musical ever produced by Tulsa Opera! 
For more information on Tulsa Opera’s 2004-05 season, call toll-free at 866-298-2530 or check out our website at www.tulsaopera.com.


Ultra Premium Wine Grape Destemmer from EuroSelect

New Vineyard Technology

The new EuroSelect destemmer made by Scharfenberger Company has no rotating basket. Instead, it relies on a continuous feed and mechanical "fingers" to remove stems.

The EuroSelect can be used as both a destemmer and a direct feed belt into a press or fermenter. It has a capacity of 10 tons per hour and is being offered at a promotional price of $16,900.

Eiser said the machine delivers improved quality, fewer stem jacks, and less stem breakage, removing some of the harshness that one gets from using a conventional destemmer. 'It is not high output, nor will it ever be," he said. 'It is ultra premium.'

The unit is based on technology used for MOG removal and destemming on Braud grape harvesters. It allows the user to de-stem only the ripest berries and to then make a second berry selection.

There can be a difference of four to five brix between the first selection and the second. The first selection runs at 20-25 rpm and the second selection runs between 30-35 rpm. Three drive motors are independently controlled with variable speed motors and the belt speed is adjustable.

Full article: WINE BUSINESS ONLINE - A Gentler Destemmer from EuroSelect

Wines & Vines Purchased by Sonoma Publisher

Wine Business Publishing News
Wines & Vines magazine, calls itself 'The Authoritative Voice of the Grape and Wine Industry since 1919'. That voice has been acquired by Sonoma-based Wine Communications Group, publisher of the Wine Business Insider and Wine Business Monthly industry publications.

Wines & Vines, with offices in San Rafael, will continue under the leadership of Managing Editor Tina Caputo (a Chronicle Wine section contributor) and associate editor Larry Walker. Chet Klingensmith, who has been with the publication for the last seven years, assumes the position of publisher, previously held by Dottie Kubota-Cordery.

Wines & Vines, which is published monthly, also publishes an Annual Directory/Buyer's Guide, which includes a comprehensive listing of bonded wineries in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Sales terms were not disclosed.

Full article: SFGate.com - Wines & Vines plucked by Sonoma publisher


Sauvignon Blanc for the Summer

Dianne and I enjoyed visiting The Grape Ranch near Okemah, Oklahoma this Saturday.  They are having a Grand Opening party all weekend.  The band was upbeat and very talented.  We enjoyed the 'perferred seating ($10 each), which in Oklahoma means a fan and some shade...a bargain because it also includes all of the wine you care to drink!
We cared to drink quite a bit actually.  The Grape Ranch produces a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc that is loaded with pineapple and citrus flavors...really tasty.  Just the thing to drink, lightly chilled, on a hot summer day.  We also stopped by Nuyaka Creek Winery, just a short drive down Hwy 56 from Okemah. They are picking thier apples and elderberries now to create some of the unique country wines they specialize in.


Oklahoma Entertainment and Wines in OKC

The entertainment has been announced for the Chatenay Cabaret Music and Wine Festival July 24.
  • 2 to 4 p.m.Tinker Flying High Band (20 member Big Band Music)
  • 4 to 5 p.m.Jenna Davis (Aspiring Singer-Songwriter)
  • 5 to 6 p.m.OCCC Guitar Ensemble (Classical Guitar)
The Merchants of Oklahoma City's Chatenay Square along with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce are organizing a Music and Wine Festival in South Oklahoma City Saturday July 24, 2004 at Chatenay Square on SW 104th and S. Penn from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Festival will feature music from local bands and a wine tasting from Oklahoma wineries like Canadian River Vineyards, Nuyaka Creek Winery and more!


Successful OWA Paint-In Event at Sparks Vineyard and Winery

On Thursday June 24, The Oklahoma WaterColor Association held a Paint-In session at Sparks Vineyard & Winery.

Old man weather graciously opened the day with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze, making it a beautiful day for the creative juice to flow. The artists were hard at work after choosing a scenic spot to set up their easels.
Lunch was enjoyed at the winery front veranda with a glass of wine. We all had a great time!

Sounds like fun doesn't it? Visit the Sparks Winery website to see pictures of the artists and some of their work.

Oklahoma Wine and Art Events. Sparks Vineyard and Winery


Hot Summer Weather Can Ruin Your Wine!

Oklahoma's hot summer weather can really be hardship for Oklahoma wineries and wine lovers. The Mercury News recently posted a very informative article on the effects of heat on wine and what you can do to protect your wine and your investment.

Full-bodied red wines are best served at about 65 degrees. Lighter red wines may be served even colder, if you wish. If the bottle is warm to the touch, it's too warm to drink. Stick it in the fridge for a few minutes, put it on ice, or use Rapid Ice, a gel-filled wine bottle cooler sleeve that you keep in the freezer until you slip it over a bottle to chill it down quickly. (It costs about $10.) If the wine gets a little too cold, it will warm up soon enough in your glass.

Read the Full article: MercuryNews.com on caring for wine in hot summer weather


Farmers Market at Oklahoma Winery Every Saturday

Oklahoma Grown
Summerside Vineyards, Winery & Inn now has a farmers market! Come visit a place where friends can meet over fresh harvests and products made right here in the Sooner State. The Farmer's Market meets from 9:00 am until Noon every Saturday.

Summerside Vineyards - Farmers Market in Vinita


Study Hints That Wine Reduces Ovarian Cancer Risk in Women

It seems like everyday we see more associations between drinking wine and reducing cancer risks.
Women who drink wine in light to moderate amounts may have a lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than nondrinkers do, according to research conducted at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia. Women who drink beer and spirits may not get the same benefits, and their risk for the disease does not appear to differ significantly from nondrinkers.

