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8/03/2009

Take Part in an Oklahoma Winery Grape Harvest

Harvest Party VIII 'Catch the Crush'
Saturday, September 12th, 2009 from 9am - 2pm.

Will you be the 'Big Kahuna' winner this year?

Join Summerside Vineyards & Winery for continental breakfast, meet and greet winery tour, picking party at the vineyard, a wonderful brunch, harvest grape stomping, Lucy Look-a-Like Contest, and live music by Kenny Babb.

Admission is $45.00 per person plus tax. Limited seating, reservations please call: 918-256-3000 or wine@summersidevineyards.com

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3/02/2009

2009 Oklahoma Wine Events in Early March

Don't spend March sitting at home watching Basketball! Warm desert air is expected to expand into the Great Plains all week long. They say that this should raise Texas and Oklahoma temperatures into the mid 80's. Yeah, I remember the 80's!

Fun in Drumright

Drumright Oklahoma's Tidal School Winery has some great events lined up for March including live music from Earl Clark & friends on March 7th and the BBQ & Blues event on Saturday, March 14, 2009. See their website for more details.

Wine Ranch Weekend

On March 21st, 2009 Stableridge Winery from Stroud, Oklahoma will present classes on Wine Sensory and Analysis, Wine Pairings with food and creating your own signature wine while you kick back and relax at Tatanka Ranch ( More info in this PDF ) .

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1/23/2009

2009 Oklahoma Wine Makers Association Annual Meeting

Oklahoma Grape Growers & Wine Makers Association Annual Meeting
January 24 & 25, 2009 at Redlands Community College

We now have a new way to register and renew your OGGWMA membership!

Click here for more details on joining OGGWMA online and learn more about the Oklahoma Grape Growers & Wine Makers Association annual meeting schedules and events.

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10/31/2008

Winemaking and Luxury Lodging Combined

StableRidge and Tatanka Ranch Wine Weekend Get-Away
January 30,2009 - February 27,2009 - March 20,2009

Kick back and relax at Tatanka Ranch for the weekend while Stableridge
Winery
enhances your knowledge of wine. This is a great opportunity for couples considering trying their hand at winemaking or just looking for a romantic weekend adventure.

More details on the StableRidge and Tatanka Ranch Wine Weekend Get-Away here.

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9/18/2008

Grape Crush in Vinita Sept 20-21, 2008


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10 tons of Cynthiana wine grapes need to be picked and crushed. If you have ever wanted to experience a wine country grape harvest, this is your chance. Join the folks at Summerside Winery this weekend September 20 & 21, 2008 at the vineyard in Ketchum on Grand Lake.

The fun starts at 7 AM in the vineyard on both days. Wine grapes have a higher sugar level in the early morning.

Plan to crush the grapes each evening at around 6 PM. The weather is beautiful and you can experience the harvest and crush of this year’s crop. We have flex hours so come as early and stay as late as you want. It’s fun and you'll get free goodies. This is a great way to learn about the wine industry 'first hand'.

Email gail@summersidevineyards.com or call Summerside Winery in Vinita at: 888-508-9463 to participate in many consider to be the single most important event in the winemaker's year...Crush Time!

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8/28/2008

Drumright Wine Grape Harvest Event

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

Saturday, September 6th, 2008 from 9am - 12pm.

On a cool Saturday morning experience 'A Walk in the Clouds Harvest Champagne Brunch'.

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 Oklahoma wines! The Drumright, Oklahoma winery will harvest on Saturday September 6th 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

Tickets are just $24.95 plus tax, per person Purchase your tickets online today http://www.tidalschool.com/ or call 1-866-258-1903 for more information.

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8/15/2008

Summerside Vineyards Harvest Party August 23

2008 Summerside Vineyards Harvest Party VII

"Catch the Crush" in Vinita Saturday August 23, 2008 from 9am – 2pm.


Join Summerside Vineyards & Winery for a Continental breakfast, vineyard tour and harvest, Wonderful brunch & live music $45.00 per person plus tax. Seating is limited, so sign up today.

For reservations please phone: 888-508-9463 or visit: http://www.summersidevineyards.com/

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5/19/2008

Make Your Own Wine in Edmond, OK

Interested in Learning to Be a Winemaker?

