Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tidal School Vineyards

One of Oklahoma’s vineyards and wineries held a free wine tasting and artist show Saturday, April 17, in a building built in the 1920’s by John D. Rockefeller, according to the Tidal School Vineyards web site.

 Gary and Brenda Schroeder, owners of the Tidal School Vineyards, purchased the property in 2001, planted the grapes and then restored the old school building, said Stephanie Summers, an employee of Tidal School. Summers explained the vineyards had their first harvest in 2005 and the winery uses grapes from their own vineyard, as well as grapes from other vineyards to create several specialty blended wines.

Many of their wines have won awards at wine competitions and are available at the winery and at retail establishments in Oklahoma. One of their blended wines includes the Oklahoma Sunset, Summers said, a wine named after the beautiful Oklahoma sunsets which the color of the wine resembles. 

Tidal School Vineyards frequently hosts special events throughout the year, according to their web site.  A vocal talent competition, the Tidal Idol will be held on May 1, Summers said, and will begin at 6 p.m. with a $10 entry fee, which includes light hors d'oeuvres.  A band will be playing prior to the idol competition, Summers said, and winery tours and free wine tasting will also be available during the day.

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