The Fairchild Wine Vault in OKC

Fairchild Winery was the first winery to operate in Oklahoma territory. It's ruins today still stand as a model of Oklahoma's willingness to shoot itself in the foot economically.

Edward B. Fairchild, an Englishman who arrived during the land run of 1889, built this 14 foot-by-41-foot stone vault. Prohibition of alcohol in the new state prompted Fairchild to sell his property in 1907.

The vault is currently vacant.


Sommelier Course in Tulsa Begins April 1

Fleming's Restaurant in Tulsa's Utica Square is offering an introductory sommelier course in 2008.

The course cost is $495 and the class will run from 8-5 April 1 and 2, 2008 at Fleming's Restaurant in Utica Square.

It will be taught be 3 Master Sommeliers and will include a blind taste of 22 wines over 2 days. The sommelier course will also cover the whole world in regards to regions, laws, grapes etc. and also discuss food and wine pairing, spirits, wine service standards and more.


The Gardens Restaurant Opens in Stillwater

Woodland Park Vineyards Presents: The Gardens Restaurant
Grand Opening March 4, 2008

The Gardens at Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery is nestled among Vineyards and Woodlands at the Red Barn Tasting Room.

Enjoy fresh produce from our own gardens and local Farm Markets. Freshly baked breads, vegetables and fruits are highlights of our dishes. Our menu of Quiches, Soups, Salads, and fresh baked Breads reflect classic cuisine's of Italy and American Heirloom dishes. Join us for Lunch or an afternoon respite. Serving wines and specialty teas to accompany your meal.

Open Wed-Sat 11am to 6pm,
Sun 2pm to 5pm

For more information, please visit our website:
or call 405 743 2442.

BBQ and Blues at Tidal School Winery March 8

Earl Clark at Tidal School Winery
Saturday March 8th, 2008 / 6pm - 9pm

With the great Earl Clark and his band providing non-stop musical
entertainment for the evening, this is always a great time at the
winery! Plus, Tidal School just bottled three new all-Oklahoma wines!

This year Big Rob's BBQ will be providing four different meats
including ribs, pulled pork, bbq chicken and smoked sausage. To
compliment this array of smoked meats, guests will also enjoy
southwest corn, coleslaw, twice baked potatoes (yum!), and peach
cobbler. Come early for your free tour and tastings and then sit
back and relax with your favorite wine and fabulous food. Or get up
and dance the night away - either way, this is a great way to spend
a cold March evening in Oklahoma. Maybe even the best!

Book your tickets early - this event has sold out in the past.

Ticket price: $29.95
Reserve Your Tickets Today!


Support Free Trade for Oklahoma Wine

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Originally uploaded by FreeWine
SJR29 would allow the people of Oklahoma to vote this Fall to give Oklahoma Wineries the right of self distribution of their wines to Oklahoma Liquor Stores and Resturants.

To grow the Oklahoma Wine Industry, Agratourism, Oklahoma Rural Economy, and to bring Tax Dollars into the State... we need this bill SJR29. The Texas Wine Industry is a billion dollar a year business. Oklahoma winemakers believe that we can do that here, if they are just given the ability to do business!

Support Free Trade for Oklahoma

Please call all these members of the House of Representatives Rules Committe today or in the morning of 2-20-2008. Ask them to support bill SJR29 in their Rules Committe vote tomarrow, 2-20-2008.


Shane Jett, Chairman, Tecumseh, District 27, 405-557-7349

Bill Nations, Vice Chairman, Norman, District 44, 405-577-7323

James Covey, Custer City, District 57, 405-557-7325

Joe Dorman, Rush Springs, District 65, 405-577-7305

Rob Johnson, Kingfisher, District 59, 405-577-7407

Tad Jones, Claremore, District 9, 405-577-7380

Ryan Kiesel, Seminole, District 28, 405-577-7372

Greg Piatt, Ardmore, District 48, 405-577-7326

Trebor Worthen, Oklahoma City, District 87, 405-577-7335

To find your Representative go to:

okhouse.gov - House Membership - Find Your Representative - Legislator Search for Oklahoma - Your Address - Submit.

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Permit Direct Sales By Oklahoma Wineries

A recent article in the Muskogee Phoenix highlights the unfair and ineffective wine laws in Oklahoma.

...The state should permit direct sales by wineries to homes on a limited basis and also allow restricted sales to restaurants and liquor stores.

...Oklahoma laws are protecting wholesalers’ market in the state, not people from misusing alcohol. -- 01-15-2008 Muskogee Phoenix Article

They suggest the state of Oklahoma permit direct sales by wineries to homes on a limited basis and also allow restricted sales to restaurants and liquor stores.

I suggest something much more simple...Free Trade. Anything less will continue the current systems that encourages corporations to lobby their way to a competition-free market.

On another note, I've been updating the Oklahoma Winery Website list on my blog. I found several Oklahoma winery websites were no longer online (Coyote Run, Turkey Creek), so I removed them.

Don't forget about the Flying Fez Wine Festival! This event offers tastings from what may be the widest variety of Oklahoma wineries you will ever see in one location.

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


Be Mine, Wine and All That Jazz Feb 9

2008 Valentine Dinner at Summerside Winery

Be Mine, Wine & All That Jazz - Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008
6:30 Reception
7:00 Dinner Seating

Entertainment provided by Jazz Vocalist Pam Van Dyke and Friends $60 per person all inclusive. View the menu at: www.summersidevineyards.com/events.htm

Summerside Winery
I-44 and exit 289 Vinita
Reservations at 888-508-9463