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Flying Fez Wine Tasting Festival Feb 17

MUSKOGEE, OK - The Bedouin Shrine Flying Fez unit is proud to announce the 4th Annual Flying Fez Wine Tasting Festival . This year's festival has been chosen as an Official Oklahoma Centennial Event and will be held Saturday February 17th , 2007 from 12pm-7pm at the Bedouin Shrine Temple located at 201 S. 6th St in Muskogee, OK.

Admission is $10.00 per person . Oklahoma wineries attending this year will be Nuyaka Creek, Stone Bluff, Sparks, Cabin Creek, Summerside, Grape Ranch, Sailing Horse and Woods & Water. 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 Napoli's Italian Restaurant.

Bedouin Flying Fez

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Oklahoma Winery to Attend Both State Fairs

Summerside Winery will be in the Made-in-Oklahoma Building at the OKC State Fair (begins Sept. 14) AND in the Wine Garden at the Tulsa State Fair (begins Sept. 28).

Taste and buy these delicious wines made from Oklahoma Grown grapes:
  • Merlot - grown at Willow Pond Vineyards/Slaughterville
  • Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon - grown at Rushing Wind Vineyard (Oklahoma City) and Windmill Run Vineyard (Roosevelt)
  • Cabernet Franc - estate grown at Summerside Vineyards in Ketchum
  • Route 66 Red - estate grown Cynthiana from Summerside Vineyards/Ketchum
  • Pensacola Dam Red - estate grown Cynthiana from Summerside Vineyards/Ketchum
  • Chambourcin - estate grown Cynthiana from Summerside Vineyards/Ketchum
  • Riesling - grown at Windmill Run Vineyards (Roosevelt)

It sounds like every Oklahoman will get a Fair chance to try Oklahoma wine this year!




David Sedaris Live in Tulsa October 18

David Sedaris
David Sedaris,
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An Evening with David Sedaris

8pm on Wednesday October 18, 2006
Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Chapman Music Hall

This october the Tulsa PAC will host David Sedaris. David Sedaris is the author of the bestsellers Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day, both of which became immediate bestsellers. His essays appear regularly in Esquire and The New Yorker. You may also know his work from 'This American Life' on National Public Radio.

To my knowledge there won't be any Oklahoma wines there, I just think he is very funny!
Here's a tip, never buy the book version of a David Sedaris work...wait for the audio version read by the author. There is no comparison, he is an amazing performer of the essays he writes.

Tickets Available Online

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Woodward Fall A Days Festival October 20 thru 22nd

Get ready for Woodward Oklahoma's 19th Annual Fall-A-Days Festival October 20th, 21st & 22nd, 2006. For the 3rd year the festival will be featuring Oklahoma Wineries as well as
Made-In-Oklahoma Products.
Woodward, Woodward Co., Oklahoma
Woodward, Woodward Co., Oklahoma,
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Oklahoma wineries expected to be attending are: Woods & Waters Winery, Moonfeathers, Plain View Winery, Tidal School Vineyards, and Indian Creek Village plus a new winery located in Shawnee.

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Haskell Wine Event Sept 30, 2006

On September 30th, 2006 head out to Haskell, Oklahoma for the annual Green Country Wine Festival that Stone Bluff Cellars puts on. More details at...

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Oklahoma Wineries - The Toast of Taos

Here's some interesting info! My mom has sent out a trip report on Nuyaka Creek's recent participation in the taste of Toast of Taos Wine Event in Taos, New Mexico.

The 2006 Toast Of Taos Wine Competition

Leaving 100 degree weather here in Oklahoma, we traveled to 80 degree Taos, New Mexico weather for the Southwestern Wine Competition 'Toast of Taos' this last week. Harvest time kept a lot of the wineries from participating in person, but many sent their wines for judging. Our five state region was well represented by wineries from Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and, of course, New Mexico

We had never been to Taos and since we had already harvested our grapes and weren’t expecting delivery of more for a few days, we decided to drop everything and attend. We were stunned by the beauty of the high desert and the mountains. Since New Mexico had been having rain regularly, it was green and the wildflowers were every where. The prettiest desert I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I am not much of a photographer, so not too many good pictures except in my head.

