Oklahoma Photographers on Flickr

Oklahoma Sunrise
Oklahoma Sunrise,
originally uploaded by apey dawn.

Are you using Flickr yet? A search on the keyword Oklahoma will deliver a wealth examples of the talented fine art photgraphers who have Oklahoma in their sights!


Woodward Fall A Days Festival October 20 thru 22nd

Get ready for Woodward Oklahoma's 19th Annual Fall-A-Days Festival October 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2006. For the 3rd year the festival will be featuring Oklahoma Wineries as well as
Made-In-Oklahoma Products.
Woodward, Woodward Co., Oklahoma
Woodward, Woodward Co., Oklahoma,
originally uploaded by idswart.

Oklahoma wineries expected to be attending are: Woods & Waters Winery, Moonfeathers, Plain View Winery, Tidal School Vineyards, and Indian Creek Village plus a new winery located in Shawnee.

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Oklahoma Music, Wine and Beers at Skiatook Lake

Nuyaka Creek Winery
Nuyaka Creek Winery,
originally uploaded by FreeWine.
Skiatook Lake Association Presents: LakeFest 2006
October 14th, 2006 - 11am to Dusk

Enjoy Oklahoma wines, Oklahoma Home Brews, and Oklahoma Music at Northeastern Oklahoma's Skiatook Lake. Head out to Crystal Bay Marina Point on Skiatook Lake for a fun filled day of wine, beer, music and more.

Visit www.slaonline.org for more information event flyers, maps, event calendar and updates.

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Haskell Wine Event Sept 30, 2006

On September 30th, 2006 head out to Haskell, Oklahoma for the annual Green Country Wine Festival that Stone Bluff Cellars puts on. More details at... www.stonebluffcellars.com/

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Oklahoma Wineries - The Toast of Taos

Here's some interesting info! My mom has sent out a trip report on Nuyaka Creek's recent participation in the taste of Toast of Taos Wine Event in Taos, New Mexico.

The 2006 Toast Of Taos Wine Competition

Leaving 100 degree weather here in Oklahoma, we traveled to 80 degree Taos, New Mexico weather for the Southwestern Wine Competition 'Toast of Taos' this last week. Harvest time kept a lot of the wineries from participating in person, but many sent their wines for judging. Our five state region was well represented by wineries from Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and, of course, New Mexico

We had never been to Taos and since we had already harvested our grapes and weren’t expecting delivery of more for a few days, we decided to drop everything and attend. We were stunned by the beauty of the high desert and the mountains. Since New Mexico had been having rain regularly, it was green and the wildflowers were every where. The prettiest desert I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I am not much of a photographer, so not too many good pictures except in my head.

The people of Taos were very gracious and Sally Trigg and her team of volunteers arranged for some very nice events. Taos is an artist’s haven and each winery was paired with a local restaurant and gallery where we poured wine paired with the food from the restaurant. Oklahoma event planners should consider attempting a similar event here.

We were paired with The Trading Post Restaurant and Terrie Bennett’s Gallerie. Rene’ and Kimberly, owners of the Trading Post, served two cold appetizers while we poured our wine. Their goose liver pate’ which doesn’t really sound good to a lot of folks was great with our Petite Pecan wine. They also served a shrimp salsa on a bite size tart shell made from poppy seeds.

The Trading Post Restaurant is one of Taos’ best which is saying a lot as there are so many good restaurants in Taos. We ate lunch there and enjoyed the chef’s special which was made from local wild mushrooms with a sherry cream sauce and asparagus 'yummy'.

Terrie Bennett is a fine sculptor working in bronze and other mediums. Her father is Tom Bennett another fine sculptor and her gallery is full of their art plus pottery and paintings from other artists. She is currently working on a sculpture which she is planning to donate to New York City for the 9-11 anniversary. It is very moving piece, which we were able to see as a work in progress. She is raising funds for this by selling miniatures of it. You can check this out at her website: www.terriebennettgallerie.com

However, the real reason we were in Taos was for the wine competition and Oklahoma did well. We, Nuyaka Creek Winery, won a bronze for our Petite Pecan fortified wine. StableRidge Winery in Stroud won 3 silver for some of the wines they submitted and Oak Hills Winery in Chelsea won two bronze and one gold for their wines . We decided we should have sent more of our wines for judging. We were really proud of how well the Oklahoma wineries did in this event.