Vintner's Cellar of Oklahoma in the Spring Creek Village shopping center at 15th Street and Bryant Avenue in Edmond, Oklahoma offers a way to give it a try.

Vintner's Cellar offers its customers a chance to make their own batch of wine with the help of a professional vintner. The cost of a batch ranges from $320 to $520 for about 30 bottles. How much you learn about winemaking is up to you!

The process takes six to eight weeks but you only really need to devote about 45 minutes on the first day. You can be as involved as you want to after that. Most folks also like to be on hand for the end of the process when the wine is bottled, corked and labeled.

They won't be the cheapest cases of wine you have ever bought, but the learning could be priceless!

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3/05/2008

Vineyard Pruning Event in Tulsa Mar 15-16

At the Whispering Vines Vineyard Pruning Event volunteers are invited to come help prune two acres of vineyards in Tulsa. This is a great way to get to know your local winery and learn the basics of creating your own Oklahoma wine grape vineyard.

In addition...there will be donuts.

On March 15 & 16, 2008, the grape pruning basics that volunteers will learn include:

• Learn where to cut the grape vines.

• Learn to remove old wood and why.

• Learn to root cuttings at home.

To find out more, go to www.whisperingvines.net, or riesenvineyards@netzero.com or call: 918-231-7928.

You can learn a great deal from reading wine grape growing books, but nothing beats real hands-on training events like these!

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3/01/2008

Oklahoma Grape Vineyard Sale and Training

The Davis-Ham Vineyard is for sale you can see some pictures on the Lincoln County Grape Growers Site at: http://www.lincolncountygrapes.org/davis-ham.htm

Other Oklahoma Wine Industry News Events:

Free ABLE Workshop
Friday, March 28, 2008 at Redlands Community College
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Topics: Licensing, licensing renewal, price posting,
legal issues, inspections, audits

Please email number of attendees to:
Andrew Snyder (snydera@redlandscc.edu)




Free Wine Grape Pruning Instruction

Summserside Vineyards in Vinita, Oklahoma
Saturday, March 8 2008
Call for more information: 888-508-9463 (WINE)
wine@summersidevineyards.com

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2/25/2008

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.

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2/19/2008

Support Free Trade for Oklahoma Wine


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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.

RULES COMMITTEE

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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1/29/2008

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.

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12/20/2007

Wine Chemistry Workshop January 18 and 19, 2008

Wine Chemistry Workshop Hosted by Redlands Community College

Redlands Community College will host the 3rd Annual VESTA Wine Chemistry Workshop featuring Dr. Barry Gump, January 18—19, 2008 in El Reno, Oklahoma.

This fully hands-on workshop will cover 12 different chemistry tests critical to quality wine production including YAN (Yeast Assimilable Nitrogen). Enrollment is limited so register early to assure yourself a place.

Cost: $60 per person
For registration contact Andrew Snyder via email
snydera@redlandscc.edu and mail check to:

Redlands Community College
Attn: Andrew Snyder (wine workshop)
1300 S. Country Club Rd.
El Reno, OK 73036

For more information visit VESTA’s website: http://www.vesta-usa.org/VIN_268_Workshop_RCC.htm

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12/18/2007

Oklahoma Winemakers and Grape Growers Classes

The new Spring 2008 Class Schedule for winemakers and grape growers is now online.

Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma offers Oklahoma's only two-year degrees in viticulture and enology. Their Enology (winemaking science) Lab boasts the only Discrete Flow Analyzer in the Midwest! Their Educational Research Vineyard includes 20 varieties of vinifera, two varieties of French-American hybrids, and three different trellis systems.

VIN 1113 Principles of Viticulture I
Jan 12/13 / Feb 16/17 / Mar 29/30

VIN 2231 Soil, Irrigation and Nutrition
Feb 2/3

ENO 1112
Principles of Enology I
Jan 19/20 / Feb 23/24

VIN 1121 Global
Terroir
Mar 8/9

ENO 1121 Sensory Evaluation
Feb 8/9

Full details are available on OGGWMA's Education Page.

