NORMAN — The Oklahoma Grape Industry Council is partnering with Gov. Mary Fallin to help promote Oklahoma wines.
OGIC member wineries poured Oklahoma wines at a recent Made In Oklahoma reception. Gov. Fallin was present at the reception and remarked that at a recent governor’s conference she attended a dinner where the Governor of Virginia was serving wines only from the state of Virginia.
“We told the governor that the Virginia grape and wine industry is about the same age as the Oklahoma grape and wine industry, and we would love to provide some Oklahoma wines for use at official functions and to use for gifting to the governor’s out-of-state guests,” said Gene Clifton, OGIC president. “Gov. Fallin indicated she was agreeable to this offer.”
For the past two years, Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center under the direction of Dr. William McGlynn, horticultural products processing specialist, has undertaken an Oklahoma Wine Quality Project aimed at sensory and chemical testing of Oklahoma Wines.
This year, all Oklahoma wineries were asked to submit wines to be judged for participation in the Wine Forum of Oklahoma held on April 13. The best two Oklahoma red and white wines selected were discussed and sampled during the Wine Forum. The winning wines included:
· Plymouth Valley Cellars, “The Waltz,” a gently sweet white wine made from the following estate grown Oklahoma Grape Varieties: 47 percent Niagara, 45 percent Riesling, 8 percent Gewurztraminer. The winemaker is Dennis Flaming.
· Woods & Waters Winery, 2010 Malbec, an estate vinted and bottled dark ruby red wine and which reflects the best qualities of Oklahoma’s earthy terrior. The winemaker is Dale Pound.
· Canadian River Winery, “Taryn Blanc,” a dry white wine blended from 70 percent Chardonnay, 15 percent Riesling and 5 percent Muscat Canelli. All of the grapes in this wine were grown in Cleveland and McClain counties. The winemaker is Gene Clifton.
· Canadian River Winery, 2010 Merlot, a brilliant red wine aged in American Oak for 13 months and which reflects Oklahoma’s earthy terrior. All of the grapes in this wine were grown in Cleveland and McClain counties. The winemaker is Gene Clifton.