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New Winery in Claremore, Oklahoma

Roberdes Family Vineyards and Winery in Claremore is now OPEN.
Located at 20570 E. 460 rd. Claremore, Okla. 74019 ( between Claremore and Pryor )
From Claremore, about 9 miles east on hwy 20 toward Pryor.
Then 3 miles N. on NE4230 rd to E.460 road. Just on the south side of interstate 44.

Winery open Friday-Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm (or by appointment)
Call (918) 342-1038 or visit their web page at Come in for free tastings and a warm welcome from Mark and Teresa Roberdes. See their vineyard of hybrid wine grapes: Chambourcin, Traminette and Frontenac.

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Have a Cup of Cheer at an Oklahoma Winery

Nuyaka Creek Winery in Creek County, Oklahoma will have their “Black Friday” on Saturday December 19, 2009.

Come out and enjoy some complimentary light refreshments while you are tasting the made-in-Oklahoma wines.

All items in the gift shop will be reduced for some late Christmas shopping. You find a truly wonderful Oklahoma gift for $10.00 or even less, if you take advantage of Nuyaka Creek Winery's discounted case pricing.

Don't forget to print a copy of the new map:

Nuyaka Creek Winery Map

Planning your own wine tasting event?
Freehand Wine Glass Holders are now on sale at
Freehand Wine Glass Holder

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New Oklahoma Wineries Linked

If you check out the list of Oklahoma Winery links in the right-hand column of our Oklahoma Wine News blog, you should notice a number of new Oklahoma wineries added.

Look for new entries for: Redstone Winery in Luther, OK, Native Spirits Winery in Norman, OK, Redbud Ridge Winery in Norman OK and Put A Cork In It winery in OKC's Bricktown. Good luck to all of Oklahoma's new winemakers!

Now that the local wineries have completed the crush, it is a great time to go out and visit them and taste their wines. I like to keep a case or two of Oklahoma wine around the house during the holiday season. A bottle of local wine makes a unique gift... and any that I have left over after Christmas will go right into the New Year's Eve celebration!

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Oklahoma Winery Events for Halloween

A Knight Of Murder - Hallowine Mystery Dinner Party at Summerside Vineyards & Winery in Vinita, Oklahoma. Price: $30 per person

Vampire Prom Nite Murder Mystery at Whispering Vines Vineyard & Winery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Price: $59.95

Halloween Night at the Stone Bluff Cellars Winery in Haskell, Oklahoma.

Bring your little ones to a scenic Oklahoma winery for some Halloween fun. Snag some cupcakes and cider for the kids and a more bitter brew for yourself. Don't forget to get your photo taken with the Wine Gnome - very spooky indeed.

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2009 Oklahoma Wine Festival Sept 19

Join our family this weekend for a celebration of Oklahoma's fine wines during the Nuyaka Creek Winery Fall Harvest Festival! This Saturday, enjoy live music, fun foods, vineyard tours and more while tasting over a dozen Made-in-Oklahoma wines. Parking and entry is free, just pay $5 for a glass and taste all of our unique Sooner State wines.

Since Okmulgee County still has not begun to repair the Deep Fork River bridges, you have to drive to our winery via Creek County roads. Print out a copy of our winery map for detailed directions to our family vineyard.

EVENT: 2009 Nuyaka Creek Winery Harvest Festival
DATE: September 19, 2009 from Noon until 7:00 PM
ADMISSION: Buy one $5.00 souvenir wine glass and taste all of the wines
INFORMATION: Call the Nuyaka Mall at 918-756-8485

While you are here, ask Dad about wine grape plants for your home vineyard. He usually has a few vinifera grape vines and elderberry plants to sell to Oklahoma gardeners interested expanding into this rapidly growing agriculture market. It is all happening this Saturday at Nuyaka Creek Winery!

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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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Indian Creek Winery Burned Sunday Morning

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Indian Creek, the late Dr. Terry Lewis' Enid, Oklahoma area winery, was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.

Thankfully, the wind was low and the blaze was confined to just the winery. The Bed & Breakfast and the rest of the grounds at Indian Creek Village Winery were undamaged. No injuries were reported.

Jenny Lewis will be in our prayers.



Oklahoma Votes For Wine Sales Reform

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Good News!
Oklahoma Voters have elected to boost the state’s winemaking industry by approving Oklahoma State Question 743, which allows winemakers in Oklahoma and other states, with some restrictions, to sell wine directly to liquor stores and restaurants. The state question was approved with more than 70 percent of the vote.

You can ask your neighborhood liquor store to stock your favorite Oklahoma wine and they can contact the winery to have it delivered direct to them. Hopefully, we will all see an abundance of Oklahoma wines return to Oklahoma liquor store shelves!

The upcoming wine festival in OKC November 14 & 15 will be a great opportunity to get together with other Oklahoma Wine Industry supporters to celebrate and discuss the impact of SQ 743.



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
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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Tom Wark on Oklahoma State Question 743

Looking for some more detailed analysis of the upcoming Oklahoma State Question 743, to allow Sooner State winemakers to self-distribute?

Tom Wark writes an excellent wine industry blog that I have been reading for years. He is a passionate voice demanding American lawmakers to live up to the Free Trade philosophy they claim these days. If you have never read Tom's Daily Wine Blog Fermentation, his recent blog posting on Oklahoma State Question 743 is a great introduction!

