2008 Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association Leaders

This year's OGGWMA Annual Conference has resulted in some major leadership changes and well as changes to the Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association By-Laws.

The new OGGWMA Board includes:

President - Andrew Snyder
Vice-President - David Martin
Secretary - Susan Boehrer
Treasurer - Becky Brinkley
Western Region Director - Rusty Allard
Central Region Director - George Ingles
Eastern Region Director - Bob McBratney
Past President - Gary Butler

Stop by the Oklahoma Grape Growers & Wine Makers Association website and check out all of the new changes for 2008. The news is pretty interesting, heck I even picked up this cool Oklahoma grape growing tip from them:

As you prune this season think about saving the cane at each end of the cordons as late as you can. If a late freeze heads our way pruning the end cane can perhaps delay bud break a day or two. - OGGMWA

There are some changes to the dues and membership setup to check out. Regulatory reform proposals concerning direct sales and shipping will be voted on by our state officials again this year. Oklahoma wineries that were not able to send anyone to the annual meeting can find more information online here.


New Tulsa Winery Open for Tasting

If you visit the Oklahoma Wine News Blog Home Page, you should know that we keep the biggest list of Oklahoma Winery Websites on the net. We link to EVERY Oklahoma winery website we can find (at no charge) and that list is growing fast!

The lastest entry to our Oklahoma winery list is Whispering Vines Vineyards & Winery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their winery is located just Southwest of downtown Tulsa and currently produces more than 10 different award-winning Oklahoma wines. This is a great time of year to get out and visit some wineries, the vineyard tours may be a little chilly, but the tasting rooms are always comfortable! Stop by Whispering Vines and say 'Hello' for us!

Current Tasting Room Schedule for Whispering Vines Winery

Mon- Fri: 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturdays: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sundays: By Appointment

Another interesting thing about Tulsa's new winery is their "Adopt a Plant Membership Program". For the first time in Oklahoma, you can enjoy your own
vineyard experience by joining Whispering Vines’ Adopt a Plant Program. Details on their website: http://www.whisperingvines.net/

Fun Wine T-Shirts


Coyote Run Winery Open in Adair, Oklahoma

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Brand New Oklahoma Winery

There is a brand new Oklahoma winery in Adair, Oklahoma called Coyote Run Winery.

They opened the first weekend of Nov. 2007. Their tasting room is open Sat. 11-5 and Sunday 12-5. If you can't make it to Adair, maybe you can catch them pouring wine at one of the following Oklahoma wine events. Leave a comment on the blog here if you love their Oklahoma-made Jalapeno Wine!


January 26, 2008 Tulsa Historical society 7-10pm.

February 23 2008, Muskogee, Oklahoma at 201 S. 6th. 11am - 8pm. For more info go to http://www.flyingfez.com/.


New Drumright Winery Events for 2008

Landslide Plays at Live at Tidal School Winery!

Saturday Jan. 19th 2008 / 2-4pm

This local 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.

Two Special Events for Your Valentine

Tidal School Winery in Drumright, Oklahoma!
Tickets for both Valentines events are $29.99.

Valentines & Jazz - Friday Feb. 8th, 2008 / 6 - 9pm

Bring your sweetheart to a relaxing and romantic evening of jazz, wine and food in Tidal School Winery's elegant banquet room. First, you can visit the tasting room to taste and choose your favorite wine. Then, enjoy a delicious dinner with your choice of beef, shrimp or chicken shish-kabobs, grilled asparagus, roasted new potatoes, salad, tabouli and homemade strawberry valentine tarts with whipped topping for dessert.

All the while you’ll be lulled by the soothing sounds of Score. They are making a demand repeat performance – everyone always enjoys their light jazz style.

Valentines & Soft Rock - Saturday Feb. 9th, 2008 / 6 - 9pm

Dance the night away to the soft rock sounds of Sun Dog. Sun Dog has played several times at our winery and is a crowd favorite! The outstanding menu of your choice of beef, shrimp or chicken shish-kabobs, grilled asparagus, roasted new potatoes, salad, tabouli and homemade strawberry valentine tarts with whipped topping for dessert is complimented by award-winning Oklahoma wines. All you have to do is choose your favorite! Great local wine, great music, great food – add your loved ones & friends for the perfect evening!

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Two Greenfield Vineyard Valentine Dinners

Take your Valentine to see the Chandler Oklahoma area countryside and a great new oklahoma winery! Bring them to the Winery at Greenfield Vineyard for dinner and romance. The evening comes complete with great food, intimate atmosphere, live music, and a generous wine tasting.

Dinner includes salad, choice of hand-carved Prime Rib or Roasted Chicken, with all the trimmings and decadent dessert. If that’s not irresistible enough, how about after dinner dancing to live love songs performed by talent you have to hear to believe! Did I mention the delicious Oklahoma estate wines?

Greenfield Vineyard is taking reservations now for two dates; Saturday, February 9th or Saturday, February 16th. Wine tasting starts at 6, dinner is served at 7 with music and dancing until 10. Melt your Valentines’ heart with this complete Valentines celebration for only $79.95 per couple.

Call today to reserve your special evening; space is limited so don’t delay!

Call 405.258.0525 with your Visa or MasterCard #, date (Feb 9th or 16th) and your meal choice (Prime Rib or Chicken).


Lavender Hill Farm Winery Events

Sunday Brunch at Lavender Hill Farm Winery

Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 1pm $15.00 per person

Make reservation by Friday, January 18th


Lavender Hill Farm Winery Valentine Dinner
SPECIAL Gourmet Catered Dinner with Wine Tasting included!

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

$25.00 per person

Call the winery for reservation at (918) 482-2336
or email: lavenderhillfarmwinery@lavenderhillfarmwinery.com



Online Wine Buying Sting Operations

According to the Ship Compliant Blog, Wine.com recently set up a number of sting operations by purchasing wine on their competitors’ sites and notifying state ABCs that illegal shipments were on the way.

Vinography has the full scoop.

Be sure to read the comments below the post as well to see a pretty heated discussion that includes the CEO of Wine.com.

5th Annual Flying Fez Wine Tasting Festival

The Bedouin Shrine Flying Fez Unit is proud to announce the 5th Annual Flying Fez Wine Tasting Festival . This year's festival will be held Saturday February 23rd , 2008 from 11am-7pm at the Bedouin Shrine Temple located at 201 S. 6th St in Muskogee, OK . Admission is $10.00 per person .

5th Annual Flying Fez Wine Tasting
Festival Date: Feb 23, 2008 (Sat)
Time: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

10 Oklahoma wineries will be attending this year including: Cabin Creek , Coyote Run , Lavender Hill , Oak Hills , Sailing Horse , Stone Bluff , Summerside , Sparks , Whispering Meadows and Whispering Vines . Each winery will have their products available for tasting as well as for purchase . The festival also offers live music by Mike Dunn and friends , Italian food by Napolis Italian Rastaurant as well as two spring fashion shows sponsored by Dillard's and Coburn's Tuxedos .

This is one of the largest wine festivals in the state and has the largest collection of Oklahoma wineries ever offered. Proceeds go to the Bedouin Shrine Flying Fez unit and are not tax deductable .

For more information: Official Flying Fez Wine Festival Site at: http://www.flyingfez.com/

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