The study found that even low levels of wine consumption, such as less than one glass a week, were associated with a 20 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer. Women who averaged a glass or two of wine per day had about half the chance of developing the cancer as nondrinkers did, the researchers reported. Their results were published in the April issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention.

Read the Full article in Wine Spectator Online: Moderate Wine Drinking May Decrease Ovarian Cancer Risk, Study Finds


Wine Tasting at Joe's Place in Norman July 15

Independence Day is over, back to enjoying Summertime! How about trying some excellent wines for summer from Oklahoma? You are invited to JOE’S PLACE 1330 Alameda Norman, OK 73071-3009, Tasting Room door-southeast corner of building facing Andover Street. Phone: 405-364-9262

Nuyaka Creek Winery will be pouring 6 wines at Joe's Place in Norman on July 15th from 4:00 to 7:30 pm. If possible, email or call in the number of persons in your party, but come, regardless! joe@joesplacewines.com

Grape Ranch Vineyards Opens in Okemah July 15

If you are planning on attending Okemah's Woody Guthrie Festival July 15 - 18, stop by The Grape Ranch Vineyards for their Grand Opening. Right now they are allowing their vines to mature, but by 2005 they hope to be producing their own Oklahoma wines.

They are even hiring, visit their website for more details!

Grape Ranch Vineyards in Okemah


Cajun Night at Tidal School Vineyards July 17

Cajun Night At the Tidal School Vineyards Winery!

"World Famous" Chefs Mayor Cleo Ramsey & Terry Morrow

Menu: Shrimp Boil, Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, French Bread

$10.00 per person plus tax. (Does not include wine)

Featured Wines: Chardonnay and Peach Chardonnay along with other Tidal Wines available at the winery

Place: Tidal School Winery
Time: 5 PM to 7 PM
Date: Saturday, July 17

Reservations are recommended! Limited seating.
Call toll free 866 258 1903 or email gary@tidalschool.com

Tidal School Vineyards - Vintage Oklahoma Winery, Vineyards and Event Venue


Wine Clubs Would Be Win-Win for Oklahoma

A Long Island Food and Wine Blog, called Lenndevours, has posted an excellent article on the booming wine industry trend of wine clubs. Although they are a big hit with consumers across the country, Oklahomans are forbidden by law from participating in wine clubs. Don't like that? Make your voice heard! OGGWMA is working to collect signatures to put the issue to a vote of the people...and they could use your help!

"Well, yes. Long Island winemakers are truly thankful for the support they receive from wine lovers, and club members really reap the benefits. Many vineyards host free (or affordable) members-only events, such as barrel tasting tours, wine dinners featuring the cuisine of top Long Island chefs, and wine appreciation classes where you get to meet the winemaker.

Put it all together - the discounted wine, the members-only events, the exclusive access to special wines - and there's really no downside. You really become a part of the winery when you join. You'll start to feel very "at home" in the tasting rooms. You'll get to know the people pouring and making your favorite wines. And they'll get to know you."

In most wine clubs, a bottle or two of wine is shipped directly to your home either monthly, quarterly or seasonally. Membership is usually free and you just pay for the wine you are sent (at a discount that helps offset the shipping costs). You get the best and hardest to find wines from your favorite vintners, many that are not even available to the wine buyer.

For real wine lovers, the deal becomes irresistible when you toss in extra rewards like seasonal barrel tasting events, dinners and wine appreciation classes. For winemakers, they get a real insight into what their most loyal customers prefer. They also get their new wine introduced to the market more quickly and inexpensively and a growing number of sales they can count on from one month to the next. Wine clubs are win-win deals for consumer and producers alike.

Considering the many miles of bad roads between Oklahoma wine lovers and the Oklahoma wineries that serve them, our state could really benefit from the kind of legislative reform OGGWMA is pushing for.

The Club Scene - Long Island Wine Clubs (from Dan's Papers)


Stroud Welcomes StableRidge Vineyards & Winery

Stroud, Oklahoma Gets a New Winery - StableRidge Vineyards

Winemaker and owner Annetta Neal has a BA in Education from East Central University. She retired from her teaching career in 2004. Owner Don Neal has a BA in Sociology and Communications from East Central University. Together they have created a little spot of heaven right off Historic Route 66.

With Tidal School Vineyards recent move to their permanent location in Drumright, StableRidge Vineyards is arriving just in time for the good folks in Stroud! StableRidge Vineyards has more to offer than a great location...but what a great location it is! For once your visit to an Oklahoma winery won't entail five miles of bad country roads.

Dianne and I enjoyed their excellent Oklahoma-grown Chenin Blanc but they also make. Their tasting room is in a converted Catholic Church from 1902 and next door you will find their charming and well-appointed guest cottage that sleeps up to four. Stop by and visit StableRidge Vineyards, they are a fun bunch of folks and I would love to hear what you think about their new Oklahoma winery.

StableRidge Vineyards & Winery - Premium Oklahoma Wines and Lodging on Historic Route 66 in Stroud, Oklahoma.


Muskogee Bedouin Shriners Wine-tasting Aug 14th

Charity Wine-tasting Event in Muskogee
Saturday 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
621 S. 6th St., Muskogee

This event will feature the following Oklahoma wineries:

  • Moonfeathers

  • Nuyaka Creek

  • Tres Suenos

  • Summerside

Food will be provided by Little Italy of Muskogee and music by Mike Dunn.
Admission for Wine Tasters is $5.00 and for Non Tasters $2.50.
For more information call Richard Radliff at 918-348-0376

Oklahoma Wine News - Your Directory for Oklahoma Winery Events