Wine Day to showcase Oklahoma producers

Oklahoma State Fair Wine Day will include demonstrations, sampling and seminars.
By Carrie Coppernoll, ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: September 18, 2010 at 12:02 am •  Published: September 18, 2010
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Visitors to the Oklahoma State Fair will be able to sample Oklahoma wine by the sip, glass or bottle today during the second annual Wine Day.

"The wine industry in Oklahoma is growing rapidly," said Jenny Grigsby, creative arts manager for the fair, "and I think this is an important step to educate the public."

Wineries and a home brewing company will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Creative Arts Building. Chris Milum of Learn to Brew will give live beer brewing demonstrations from noon to 3 p.m. Summerside Vineyards and Winery will host free wine appreciation talks from 3 to 5 p.m.

Wine Day gives smaller Oklahoma wineries the chance to share their products with fairgoers without having to commit to all 11 days of the fair, Grigsby said.

"A lot of people are surprised to find out we had so many wineries in Oklahoma," she said.

Wine Day follows the third annual wine competition, which was judged last week. Amateur and professional winemakers entered more than 100 wines in 20 categories this year, Grigsby said.

"I'm hoping that this event will just get bigger and better and it will be something that people will look forward to," she said.



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