We were proud to be a representative for Oklahoma and want to thank Sally Trigg and the citizens and merchants of Taos for their generosity. Another person that worked really hard was Shirley Nelson, southwest editor for Wine and Cuisine . Her expertise and knowledge made for a very professional competition. Our thanks have to also go to Mr. & Mrs. Yakkeslav Zspernje of the Sheva Café who, after tasting our wines purchased them to pour in their restaurant.

We are looking forward to this event next year as Oklahoma grows in recognition throughout the wine industry. - Dianne Jones, Nuyaka Creek Winery
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Welcome a New Oklahoma Winery Near Poteau

The Poteau Daily News has an article on a new Oklahoma winery - Black Sheep Vineyards. The website link they list was dead last time I checked, but I think they are planning to be open for business this Christmas.

The winery is located at 30617 Pickle Lane in Poteau. For more information the Brinkleys invite anyone to call them at 918-839-4907 or at www.blacksheepvineyards.com

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BBQ & Live Music at Drumright Winery Sept. 30

BBQ & Music Live in the Vineyard!

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 6pm - 9pm

The final summer Tidal School Vineyards dinner/concert of the season will feature Chunky Monkey playing hits from the super groups of the 60's, 70's, 80's and today.

Tickets are only $20.95 plus tax and it includes a full BBQ dinner. Order tickets online or call toll free 866-258-1903 for more information.


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Wine Festival on Monkey Island Oct. 14, 2006

Grand Wine Country Fall Wine Festival Oct. 14

The Grand Wine Country Fall Festival will held at the Royal Horse Ranch on Monkey Island October 14, 2006.

Enjoy music all day petting zoo, food and of course, taste their great Oklahoma wines.



Oklahoma Wine Festival Sept. 16, 2006

originally uploaded by FreeWine.

2006 Harvest Festival at Nuyaka Creek Winery

Come on out and join the Jones family for our 2006 Oklahoma Wine Festival. Twice a year we gather together we our friends and vineyard supporters to celebrate the bounty of the annual grape harvest. Come taste the wide variety Oklahoma wines Dad has released from the cellar this year.

EVENT: September Harvest Festival
DATE: September 16, 2006 Noon until 7:00 PM
ADMISSION: Buy one $5.00 souvenir wine glass and taste all of the great Oklahoma wines
INFORMATION: Call the Nuyaka Mall at 918-756-8485 or visit us on the web to see our winelist and print the map to Nuyaka Creek Winery. http://www.NuyakaCreek.com/WineFest.htm

In addition to enjoying the usual live music, fun food and wine tasting, take some time to have Dad show you the vineyard. He is always happy to answer questions from budding winemakers and grape growers, sometimes he even has some wine grape plants to sell!

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Harvest Party at Greenfield Vineyard August 19

Here's another chance for you budding Oklahoma grape growers to get a little vineyard care lesson for free. Helping out the vineyards at harvest time is a great way to 'try on' grape vineyard management before making an investment in the business yourself. Greenfield Vineyard near Chandler, Oklahoma.

It’s that time again, our last harvest of the year.

Thanks again to those 50 of you that attended our last harvest, we had a great time. For those of you that don’t know, we picked 5.5 tons in 2 hours, then enjoyed a great homemade breakfast!

Come join the last harvest party of 2006! This is a great opportunity for families, friends and neighbors* to get together for some social time in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Get outdoors in the cool air of early morning and get some [easy] exercise.

We’ll be picking our Merlot this time. Come early on Saturday, August 19th and enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts at 7:30am as we discuss the harvest process. Starting at 8:00am, we will begin the picking. We’ll finish around 10:00am before it gets too hot. Then we’ll come inside to enjoy a complimentary brunch while you watch the crush from the tasting room windows or enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony. This event is free (except wine), however, reservations are required and space is very limited. This event will fill up, so reserve quickly.

We'll supply everything you need to help harvest; all you need to bring is your smile! Come enjoy our beautiful winery at crush time, truly a unique opportunity.

For information and reservations, please call us at (405) 258-0525 or e-mail us at wine@greenfieldvineyard.com

* children over 8 recommended, as sharp tools are involved!

