Jazz June 4 at Summerside Vineyards

On June 4 it’s da VINE at Summerside Winery

Summerside winery is located at I-44 exit 289 Vinita presents a Saturday Jazz concert.

The Breadline
Folk Vocal and Acoustical Jazz
Sat., June 4 from 11am to 3pm



Oak Hills Winery Grand Opening May 28-29

Oak Hills Winery
Grand Opening May 28-29

Oak Hills Winery

This new winery is located just south of Chelsea, Oklahoma.

They have labels for Traminette, Cabernet Sauvignon, Catawba. Seval Blanc and a Red Table Wine. Stop by and see what the Decker family has to offer.

Tell 'em Oklahoma Wine News sent ya!


Several Big Oklahoma Wine Events in June

A Taste of Oklahoma in June

June is shaping up to be a fine month for enjoying the efforts of local winemakers and musicians alike. With no less than four big music and wine events planned, you can choose your wine festival by musical genre (Bluegrass, Blues, Big Band or Jazz) or by location within the Sooner State.

The first two weekends in June offer a Jazz festival at The Grape Ranch, Bluegrass at Cabin Creek Winery, one of Oklahoma's largest outdoor wine events The Drumright WineFest and the annual Oklahoma Art & Wine Festival in Shawnee.

What's an Oklahoma wine lover to do? Well, what we do is try and choose one of the events that mutliple wineries will be pouring at. For us, that means either the Drumright event or the Shawnee event.

The 3rd Annual Drumright WineFest

Last year's Drumright WineFest gets my vote for the Best Wine Event of the Season. You can't beat tasting wine samples from five different Oklahoma wineries head-to-head. Also, the free trolley rides through the historic boomtown of Drumright concluding with the Tidal School vineyards & winery were both interesting and educational. However, I must admit it was the awesome blues, jazz, and bluegrass music of Tulsa’s Mark Bruner and Shelby Eicher that knocked my socks off!
Drumright Wine Fest
Drumright Wine Fest

This year's Third Annual Wine Fest will feature even more Oklahoma Wineries including: Tidal School Winery and Vineyards of Drumright, Moonfeathers Winery of Guthrie, Bear Creek Winery of Pawnee (new addition), Tres Suenos of Luther, StableRidge Winery of Stroud, Nuyaka Creek Winery of Nuyaka, and Natura Vineyards & Winery of Natura.

The entertainment for the Drumright Wine Fest is Amanda Cunningham, a Red Dirt, folksy mix of music. Mark Bruner and Shelby Eicher, a Tulsa based acoustic blues duo and Jimmy Markham Band, the 2004 Blues Band of the year.

The 3rd Annual Oklahoma Art & Wine Festival

The 3rd Annual Oklahoma Art & Wine Festival will be held in Shawnee, Oklahoma on the blocks north of Main on historic Bell Street from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to great music and wine tasting, more than thirty artists from throughout the state will also be competing in a juried art show.

Numerous wineries from across Oklahoma will be available for wine tastings as well as offering their products for sale. Wineries scheduled to participate in the Festival are Grape Ranch, Okemah; Sparks Vineyard and Winery, Sparks; Plainview Winery, Lahoma; Stonebluff Winery, Haskell; Tres Suenos, Luther; Moonfeathers, Guthrie; and StableRidge Winery of Stroud.

I worked at this wine event last year, pouring for Nuyaka Creek Winery. I'll always remember it as 'The Air Conditioned WineFest'. Oklahoma summers tend to be mercilessly host and humid. The climate controlled, indoor, wine tasting area at the Shawnee event not only allowed more comfortable evaluation of the local wines...it also allowed a Chocolate Fountain.

The Claremore Daily Progress Calls for Reforming Oklahoma Wine Shipping Laws

Justice for Oklahoma Wineries and Wine Consumers?
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has made its views on direct wine shipping restrictions, Oklahoma leaders are starting to speak out as well. Here's an excellent suggestion from the editorial pages of the Claremore Daily Progress:

How about this? Let's enter the 21st century and help out the state's local wineries and give Oklahoma wine drinkers the chance to experience other state's wines.
That would be the sensible, fair thing to do. The U.S. Supreme Court has no problem with that. Surely, Oklahoma's lawmakers feel the same.

