2008 Drumright Wine Festival June 14

Don't Miss The Annual Drumright Wine Festival on Saturday June14th, 2008 from 2pm - 8pm.

Enjoy great live music, local artists, gourmet food, and vineyard tours while tasting some of Oklahoma's finest wines from multiple Oklahoma wineries. This tends to be one of the top outdoor wine events in Oklahoma, so start making plans to attend this fun event.


Colony Cove Event Canceled

The Colony Cove Wine Event previously scheduled for June 21, 2008 in Grove, Oklahoma has been cancelled.


Oklahoma Winery Distribution Bill Goes to Senate

State Bill to Allow Oklahoma Wineries to Distribute Their Own Products

04-15-2008 - A bill aimed at helping small Oklahoma wineries distribute their products won approval Monday from the Oklahoma State House.

The measure calls for Oklahoma voters to decide whether small wineries in the state should be given back the right to distribute their own products to liquor stores and restaurants.

Oklahoma wineries were given that right following a statewide vote in 2000, but a federal judge ruled in 2006 that the law discriminated against out-of-state wineries.

If approved in a statewide referendum, the new measure would allow any winery to distribute up to 10,000 gallons of wine without going through a liquor wholesaler.

The measure now goes to the Oklahoma Senate for a debate and a vote.


Bud Break at Grape Ranch This Weekend

The Grape Ranch in Okemah is hosting their Fourth Annual Bud Break Festival April 19, 2008.

Upcoming Live Music Scheduled at Grape Ranch:

4-19-2008 "Bud Break" Party

1pm-4pm Franklin Twins
4pm-7pm Clifton Johnson
7pm-10pm Ms. Behavin

4-20-2008 Susan Herndon

4-26-2008 Clifton Johnson

4-27-2008 Don Morris and Monica Taylor


Bartlesville Spring Wine Festival 2008

Saturday April 26th 11am to 6 pm at the LaQuinta Inn

At the 2008 Bartlesville Spring Wine Festival you can taste Oklahoma wines from: Blue Coyote Winery, Cabin Creek, Oak Hills AND Summerside Winery. Cost: $10.00 per person and Designated Drivers will be admitted at NO Charge.

All of these wineries are located a short drive from Bartlesville in NE Oklahoma and they are all family owned Oklahoma Wineries. Bring all your friends and a designated driver. Wines for sampling and purchase: Live music by Kristin Cameron & Cody Walker, great foods to enhance your wine tasting experience will be for sale by one of Bartlesville's favorite restaraunts.

Your hosts will be the Grand Wine Country wineries and the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce.


Chocolate Festival with Oklahoma Wines Sat. April 5

Nuyaka Creek Winery Pine Tree
Originally uploaded by FreeWine
Urby -- the Amazing Chocolate Festival
Sat. April 5, 2008 at the Cherokee Resort from 7-10 pm.

Ready for an an evening of pure indulgence? Nuyaka Creek Winery will be pouring a couple wines at The Amazing Chocolate Festival.
Tickets can be purchased at Oklahomatickets.com or at the door.
$25.00 per person.

Other participating restaurants and beverage companies include: Anne's Bakery, El Rey, Tsunami, Lucky's, Godiva, Nouveau Chocolates, KoKoa, Whole Foods, Choc Brewing, Lemp Brewing, Oakhills Winery, Cabin Creek Winery and many more.

Door Prizes are trips to Las Vegas, chocolate gift baskets, gym memberships, a night at the Hotel Ambassador and much more. Dessert samplings from Tulsa's finest eateries. A chocolate and dessert competition, a dessert drink competition and a beer, wine, and spirits pairing. Urban Tulsa is putting it on and all proceeds benefit the Tulsa Girls Art School Project.

Make plans right away to attend Tulsa Weekly's Urby and the Amazing Chocolate Festival.

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Singing Contest at Tidal School Winery April 26

Third Annual Tidal Idol
April 26th, 2008 / 6pm - 9pm

Brush up on your singing skill and win $$$!!

Back again with all the excitement that only 'Idol' can generate - the Third Annual Tidal Idol that is!! First place winner will receive $100; second place $50; third place $25 and the People's Choice receives a bottle of wine!

Hors d'oeuvres are furnished by Robert's Catering. The admission price is only $10

This event, by reservation only, promises to be a sell out --- another fun evening at Tidal School Winery!!

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Spring Crop of Oklahoma Winery Stories

Welcome to Oklahoma!
Originally uploaded by FreeWine
Spring has finally sprung in Oklahoma! It is time get outside and taste the outdoor lifestyle. I am extremely sick of sitting in the house and ready to brave the risks of rain and tornados and attempt to soak up some sun. Thankfully, the Spring winefest season is soon to be underway and the water will soon be warm enough to kayak some new waters!

The Pauls Valley Daily Democrat did an interesting article with some great details about on one of Oklahoma's newer wineries: Valley Vineyards and Winery (no website to my knowledge). To read the full article just click the link in the quote below. If you haven't done it already, stop by Valley Vineyards and welcome them to the Oklahoma Wine Industry...tell 'em the Oklahoma Wine News Blog sent you!

According to the Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association, small wineries are important to rural economies. They generate capital investment, create jobs, spur tourism and economic development, advance farmland protection and discourage urban sprawl.

A typical new family winery will provide regular employment for five to ten people, and will have annual sales of $200,000 to $1.5 million, the association reports. -- OGGWMA quoted by Jeff Shultz in the Pauls Valley Daily Democrat.

A more recent article in The Sun mentions Valley Vineyards as well as longtime Oklahoma favorite Canadian River Vineyards. The article concludes with some info about another Oklahoma winery newcomer: Legends Vineyard and Winery of Lindsay.

Spring is the best time of year to get out and see what wonderful new things have burst from our fertile Oklahoma soils. See you in the vineyards!

PS. I changed my blog template today to correct some technical issues, I hope it didn't cause anyone any problems.

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