The fact of the matter is that both political parties are busily looking to craft so-called free trade deals to benefit their corporate cronies. Hopefully, over time we can elect a new generation of leaders willing to support free trade here at home before looking for more exotic offshore partnerships.

Oklahoma State Question 743 is step in the right direction, if it can make it through the courts. However, until Oklahoma wineries have access to the same 'infinite shelf space' of the internet that other state's wineries enjoy, the Oklahoma wine industry will be trapped in its infancy. Worse, the Oklahoma wine lover's will continue to provide a 'captive audience' to any wholesaler willing to pay for an exclusive market.



October Wine Events - Guthrie and Grand Lake

Guthrie Art and Wine Festival, Saturday, Oct. 4 & 5, 2008

Saturday 1am until 6:30pm; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.,
Oklahoma Avenue. Information: 405-260-2345.

Please join Cabin Creek Winery at the Grand Wine Country Fall Festival for their Final Wine Tasting.

Saturday October 1t, 2008 from 11am until 5 pm at Monkey Island, Grand Lake.

Taste great Oklahoma Wines from: Blue Coyote, Cabin Creek, Oak Hills Winery and Summerside wineries. for more info.

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Oklahoma WineFest Nov 14 and 15, 2008

The 2008 Oklahoma WineFest will be the largest wine festival ever held in our state, featuring wines from 25 Oklahoma wineries.

'Denim and Diamonds' WineFest Reception
Friday, November 14, 2008 from 7pm until 10 pm

A tasting to benefit The Muscular Dystrophy AssociationOur “Partner in the Harvest”
Sample savory dishes from local restaurants, paired with great Oklahoma Wines. Live music, silent auction items, and other unique activities will keep you entertained, as they spotlight the Muscular Dystrophy Association and

2008 Oklahoma WineFest
Saturday, November 15, 11am-8 pm
Indoor/Outdoor Event – Rain or Shine

25 state wineries will gather to offer tasting, gift items, and good ole’ Oklahoma hospitality to festival goers. Get a great start on your holiday shopping with an eclectic collection of 50 Penn Place shops and galleries, vendor booths, winery gift shops, food and wine baskets, wine cellar equipment and more.

Wine workshops are planned, entertainment on two stages and great food in OKC at 50 Penn Place.

Wine workshops are 45 minutes each, and will be offered more than once on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. You must purchase both a festival and workshop ticket to attend – reservations are recommended.

  • Wine Tasting – with sommelier, Ian Clarke, of Red PrimeSteak Restaurant

  • Amateur Wine Making – with David Martin of Deer Creek Vineyard

  • How to Build a Wine Cellar – with Jonathan Kuhlman, Wine Cellar Innovations

  • Food and Wine Pairing – Instructor to be announced

  • Wine Collecting – Instructor to be announced

  • How to Grow Grapes in Oklahoma – with Andrew Snyder of Redlands Community College

To request booth space or more information email: or call 405-525-2138.

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Vote Yes On State Question 743 Nov 4th

Don't forget to vote this November 4th 2008.

Oklahoma State Question 743 will allow winemakers from Oklahoma and other states to once again sell their products directly to liquor stores and restaurants, with some large restrictions. Currently, wineries are limited to sales at fairs & festivals, unless they go through a liquor wholesaler. We need to remove the barriers to free trade that have been holding Oklahoma back since prohibition.

FYI - There will also be a little contest for President that is worth taking time to vote for on November 4th, 2008. Now that the government owns a huge insurance company, shouldn't universal coverage be just a little easier to implement?



Arkansas Wine Festivals Sept 27, 2008

Oklahoma wine lovers can make the short drive to Altus, Arkansas to enjoy some excellent wine country fun this month.

45th annual Wiederkehr Village Weinfest, Wiederkehr Village, 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 27. Tyrolean-style activities begin with tours of wine cellars, rides through the vineyards, arts and crafts, wine tasting, games, food and more. Admission: Free to grounds; $25 for banquet. (479) 468-9463.

Chateau aux Arc Wineaux Fest, Chateau aux Arc Winery, Altus, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 27. Live music, barbecue, new wine releases and toga contest. Admission: $10, includes wine tasting. (479) 468-4400.

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Oklahoma Wineries Harvest Grapes and Medals

Congratulations to Oak Hills Winery in Chelsea, Oklahoma and Deer Creek Vineyard in Edmond, two Oklahoma wineries who brought home medals from the 2008 Toast of Taos Southwest Wine Competition. You can read more about their wins in New Mexico on the Growing Grapes & Winery Escapes Blog.

Summerside Winery in Vinita, Oklahoma has a Harvest Party coming soon on Saturday, Aug.23, 2008 and their wine grape harvest will start in about two weeks. - see for event details and vineyard directions. Vinita, Oklahoma is right off I-44, so it is on the way to a number of our favorite Ozarks kayaking spots like the Spring River in Quapaw, Oklahoma, the White River in North Arkansas or the Kings River in Eureka Springs. Stop by and taste Summerside wines next time you are road tripping through the Ozarks.