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11/18/2007

The SWRA Offers Free Help for Oklahoma Wineries

How to Tell Folks That You Cannot Ship Them Your Oklahoma Wine

Most wine retailers that mention their wines online get requests for direct sales. Many use their websites to try and explain the rapidly changing, unclear and inconsistent list of what states they may ship to. A few of them explain why they won’t ship to certain states. If they bother to explain, it is usually through a cursory note that shipping wine is prohibited by law in Oklahoma or whatever other state 'protected' by the corrupt and obsolete three tier system.

It would do the consumer good to understand more about the restrictions that prohibit them from purchasing and having shipped a legal and healthy product like locally produced wine. To that end, The SWRA has put together some sample statements for retailers who want to give customers in states they can’t ship to a better understanding of their predicament. Retailers have SWRA’s permission to use any of the five explanations in their article with or without attribution to SWRA.

Five ways that Wine Retailers Should Send the Right Message from the SWRA.


Oklahoma winemakers, stifled from shipping their wines to the global market of wine consumers currently requesting shipments, may find this response options useful. They are certainly well worth a look.

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10/31/2007

TTB Compliance Workshop for Wineries Nov 17

TTB Compliance Workshop
Hosted by Chapel Creek Winery at Redlands Community College

Date: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (with lunch break on your own)
Location: Redlands Community College

Record maintenance and report preparation with our own regional TTB Investigator’s Beverly Thomas and Evaristo Maestas. New application information will also be covered.

Workshop Cost: $50
Make checks payable to: Chapel Creek Winery

Seating is limited; please RSVP via email before Nov. 1, 2007 to:
snydera@redlandscc.edu

Checks must be received no later than Nov. 9, 2007. Registration at the door is not allowed. For further information please call (405) 422-1420.

Lots of Oklahoma wineries have been contacted by the TTB recently to clarify the rules and regulations concerning advertising limitations on Oklahoma wines. It is my understanding that the TTB was created to replace the old ATF after drawing it into the Department of Homeland Security.

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10/22/2007

OGGWMA Fall Meeting Open to Public Oct 28, 2007

OGGWMA FALL MEETING FOR VINEYARDS AND WINERIES Oct 28

This meeting is a non voting meeting and is open to all interested parties. It does not matter if you are a member of OGGWMA.

We will be discussing changes in the by-laws that include dues, alignment of the three districts, meeting and voting requirements along with other enjoyable topics. Also, we will have an update on the legislative process and plan from the McSpadden Group and an update on the plans for a wine festival from Persuasive Strategies.

Together We Stand!!! Divided We Fall!!!

The meeting will be held at OSU-OKC. It will be in the south conference room of the Student Center. The meeting will begin at 2pm on Sunday October 28, 2007.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Tom Knotts cell 405/306-9492

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8/21/2007

Grape Growing Classes in OKC for 2007

Oklahoma Winemaking and Grape Growing Enthusiasts,

Learn the art and science of wine grape growing and start your own world-class vineyard right here in the Sooner State. Vineyard design, trellis and irrigation systems

Viticulture classes are available for credit at OSU-OKC.
Classes start August 22, are (Wed.) weekly 5:30-10pm; and, they can be audited.

They are also planning a educational tour/class of Northern Italy vineyards and wineries and students with prerequisites will be chosen first.

Viticulture Classes Flyer (1.67 MB PDF)

Viticulture Research

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8/14/2007

Catch the Crush VI Harvest Party Aug 25

Catch the Crush VI Harvest Party

Place: Summerside Vineyards & Winery
Date: Saturday August 25, 2007 from 9am - 2pm
City: Vinita, Oklahoma


Continental breakfast, tour, enjoy life of a grape picker at the vineyard (just for fun), wonderful gourmet brunch, grape stomping, enjoy music of Kenny Babb.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED / $45 per person + tax
1-888-508-9463

Schedule

9:00am - Meet and Greet at the winery in Vinita (I-44, exit 289 – on Route 66 across from the turnpike gate) 918-256-3000

Continental Breakfast:
Banana nut bread baked fresh in the Grapevine Restaurant, served with raspberry cream cheese, grape juice and coffee

9:30am - Private winery tour with the winemaker

10:15ish - The options are the Route 66 vineyard or the vineyard in Ketchum (15 minutes). You’ll be able to take a look, up close and personal, at four varieties of grape vines including: Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Vignoles and Cynthiana (Please note that due to the 2007 Easter freeze, the harvest yield is very low) Picking for fun – we’ll show you how!

