Oklahoma Winery Brings Home Silver and Bronze

Congratulations go out to Summerside Vineyards & Winery. I read on their website this morning that at the recent Wines of the South Competition, they were awarded a silver medal for their Pensacola Dam Red wine and a bronze medal for their Route 66 Red.

Like the Sooners, Summerside Winery is enjoying the sweet taste of success. Way to go folks!

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First Legal Oklahoma Distillery Raises Spirits in OKC

Old Russian Recipe - New Oklahoma Vodka

Computer analyst Marc Spain is the president of Old Russia Distillery and Spirits. Along with his business partners Gary Robinson and Bret Stacy, Marc produces Metore's Russian Heritage Grain Vodka. Shockingly, the ultra-premium vodka they create is made right here in Oklahoma! Yes, that's right the new Oklahoma distillery is called Old Russia Distillery!

Old Russia's ultra-premium vodka is created in small batches of high ethanol spirits that are filtered many more times than most competing vodka's. The Russian family vodka recipe which led to Metore's was originally used for turning the poor quality Russian 'state' vodka into a smooth quaffing drink of the highest quality. The processed involved using various filters and distillation equipment. When the old family process was brought to Oklahoma the result was a bronze medal in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Not too shabby for Year One of the Oklahoma Distilling Industry!

Metore's Vodka holds anywhere from three to 10 taste testings each month at various private parties, bars and liquor stores across the state. Who knows you may even read about a few of them here!

Dianne and I grabbed ourselves a fifth of Metore's Russian Heritage Grain Vodka at Parklane Liquor in Tulsa for around $27 this weekend, but it is available all over the state. Old Russia's laborious filtering process does indeed yield and incredibly smooth vodka...easily comparable to Stoli, our old favorite. Vodka aficionados wishing to try Metore's Ultra Premium Vodka will have to visit our fair state for the luxury. As Oklahoma winemakers will tell you, there are many export hurdles to jump to sell Oklahoma alcohol on the world market.

The Future of Oklahoma Vodka

Future plans for this Oklahoma distiller include creating a more diverse line of single-grain vodkas, such as a rye vodka or a wheat vodka. Old Russia Distillery also plans to start making ultra-premium gin and brandy. Although Brandy is the spirit of choice in our house, I am quite excited to try their rye. In my younger days, I used to enjoy the slightly 'bready' flavor of a locally produced rye beverage.

Starting a distillery in Oklahoma is a bold move. Oklahoma Wine News salutes the pioneers at Old Russia Distillery & Spirits and we wish them the best of luck.

Old Russia Distillery & Spirits
900 West Main Street, Suite 280
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: 405-231-3460

Old Russia Distillery and Spirits - Home of Metore's Russian Heritage Grain Vodka

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What To Name A Winery Pup?

What To Name A Winery Pup?
What To Name A Winery Pup?,
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Nuyaka Creek Winery has some original Made-In-Oklahoma pups which are, as you can see, looking for a new home.

Great winery pup names suggested so far include: Pinot, Crush, Trellis, Corky and Cab. Got any more suggestions?


Oklahoma Watercolor Association in Stroud Dec 3

Oklahoma Art Show and Wine Tasting
The Oklahoma Watercolor Association's Traveling Exhibit will be at The Wine Village on Saturday Dec 3, 2005 from 1-5 pm. http://www.thewinevillage.com/

This is a juried show and the paintings are of high caliber. The reception will offer wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, live classical music and of course fine art works!

Tickets are Only $15 by RSVP and $20 at the door! Contact: Info@thewinevillage.com or call 877-669-8893

The purpose of the Oklahoma Watercolor Association is to encourage the recognition of the State of Oklahoma as a center of artistic endeavor and to educate its artists in water media. This is facilitated through programs, seminars, demonstrations, workshops, critiques, exhibitions, sketching opportunities and other work pertaining to water media.

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Tulsa Midtown Rotary Wine Tasting Event April 1, 2006

Tulsa Midtown Rotary Wine Fest Set for April 1, 2006

The Tulsa Midtown Rotary Club has set it's first annual Wine Fest for April 1, 2006 at the Holiday Inn Select which is located at I-44 and Yale Avenue in Tulsa. This will be a fundraiser for the Rotary Club and we hope to bring representatives from all Oklahoma Wineries and representatives from Cheese manufacturers and Bread stores to display and sell their products. The Rotary Club will also present awards to the best wines in several categories and hope to provide the Tulsa area with the largest and best Wine Festival in Oklahoma.

Vendors wishing to reserve booth space, should contact Joe McCormick at 918-488-8000 or e-mail him at: josephmccormick@mindspring.com

Since this is their first winefest the Rotarians would also like to hear comments telling them how we can make this Wine Fest a good experience for wineries and visitors alike. Also, if this date conflicts with any other Wine Fests, they would like to know as soon as possible.

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Great Oklahoma Tastes to Celebrate the Holidays

Thanksgiving in Oklahoma

Our family likes to eat & drink locally whenever possible - some might call us locavores. Just don't call us late for dinner! Naturally, our recent shopping has been with eye toward the impending holidays. This is the time of year when I traditionally lobby for the untraditional, the irrational...the turducken.