Don't forget that Nuyaka Creek Winery is moving their 2008 Fall Harvest Celebration to the Bristow City Park this September 20, 2008. It should be quite change combining it with a Renaissance Festival in Bristow, Oklahoma!

Food and Wine Festivals and Events Around the World: Development, management and markets

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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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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.



Spring Crop of Oklahoma Winery Stories

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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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Local Wineries at Cherry Street Farmers Market

Oklahoma Wineries Sign-up Now!

Cherry Street Farmers’ Market & Cherry Street Farmers' Market at Brookside are now accepting applications for vendors at both the Saturday (Cherry Street) and Wednesday (Brookside) Farmers’ Markets in Tulsa. We have received confirmation from the ABLE Commission that wineries may now sell as regular vendors at farmers’ markets (not just at special events).

Our 2008 Market Guidelines state, in part, that 'Products must be 100% Oklahoma-grown or raised and a grower must grow at least 70% of their products. They are authorized to purchase 30% of their total volume of goods sold per market day of their products from an Oklahoma U-pick farm.'

Vendors who feel they may qualify may request the full set of Market Guidelines by emailing: Questions may be directed to that address as well.

The Cherry Street Farmers’ Market is an established market beginning its 11th year of operation.

The Saturday Market season is April 12 – October 4.

The Wednesday Market is open May 7 – October 22. A vendor may choose to sell weekly or just occasionally.

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Rebirth of the Small Family Farm: A Handbook for Starting a Successful Organic Farm Based on the Community Supported Agriculture Concept

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Oklahoma Wine Laws Bottle Up State Vineyards

The website for Sailing Horse Winery in Eufaula recently linked to an excellent YouTube video. It shows a recent episode of The Oklahoma Horizon Show focused on the Oklahoma wine industry. The report includes interviews with a number of Oklahoma winemakers, grape growers and legislators, as well as loads of Oklahoma vineyard and winery footage.

If you have the bandwidth to download the five minute video, check it out and let us know what you think by leaving a comment!

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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:

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 (

Free Wine Grape Pruning Instruction

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

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Welfare For Corporations in Oklahoma

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KJRH recently covered the continueing efforts of Oklahoma lawmakers to protect liquor wholesalers from a free market.

Under the current system, McSpadden said, an Oklahoma wine maker who wants to sell a case of wine to a local liquor store must transport the wine to a liquor warehouse in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, where it has to sit for 24 hours before it can be trucked back to the liquor store in the winery's hometown. -- KJRH story - Liquor wholesalers keep wine bill bottled up in committee

The general arguement that a few distributors are easier to regulate than a diverse free market could apply to ANY product or industry. Real 'free trade' doesn't require complicated 'negotioations' between legislators, distributors and wine makers. It doesn't require 800 plus page NAFTA style pacts. It simply requires the willingness of our leaders to get OUT of the business of picking winners and buiding monopolies to fund their campaigns.

Anything less is corporate welfare.



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.



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.


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: - 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



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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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:

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Online Wine Buying Sting Operations

According to the Ship Compliant Blog, 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



Strebel Creek Vineyard Opens in OKC

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Gary and Sherry Strebel in Northwest Oklahoma City have opened a brand new Oklahoma winery. They have converted their 100-year old barn into a winery and they are open 3 days a week.

Like many new Oklahoma wineries, they are offering awide variety of wines. Their website lists 14 wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, White Merlot, White Zinfandel, Reisling, Muscat Stop by and give them a try!

Strebel Creek Vineyard & Gift Shop is located at 11521 N MacArthur Boulevard, in north west Oklahoma City, about half way between Hefner Road and 122nd Street, on the west side of the street.

Strebel Creek Vineyard
11521 N MacArthur Boulevard
Phone (405) 720-7779
Hours: Fri 1pm-6pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 2pm-5pm

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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 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:

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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
Mar 8/9

ENO 1121 Sensory Evaluation
Feb 8/9

Full details are available on OGGWMA's Education Page.

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Hot Girl on Girl Legal Action in Oklahoma

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The three women who sell wine under the business name 'Girls Gone Wine' in Broken Bow, Oklahoma are in a legal battle. The 'Girls Gone Wild' video makers are threatening legal action if the winery keeps using the name.

The women filed a lawsuit in federal court in Muskogee, so that the issue could be resolved in Oklahoma rather than California, where Mantra is based. 'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis recently spent a few mights in our state and is currently awaiting trial on a tax-evasion charge.

The women operate their "Girls Gone Wine" winery in far southeastern Oklahoma. If you stop by, I'm sure they will be glad to show their stuff!

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Tidal School Winery in Drumright Closed

All weekend Tidal School Winery events have been canceled due to Oklahoma's historic power outage.

As of the time of this posting, there was no power or water so please call before stopping by to visit. Considering the conditions around Oklahoma this weekend, you should probably call before visiting any rural locations!

Shop online for electrical generators.

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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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New Underground Winery Facility for Oklahoma Winemaker

Visitors returning to Nuyaka Creek Winery will notice some big changes are underway. The Jones family is expanding the facility to include a lage new underground winemaking area and above ground tasting room. Nuyaka Creek Winery has always relied on an underground storage area for their wines undergoing bottle aging, but the winemaker has long wished for an underground winemaking facility.

Hopefully, the new earth-sheltered winemaking facility will be ready for winemaking and tours soon. Watch the Oklahoma Wine News blog for details.



