Art, Food and Live Flamenco Guitar at Tidal

Saturday Sept. 29th, 2007 / 5pm - 8pm
A fun evening meeting the artists of OKLA (Oklahoma Lady Artists), sampling hors d'oeuvres from Sugar Plum Antiques, and enjoying the entertainment of Lon Bartlett.

This group of talented ladies will be at Tidal School Winery in Drumright, Oklahoma to sign your purchases, discuss their work with you and answer any questions you have.

Sugar Plum Antiques, recently written up in both Corridor magazine and Oklahoma Tourism, will offer such delights as Pasta Vegie Wraps, Sugar Plum Chicken Salad in Pasta Shells, Fruit trays, cheese balls and crackers as well as other items for the evening's fare.

The music of Lon Bartlett, a classical Flamenco guitar player, will be the entertainment of the evening. Lon, a regular at Banali's restaurant, is a favorite at Tidal! ALL of this PLUS a GLASS of FREE WINE for only $10 per person.

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2007 Grand Wine Country Fall Festival Oct 13

Grand Wine Country Fall Festival

The 2nd Annual Grand Wine Country Fall Festival is just around the corner.
Saturday Oct 13, 2007 11:00 am-7:00 pm
Located at Royal Horse Ranch, Hwy 125 Monkey Island

Featuring the Wines of:
Cabin Creek Vineyard & Winery 866. 460. 3331
Coyote Run Vineyard & Winery 918. 785. 3431
Oak Hills Winery & Vineyards 918.789. WINE
Summerside Vineyards & Winery 888. 508.9463

Tickets: $15. pp (over 21 includes souvenir glass & 6 tasting tickets)
$5.00 for those under 21 or not tasting

Entertainment by: Olivia Duhon and the University of Tulsa Jazz Trio
Kenny Babb

'Island' Restaurants and Caterers will tempt you with their culinary skills. Yummy foods for sale! Area artisans and crafters, pony rides and petting zoo.

A portion of all proceeds from this event will benefit
The America Heart Association

For more information on the festival, contact Val Saamer of Grand Lake Vineyards 918.257.1166 or any of the wineries above.


Agritourism and Alternative Agriculture Conference in November

2007 Oklahoma Agritourism and Alternative Agriculture Conference

November 6-7, 2007 at the Ardmore Convention Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

November 6 - Farm tours and conference kick-off. November 7 - General sessions and workshops. Please visit www.oklahomaagritourism.com for registration information.

USDA Census of Agriculture Important for Oklahoma Vineyards

From the OGGWMA Website:

The Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association (OGGWMA) urges all grape growers to register for the USDA Census of Agriculture. The census is conducted every five years and is the most comprehensive source of statistics about the nation's agricultural system.

The statistics are used in grants and policy decisions by federal and state legislators and policy makers. We want every vineyard in Oklahoma to register their acreage. The data is a very important tool in our proof of value and worth to the Oklahoma economy. This is confidential data that is known only to the USDA Census. It is reported by crop and state, and if we can get our Oklahoma Dept of Ag to agree, the county by county info will be sorted from the federal data.

Go to the webpage below to be included in the 2007 Census. https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts There you need to complete a short form to make sure that they receive a survey from the Ag Census...It takes less than two minutes to fill in the form.

You can also call tool-free 800-892-1660 and ask to receive an Ag Census survey.
Grapes are specifically counted. We need every grower to count their vines and report to the closest tenth of an acre (and round up, not down!)

It will be exciting to see how much we have grown from the 2002 figures!


2007 Okie Blog Awards Voting

This month Mike at the OkieDoke Blog is taking votes for the Best Okie Blogs of 2007. Any active Oklahoma blogger can vote. Someone was kind enough to nominate The Oklahoma Wine News Blog for Best Commerical Blog. It is always an honor to be nominated for this by my fellow Oklahoma bloggers. Stop by Mike's site if you would like to learn about a wide range of excellent Oklahoma blogs.

Of course, if you are currently an Oklahoma blogger, we would love to have your vote!

Here's a list of the 2007 Okie Blog Award nominees:

Best Overall Blog: An Audience of One - BatesLine - Confessions of a Pioneer Woman - Daily Bitch - dustbury - Erudite Redneck,B.S.,B.S., M.A. - Okie Funk - Rocks in my Dryer - The Lost Ogle - Yet Another Small Town Moment

Best Political Blog: Alternative Tulsa - BatesLine - Bounded Rationality - Left End of the Dial - MeeCiteeWurkor - Militant Moderate - Okie Funk - Oklahoma Lefty - Oklahoma Political News Service - The McCarville Report Online

Best Family Blog: Chico and the Mom - Friday Playdate - Happy Homemaker - Kellyology - Life is a state of mind - moms are for everyone - Redneck Diva - Rocks in my Dryer - Sterched - What Makes a Housewife Desperate?