The people of Taos were very gracious and Sally Trigg and her team of volunteers arranged for some very nice events. Taos is an artist’s haven and each winery was paired with a local restaurant and gallery where we poured wine paired with the food from the restaurant. Oklahoma event planners should consider attempting a similar event here.

We were paired with The Trading Post Restaurant and Terrie Bennett’s Gallerie. Rene’ and Kimberly, owners of the Trading Post, served two cold appetizers while we poured our wine. Their goose liver pate’ which doesn’t really sound good to a lot of folks was great with our Petite Pecan wine. They also served a shrimp salsa on a bite size tart shell made from poppy seeds.

The Trading Post Restaurant is one of Taos’ best which is saying a lot as there are so many good restaurants in Taos. We ate lunch there and enjoyed the chef’s special which was made from local wild mushrooms with a sherry cream sauce and asparagus 'yummy'.

Terrie Bennett is a fine sculptor working in bronze and other mediums. Her father is Tom Bennett another fine sculptor and her gallery is full of their art plus pottery and paintings from other artists. She is currently working on a sculpture which she is planning to donate to New York City for the 9-11 anniversary. It is very moving piece, which we were able to see as a work in progress. She is raising funds for this by selling miniatures of it. You can check this out at her website:

However, the real reason we were in Taos was for the wine competition and Oklahoma did well. We, Nuyaka Creek Winery, won a bronze for our Petite Pecan fortified wine. StableRidge Winery in Stroud won 3 silver for some of the wines they submitted and Oak Hills Winery in Chelsea won two bronze and one gold for their wines . We decided we should have sent more of our wines for judging. We were really proud of how well the Oklahoma wineries did in this event.

We were proud to be a representative for Oklahoma and want to thank Sally Trigg and the citizens and merchants of Taos for their generosity. Another person that worked really hard was Shirley Nelson, southwest editor for Wine and Cuisine . Her expertise and knowledge made for a very professional competition. Our thanks have to also go to Mr. & Mrs. Yakkeslav Zspernje of the Sheva Café who, after tasting our wines purchased them to pour in their restaurant.

We are looking forward to this event next year as Oklahoma grows in recognition throughout the wine industry. - Dianne Jones, Nuyaka Creek Winery
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BBQ & Live Music at Drumright Winery Sept. 30

BBQ & Music Live in the Vineyard!

Saturday, September 30, 2006 from 6pm - 9pm

The final summer Tidal School Vineyards dinner/concert of the season will feature Chunky Monkey playing hits from the super groups of the 60's, 70's, 80's and today.

Tickets are only $20.95 plus tax and it includes a full BBQ dinner. Order tickets online or call toll free 866-258-1903 for more information.

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Oklahoma Wine Festival Sept. 16, 2006

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2006 Harvest Festival at Nuyaka Creek Winery

Come on out and join the Jones family for our 2006 Oklahoma Wine Festival. Twice a year we gather together we our friends and vineyard supporters to celebrate the bounty of the annual grape harvest. Come taste the wide variety Oklahoma wines Dad has released from the cellar this year.

EVENT: September Harvest Festival
DATE: September 16, 2006 Noon until 7:00 PM
ADMISSION: Buy one $5.00 souvenir wine glass and taste all of the great Oklahoma wines
INFORMATION: Call the Nuyaka Mall at 918-756-8485 or visit us on the web to see our winelist and print the map to Nuyaka Creek Winery.

In addition to enjoying the usual live music, fun food and wine tasting, take some time to have Dad show you the vineyard. He is always happy to answer questions from budding winemakers and grape growers, sometimes he even has some wine grape plants to sell!

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Harvest Party at Greenfield Vineyard August 19

Here's another chance for you budding Oklahoma grape growers to get a little vineyard care lesson for free. Helping out the vineyards at harvest time is a great way to 'try on' grape vineyard management before making an investment in the business yourself. Greenfield Vineyard near Chandler, Oklahoma.

It’s that time again, our last harvest of the year.

Thanks again to those 50 of you that attended our last harvest, we had a great time. For those of you that don’t know, we picked 5.5 tons in 2 hours, then enjoyed a great homemade breakfast!

