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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
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.comhttp://www.poteaudailynews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=450&Itemid=60
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
* children over 8 recommended, as sharp tools are involved!