Read the whole article here: Claremore Progress - Editorials: Wine shipping

Stonebluff Cellars and Slaughterville Festivals September 24

StoneBluff Festival Sept. 24
Stonebluff Cellars, located near Haskell, Oklahoma, will be hosting their 6th Annual Wine Festival on September 24th 2005.

Haskell, near both Muskogee and Tulsa, is widely known for the Haskell Antiques Auction, which offers European antiques at auction every Saturday. Stonebluff Cellars 2005 Wine Festival

Slaughterville Grape Festival Sept. 24
On the same day as the Haskell event, Canadian River Vineyards & Winery and The Redland Juice Company, both located near Lexington, Oklahoma will be participating in an event of their own to be held at the unhappily named Slaughterville Town Hall.
(US Highway 77 and Slaughterville Road)


OKC Elks Lodge Hosts Wine Fest - June 4

The Elks Lodge of OKC is having Wine Fest 2005 on June 4, 2005 from 10AM-6PM.

Address is 4717 N. Tulsa, Oklahoma City, OK

The wineries that will be there are: Moonfeathers, Sparks and Tres Suenos. Admission is $5.00 and Children 12 and under are free. For questions, please call 405-227-7776

The Italians of Central Oklahoma will be providing Italian Cuisine
from $1.25 - $4.00. There will be Italian music and live entertainment.

Oklahoma Wine News - Your Source for Local Wine Events

Mystery Dinner Theater at Natura Winery June 11

A Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Saturday, June 11, 2005

Reception at 6pm with wine tasting & appetizers
Dinner Served at 6:30 pm presented by Deep Fork Community Action, Inc.
A Non-Profit Organization

A night for all, with suspects around every corner and a meal to "die for". Natura's third annual murder mystery includes a silent auction and wine tasting. This evening of suspense will take place on the grounds of Natura Vineyards & Winery.

Wine and Bluegrass at Cabin Creek

Bacchus & Bluegrass
Saturday - June 11 3 - 7pm

Bacchus, Bluegrass & Blue-jeans... don your jeans, pack a picnic and relax on our patio or in our winery with a bottle of Cabin Creek Wine.

Live Music, Wine Tastings, Picnic Contest, Vineyard Tours....
Cost: $8 per person, includes $3 towards your purchase of a bottle of wine. One $3 credit per bottle good for day of event only.

Bacchus & Bluegrass at Cabin Creek Winery


Oklahoma Wine Makers Hope For Changes In State Law

A member of the local TV News, Emory Bryan of Channel Six News, stopped by Nuyaka Creek Winery to visit with my Dad about the recent Supreme Court case on direct wine shipping.

Jones is the winemaker at Nuyaka Creek Winery. He thinks he could sell twice as much - if only he could ship wine straight to his customers. Right now they have to buy it on site or through a middleman, who marks up the price.

Nuyaka Creek Wines
Dad's hoping the Supreme Court decision will push Oklahoma away from one of the most restrictive laws on wine sales in the country.

You can read the whole story here: KOTV - The News on 6 - Wine Makers Hope For Changes In State Law


Oklahoma Wine Industry Considers Direct Shipping Changes

How Does Striking Down the Direct Shipping Ban Impact Oklahoma's Famly Wineries?

Oklahoma wine industry insiders are talking excitedly about the end of the wine shipping ban. The only issue appears to be discrimination in today's Supreme Court ruling in favor of direct wine shipment. As I read the opinion (caution: I am NOT a lawyer), a state can opt to BAN All shipments, or to ALLOW All shipments, but they cannot choose to allow in-state shipments while banning those from out-of-state. However, just what Oklahoma's position on in state direct shipping is unclear.

Some industry experts are predicting a new dawn for the Oklahoma winemakers, others say this changes nothing in Oklahoma. One thing is certain every Oklahoma winery's web strategy has just become much more important. If given the ability to market Oklahoma wine globally, you can expect a rapid increase in the number of Oklahoma winery websites, wine clubs and newsletters.

Oklahoma Voters Are For Lifting the Direct Shipping Ban.

In November of 2000, Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a law allowing local wineries to sell and ship directly to liquor stores and restaurants without having to go through a wholesaler.

To me, this reads as if Oklahoma wineries can direct ship to in state retailers, but California wineries cannot.

President Bush Supports Lifting the Direct Shipping Ban.

Under a provision of the Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, signed into law by President Bush on November 2, 2002, a consumer visiting a winery and making a purchase on-site may have the wine shipped to his home state, so long as that state would allow the consumer to carry wine into the state on his person. (More Info)

To me, this means Oklahoma wineries can direct ship wine to the homes of winery visitors.

