2007 OKC RiverFest This Weekend!

Among a wealth of other activities this year, the Oklahoma RiverFest pays tribute to one of Oklahoma’s newest and exciting industries, Oklahoma wineries.

As the readers of this blog know, vineyards are growing and revitalizing rural areas all over the state and are making a name for themselves in the wine and tourism industries. Head up The City this weekend and expand your palate as Oklahoma vineyards showcase some of the best in Oklahoma wines...plus they got a Boat Show!

Participating Oklahoma Vineyards (as of May 18) are:

Grape Ranch Okemah, OK
Legends Lindsay, OK
Oak Hills Chelsea, OK
Stableridge Stroud, OK
Summerside Vinita, OK


2007 Drumright Wine Fest June 9

Nuyaka Merlot Vines
Originally uploaded by FreeWine
At least seven Oklahoma wineries will offer unlimited free samples of their “fruit of the vine” at the Fifth Annual Drumright Wine Fest on Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Whitlock Park in historic Drumright.

Tidal School Vineyards, Grape Ranch, Tres Suenos, StableRidge Winery, Moonfeathers, Nuyaka Creek Winery, and Natura will be featured, as well as delicious food, music, winery tours, and a variety of treats to please the senses. Other wineries may be added as well.

Vendors will showcase breads, cheeses, wine accessories, decorative items, jewelry, and other goods. Bottles may be purchased from the wineries, and individual glasses of wine may be purchased. An art show and free shuttle rides to the Tidal School Winery round out the experience.

Visitors may sign up at the gate to win a free wine chiller donated by Michael’s Funeral Home.

Some of Tulsa’s most popular music talent will entertain Wine Fest guests.

Travis Kidd has performed with the Dixie Chicks, Hank Williams Jr., and the Charlie Daniels Band. His songs are rooted in folk, rock, and country, with covers of artists ranging from George Jones and Merle Haggard to Skid Row and Led Zeppelin.

He also performs his own original music. He is a fixture on Sunday nights on the Los Cabos patio at the Jenks Riverwalk, and in 2006 was named by the Tulsa World as the Best Country/Americana artist, after being nominated for five consecutive years.

Back by popular demand for their fifth appearance at Wine Fest are Mark Bruner and Shelby Eicher, a popular acoustic duo known for their original treatment of blues and American roots music.

In the famous words of Roy D. Mercer, “these boys put on a pretty good little music show.”

Bruner and Eicher, with their guitar, mandolin, and fiddle dabble in styles as diverse as jazz, pop, swing, cowboy, and bluegrass. They are so easy-going and comfortable on stage that it tends to spread to their audience who can’t help but tap their feet and relax.

But don’t get too relaxed, because the headliner is popular blues act Jimmy “Junior” Markham of Tulsa. Markham is closely associated with Leon Russell and has enjoyed a long and extensive career spread across 50 years and a continent, creating experiences and memories with some of the biggest names in the business.

Once, Jerry Lee Lewis said Markham was the “best white blues harmonica player” he had ever heard, according to a quote by Markham in a biographical article written by Matt S. Alcott at http://members.cox.net/j.markham/about.htm. Check out the article online; it’s good stuff, and far too much information to print here.

Ticket prices cover samples from the wineries, musical entertainment, shuttle rides, and parking. Gate admission is $12 for adult tasters over 21 or $10 for non-tasters over 11. To save $2 on advance tickets, contact drumrightchamber@aol.com or call the Drumright Chamber of Commerce at (918) 352-2204.

Kids 11 and younger are free. Parking is free, but no coolers or pets are allowed. The Drumright Chamber of Commerce hosts the event.


Wine Workshop at Territory Cellars May 26

Bartles and Jones
Originally uploaded by FreeWine.
Lincoln County Grape Growers Association invites you to expand your wine horizons through learning about The Wine Sensory Picture, a method developed to provide an alternate route to communicate smell and taste without being limited by the confines of words and language.

The Wine Sensory Picture...

· recognizes the match between distinct neurological sensations and certain colors and shapes.

· the flavor of the wine and overall experience is translated into a painted picture that others will be able to “taste” with their eyes.
has achieved extra-ordinarily high “wine description/correct recognition” ratios in excess of 80%, meaning that an individual will correctly match 8 out of 10 tasted wines with their corresponding Sensory Wine Picture that was previously painted by someone else, surpassing language, culture, education or other variables.

Learn about this revolutionary process from the man who developed the concept, Martin Darting, a certified wine grower and producer at Muller-Catoir, which is known to be among the most prestigious wineries in Germany. Mr. Darting has recently spent time in Oklahoma, visiting wineries and vineyards, observing and assessing the likenesses in Oklahoma’s weather and European practices. He will address these topics during the presentation.