Best Humor Blog: bee spot - Bible Belt Babylon - Daily Bitch - Don't Try This At Home - Friday Playdate - Joel - PhotoTune - Redneck Diva - The Lost Ogle - Y2K Survivor

Best Audio Blog: IROK Radio - Passionate America - Robotic Dance Music - The Daily Bitch - The WynnCast

Best Blog Layout: dirtyashtray[dot]com - Dustin Brewer - Euphoric Reality - Incurable Insomniac - JaniCuisine - Journey to Simplicity - Justin Shattuck - Life in Shades of F-Major - Sleeping Mommy - Quantum Fog

Best Unusual Blog: AKA Mike Horshead - Art of Jeff Brame - BackyardBirdCamBlog - dogscatskidslife - Learning Curve on the Ecliptic - Middledawn - Our Tulsa World - PhotoTune - Pimp This Town - Squirrel Is In

Best Writing Blog: Audience of One - Confessions of a Pioneer Woman - DaveTown - dustbury - Miss Wisabus - The WynnBlog - McCarty Musings - Redneck Diva - Rocks in my Dryer - Yet Another Small Town Moment

Best Culture Blog: 4 Color Commentary - Blog Oklahoma.us - CycleDog - Doug Dawgs Blog - Hypeful - Incurable Insomniac - Library Stories - Oklahoma Rock - Tasha Does Tulsa - Violins and Starships

Best Commentary: Bounded Rationality - But I digress... - JMBzine - Life and Deatherage - Mainstream Baptist - No Blog of Significance - Satellite Sky - Streak's Blog - T Town Tommy - Two-Headed Blog

Best Inspirational Blog: An Audience of One - Counseling Notes - Flibbertigibbet! - Mainstream Baptist - No Blog of Significance - Red Fork Hippie Chick - the parish - This is not for you... - Tim Sean - Voyage Ministries

Best Commercial Blog: DoubleShot Coffee Company - ITLnet Blog - Joley Photography's Blog - JR's Family BBQ - Notes from the Newsroom - Oklahoma Wine News - Small Biz Survival

Voting is open until Wednesday, September 26, 2007. Please visit http://okiedoke.com/ok/07awards/oba07.htm for more information.


Tuscany and Chianti Wine Area Trip

The folks at Oklahoma wine bottle lamp company, VinoGlo are now taking reservations for a trip of a lifetime. To TUSCANY and the Chianti wine area of Italy. Stay in a beautiful VILLA that is a working olive grove and winery property. See great works of art-Renaissance architecture-visit Florence and see many famous works of Michelangelo, see the DAVID, Visit 12th century walled cities, experience the history of the area.

Send us a postcard if you go!


2007 Fall Wine Festival September 15, 2007

Sunset at Clovis Point
Originally uploaded by FreeWine
Nuyaka Creek Winery's 2007 Harvest Festival
September 15, 2007 Noon until 7:00 PM

Join our family for a celebration of Oklahoma wines during the Nuyaka Creek Winery September Harvest Festival!

More than just a showcase for great wine, the festival offers a fun filled day in the country, live music, vineyard tours and the chance to visit with other Oklahoma folks interested in building a great wine industry for our state. Local artisans will be on site diplaying their wares as well!

Buy one $5.00 souvenir wine glass and taste all of our featured festival wines! Call the Nuyaka Mall at 918-756-8485 or visit
www.nuyakacreek.com/winefest.htm for more information. Hint: it is a good idea to print the map from their website, if you have never been to the winery before.


Calabash at Tidal School Vineyard Sept. 15

Experience A CALABASH Dinner with the Classic Rock Band Jumbo Shrimp playing live at Tidal School Vineyard in Drumright.

What is Calabash? Where is Calabash?

It all started in the 1930's. Fisherman would bring their day's catch to the waterfront of the quaint, sleepy little town of Calabash, North Carolina, nestled in the marshes of the Calabash River and Atlantic ocean. The crews would season and batter the freshly caught fish and seafood and fry it up in large pots right under the big oak trees. Soon the smells of the freshly cooked food had local residents asking to buy any leftovers!! It didn't take long until an enterprising local businessman began serving up giant tubs of fried fish and seafood that had been dipped in seasoned batter and cooked until golden brown. 'Calabash style' had been born!! In the 1940's the outdoor cooking was moved inside and by the 1960's restaurants up and down both Carolina coasts and across the South began serving seafood 'Calabash style'.

Now, Tidal School Vineyard is bringing Calabash to Oklahoma from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Saturday, September 15, 2007.

Let the talented musicians from Jumbo Shrimp take you away with music from the 60's, 70's & 80's, enjoy a wonderful dinner and of course, great Oklahoma wine! Tickets are $19.95 (+tax), .