Where Does Your Representative Stand?

Oklahoma's small but growing number of wineries cannot hope to complete in a global market without access to that market. The distributors have not honestly supported ANY winery in this state. Everyday Oklahoma wineries are contacted by by potential customers frustrated in their inability to order Oklahoma wines on the web and have them shipped to their homes.

Forces are lining up on both sides to fight this out in every state Congress and in the board rooms of America's largest companies. UPS, for example, has brought the fight to home winemakers as well:

The corporate headquarters of UPS has stopped all consumers from shipping wines through its retail outlets nationwide -- in-state or out-of-state -- unless the customer has a license to do so. More than 630 UPS stores in California, including seven UPS and MailBoxes Etc. franchises in San Luis Obispo County, received notice of the new policy in early April. -- Wine Business Online article from this week.

I, for one, don't expect Oklahoma's legislators to rush in and clarify this issue until the National wine lobby or the National liquor distributors lobby pony's up enough doe to settle this thing once and for all. -- Oklahoma Wine News

EXTRA, EXTRA - US Supreme Court Frees Family Wineries

Wine-Shipping Limits Overturned by U.S. High Court

Will today's Supreme Court ruling on direct shipping of wine open Oklahoma's market to direct wine shipping?

The U.S. Supreme Court overturned laws barring out-of-state winemakers from shipping directly to customers in Michigan and New York, potentially boosting Internet and mail-order sales in the $23 billion wine industry.

The justices today said the traditional state authority over alcohol sales must yield to the constitutional requirements that states not discriminate against out-of-state businesses.

'If a state chooses to allow direct shipment of wine, it must do so on evenhanded terms,' Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the 5-4 majority in Washington.

Liquor wholesalers are scared that if the court has ruled that consumers can buy wine directly from out-of-state producers, maybe liquor retailers can as well. Leaving them as a middleman with no competitive advantage.

The ruling calls into question similar limits on out-of-state wine in 22 other states. It's a victory for small wineries seeking to expand their businesses and a defeat for the wholesale distributors that are bypassed when wineries ship straight to consumers. -- May 16 (Bloomberg)

Justice Kennedy, who was joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer, said New York and Michigan 'provide little evidence for their claim that purchasing wine over the Internet by minors is a problem.'

BE WARNED: Although the court overwhelmingly found the state wine shipping bans, such as we have here in Oklahoma, to be discriminatory and anticompetitive, their decision leaves open the possibility that state legislatures can ban both in-state and out-of-state wine shipments.

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Okemah JazzFest at Grape Ranch Winery

Jazz and Wine Event in Okemah
This weekend Dianne and I ventured out to Okemah's Grape Ranch winery. The folks at Grape Ranch are really nice and they have an excellent facility for parties and events, but finding out about their events can be a bit tricky, if they don't send me the details. Their website, though lovely, is not updated very often and worse it is Flash based, so it is mostly invisible to search engines like Google.

Thankfully, your humble Oklahoma Wine News author and his faithful wife have a more 'Hands-On' technique we employ in just such a situation...we show up for drinks! Which is how we found out about the event listed below:

Grape Ranch JazzFest

The Okemah JazzFest at the Grape Ranch will be held June 4, 2005 from 2pm to 9pm. Look for live jazz music featuring Miss Amy and Her Sho-Nuff Blues Men, John Fullbright and other talented artists. See you there! Technorati Tag: wine tasting


Chet Baker Tribute Concerts in Tulsa and Drumright

Chet Baker at Tidal School Vineyards
Saturday July 2, 2005

Jazz legend Chet Baker will be honored by musicians from his native state on Saturday July 2, 2005 in a “Chet Baker Tribute Concert” to benefit The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. The benefit event will be held at The Tidal School Winery in Drumright, Oklahoma located 5 miles from Baker’s hometown of Yale.

The event is scheduled from 10 am to 8 pm with musicians from a variety of genres playing in honor of the Oklahoma jazz great. Both indoor (air conditioned) and outdoor venues will run continuous entertainment. In the banquet room of the winery it will be all-jazz all-day with a variety of acts scheduled to perform. Outside in the vineyard, Rock, Country, Blues, and Jazz bands will play all day until sunset.