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:

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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OGGWMA Fall Meeting Open to Public Oct 28, 2007


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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Agritourism and Alternative Agriculture Conference in November

2007 Oklahoma Agritourism and Alternative Agriculture Conference

November 6-7, 2007 at the Ardmore Convention Center in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

November 6 - Farm tours and conference kick-off. November 7 - General sessions and workshops. Please visit for registration information.


USDA Census of Agriculture Important for Oklahoma Vineyards

From the OGGWMA Website:

The Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association (OGGWMA) urges all grape growers to register for the USDA Census of Agriculture. The census is conducted every five years and is the most comprehensive source of statistics about the nation's agricultural system.

The statistics are used in grants and policy decisions by federal and state legislators and policy makers. We want every vineyard in Oklahoma to register their acreage. The data is a very important tool in our proof of value and worth to the Oklahoma economy. This is confidential data that is known only to the USDA Census. It is reported by crop and state, and if we can get our Oklahoma Dept of Ag to agree, the county by county info will be sorted from the federal data.

Go to the webpage below to be included in the 2007 Census. There you need to complete a short form to make sure that they receive a survey from the Ag Census...It takes less than two minutes to fill in the form.

You can also call tool-free 800-892-1660 and ask to receive an Ag Census survey.
Grapes are specifically counted. We need every grower to count their vines and report to the closest tenth of an acre (and round up, not down!)

It will be exciting to see how much we have grown from the 2002 figures!



Tuscany and Chianti Wine Area Trip

The folks at Oklahoma wine bottle lamp company, VinoGlo are now taking reservations for a trip of a lifetime. To TUSCANY and the Chianti wine area of Italy. Stay in a beautiful VILLA that is a working olive grove and winery property. See great works of art-Renaissance architecture-visit Florence and see many famous works of Michelangelo, see the DAVID, Visit 12th century walled cities, experience the history of the area.

Send us a postcard if you go!



Oklahoma Winemakers Wanted at Epcot?

Mike, a popular Oklahoma blogger, has updated his investigation into why a California winery will be representing Oklahoma winemakers at the upcoming Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This is his second post on the subject for his OkieDoke blog. (Here's a link to the first post).

Thanks to his efforts Oklahoma wineries may get some answers to their questions on what can be done to remedy this situation that continues short-changing both Oklahoma and Epcot. I've also noticed that Mike isn't the only blogger watching this issue.



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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When Will Oklahoma Values Include Valuing Oklahomans?

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For seven years, Oklahoma winemakers have enjoyed self distribution, and the fledgling industry grew from two wineries to 45 licensed wineries. This is according to Marta Patton, deputy director of the ABLE Commission, the agency that regulates Oklahoma's liquor laws.

Mike from the OkieDoke blog asked me today, why Oklahoma winemakers will be represented by a California winemaker at the upcoming Epcot Food & Wine event. Why couldn't the opportunity to market to 1.5 million visitors go to Oklahoma winemakers?

The problem goes deeper than Natalie Shirley's recent public statement that Oklahoma winemakers could not produce the wine quickly enough. (Although, I do have to wonder if that statement wasn't libel.) Since Oklahoma's wine industry is so young, they cannot afford to defend themselves from officials that choose to be the attack dogs for big out-of-state, business interests.

Listen to our ABLE folks teaching on the ins and outs of suppy and demand economics... after they were leaned on to force all Oklahoma wineries to pay a pound of flesh to the parasitic corporations they serve.

"It's a trade off. It costs them. They make probably less for their wine because there's a markup when it goes through the (wholesaler), but if someone wants it, they're willing to pay for it. That's supply and demand."

Much like the wine they grow, Patton said winemakers are a "resilient” group of people and will survive.

"I know this is a setback for them in their minds, but I also know the system is set up to help them," -- Full Article

Wow! I wonder how that statement made Oklahoma's struggling winemakers feel? Maybe they were happy to learn that forcing them to use high priced middlemen was to 'help them' and the problem was only 'in their minds'.

Oklahoma's 3-Tier system was NOT setup to help Oklahoma winemakers, consumers or our economy. The system was setup so that big business could control the market through the wholesale purchase of politicians and their cronies. Since it's birth, after the repeal of prohibition, the 3-Tier System has delivered our state nothing but higher alcoholism rates, spouse abuse, drunk name it.

Much like our state Tourism Department, ABLE is much more interested in picking winners and cashing in... than the lofty goals they claim. Luckily for them, bureaucrats don't have to be 'resilient' to survive...they just have to serve their masters as instructed.

We have met the enemy... and they are us!



Oklahoma Wine Industry in Wines and Vines News

Check out an informative article mentioning several Oklahoma winemakers in the Wines & Vines online version.
Oklahoma's Winery Rush
Wineries multiply despite climatic and legal challenges by Jeff Siegel.


Tourism Official Cuts Oklahoma Wineries Out of Epcot

Your Tax Dollars At Work

At the Epcot Food & Wine Festival an estimated 1.5 million people will get a taste of Oklahoma...but NOT Oklahoma Wines.

At a cost of over $500 ,000 in Oklahoma State Taxpayer's money, some Oklahoma businesses will enjoy being the first state to be invited by the Walt Disney World Resort to showcase its cuisine and heritage at a display area during the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity has produced a great deal of excitement in Sooner country.