11:15ish - Caravan back to the winery

11:30ish - Live music by Kenny Babb. Toast to you, to the Big Kahuna, and to the 2007 Harvest

Brunch: Fresh fruit, bacon, sausage, ham, herbed potatoes, scrambled eggs, chicken with chardonnay sauce, vegetable and dip tray,spring salad with feta, and fresh artisan breads, plus iced tea and water.

12: 45ish - Grape Stomping (if possible) followed by dessert.

Dress cool and casual, bring suitable shoes for the vineyard (for instance: tennis shoes instead of flip flops). Don’t forget your camera!

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3/08/2007

Drumright Oklahoma Grape Pruning Event March 17

Speaking of Wine Grape Pruning Events...

Join the folks at Tidal School Vineyards in Drumright on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 AM for a pruning party and Bistro Lunch. Learn how to prune the vines and spend an hour and half actually working in the vineyard. Pruning wine grapes late in the winter while the vines are still asleep gives them a powerful stimulus to grow better and produce better wine grapes.

This vineyard experience includes demonstration training, work, a bistro lunch, a glass of wine, and a souvenir wine glass for you to take home with you. $10.95 Advance seating reservations are required, so call toll free 866 258 1903 or order online today! www.tidalschool.com

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Grape Pruning Event Saturday March 10

Learn to Care For Wine Grape Vines

Grand Wine Country is hosting a grape pruning seminar by Andy Allen from Missouri State University this Sat., March 10 from 9-noon.

Meet up at Summerside Winery (I-44 exit 289, Vinita – across from the turnpike gate), and after Andy’s presentation, car caravan to the vineyard for hands-on training.

Everyone is invited (bring your own pruners and goggles). The cost is $20 and no reservations are required. For more info call 918-256-3000.

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1/23/2007

Oklahoma Grape Grower Symposium March 16-17, 2007

PRESS RELEASE
The Lincoln County Grape Growers Association would like to extend an invitation for you to attend at our First Annual Oklahoma Grape Grower Symposium to be held in Chandler, Oklahoma on March 16th & 17th of 2007.

The purpose of the Symposium is to:


  • Educate growers on sources of suppliers

  • Provide education, financial planning and assistance

  • Introduce vine stock

  • Present marketing ideas

  • Promote grower and winery relations

  • Feature well-known speakers

  • Encourage networking amongst grape growers and grape growers’ groups


The event is being organized by the Lincoln County Grape Growers Association, which is the largest grape growers group in Oklahoma. The Lincoln County area is home to numerous vineyards and wineries, making this area the most concentrated of the entire state. There are currently over 41 licensed wineries in the state – an increase of almost 33% compared to last year’s 31 licensed wineries. Several more vineyards and wineries are in the process of establishment or are coming in to production level.

Many growers are currently 'under the radar' and are increasing at an exponential rate. Viticulture is the fastest growing sector of Agriculture in Oklahoma and has not even begun to peak.

This year is the first year of what is to become Oklahoma’s largest hopefully statewide educational event focused solely on growing grapes held annually, sure to gain momentum with each passing year.

We hope that you will support this event.
To reserve a booth space or if you need more information,
please contact Exhibit Chairperson: Raquel Tilghman
Email: rtilghman@americanplant.com

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Canadian River Vineyards Pruning Event CANCELED

The pruning demonstration and hands-on instruction originally scheduled for Feb 3, 2007 at Canadian River Vineyards has been CANCELED. Don't fret though...The Lincoln County Grape Growers Association has something bigger planned for March 16th & 17th of 2007. See our next Oklahoma Wine News posting for details.

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1/17/2007

2007 OGGWMA Annual Meeting Rescheduled

Due to unsafe road conditions on the original date, the OGGWMA Annual Meeting has been rescheduled to February 2-4, 2007.

All room reservations made for the original conference dates were canceled as per hotel policy.

Individuals must call again to make lodging reservations for Feb. 2-4, 2007 OGGWMA Conference.

The Crowne Plaza telephone number is 405.848.4811. Ask for the Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers rate.