Harvest Party at Greenfield Vineyard August 19, 2006

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Cigar Dinner at Cabin Creek Winery

Cigar Dinner at Cabin Creek Winery
Saturday Sept 16 at 6pm

With guest hosts: The Cigar Box RiverWalk Tulsa

Indulge in a four course Wild Game Dinner
Two cigars, Wine tasting, Cigar 101 & Wine 101

Two packages:
A $45 per person (no bus)
B $60 per person (bus from The Cigar Box in Tulsa)

Additional Wines & Cigars for purchase
Visit our web for more information: www.CabinCreekWine.com

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New Wine Industry Training Offered for Fall 2006

OGGWMA Education Chair Announcements

Grape growers and winemakers,

Our industry has come a long way in the past 5 or 6 years. One area where this is clearly evident is in the educational opportunities that have been developing. The most exciting development, in case you haven't heard, is the establishment of two Viticulture and Enology programs in the state. Both OSU-OKC and Redlands Community College are creating associates degrees and will be offering a selection of vineyard and winemaking courses over the next few semesters.

Both colleges will be offering viticulture courses starting this fall semester. Redlands is hard at work turning the historic building at their Darlington vineyard into a classroom facility and state of the art winery. OSU-OKC will soon begin remodeling and enlarging their horticulture center and plan to establish a state of the art educational wine making facility there as well. Below are two releases from these two fine institutions of higher learning:


OSU-OKC, in cooperation with OSU Stillwater, will be offering the first class of their Viticulture and Enology program beginning this fall sememster. Future plans include new facilities and a complete remodel of the Horticultural Center at the OKC campus and the continued development of research at the vineyards located at the OSU Fruit Research Station at Perkins and the newly established vineyard on the OSU-OKC campus. Winemaking research and courses will also be offered at the Food and Agricultural Products Center on the OSU campus in Stillwater.

Fall 2006 class:

HRT 2053 Vineyard Selection & Harvest Management; 3 credit hours, fall offering Provides information about the viticulture history, geographic location where grapes are grown and climatic conditions necessary for viticulture production. Also provides information about cultivar and variety selection. Field oriented experience in vineyard layout, including site selection and preparation, construction trellis systems and vine training. Additional field experience with harvest management including equipment, processing and handling.

Contact details for this fall's class:

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center 400 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
405.945.3358 (Mary Brown)

HRT 2053 Vineyard Selection & Harvest Management (i.e. Viticulture I)
Section 104/105

Class times: Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm / Saturday 8:00am - 2:50pm
August 25-26
September 22-23
October 26-27
November 17-18
December 8-9


Redlands Community College offers Oklahoma's only two-year degrees in viticulture and enology. The increased popularity of grape growing and wine making in our state has provided economic development for many underserved agricultural areas. Redlands Community College recently planted a 26-variety research vineyard at Darlington and will soon complete a state-of-the-art educational winery. These projects are funded through our Center of Excellence Grant and an Economic Development Grant through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Classes are offered in traditional classroom and online formats to accommodate student needs.

Fall 2006 Classes

VIN 1111 Oklahoma Vineyard Management
August 26 & December 9

VIN 1113 Viticulture I
9/30, 10/1, 10/28, 10/29, 11/4, 11/5, 12/2, 12/3 Saturdays 9-5, Sundays 9-1

VIN 2962 Vineyard and Winery Marketing Internet class

VIN 2972 Winery Tasting Room Management Internet class

VIN 1111 and VIN 1113 seating is limited to the first 30 students, sign up early.

Proposed 2-year Schedule

Fall 2006
VIN 1113 Principles of Viticulture I
VIN 2972 Vineyard and Winery Marketing
VIN 2962 Winery Tasting Room Management
VIN 1111 Oklahoma Vineyard Management

Spring 2007
ENO 1112 Principles of Enology I
VIN 2112 Principles of Viticulture II
VIN 1121 Global Terroir
ENO 1121 Sensory Evaluation

Summer 2007
VIN 2111 Integrated Pest Management
ENO 2112 Principles of Enology II

Fall 2007
VIN 2221 Vineyard Technology
ENO 2132 Winery Operations
ENO 2122 Analysis of Must and Wine

For info contact Andrew Snyder: snydera@redlandscc.edu

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Oklahoma Singer Hosts CD Release Party at Winery

Cindy Cain Concert Saturday August 5th
Jump, Jive, and Rock & Roll at Cabin Creek Winery

5 - 6:45pm Wine Tasting & Appetizers
7 - 10pm Concert
Advance Tickets $10
Door Tickets $15

Event Details:
Great Jazz, Rock & Roll and a bit of Country

Bring your dancing shoes and rock out at the CD release party at Cabin Creek Winery. Pack a picnic or purchase a cheese board and/or slices of our luscious Victoria cheesecake.

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