New Years Eve Winery Party in Stroud, Oklahoma

New Year's Eve Party at The Wine Village

On December 31, 2005 from 10am until 1am come count down the New Year in style at the beautiful new tasting room in downtown Stroud.

Free Admission: Only adults over 21 years of age are encouraged to attend.

Visit their website for more information: http://www.TheWineVillage.com

Phone: 918-987-0001 / Toll Free: 877-669-8893

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The Oklahoman on Okemah's Grape Ranch Winery

Grape Ranch Vision - Marketing Approachable Wines in Nontraditional Ways

Tricia Pemberton writer for The (Daily) Oklahoman has written a very informative article on The Grape Ranch in Okemah.

The ranch's California-style tasting room -- atop a ridge overlooking a pecan orchard and the North Canadian River -- draws visitors from across Oklahoma and surrounding states. The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. until dusk daily except for New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The ranch's facilities also are available for private parties and weddings.

Grape Ranch annually hosts the Bud Break party, celebrating the annual renewal of the vineyard; the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in mid-July; and the Red Dirt Harvest Festival on Labor Day weekend. -- Made in Oklahoma: Grape Ranch from NewsOk.com

There are lots more interesting tidbits about The Grape Ranch in her full article. However, you may need to register (free) to view the full online article content.

If you haven't visited this lovely Oklahoma vineyard yet, I heartily reccomend you check them out. Their pecan grove location and large impressive vineyard is simply stunning in the Spring and Fall. The wines are still California musts that are only aged in Oklahoma, but 2007 promises a wine from their Sauvignon Blanc vines. If their grape growing matches their marketing savvy, it should be a spectacular release.

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Lincoln County Grape Growers Meeting January 2

Network with Oklahoma Grape Growers

The January meeting of the LCGGA will be held in the Chandler Senior Citizen Building on Monday, January 2nd, 2006 at 7:00 P.M.

The location of the building is approximately 3/10 of a mile north of the Turner Turnpike entrance on Hwy 18 and is on the west side of the road. There is a small sign at the entrance. Membership fees for 2006 are now due.

As always, guests are welcome.

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New Recipe from Deer Creek Vineyard in Edmond, OK

Not much wine news to report these days, everyone appears to be struggling their way through the busy Christmas season in Oklahoma. I have noticed that many of the Oklahoma wineries have added some great content to their sites.

Oklahoma Wineries Christmas Updates

At Okemah's Grape Ranch, the holiday is even tougher as they deal with both Christmas and Festivus. You can see their latest TV Ad on their website. (http://www.graperanch.com/)

Deer Creek Vineyard, Edmond's first winery, has published an interesting looking recipe for Blackberry Wine Cake on their website (http://www.deercreekvineyard.com). Dianne and I love trying out new recipes from Oklahoma wineries. We watch the local wine event calendars for chances to taste their special creations, then grab the best recipes from their websites.

Wakefield Country Inn & Vineyard, near Calvin Oklahoma, also shares great Oklahoma recipes on their winery webpage (http://www.wakefieldcountryinn.com).

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Lincoln County Voters Approve Liquor-by-the-Drink

Big Win for Lincoln County Wine Grape Growers

Tuesday, Lincoln County became the 45th county in the state to authorize the sale of liquor by the drink. The issue was approved by 1,752 (54.6 percent) to 1,457 (45.4 percent).

Don Neal, president of the Lincoln County Grape Growers Association (LCGGA), said although his group was responsible for getting the measure on the ballot, little time or money was spent by the membership promoting the effort.

Don said that LCGGA distributed no handbills and only purchased one newspaper advertisement. It sure sounds like the voters of Lincoln County were ready for a change!

Some counties restrict the sale of alcohol in restaurants on Sundays and holidays, but the Lincoln County ballot question allows it to be sold seven days a week.

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Wine Tasting and Dinner in Downtown Stroud, Oklahoma Dec 18

Wines of the World Tasting & Dinner in Stroud, OK
December 18th, Sunday, 5 pm.

The Wine Village in Stroud, Oklahoma is hosting a 'Wines of the World Party'. Guests will bring a bottle of their favorite wine from anywhere in the world (Oklahoma included) to share with wines brought by other guests. It will be a great chance to be surprised and to taste wines from different regions of the world!

Many of the attendees are members and friends of Oklahoma Grape Growers & Wine Makers Association. Come and meet these fun folks at Stroud's newest wine venue. Dinner is $10 per plate. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by Dec. 14th.

Contact The Wine Village for more information Toll Free: 877-669-8893 or use their Online Event Form and reserve your tickets today.

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Natura Vineyards and Winery Open House Dec 18

Natura Winery, near Beggs, OK has invited the public to join them for a Holiday Open House on Sunday, December the 18th from Noon until 4 pm.

UPDATE: 2-1-2009
Natura Winery has NOW CLOSED.

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Lincoln County Voters to Decide Local Wine Laws Dec. 13, 2005

Oklahoma Liquor-by-the-Drink Special Election This Tuesday

Voters in Lincoln County will decide Dec. 13 whether to allow alcoholic beverages to be sold at their local restaurants.

County commissioners called the special Liquor-by-the-Drink election in September when members of the Lincoln County Grape Growers Association (LCGGA) agreed to pay the $6,500-$7,000 in costs associated with taking this issue to the people.

I personally know many of the family farmers that make up the LCGGA and I can tell you that the money for this election won't come to them easily. Don Neal, the president of the Lincoln County Grape Growers Association, says that little old Lincoln County Oklahoma is now home to 30 percent of the Oklahoma's wineries. He has been spreading the word about how important Oklahoma wine could be for the economic development for Lincoln County and the entire Sooner State.

I hope the voters of Lincoln county turn out to support their local wine industry. Anyone interested in how the Oklahoma wine industry is growing in their own part of the state, should grab one of the 2006 Oklahoma Wineries Calendars and see what local wine events are planned in the area.

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Get Your Oklahoma Wineries Calendar

2006 Oklahoma Wineries Gift Calendar 2006 Oklahoma Winery and Event Calendar

Hurry now to VineByDesign.com and buy your copy of this high quality, full color 12-Month calendar. You will find it to be loaded with local festivals and winery events from all over the Sooner State.

Proudly Made-in-Oklahoma

You can even sign up to receive free winery event update calendar markers in the mail to add on wine events that are still being planned. Look what's included in this Oklahoma Wineries Calendar for only $14.00 (Free Shipping)

  • Oklahoma Winery Events
  • Fairs and Tournaments
  • Oklahoma Winery List
  • Maps and Contact Information
  • Bridal Fairs
  • Educational Classes and Meetings
  • Free Winery Event Updates
  • Printed on Top Quality Card Stock

The calendar will be an excellent resource for vineyard owners to expand their contacts with more local wineries. Also entrepreneurs in areas like crafts, concessions, event planning, catering, and entertainment can benefit from the winery maps and detailed event date listings.

Just a great Christmas gift for any Oklahoma wine lover.

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Free Beer and Wine Homebrewing Workshop in Tulsa

High Gravity Homebrew & Winemaking Supplies

A one-hour workshop every other Saturday. Workshops are conducted in a cooking show style with all of the stages pre-prepared, to demnstrate from start to finish all of the steps involved in making beer and wine at home.

The atmosphere is casual and interactive and the workshops are free. High Gravity Homebrewing, 7164 S. Memorial; 11am-noon; For schedule and registration visit www.highgravitybrew.com or call 461-2605.

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