Judge Friot Sides with Corporate Wine Wholesalers

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California mega-producers should soon see relief from the burden of liquor store shelf competition from Oklahoma's hardy band of family winemakers. Truly, this is a victory for gigantic production tank 'McWines' everywhere and the well-heeled chemists that produce them.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot found the amendment that voters passed to allow our state's winemakers to sell their products without using a wholesaler, to be to be unfair to Gallo and other out-of-State mega-corporations. The goal appears to be to level the playing field for cheap, unintimidating wines sporting the labels of consistent campaign contributors.

Wine is apparently the one domestic industry where small independent local producers are unfairly taking advantage of their locations to sell products to their neighbors. Some might call it a throwback to the days when Oklahoma's leaders supported economic growth that resulted in banks, department stores, newspapers and other businesses that were locally owned and operated. The European tradition that values smaller, family-owned wineries and emphasizes quality and variety...that is Old Europe. The future belongs to so-called 'absentee economies', where the ownership and control of rural land is shifted out of local counties and into distant boardrooms.

Of course, if the Oklahoma legislature is truly interested in supporting equality and/or small agri-businiess, they will ignore the donations of wholesalers and allow unrestricted direct sales and self-distribution for both in-state and out-of-state wineries. Oklahoma wine consumers deserve it and Oklahoma's economic needs demand it. You can order everything from Viagra to Valium on the internet today and have it direct shipped to your Oklahoma home...why not wine?

In the United States, Constellation Brands, E. & J. Gallo Winery and the Wine Group -- combined to sell 171 million cases of wine in 2005, according to Wine Business Monthly. This is about 60 percent of total U.S. wine sales. Just think how successful they could have been if Oklahoma farmers had been fighting fair!

Judge Stephen Friot stayed his Nov. 15 order until summer to allow our Oklahoma state lawmakers to 'address the situation'.

Wine industry industrialists tell us that globalization of markets and multinational corporations can help an economy. However, they must do it at the expense of local economies. I prefer to buy locally and to work regionally rather than globally.

Look at the fully corporatized poultry industry before you decide that evolving, away from family farms can improve life in rural Oklahoma.

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Watercolor Exhibition at The Wine Village Dec 2

Taste the Wine
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Visit The Wine Village in Stroud, Oklahoma this December 2nd for the 21st juried Oklahoma Watercolor Traveling Exhibition featuring master pieces by Oklahoma artists. The highlight of this event is the live portrait demonstration by show artists on site. Local citizens will served as models.

Enjoy tasting the new wines offered by Sparks Vineyard & Winery: a dry Muscat Canelli, an off-dry Riesling and a sweet Babe, all made from local grapes. A light refreshment will be served.

Date: Dec 02, 2006 (Sat) from 2 to 4 pm
Location: The Wine Village
405 W Main, downtown Stroud, 4 blks east of SH99 on Rt66
Stroud, OK 74079
Phone: 918-987-0001 or toll free 877-669-8893

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Drumright Landslide Nov. 25, 2006

Tidal School Winery
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Combining many years of musical experience, the local musical group 'Landslide' graces the stage at Tidal School Vineyards in Drumright for live music this holiday season.

This Oklahoma acoustic duo consists of Tonia Greening, a songstress whose talents were formerly heard on tour with Cheap Trick, and Tulsa’s own acoustic master Darin Gerald, a classically trained guitarist who brings mellow harmonies to create the perfect balance.

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Tulsa Beaujolais Nouveau Nov 18

Tulsa also shares in the international celebration that begins with the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

At midnight, on the third Thursday in November, the release of the wine is signaled with a gunshot and the ringing of church bells as the wine begins its journey to Paris and from there around the world.

The American Lung Association of Oklahoma celebrates its arrival in Tulsa with the Beaujolais Nouveau gala Nov. 18 at Southern Hills Country Club.

In addition to a first sip of the Beaujolais Nouveau, which promises a year of good luck, guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner and some of the most exuberant wines from around the globe.

All proceeds will benefit the many programs offered by the American Lung Association of Oklahoma promoting awareness, advocacy, education and research of lung-related diseases for the people of Oklahoma.

For reservations, call Dee Copeland at 747-3441, ext. 202, or go to www.oklung.org.

RedOrbit - Health - Tulsa World, Okla., Danna Sue Walker Column: Lung Association Benefit Celebrates Arrival of New Wine

Gourmet Meal at the Winery in Vinita Nov. 18

Okmulgee Lake off Hwy 56
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The Summerside Winery Autumnal Dinner hosted by winery owners Marsha and Gary Butler November 18, 2006 in Vinita, Oklahoma.

72 hour advance reservations are required. Price is $49 per person.

Feast on a gourmet dinner prepared by Val Saamer, Graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and former Chef at 9 Knox Street in Boston for seven years.

Following his 9 Knox Street experience, Val was a dining room instructor for Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Providence, RI. The evening will be begin with a 6:30pm reception with hor d’oreves and wine tasting followed by a 7:30pm seating for dinner.

Full menu and more on the: Summerside Winery Deli Page

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Dallas Beaujolias Nouveau Wine Festival Nov 17, 2006

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This is a fun event to get dressed up for and well worth the drive to Dallas. Expect a great Silent Auction, gourmet french cuisine and the first taste of this year's crop of Beaujolias.