Chet Baker Tribute Concert At the Vintage Wine Bar
Sunday May 15, 2005 (4-6pm)
(corner of 18th & Boston Ave. in Downtown Tulsa)

Corporate Sponsorship Performance
(Complimentary wine “tasting” and jazz music)
Presented By: The Tidal School Vineyards Drumright, Oklahoma

Benefiting The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame….celebrating “Oklahoma’s Own”

Please RSVP to attend:
or call (toll free) 866.258.1903

Wineries Can Now Direct Ship to all of Texas

New law makes Lone Star state largest legal market outside California

Texas, the fourth largest wine market in the nation, was opened to direct shipping of wine Monday.

Wineries will have to pay a $75 annual permit fee, and pay local and state excise taxes on all shipments, and will be limited to ship three gallons, or about 15 wine bottles, per person per month.

In exchange, out-of-state wineries will be allowed to ship directly to consumers into all areas previously considered 'dry,' explained Steve Gross, of the Wine Institute, the San Francisco-based trade organization for the wine industry.

For more details, see the full article in The Press Democrat: Wineries can now ship to all of Texas

Anyone think Oklahoma will be next?


The Oklahoman Will Publish an Oklahoma Wineries Tour Guide

Oklahoman Advertising Opportunity

Beginning Friday, April 29, The Oklahoman will publish a special tour guide to the vineyards and wineries across the state! Here's a link to the first article: Winery Tours Attract Visitors, it provides a list of licensed Oklahoma wineries and an introduction to the Central Oklahoma Wine Trail (COW Trail). The trail is made up of: Tres Suenos, Canadian River Winery, Sparks Winery and Moonfeathers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to promote your business to over 500,000 consumers per week that are looking for a special place to get away, enjoy a glass of fine Oklahoma wine and take in the scenery!

Caitlin Adams
Account Executive
The Oklahoman


New Labels for the Wines of Sparks Vineyards.

Sparks Winery and Vineyard has updated their website to show their excellent new label designs. Wine labels are a special kind of art that must tell a story in about three seconds. My favorite wine labels often use local art. Stop by and let the good folks at Sparks Winery know what you think about their effort!

Wine List and Wine Labels for the Oklahoma Wines of Sparks Vineyards.


Tulsa's Own Blue Dome Local Art Festival May 20-22

The Blue Dome Festival May 20th - 22nd
2nd & Elgin Streets, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Admission: Free to the public!

  • Friday, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, May 20, 2005

  • Saturday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, May 21, 2005

  • Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00PM, May 22, 2005

The 2nd annual Blue Dome Arts Festival should be a great place to see arts from a more common-man perspective. It’s a compliment to the very successful and highly-competitive national/international Mayfest event occurring only three blocks away. Various media presented include ceramic, painting, glass, wood, metal, soaps, herbs, and textiles.

On opening night, May 20, from 6:00 PM till 9:00 PM, exhibiting artists and sponsors will provide wine and munchies for Blue Dome Festival guests. look for Nuyaka Creek Winery to be there!

Check it out here: 2nd annual Blue Dome Arts Festival

Cabin Creek Vineyard - Blessing of the Vines

Don't miss Cabin Creek's Blessing of the Vines and wine toast in the vineyard.
Sat. May 14, 2005 at 1:00 PM $8 per person.

Welcome in the new grapes and toast the blessing of mother nature: Blessing ceremony and wine toast amongst the vines.

Fun demonstrations after and at 3:00 Live music begins with Cabin Creek's favorite musicians: Dos Okies.

Call 918 783 5218 to purchase your tickets and reserve your table.

Cabin Creek Winery Events Page

Blues Music and BBQ at Tidal School Vineyards May 21, 2005

Barbeque Ribs and Blues
Saturday May 21, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Enjoy authentic Oklahoma barbeque and blues in the vineyard Saturday, June 9th
Call ahead for your reservations 1-866 258 1903.

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Tidal School Vineyards and Winery


See Mondovino and Taste an Assortment of Oklahoma Wines

Movie and Wine Tasting - Tuesday evening May 17 at Circle Cinema in Tulsa.

MONDOVINO is another great hit about the world of wine. Across three continents, MONDOVINO weaves together the family sagas of billionaire Napa Valley power brokers, the rivalry of two aristocratic Florentine dynasties and the fight of three generations of a Burgundian family to preserve their few acres of land. Mondovino and Sideways are the two big wine movies of 2005.