However, in a year where our local government has made every effort to destroy our local wine industry, readers should not be surprised to learn of the most recent government-sponsored blow to Oklahoma's family winemakers.

You can read how our highly compensated government tourism promoters earn their money in the quote below from the Distant Creations blog:

Oklahomas wineries can't produce enough wine in such a short time for the visitors expected, Commerce and Tourism Secretary Natalie Shirley said. Dick Sias, an Oklahoman and owner of Joullian Vineyards of Carmel Valley, Calif., will provide wine that will be given away or sold at Oklahomas display, called the Oklahoma Experience. -- Full Article in the Distant Creations Blog

Sadly, Oklahoma's ability to produce political patronage jobs can continue to support parasites that sell out our state at every opportunity. No doubt the effort to continue spreading the word about the lack of Oklahoma wines will require quite a few trips to Disney World at the expense of Oklahoma taxpayers.

Here is some fun: do a quick Google search on Natalie Shirley's name and see how long it takes you to find a quote she makes supporting Oklahoma wineries.

The idea that the dozens of Oklahoma wineries cannot supply a few thousand cases of wine to this event is absurd. I don't know where she got her information, but she obviously didn't try contacting Oklahoma's wineries or OGGWMA. Maybe she found Joullian Vineyards of Carmel Valley, Calif. better suited to supply this information.

Of course, our Governor seems impressed:

"Natalie Shirley has done a terrific job as Secretary of Commerce and Tourism, and I am confident she will be as exceptional leading the Commerce Department," the Governor said. "She will be able to hit the ground running and build on Oklahoma’s recent successes in economic development." -- Full Article Online at: Oklahoma Department of Commerce

It is expected to cost about $1.2 million to develop, staff and display Oklahoma's exhibit during the festival. Tough luck for actual Oklahoma winemakers, I hope the massive press release doesn't hurt you any worse than the missed opportunity.

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Whispering Meadows Grand Opening August 18, 2007

Bob & Karen Stobaugh just opened a new Oklahoma Winery on June 16th, 2007.

Whispering Meadows Vineyards & Winery
34 East Choctaw Ave. McAlester
918-423-Wine or 918-470-9972.

Grand Opening on August 18, 2007 from 10AM to 7PM.

Enjoy 3 Bands, a Street Dance, Extreme Inflatables for the kids, and many more events planned for the day. A nice finish to the evening would be attending the Last Behind the Walls Prison Rodeo. Don't miss this great Oklahoma Event located in the Heart of Downtown McAlester.

Whispering Meadows Vineyards & Winery Grand Opening Saturday August 18th. For more info contact:

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Two Oklahoma Wineries Close Tasting Rooms

A couple bits of sad news for Oklahoma winery visitors.

Beginning the first of August 2007 Moonfeathers Winery in Guthrie, Oklahoma will be open only by appointment.

The folks at Natura Winery in Beggs, Oklahoma have announced that their tasting room is now closed.

With a late frost, AWOL state legislators, flooding, Kansas oil spills and a Supreme court that is bent on their destruction, it looks like tough times are ahead for Oklahoma's wine industry.



New Winery Opens in Stroud, Oklahoma

Joe Gibson & Judy Walkingstick will officially open Territory Cellars in Stroud, Oklahoma on July 11, 2007 with a grand opening celebrating Joe’s birthday.

The new building is home to Century 21 Premier Realty, Gibson Appraisals, Glorieta Grapes, Corks and Territory Cellars.

Joe and Judy invite everyone to visit them and enjoy the patio. Territory Cellars is located just north of the Turner Turnpike on Highway 99 and will be open all day every day.

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Winery and Ranch House Estate Sale June 23

Head out to Beggs, Oklahoma on Saturday, June 23, 2007 for a Winery and Ranch House Estate Sale from 8 am thru 2 pm.

All remaining wine is for sale at 25% off list price. In the store all our remaining gift and food items are 50% off list price.

They are having the estate sale inside, so the weather won't stop it this time! Come out and see all the great things you can purchase. Great deals on wine glasses, candle votives, seasonal decorations by the box, picnic tables and chairs, gardening tools, a new Kubota tractor and more!

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The Essential Definition of Corruption

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Tom Wark is the author of an excllent wine industry blog called Fermentation: the Daily Wine Blog. Rather than simply focusing on his wine tasting opinions, Tom provides a lot of great insider information and wine industry technical details.

In an April post, Tom explained the realities of the Three Tier System Federal Judge Friot recently judged so worthy of protection. Rather than the usual legal double-speak our leaders hide behind, Tom presents a story that illustrates the impact of local trade restrictions and forced monopolies.

Between 2000 and 2006 alcohol wholesalers in America contributed over $40 million to state candidates.

The three tier system is in place in nearly every state in America.

This system was created over 70 years ago and has changed little in that time.

Howard Wolf, a respected businessman in Texas and one who has been a keen observer of the three tier system in America wrote recently:

"When laws become disconnected from the reality of social behavior and commercial activity, the inevitable, even if unintended, result is the use of public authority to advance private, rather than public, goals. The essential definition of corruption in a representative democracy is the usurpation of public authority to the advancement of private interest." - Tom Wark - Full Article.