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1/16/2007

Learn to Prune Oklahoma Wine Grapes

Oklahoma Grape Pruning Class
Feb. 3, 2007 / 9am

This class includes pruning demonstration and hands-on instruction, please bring hand pruners. Canadian River Winery is 15 minutes south of Norman, Oklahoma on State Highway 77.

Admission is only $25 call the Canadian River Winery to reserve your place today (405) 872-5565.

Cabernet Sauvignon Grapes for Planting
Cabernet Sauvignon


February is the traditional time for grape vine pruning in Oklahoma. Local vineyard owners make great teachers!

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2007 OGGWMA Annual Meeting POSTPONED


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Due to the current weather conditions and the forecast for more inclement weather, the OGGWMA annual meeting, originally scheduled for this weekend (Jan 19-21, 2007), is officially postponed.

Here are two, key announcements for everyone:

1. There are two options for rescheduling the annual conference.
Friday evening, February 2 through Sunday morning February 4.
Sunday evening, February 11 through Tuesday morning, February 13.

President Gary Butler of Summerside Vineyards has asked the membership and registrants be polled on the dates. See OGGWMA website for details.

2. Hotel rooms:

All reservations associated with the OGGWMA conference at the Crowne Plaza have been canceled by our office.

Hotel policy dictates every person must call and re-register for rooms. The rate is still $79.

Deadline for hotel registration to obtain the $79 rate is Friday, January 26.

Several factors went into the decision to postpone...

Visit the Oklahoma Grape Growers and Winemakers website for complete details.

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12/20/2006

Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Conference


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Oklahoma wine enthusiasts are getting ready for the 2007 Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Conference.

The event will be held on January 19 - 21, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center at Northwest Expressway and May Avenue in Oklahoma City. Registration forms are at: www.oklahomawines.org


Event speaker:
Jennifer Montgomery of WineAmerica will be presenting an overview of the national wine industry and a legislative panel regarding the shipping and direct sales issue.

Conference Agenda:

Annual OGGWMA Awards for Excellence
Technical sessions for the veteran, new and prospective growers from viticulture experts including:
- Dr. Eric Stafne, OSU Department of Horticulture
- Dr. Dean McCraw, retired OSU horticulture professor
- Andrew Snyder, Redlands Community College professor

Traditional Oklahoma wine industry tasting event and many more programs to be announced; see official website for details: www.oklahomawines.org.

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8/05/2006

New Wine Industry Training Offered for Fall 2006

OGGWMA Education Chair Announcements

Grape growers and winemakers,

Our industry has come a long way in the past 5 or 6 years. One area where this is clearly evident is in the educational opportunities that have been developing. The most exciting development, in case you haven't heard, is the establishment of two Viticulture and Enology programs in the state. Both OSU-OKC and Redlands Community College are creating associates degrees and will be offering a selection of vineyard and winemaking courses over the next few semesters.

Both colleges will be offering viticulture courses starting this fall semester. Redlands is hard at work turning the historic building at their Darlington vineyard into a classroom facility and state of the art winery. OSU-OKC will soon begin remodeling and enlarging their horticulture center and plan to establish a state of the art educational wine making facility there as well. Below are two releases from these two fine institutions of higher learning:

OSU-OKC:

OSU-OKC, in cooperation with OSU Stillwater, will be offering the first class of their Viticulture and Enology program beginning this fall sememster. Future plans include new facilities and a complete remodel of the Horticultural Center at the OKC campus and the continued development of research at the vineyards located at the OSU Fruit Research Station at Perkins and the newly established vineyard on the OSU-OKC campus. Winemaking research and courses will also be offered at the Food and Agricultural Products Center on the OSU campus in Stillwater.

Fall 2006 class:

HRT 2053 Vineyard Selection & Harvest Management; 3 credit hours, fall offering Provides information about the viticulture history, geographic location where grapes are grown and climatic conditions necessary for viticulture production. Also provides information about cultivar and variety selection. Field oriented experience in vineyard layout, including site selection and preparation, construction trellis systems and vine training. Additional field experience with harvest management including equipment, processing and handling.