What culinary symbol of American bounty could compare to The Holiday Turducken? A turkey stuffed with a duck, stuffed with a chicken, each layer married with layers of succulent dressing. Nothing exceeds like excess!

You could make it all yourself, but here's an Oklahoma food tip: Hebert’s Specialty Meats in Tulsa makes a great Turduchen, ready for your oven!

Hebert's Tulsa, like the store in Houston, utilizes recipes and guidance from Hebert's in Maurice, Louisiana to create a diverse ensemble of specialty stuffed meats. Call or drop Hebert's an email and you can pick up your turducken ready-to-cook or have it shipped. http://www.hebertsmeats.com/

Home just got a whole lot spicier! Of course, this begs the question: What Oklahoma wine do you serve with your Oklahoma turducken? Some folks recommend a bold and spicy Cabernet; others suggest a complex Merlot or fruity Sauvignon Blanc. Although it is not my custom to make wine pairing suggestions, I will make an exception for the holidays and recommend all three (not inserted inside one another). Remember the theme: nothing exceeds like excess!

Happy Holidays!

ps: More Oklahoma holiday cuisine tips here. Updated 12-08-2005 to correct the link.

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Oklahoma Wine and Jazz Event Dec 3

Rebecca Ungerman Live in Vinita

Summerside Winery presents another 'It’s da VINE' Jazz event with Rebecca Ungerman performing live on Saturday Dec. 3, 2005. Included with the fabulous sounds is your choice of a Chocolate Dessert.

Price: $5.00 per person (10% discount for VIP “Keeper of the Keys” members). Lunch and wine by the glass will be available from 11am until 3pm. Visit the Summerside Winery website to learn more!

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Oklahoma Wineries To Celebrate the Holidays

Stopping by an Oklahoma winery or two is a great way to have some fun and get some shopping done. Oklahoma wines make great gifts for holidays or the perfect thing to bring along to that 'special' dinner party. Here's a couple places to start.

Greenfield Winery Christmas Market Party Nov. 26th from Noon to 6pm

Come spend the day with Greenfield Winery and kick off the Holiday season in a unique way – German food, Roasted chestnuts & Gl?hwein (hot spiced wine), craft vendors, nutcrackers, Christmas music & carolers.

After dark gaze at the stars with the help of our friends From the Oklahoma City Astronomy Club.

Canadian River Winery Christmas Open House, December 17, 2005!

Enjoy small Hors D'oeuvres while sampling the fine Oklahoma wines made by Canadian River Winery.

Also, for everyone celebrating Festivus (a holiday, for the rest of us), stop by The Grape Ranch in Okemah for Feats of Strength and more!

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Live Music for Brunch at the Winery in Vinita

Saturday November 12, 2005 Enjoy Live Music at Summerside Vineyards.

Listen to the great sounds of Joe & Ellen from 12:30 to 3pm on the Summerside Grapevine patio (indoors if raining). Admission is free.

The Summerside Vineyards - Grapevine Restaurant is open for lunch from 11am until 3pm ofering a selection of fine foods and Oklahoma wines served by the glass or bottle.

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Winemaker Competition To Be Hosted at Oklahoma Wine Village!

Winemaking Contest At Stroud's Newest Tasting Room

The Stroud Chamber of Commerce is in the final stages of planning the 2005 Non-Commercial Wine Competition.

The Chamber is pleased that the newest addition to the downtown, The Wine Village, a tasting room addition for Sparks Winery, will host the judging and panel discussions on Saturday, November 19, 2005.

Winemaking Contest rules and information can be obtained by calling 918-968-2575.

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Guthrie Winery Plans Christmas Open House Dec. 3, 2005

Moonfeathers Winery will be hosting their Christmas Open House Dec. 3, 2005 from 11am to 6pm.

Enjoy: Live Music, Unique Local Crafts , Oklahoma Vendors, Family Fun & Free Admission

Where: Santa Fe Depot at 409 W Oklahoma, in Guthrie Oklahoma.
When: Dec. 3, 2005 from 11am to 6pm
Contact: Moonfeathers Winery: 405-282-8463

Their website is no longer online. It looks like they need VineByDesign.com on the job to me!

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Correction to An Earlier Posting - No Lottery After All

Woo-Hoo Moment Canceled for Oklahoma Winery

Not too long ago Nuyaka Creek Winery annouced that Lottery tickets would be for sale at the winery. It turns out that the Oklahoma lottery commission changed their decision and refused to set it up as previously agreed. Nuyaka Creek would like to apologize for the confusion and directs customers wanting Lottery tickets to try the nearby Nuyaka Mall (Google Map).

Tres Suenos Sixth Mystery Dinner Theatre Dec. 10

Tres Suenos Sixth Mystery Dinner Theatre
December 10, 2005.
Dinner begins at 6:30 with the play beginning at 7:00.
Dinner meal provided by Zios Italian Restaurant.
Comedy murder mystery performed by Whodunit Dining Room.
Call 405-277-7089 for reservations.

Tres Suenos Events page