In addition to the keen quote above, Tom's article decribes the impact the 3 Tier System has on: reducing the quality of local wines, reducing the availability of local wines, increasing the price of local wines and generally screwing up the economy for all.

I hope everyone will visit Tom's blog and read: 'The Story of Chateau Bob'.

Then contact your local congresscritter for an explanation of why they wasted their time declaring the watermelon our state vegetable instead of working toward real industry reform focused on consumers rights and free trade.



2007 Urban Brew and Rendezvous and Other Events

The popular Oklahoma entertainment guide Urban Tulsa Weekly has planned an event on June 23, 2007 called the: "Urban Brew Rendezvous," a wine, liquor and beer tasting at the Cherokee Casino. Taste wines from Oklahoma wineries: Cabin Creek Winery, Stone Bluff Cellars, and Nuyaka Creek Winery. There will be Oklahoma-made beer and even Made-in-Oklahoma Vodka!

Tickets are $25. Purchase your Urban Brew Rendezvous Tickets now. Tickets can be picked up and or purchased at Urban Tulsa Weekly, 710 S. Kenosha.

You may also purchase tickets in person at the High Gravity brewing supplies store in Tulsa.

In other Oklahoma wine news, Summerside
Vineyards & Winery
(east of Tulsa, I-44 exit 289 Vinita) now offers free live music each Saturday from 12:30-3pm on the Grapevine Patio. Visit for wine tasting and tours. Lunch is served Thurs-Sunday 11am –pm.

Tidal School Vineyards
in Drumright
has a new wine release called: Oklahoma Gold! The label on this sweet white wine pays tribute to Oklahoma's oil and gas industry plus our state's agricultural tradition.

----------------Oklahoma Wine Law----------------------------------

The word on the street is the Oklahoma legislature has decided to poison Oklahoma's young wine industry by doing the easiest thing anyone can do...nothing.

Last year the courts decided that Oklahoma's winery laws created unfair market constraints against large out-of-state wineries. Fearing that industry giants like Gallo would be crushed by tiny Oklahoma farm families, the judge declared that the law allowing Oklahoma wine makers to sell their product in Oklahoma was unconstitutional and must be re-written by the legislature.

Although several attempts to create bills to open the Oklahoma wine market up for free trade were written, they were all allowed to quietly die without a vote. It looks like the farm families that make up this industry will once again have to suffer from the inaction of politicians that CLAIM to favor free trade, but instead only trade favors with big cash donors.

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Are Blogs A Winery's Best Friend?

Business Asset February 2007 cover shot
Speaking of local business wife Dianne and I were profiled online for the February Issue of Business Asset. Stop by their site and see how Nuyaka Creek Winery uses blogging to promote Oklahoma wines and wineries.
If you read past the cover you can see a great little picture of our family and learn more about Dianne's web presence business: VineByDesign. You will also see some excellent articles for small business owners.
VinebyDesign represents just one of the thousands of side businesses that are growing... due to the recent growth of the Oklahoma wine industry.


Oklahoma Wine Wins Gold in New York

Two thousand one hundred and twenty six wines, 382 wineries, 12 countries and 40 national and international judges were in New York for The Fingerlakes International Wine Competition in late March. One hundred and forty one gold medals were awarded.

Some of the biggest names in wine were on the list and then there was Stableridge Winery, Stroud, Oklahoma with two gold medals. They took home gold with their signature wines Jeremiah's Red and Chenin Blanc.

Jeremiah's Red also won an silver at the, recent, Dallas Morning News International Wine Competition; no gold medals were awarded in the category.



Economic Exploitation or Discriminatory Regulation

Wine blogger Pat Baude has posted a fascinating article on historic and present day alcohol prohibition on his excellent wine blog: Full2Bung.

I suggest, in short, that a central fact of Prohibition was that it
therefore regulated identity, not behavior. As such, it was an act of cultural violence to the minority rather than an ordinary law regulating behavior.

A comparable contemporary act would be an English-only law which made it a crime to speak any other language – a step no nativist organization, so far as I know, has yet even proposed. - Full2Bung

Pat presents some very interesting insights into the a way forward for U.S. wine shipping laws in the light of the recent court rulings on the subject. Stop by his blog and check out the whole article.

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Arkansas to Open Wine Markets?

The battle for free trade means more than shipping our nation's manufacturing jobs to China and IT jobs to India.

An honest free trade support policy would work toward removing monopolies and barriers to competition like the unreasonable limitations on wine sales and shipping in U.S. States like Oklahoma and Arkansas. Of course, the special iinterests are fighting tooth and nail to keep the trade restrictions in place. Like Oklahoma, Arkansas has a three tier system that ensures consumers pay higher prices for wines and local family wineries are forced out of the retail market.

A bill that would allow some out-of-state wines to be sold in Arkansas grocery and convenience stores received the endorsement Friday of the House Rules Committee.

House Bill 1651 by Rep. John Paul Wells, D-Paris, is a response to lawsuits challenging a state law that allows only wines produced in Arkansas to be sold at grocery and convenience stores. - Arkansas News Bureau

Ever meet anyone with a career or even a 'good job' in a liquor store?