Tulsa's Circle 2 Theater will feature four Oklahoma wineries on Tuesday evening - Sparks Vineyard and Winery, Natura Vineyards and Winery, StableRidge Vineyards and Winery and Summerside Vineyards and Winery. The wineries will be selling tasting of their wines before the presentation of Mondovino. You are invited to come at 6pm to sample the wines and enjoy the film at 7pm.

Sparks Vineyard and Winery - Wine and Art Events page.


Oklahoma Wine Tasting at Nuyaka Creek

Nuyaka Creek Winery Annual Spring Wine Festival Saturday, May 7, 2005

Things are pretty busy around here as we try to prepare for Nuyaka Creek Winery's Annual Spring WineFest. Mom and Dad like to throw a party on the first Saturday of May every year. It is pretty fun getting to hear so many people's impressions of Dad's wines and in some years the weather even cooperates. The forecast is calling for a sunny day in the 70's, so it should be excellent this year.

Usually, I get too caught up in pouring wine and visiting with folks to enjoy much of the live music and festival food. However if any Wine News readers turn out for the festival, drop me line and let me know if you had any fun. We'll be pouring over a dozen Nuyaka Creek wines, but the real highlights (for me) are the 2001 Ruby Cabernet and this years White Table Wine.

The bottle aging on the Ruby Cabernet has resulted in malolactic fermentation that has made it softer and warmer on the palate, yet more complex in flavors. My wife and I think it is at its prime now. Also, if you read OSU's latest report on grapevine testing, you know that the Ruby Cabernet varietal offers a great deal of promise for Oklahoma vineyards.

Ruby Cabernet is a red grape created in 1936 by Dr Harold Olmo at UC Davis. It is a cross of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan and the intention was to combine Carignan's heat tolerance with Cabernet Sauvignon's quality.
Dad made this year's White Table Wine from my favorite white wine grape, Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blancs are higher in acid and often have citrus or melon in the nose and tastes. I prefer to enjoy this refreshing wine chilled with friends on a warm sunny day.

Dad will also have some rooted wine grape cuttings for sale, so bring the truck and drive on out for the 2005 Oklahoma Wine Festival. we'd love to se ya!

(Don't forget to print the map to Nuyaka Creek Winery!)
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Create Your Own Vineyard or Wine Business

Oklahoma Wine Business Training from OSU

The pioneering entrepreneurs working to launch wine businesses in Oklahoma have a lot to learn. Most don't come from established wine families and even fewer inherit mature vineyards and the experience that goes along with being raised in the grapes. Although many of Oklahoma's new vineyard managers are quite knowledgeable in subjects like drip irrigation and grape vine pruning, they often struggle to learn the ins-and-outs of government winery regulations, grapevine hybridization and grapevine research.

In Oklahoma, new vineyard owners and generations old family farmers alike depend on one resource to keep their agribusinesses current on the latest technologies and research. That resource is Oklahoma State University. They provide affordable training options like grape management courses and agribusiness enterprise budgeting and research reports like: The Vineyard Establishment & Management in Oklahoma Handbook and their extremely valuable: Summary of Grape Variety & Rootstock Performance Data.

More OSU Wine Business Training in 2005

Winery Sanitation Workshop - May 16, 2005

Topics Covered:
1. Sanitation as part of a comprehensive quality assurance program.
2. Winery sanitation and wine quality.
3. Selection and use of cleaners/sanitizers in the winery.
4. Proper cleaning and sanitizing of facilities.
5. Proper cleaning and sanitizing of equipment.
6. Pest control.
7. Sanitation program verification and record keeping.
8. Demonstrations
- Pest control equipment.
- Equipment breakdown and cleaning.
- Clean-in-place (CIP) equipment use.

OSU has even created a PDF version map of Licensed Oklahoma Wineries that shows the recent rapid growth of Oklahoma wineries.

Check out your local OSU Extension Office to learn more about how OSU can help your Oklahoma grape growing and wine making efforts or keep your eyes on (or subscribe to) the Oklahoma Wine News blog.

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OGGWMA Winemaker and Grape Grower Educational Services


Oklahoma Wine Tasting at Ardmore Depot

On Thursday, May 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Ardmore Main
Street Authority
will host their first wine tasting. They hope the event will grow to become an all day event featuring made-in-Oklahoma products. The event will be held in the restored, 1917 Santa Fe Depot located in historic downtown Ardmore, Oklahoma.

The Main Street Authority is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, and
the event will help fund landscape maintenance for the year.