Beaujolais Wine Festival Ticket Price $59. Includes: Commemorative Wine Glass, Food & Wine Tasting, live music from WhoNew Jazz Group and Caricaturist art from Tammy Scholz & Micki Triggs. http://www.faccdallas.com


McClain County Voters Approve Liquor by the Drink

McClain County voters overwhelmingly approved a proposition to allow liquor by the drink Tuesday.

Following Tuesday’s vote, businesses in McClain County, such as casinos and restaurants, will be allowed to sell beverages with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent and greater. And, customers will be able to consume the purchased beer, wine and other alcohol on-site.

Full story: The Norman Transcript - McClain County no longer ‘dry’


Oklahoma Wine News for Election Day

The online version of the Shawnee Sun has an excellent article on efforts of Democratic State Representative Danny Morgan to bring Oklahoma's liquor laws into something that resembles the rest of the U.S. states.

Morgan Leads Study Of Wine Regulations

With over 60 wine vineyards in Oklahoma, the wine industry continues to play a significant role in economic growth in this state but state Rep. Danny Morgan said the industry would have even more potential if regulations did not hold up the distribution process.

At Morgan's request, members of the House Agriculture and Development Committee met this week to examine the shipping restrictions placed on Oklahoma vineyards in distributing their wine. - Full article here.

Don't forget to vote, today!

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Free Performance at Tidal School Vineyards November 11

Landslide - Live in Drumright, Oklahoma this Saturday from 1 PM to 4 PM

Tonia Greening who has toured nationally as a back up singer with "Cheap Trick" joins with Oklahoma's own Darin Gerald to bring their unique soft-acoustic music styling to Tidal School winery this Saturday, Nov. 11 from 1 PM to 4 PM.

There is no admission for this event. The winery will be featuring their new Peach and Cherry Gusher wines plus the recently bottled Sangiovese and the award winning Impressao during our regular tours and tasting throughout the day.

Bring a friend to Tidal this Saturday, and enjoy a few hours of low key relaxation, entertainment, wine and fun!

Tidal School Vineyards - Oklahoma Winery, Vineyards and Event Venue

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Wine Release Party in Chandler Nov. 4

Yummy Shiraz Grapes
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Shiraz Release Party November 4, 2006

Greenfield Vineyards is announcing the release of their first Shiraz! A celebration will occur Saturday, November 4th, 2006. Doors open at 6:30pm with the Grand Uncorking at 7:30pm. Come enjoy live music, wine and Hors ’d oeuvres.

The cost is only $25 per person for a fun filled evening. Price includes a souvenir wine glass.

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StableRide Winery Wine Tasting in Shawnee

If you have never taken that trip down Route 66 to visit the award winning Stable Ridge Winery in Stroud, Oklahoma, now is the time! The color of the Fall foliage is fantastic and the holidays are right around the corner.

Of course, if you can't make it to Stroud to see their quaint little winery right off the highway, they will be doing a wine tasting at Bottom's Up in Shawnee, Oklahoma. You can even find a few StableRidge wines at some of Oklahoma's retail liquor stores.

StableRide Winery - Wine Tasting
Nov. 9th 2006 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Bottom's Up
123 West Macarthur Street
Shawnee, OK.

In other Oklahoma news:

Starting today, voters all across Oklahoma can begin voting early at their county election board offices.

This is a great way to also take an elderly or disabled friend or family member to vote. County election board officials will bring the ballot to the car and let elderly or disabled people vote from the car.

Friday, November 3rd - 8am to 6pm
Saturday, November 4th - 8am to 1pm
Monday, November 6th - 8am to 6pm

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Adding an Oklahoma Wine Competition to Your Next Family Holiday

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In Oklahoma, the holidays are a time to drive around the area visiting friends and family for great meals and great conversations. If you are looking for a fun way to add some local flavor to your house party and celebrate the upcoming Oklahoma Centennial try adding an Oklahoma winery taste-off to your event planning.

Supplies Needed: Wine Glasses, Good Cheese, Crackers, Friends and Your Favorite Oklahoma Wines.

Encourage your guests to bring a bottle of their favorite Sooner State vino and you have the makings of a fun competition and great icebreaker. Plan ahead to make sure you have enough wine for the amount of company attending and try to avoid duplication. One bottle of wine will give you a tasting portion for around 15 people. Four to eight different kinds of wines will keep things interesting. Feel free to contact one of your local wineries if you have any questions when planning a wine tasting.

The Centennial is a Great Time for Creating New Traditions

Nothing brings home the local flavor like an Oklahoma Wine Taste-off. When we have a wine taste-off in our clan, we like to crown each year's winning bottle with a VinoGlo Wine Bottle Lamp Kit - another great product from an Oklahoma company. Finally, We announce the winner and have the guest or host who brought the winning wine autograph the label.

On occassion, some folks have even introduced non-Oklahoma wines but they never win... due to our unique scoring system. It includes points for the story of how you acquired the bottle of wine. Typically, the story of how you get your Oklahoma wine is much more interesting than 'I drove to the liquor store' and may involve colorful characters and exotic journeys. It is the kind of story that can only come from using a homemade map to visit a place that is open from: 'Sun-up to Dark-Thirty'. Stories like that deserve keepsakes to preserve the memories.

Your life is like a tapestry, woven from your memories of people and events. Some threads are dark, while others are bright. Your individual tapestry shines vividly in your mind, reminding you of who you are, where you've been and what you've done. - CNN Story - Alzheimer's: Mementos help preserve memories 

An Oklahoma wine competition is guaranteed to teach you some new things about your friends, your state and maybe even the state of your friends!