Come join the last harvest party of 2006! This is a great opportunity for families, friends and neighbors* to get together for some social time in a beautiful, peaceful setting. Get outdoors in the cool air of early morning and get some [easy] exercise.

We’ll be picking our Merlot this time. Come early on Saturday, August 19th and enjoy complimentary coffee and doughnuts at 7:30am as we discuss the harvest process. Starting at 8:00am, we will begin the picking. We’ll finish around 10:00am before it gets too hot. Then we’ll come inside to enjoy a complimentary brunch while you watch the crush from the tasting room windows or enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony. This event is free (except wine), however, reservations are required and space is very limited. This event will fill up, so reserve quickly.

We'll supply everything you need to help harvest; all you need to bring is your smile! Come enjoy our beautiful winery at crush time, truly a unique opportunity.

For information and reservations, please call us at (405) 258-0525 or e-mail us at

* children over 8 recommended, as sharp tools are involved!

Harvest Party at Greenfield Vineyard August 19, 2006

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Oklahoma Singer Hosts CD Release Party at Winery

Cindy Cain Concert Saturday August 5th
Jump, Jive, and Rock & Roll at Cabin Creek Winery

5 - 6:45pm Wine Tasting & Appetizers
7 - 10pm Concert
Advance Tickets $10
Door Tickets $15

Event Details:
Great Jazz, Rock & Roll and a bit of Country

Bring your dancing shoes and rock out at the CD release party at Cabin Creek Winery. Pack a picnic or purchase a cheese board and/or slices of our luscious Victoria cheesecake.

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Tidal School Vineyards Grape Harvest Event

Second Annual 'A Walk In The Clouds' Harvest Champagne Brunch!

On a cool Saturday morning experience 'A Walk in the Clouds Harvest Champagne Brunch' at Tidal School Vineyards in Drumright. This is a very special event that you won't want to miss!

Learn how to harvest, watch the crush and enjoy the good life complete with live music, beautiful champagne brunch and free samples of over a dozen wines!

We will harvest on Saturday morning...August 26th from 9:00 AM until noon.

- Grape Harvest Demonstration
- One Hour Grape Harvest of the Estate Cabernet Franc
- Watch 'The Crush' Where Grapes Begin to Become Wine!
- Hearty Full Champagne Breakfast Brunch
- Live Music
- Free Wine Tasting of Over a Dozen Wines
- Only $24.95 per person

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Panther Hills Winery July Festival

July Preharvest Festival

On the last two Sundays in July, join Panther Hills Winery to celebrate the upcoming grape harvest.

Take the vineyard tour and walk amongst the vines. View the ripening grapes hanging on the vines. Hear the vineyard manager discuss the growing season. See the different varieties of grapes. Tour the winery. See the equipment used to make wine. Hear the vintner describe the winemaking process.




Grisso Mansion Vineyard in Seminole

Grisso Mansion Vineyard
Grisso Mansion Vineyard,
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While I was browsing around Flickr today I found this photo of Grisso Mansion Vineyard wine made in Seminole, Oklahoma.

I couldn't find any info about the vineyard on the web, but the Grisso Mansion is mentioned a few places listing historic landmarks.



Paris on Paseo Event, Oct. 6 & 7 in OKC

Call for Oklahoma Wineries.

Here's a great chance to get your Oklahoma wines some exposure in Oklahoma's largest market...OKC. If you operate an Oklahoma winery, have a look at the letter below from Alma Hepp, Secretary for The Paseo Artists Association.

I am seeking Wineries to participate in an event that needs Oklahoma Wineries in The Paseo Arts District, N. W. 30th and Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK.

We are about 20 art studios/galleries in the Only Art District In Oklahoma, according to AAA Magazine. We have some pretty large events in our Art District. Some of the Oklahoma Wineries have held wine tastings in my Studio - Carousels & More - on First Fridays.

The Paseo Artists Association is having a 'Paris on Paseo' event, Oct. 6 & 7, 2006.

  • Oct. 6 will also be our well attended First Friday event for October.
  • Oct. 7 is our First Saturday Gallery Walk for October.

Paris is our theme. This event has been annual for about 11 years. We will have artists outside our own community come, set up on the street, and ply their art, be it painting, sculpting, sketching, whatever.