Contact details for this fall's class:

Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center 400 N. Portland Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
405.945.3358 (Mary Brown)

HRT 2053 Vineyard Selection & Harvest Management (i.e. Viticulture I)
Section 104/105


Class times: Friday 8:00am - 5:30pm / Saturday 8:00am - 2:50pm
August 25-26
September 22-23
October 26-27
November 17-18
December 8-9

REDLANDS:

Redlands Community College offers Oklahoma's only two-year degrees in viticulture and enology. The increased popularity of grape growing and wine making in our state has provided economic development for many underserved agricultural areas. Redlands Community College recently planted a 26-variety research vineyard at Darlington and will soon complete a state-of-the-art educational winery. These projects are funded through our Center of Excellence Grant and an Economic Development Grant through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Classes are offered in traditional classroom and online formats to accommodate student needs.

Fall 2006 Classes

VIN 1111 Oklahoma Vineyard Management
August 26 & December 9

VIN 1113 Viticulture I
9/30, 10/1, 10/28, 10/29, 11/4, 11/5, 12/2, 12/3 Saturdays 9-5, Sundays 9-1

VIN 2962 Vineyard and Winery Marketing Internet class

VIN 2972 Winery Tasting Room Management Internet class

VIN 1111 and VIN 1113 seating is limited to the first 30 students, sign up early.

Proposed 2-year Schedule

Fall 2006
VIN 1113 Principles of Viticulture I
VIN 2972 Vineyard and Winery Marketing
VIN 2962 Winery Tasting Room Management
VIN 1111 Oklahoma Vineyard Management

Spring 2007
ENO 1112 Principles of Enology I
VIN 2112 Principles of Viticulture II
VIN 1121 Global Terroir
ENO 1121 Sensory Evaluation

Summer 2007
VIN 2111 Integrated Pest Management
ENO 2112 Principles of Enology II

Fall 2007
VIN 2221 Vineyard Technology
ENO 2132 Winery Operations
ENO 2122 Analysis of Must and Wine

For info contact Andrew Snyder: snydera@redlandscc.edu

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7/28/2006

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!

When?
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

http://www.tidalschool.com/winery-events.htm




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7/06/2006

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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6/30/2006

StableRidge Vineyards Offers Winemaker Training in August

Winemaker Reality Check

During the month of August, the vinters at Stableridge Vineyards are inviting up to 4 people per weekend to participate in every aspect of winemaking from the vine to the wine.

This is the same workday that the winery owners and workers put in. If you ever considered the business of wine you should take advantage of this opportunity. Participants will help harvest, crush, and press the grapes and prepare them for fermentation. Additional sessions include bottling the wine at a future date.

Openings are limited to four people per weekend. The price is $75.00 per person.

Accommodations are available, on-site, for an individual or couple for an additional $65.00 for the weekend.

You can sign-up by phone 918.968.1769 or e-mail stableridge@valornet.com

StableRidge Vineyards Winery - Route 66 Stroud Oklahoma

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5/25/2006

RSS - The Winery Marketers Secret Weapon

I am often asked by Oklahoma winery owners how they can find sites and news articles that mention their wineries and/or websites. My answer is always the same: RSS.

RSS - Your Free Auto-Magic Internet Spy

Experts estimate that only around 5 or 10 percent of Internet users have ever actually tried RSS. So why is RSS becoming such a big deal to winery owners and marketers? Like email newsletters, RSS allows you to promote your winery and winery events through a customer-initiated content feed that the users sign up for and actually want. Unlike, email newsletters, RSS gets around overstuffed e-mail mailboxes, filters and junk mail folders.

RSS newsfeeds protect subscribers who are concerned about spammers getting their email address and they protect winery owners from having their newsletters accidently filtered by well-meaning internet providers.

Keyword Based Search Feeds for Wineries

Keyword-based feeds can save you a lot of time by automatically updating search results and sending them to your RSS feed reader. Once you take the time to set up your keyword-based RSS feeds you will have a powerful and free tool for marketing your winery. A great place to start is setting up a Bloglines account.

Bloglines…What’s That?

Bloglines is the market leader in RSS news feed aggregation and blog search. Many people use the bloglines news reader to set up their own customized online newspaper. I love Bloglines and use it every day to find link partners, wine reviews, event listings, industry news and more.

Some regular Oklahoma Wine News readers have subscribed via our bloglines sign-up link. They get every posting, without having to visit our site or share their email address with us. This means that by submitting your winery events to Oklahoma Wine News, you get exposure that goes far beyond the daily visitors to our site.