The workshop will be held at Stroud’s newest winery, Territory Cellars on Sunday, May 26 from 1-6 p.m. The winery is located ¼ mile north of Turner Turnpike on Highway 99. Take the second right after the “Glorieta Grapes and Guesthouses” sign. The attendance fee is $35 which may be paid at the door. Dinner will be provided.

Please RSVP by Saturday, May 25th, 12:00 noon. You may reach us by contacting Heather Newnam at 918.625.6662 or by emailing: stroudre@brightok.net


2007 Urban Brew and Rendezvous and Other Events

The popular Oklahoma entertainment guide Urban Tulsa Weekly has planned an event on June 23, 2007 called the: "Urban Brew Rendezvous," a wine, liquor and beer tasting at the Cherokee Casino. Taste wines from Oklahoma wineries: Cabin Creek Winery, Stone Bluff Cellars, and Nuyaka Creek Winery. There will be Oklahoma-made beer and even Made-in-Oklahoma Vodka!

Tickets are $25. Purchase your Urban Brew Rendezvous Tickets now. Tickets can be picked up and or purchased at Urban Tulsa Weekly, 710 S. Kenosha.

You may also purchase tickets in person at the High Gravity brewing supplies store in Tulsa.

In other Oklahoma wine news, Summerside
Vineyards & Winery
(east of Tulsa, I-44 exit 289 Vinita) now offers free live music each Saturday from 12:30-3pm on the Grapevine Patio. Visit for wine tasting and tours. Lunch is served Thurs-Sunday 11am –pm.

Tidal School Vineyards
in Drumright
has a new wine release called: Oklahoma Gold! The label on this sweet white wine pays tribute to Oklahoma's oil and gas industry plus our state's agricultural tradition.

----------------Oklahoma Wine Law----------------------------------

The word on the street is the Oklahoma legislature has decided to poison Oklahoma's young wine industry by doing the easiest thing anyone can do...nothing.

Last year the courts decided that Oklahoma's winery laws created unfair market constraints against large out-of-state wineries. Fearing that industry giants like Gallo would be crushed by tiny Oklahoma farm families, the judge declared that the law allowing Oklahoma wine makers to sell their product in Oklahoma was unconstitutional and must be re-written by the legislature.

Although several attempts to create bills to open the Oklahoma wine market up for free trade were written, they were all allowed to quietly die without a vote. It looks like the farm families that make up this industry will once again have to suffer from the inaction of politicians that CLAIM to favor free trade, but instead only trade favors with big cash donors.


2007 Nuyaka Creek WineFest May 19

Baby Wine
Originally uploaded by FreeWine.
Oklahoma Wine Festival

DATE: May 19th, 2007 Noon until 7:30 PM
ADMISSION: Buy one $5.00 souvenir wine glass and taste all of the wines
INFORMATION: Call the Nuyaka Mall at 918-756-8485
Web: http://www.nuyakacreek.com/winefest.htm

Ready to try some Watermelon Wine? You can also try a new lightly sweet red wine made from the Chambourcin grapes, called Okie Hummer Red and many more great Oklahoma wines. You can meet the winemaker, even buy some great wine grapes to plant at home. Heck, you may even end up being the owner of the next BIG Oklahoma vineyard.

BBQ Brisket and chicken plus sides and cobbler and ice cream will be available from the food vendor. Larry Spears and Carolyn Schadd from Tulsa and Herman Thompson from Morris will be doing the music plus maybe a couple of local performers if they drop in like they said.

  • Vineyard Tours

  • Buy Wine Grape Vines for Planting

  • Buy Elderberry Plants

  • Live Music

  • Free Parking

  • Loads of exciting and exotic wines to taste!


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Fun in Chandler this Weekend!

Looking for a fun event to celebrate Cinco De Mayo or just to get outside this weekend? Try the new Amphitheater at Greenfield Vineyard in Chandler, Oklahoma!

Saturday May 5th, 2007

Join the Greenvield Vineyard family on Saturday, May 5th, 2007 as they move the party outside to the amphitheater and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather.The fun begins with Cocktails at 6pm, reservations are required.

The Food: Hand carved Crown Roast of Pork and Focaccia Baked ChickenServed buffet style and accompanied by rice pilaf, spring vegetables and a special Greenfield Vineyard Chardonnay Sauce. Don’t miss this feast for the senses!(Coffee, Tea and Water are included…wine and beer are available at extra cost.)

The Music: Theresa Zaizar and The Tone Deacons

This Classic Rock, Blues, (ok...they even do a little Country) band collectively has decades of performance and music industry experience.

Cost is just $45 per person. Space is limited, call today for your reservation—(405-258-0525).

This is an outdoor event, rain or shine. Come prepared for the season.

Flickr Friends...you may even want to bring along your digital camera an take part in the 24 Hours of Flickr. Be sure to send a few festival pictures to our Oklahoma Wine Festivals Flickr group as well! Tell 'em FreeWine sent ya!