It is far past time to open this market up like the states with successful wine industries have. California residents have voted time and time again to preserve their local wine industry and protect it from being overly dominated by huge corporate wine factories. The results have been clear: higher real estate values, increased tourism and booming local economies in an industry that will never sell them out for third world countries offering lower wages. That sounds pretty good to me and since Right-to-Work has failed to live up to its promises of improving local industry...why not give free trade a try?

Arkansas House panel endorses wine bill

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Cabin Creek Winery On Free Trade for Oklahoma

Press Release
Source: Cabin Creek Winery
Cabin Creek Winery Encourages Free Trade for Oklahoma
Wednesday February 21, 8:59 am ET

TULSA, Okla., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Cabin Creek Winery,, a Native Oklahoma producer of fine wine, brings forward an issue concerning Free Trade in Oklahoma. Unlike other states that produce wine, Oklahoma, by law, limits distribution favoring large producers and distributors. The issue is tied to a constitutional argument of restriction of Commerce among the various states.

The Vintners
Robert and Pam Harris stated today, 'If people like our wine they should be able to purchase it on a level playing field. If Oklahomans enjoy a product from their own soil, why should the big boys keep them from enjoying it? Oklahoma producers are down to earth folk, selling a product that can compete with the best in the nation.'

Several votes approach in the State Legislature sponsored by Senator Harry Coates, Senator Tom Ivester, Representative Jeffrey W. Hickman, Representative Al McAffrey and Representative Danny Morgan. Pam Harris encourages Oklahomans to make their feelings known as Free Trade affects all in Oklahoma. Contact information for the State Legislature can be found at

Cabin Creek Winery
Cabin Creek Vineyard & Winery is a swank place to meet in a country setting that is a short drive from Tulsa, in Big Cabin, Oklahoma. As stewards of the land, Cabin Creek strives to produce exceptional grapes that will give remarkable wines. Cynthiana, Zinfandel, Shiraz and Seyval grapes ripen under the Oklahoma sun, waiting for knowledge, experience and passion to transform the fruit into a fabulous experience.
R. Blake Hendrix, Marketing Strategist, offers solutions for small business. His recent book, Strategic Decisions for Small Business can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse. In addition to shaping marketing strategy, Hendrix encourages small business to embrace simplicity in mapping and achieving its goals.

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Wine Tasting in Oklahoma Liquor Stores?

Friday morning the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission met for a regularly scheduled meeting. During his reports, ABLE Commission Director Keith Burt offered some news I found interesting:

  • A state liquor retail group will introduce legislation to allow wine tasting in retail package stores that might require some action by the ABLE Commission.
  • State voters decided a number of alcohol-related issues on Nov. 7, 2006. McClain and Murray counties passed liquor-by-the-drink, the laws becoming effective Nov. 30, 2006, and Dec. 1, 2006, respectively. Oklahoma has 46 'wet' counties.

Full article:

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Kentucky Allowing Wine Sales by Phone or Web

State regulators have opened the door to shipments from small wineries that are both inside and outside Kentucky. Kentucky leaders decided to drop out of a federal lawsuit over wine industry regulation late last month.

In addition, small wineries in other states will be eligible to ship to Kentucky, but the state Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control hadn't received any applications for licenses as of yesterday.
Bear in mind that consideration for a Kentucky wine shipping license, a winery must produce no more than 50,000 gallons of wine annually.

Full article:

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Oklahoma Wineries in the Tulsa World

U.S. Wine and Grape Industry Worth $162 Billion Annually

This Sunday's Tulsa World contains a short article on the growing economic impact wineries are having on all 50 U.S. states. The reporter interviewed my Dad from Nuyaka Creek Winery and Gary Butler from Summerside Winery about the critical wine industry decisions facing Oklahoma legislators this year.

Here's a link to the article: Here's a brief quote:

"There's no doubt the wine industry is booming across the United States.

A new report by MKC Research of St. Helena, Calif., found that the U.S. wine and grape products industry is worth $162 billion a year, and it affects the economy in all 50 states.

There are now 4,929 wineries across the country -- up from 2,904 in 2000 -- and those wineries produced $11.4 billion in sales in 2005, the study said. -- Tulsa World"

Last year a judge eliminated the constitutional change Oklahoma voters passed to allow our state to participate in this rapidly growing industry. This year, Oklahoma lawmakers will have to show where their loyalties are.

Will Oklahoma join Washington, Oregon, California and New York by creating a system that supports the principles of free trade and economic growth or will we continue to provide a handful of wholesalers a forced monopoly at the expense of our local wine industry?

Mom and Dad

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Oklahoma Winery Investment Opportunity

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Tidal School Vineyards is opening its newest virtual winery investors program.

Round one of the program paid out a 21 percent profit for investors and round two is on its way to similar figures, said Gary Schroeder, president and CEO of Tidal School. Now the winery is opening round three of their series of Virtual Winery investments to potential investors.

The virtual winery allows investors to share in the profits of creating a wine without actually owning a vineyard or any equipment. Schroeder explained virtual winery investors don't own vineyards, buildings, or equipment. They don't have employees and the related complications. They provide the needed capital for the project and then share in the gross revenues from the sale of the wine.