There are literally hundreds of competing feed readers available, but most of them are desktop applications, Bloglines is completely web-based. This means it offers less risk of exposing your PC to a security risk and can be accessed from any browser...even when you are away from your PC.

How To Setup Keyword Based Blog Search Feeds using Bloglines

Go to www.bloglines.com, and set up a free account. Bloglines will then send you a Validation E-mail. Your e-mail address will be your login name and you can choose your own password. After registering, sign on to your e-mail account and click the link provided in the Bloglines validation e-mail. Once you have signed up for the free Bloglines account, you can login and create countless keyword search feed in your Bloglines news reader.

Just do a search for the term or terms you want, then click on 'Save this Search'. It will appear in your list of subscriptions and it will be updated whenever Bloglines finds new blog entries that match your query. I have keyword searches setup for terms like: Oklahoma winery, Nuyaka, Oklahoma wines, etc. on both Bloglines and Google Alerts.

What’s a Google Alert?

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your choice of query or topic. They arrive as e-mails on a subject or subjects of your choosing that is sent to you daily or weekly. Since Google is the road most visitors will take to your website, Google represents a critical marketing channel. Signing up for Google Alerts is simple and I recommend it, along with Bloglines, to all Oklahoma wine marketers as a way to monitor the internet 'Buzz' surrounding their businesses.

To setup Google Alerts for yourself, go to www.Google.com/alerts. Follow the prompts and it is quite easy to setup search feeds for links to your websites URL and mentions of your product name. Experiment with different searches to make sure they work as expected before subscribing.

Google pulls together news articles and new websites that talk about your business or link to your website, but it doesn't yet cover blogs. To watch for your winery being mentioned in the blogosphere you will need some type of RSS Feed aggregator that will generate custom blog search feeds based on keywords. I use Bloglines. To keep things centralized, I have setup my Google Alerts to display in my Bloglines news feed aggregator.

Bloglines Provides More Than Just Search Feeds

There are weblogs on many subjects of interest to Oklahoma wine makers and wine marketers; I add them to my Bloglines reader whenever I find them. A few of my favorites that I would recommend to any Oklahoma winemaker are Tom Wark's Fermentation, Direct Wine Shipping Compliance, The Winery Website Report, Lifehacker, and The REthink Wine Blog.

An easy way to find more interesting and useful news feeds is to use RSS search engines and directories to discover feeds. A couple that I have used are: Feedster and Technorati.

When you are looking at websites you enjoy and want to track, check to see if they have links using the words XML, RSS, RDF, syndicate this site, news feed, sitefeed, atom, etc. If they do, click on the link, then copy and paste the web site address of the feed at the top of your web browser into your newsreader to subscribe. Now new items added to that website result in a handy message sent to your newsreader. You don't have to share your email address with the site owner - your privacy is protected and your inbox won't be inundated with messages that you don't have time to read.

In fact, you can use bloglines in place of your own email address when signing up for email newsletters to automatically redirect them to your newsreader. Bloglines allows you to create an e-mail address that will display e-mail messages in Bloglines as opposed to a regular e-mail program. This e-mail address can be used when signing up for e-mail announcements or in search alerts from Google Alerts or other competing services. This allows you to receive the alerts neatly categorized in your Bloglines account instead of in your e-mail inbox.

If you are an Oklahoma winery marketer looking for every advantage you can get from the internet, RSS is too important to ignore. Bloglines combined with Google Alerts makes a great place to get started.

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5/24/2006

New Book Covers All 50 Wine-producing States

Kevin Zraly has published the first book that deals comprehensively with all 50 states as modern wine-producing states. He has titled it Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide. It is the sequel to his Windows on the World Complete Wine Course... the best-selling American wine book in history.

If you think that only California, Oregon and France produce great wines, this book should be a real eye-opener. Since 1995 the number of wineries nationwide has gone from 1,187 to nearly 4,000. In honor of this proud moment in history Kevin Zraly's American Wine Guide has been published on the first anniversary of the US Supreme Court's revolutionary ruling opening up interstate shipping of wine.

Zraly rates all 50 wine-producing states from decanter.com

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