The theme is Artists and Their Model. People come, watch them, (enjoy the wine tastings), have refreshments we furnish, and purchase items. Artists in studios dress a little 'Frenchy'. Paseo metal sculptor, Collin Rosebrook of Paseo Pottery, is going to construct an Eiffel Towel of 'found metal objects' which will be a permanent item on Paseo.

We will also have - outside in the shade - a fine craft sale with selected crafts people doing fine crafts and selling. We will also have a children's area of them building their own Eiffel Tower and they will be judged.The gist of this is - PAA (Paseo Artists Association) would like to have as many Oklahoma Wineries set up in our studios to have wine tastings as we can get. I know not all can come, I know some are further away from Oklahoma City.

We, in the studios, can furnish tables, coverings, crackers, napkins, and good will if you can bring your wines, give tastings and sell your wares if you want to. We encourage you to bring your advertising materials, a sign if you have one and come prepared to enjoy the Paris On Paseo event at The Paseo Art District. We will be having several guest artist openings during that time also.

You may answer this by:

  • Email -
  • Studio telephone - 405-525-4377,
  • Home telephone (before 10:30 am or after 6 pm 405-949-1260
  • or cell (most of the time) 405-659-7251.

Also I can receive mail at

Alma Hepp,
c/o Carousels & More
3018 Paseo,
Oklahoma City, OK. 73103.

Please consider this event and participate. I have had several Oklahoma wineries in my studio on various First Fridays and they will vouch, I hope, that we try to make it an enjoyable event each time. --- Alma Hepp, Secretary, Paseo Artists Association

It really sounds like a fun event!

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Mystery Dinner Theatre at Tres Suenos Winery

Saturday, July 22 - Tres Sueños Mystery Dinner Theatre!

Dinner begins at 6:30 with the play beginning at 7:30. Dinner meal provided by Zios Italian Restaurant. Comedy murder mystery performed by Whodunit Dining Room. Call 277-7089 for reservations. $30.00 includes meal, tax, drink, and play! Wine may be purchased separately. Check out Whodunit's website for more info:

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A Grape Picker for Just One Day - Aug 26

Catch The Crush Harvest Party 2006!
Saturday August 26, 2006

What is a Harvest Party?

It’s your chance to live the glamorous life of a grape picker for just one day! The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Summerside Winery on Historic Route 66 at the I-44 Vinita (exit 289) exit. A tasty continental breakfast, 'meet and greet', and private tour will start off the day.

At 10:00 a.m. a car caravan will proceed 12 miles to Summerside Vineyards in Ketchum, just off Grand Lake where you can experience the harvest (just for the fun of it). The 4th annual 'Big Kahuna' will be awarded to the person who picks the largest cluster of grapes!

We’ll be returning to the winery just in time for a little pampering and entertainment. You’ll love the sumptuous champagne brunch served with live musical entertainment…perfect after a morning of fun and laughter.

For those interested in a little more hands on – or in this case, feet on participation, volunteers will be able to do a 'Lucy Arnez' by hopping in a vat to stomp some grapes. Don’t forget to sign your souvenir t-shirt with your purple feet!

  • Experience the good life!
  • Winery Breakfast
  • Grape Harvest
  • Contests
  • Grape Stomp
  • Live Music
  • Champagne Lunch

Click here for the complete event details. There is limited space so make your reservations early!

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A Taste of Western Oklahoma

Summer Grapes in Nuyaka
Summer Grapes in Nuyaka,
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Clinton, Oklahoma Food Expo July 20, 2006

from 4pm to 7pm at the Frisco Conference Center.

Taste some of the finest gourmet foods in the OKC area at this annual food expo. A number of Oklahoma wineries will also be there to offer you a sample of their wares. Nuyaka Creek Winery will be there, so stop by and say hi to my folks!

You may also want to check out the official Oklahoma Route 66 Museum built in 1993.




Oklahoma Grapes Getting Ripe Early

Oklahoma Grapes
Oklahoma Grapes,
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Several varieties of grapes are ripening early again this year in the vineyards at Nuyaka Creek Winery. Some vineyards are expecting two harvests this year. Stop by and see them for yourself, directions at


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