Round three of Tidal School Vineyards Virtual Winery, which is open to new investors, will focus of the development of Oklahoma Gold, the third installment in a series of Tidal School wines that also includes Oklahoma Sweet and Oklahoma Sunset.

The Tidal School Winery is located two miles south of Drumright on State Highway 16. For more
information about the winery, visit their website

Those interested in receiving more information on the virtual winery investors program should email   2006 Wineries & Wine-Making Industry Report



Judge Friot Sides with Corporate Wine Wholesalers

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California mega-producers should soon see relief from the burden of liquor store shelf competition from Oklahoma's hardy band of family winemakers. Truly, this is a victory for gigantic production tank 'McWines' everywhere and the well-heeled chemists that produce them.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot found the amendment that voters passed to allow our state's winemakers to sell their products without using a wholesaler, to be to be unfair to Gallo and other out-of-State mega-corporations. The goal appears to be to level the playing field for cheap, unintimidating wines sporting the labels of consistent campaign contributors.

Wine is apparently the one domestic industry where small independent local producers are unfairly taking advantage of their locations to sell products to their neighbors. Some might call it a throwback to the days when Oklahoma's leaders supported economic growth that resulted in banks, department stores, newspapers and other businesses that were locally owned and operated. The European tradition that values smaller, family-owned wineries and emphasizes quality and variety...that is Old Europe. The future belongs to so-called 'absentee economies', where the ownership and control of rural land is shifted out of local counties and into distant boardrooms.

Of course, if the Oklahoma legislature is truly interested in supporting equality and/or small agri-businiess, they will ignore the donations of wholesalers and allow unrestricted direct sales and self-distribution for both in-state and out-of-state wineries. Oklahoma wine consumers deserve it and Oklahoma's economic needs demand it. You can order everything from Viagra to Valium on the internet today and have it direct shipped to your Oklahoma home...why not wine?

In the United States, Constellation Brands, E. & J. Gallo Winery and the Wine Group -- combined to sell 171 million cases of wine in 2005, according to Wine Business Monthly. This is about 60 percent of total U.S. wine sales. Just think how successful they could have been if Oklahoma farmers had been fighting fair!

Judge Stephen Friot stayed his Nov. 15 order until summer to allow our Oklahoma state lawmakers to 'address the situation'.

Wine industry industrialists tell us that globalization of markets and multinational corporations can help an economy. However, they must do it at the expense of local economies. I prefer to buy locally and to work regionally rather than globally.

Look at the fully corporatized poultry industry before you decide that evolving, away from family farms can improve life in rural Oklahoma.

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McClain County Voters Approve Liquor by the Drink

McClain County voters overwhelmingly approved a proposition to allow liquor by the drink Tuesday.

Following Tuesday’s vote, businesses in McClain County, such as casinos and restaurants, will be allowed to sell beverages with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent and greater. And, customers will be able to consume the purchased beer, wine and other alcohol on-site.

Full story: The Norman Transcript - McClain County no longer ‘dry’



Oklahoma Wine News for Election Day

The online version of the Shawnee Sun has an excellent article on efforts of Democratic State Representative Danny Morgan to bring Oklahoma's liquor laws into something that resembles the rest of the U.S. states.

Morgan Leads Study Of Wine Regulations

With over 60 wine vineyards in Oklahoma, the wine industry continues to play a significant role in economic growth in this state but state Rep. Danny Morgan said the industry would have even more potential if regulations did not hold up the distribution process.

At Morgan's request, members of the House Agriculture and Development Committee met this week to examine the shipping restrictions placed on Oklahoma vineyards in distributing their wine. - Full article here.

Don't forget to vote, today!

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Plymouth Valley Winery in Fairview Opens!

Plymouth Valley Winery Label
Plymouth Valley Winery Label,
originally uploaded by FreeWine.

You are invited to the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting & Open House for Plymouth Valley Cellars winery on Oct 26-29, 2006. Come to Fairview, Oklahoma and visit the Sooner State's newest winery this weekend.

This is a free event will run from noon until 'dark thirty' and includes: lunch, ribbon cutting ceremony, wine tasting, door prizes, wine tours and more! Taste their excellent Oklahoma estate wines and browse their large vineyard.

Plymouth Valley wines include: Oklahoma Riesling, Oklahoma Gewürztraminer, Oklahoma Cabernet Sauvignon, Oklahoma Zinfandel, Cabernet Doux, Oklahoma Ice, and Kiwi Strawberry.

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Black Sheep Vineyards Grand Opening Dec 2

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originally uploaded by enid1971.

Poteau, Oklahoma is about to have another claim to fame. In addition to the World's Highest Hill, Poteau will soon be home to the Black Sheep Vineyards winery. The Grand Opening for their newly constructed winery will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2006.

For details and finding directions, keep an eye on their website:

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Wine News Selected for 2006 Okie Blogger Award

Oklahoma Wine News has been awarded the prestigious Oklahoma Blogger Award for Best Commercial Blog for 2006.

I'd like to thank all of the great Oklahoma Bloggers that were kind enough give us their vote and also thank Mike for doing all of the hard work counting votes and setting up the categories. Mike runs the blog and it is consistently one of my favorite Oklahoma blogs...definately worth taking the time to visit.

Also worth visiting are a number of Oklahoma Winery events scheduled for the next two weeks. Check these out:

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