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On the scene

Thanks to a continually evolving, collaborative scene, Oklahoma is developing a reputation as a preferred destination for world-class wines.


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Greg Horton
Bill Stoller has traveled from Oregon to Oklahoma regularly since the early 1990s. Stoller Vineyards, the Willamette Valley winery he owns with his wife, Cathy, was featured at the recent Wine Forum of Oklahoma at Oklahoma State University.
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Auditions

OGE’s energy audits allow homeowners to see where they’re leaking energy and losing money.


News

Greg Horton
OGE wants to give you $355 worth of services and materials for only $50. Even the most Pollyannaish among us will raise an eyebrow at that claim. The deal is part of OGE’s Home Energy Efficiency Program, and it includes a home energy audit designed to save you money on your utility bill.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Global warming and wine

Climate change in France threatens to force radical changes on some of the world’s premier winemaking regions.


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Greg Horton
France’s oldest wine regions — Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone — are famous for producing wines of great subtlety, complexity and balance.
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Summer crop

The new crop of rosés are arriving in the metro just in time for patio season.


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Greg Horton
Rosé is not a large category in the metro, and very few stores dedicate serious space to the style, but along with Riesling, it’s a summertime standard, thanks in part to its versatility. It’s a great sipper, very refreshing and food-friendly.
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wine studies

The second Wine Forum of Oklahoma focuses on wine and food around the world.


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Greg Horton
This Friday and Saturday, Oklahoma State University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration will host the second biennial Wine Forum of Oklahoma.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Missionary position

Already the white wine of choice in its native Argentina, Torrontes looks ready to win America over as well.


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Greg Horton
Argentine Torrontes is rapidly developing a reputation for excellence and affordability. James Laube, a fulltime wine critic for Wine Spectator magazine, said of a recent trip to Argentina that he could not locate a bad example of Torrontes.
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Creation conversation

A two-day event at Crossings Community Church will discuss if life is accidental or all part of God’s plan.


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Greg Horton
Crossings Community Church hosts a “Darwin vs. Design” conference on Friday and Saturday, bringing wellknown intelligent design proponents Michael Behe and Jay Richards to town.
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tweet ’n’ eat

Metro restaurants have embraced social media to spread their message to tech-savvy diners.


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Greg Horton
“We had a rough Saturday night,” the tweet read. “We want to apologize to everyone we had to turn away. We’re a small restaurant & sometimes mistakes happen.”
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dessert wine

Red, white or dessert wines pair well with a wide variety of chocolate.


Food and Drink Features

Greg Horton
Dessert can sometimes be the death knell for wine at dinner, especially for fans of dry red and white wines. However, it need not be, especially if dessert includes chocolate.
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Beauty and brawn

Pinot Noir comes in two distinct styles, and the brawny one may be for those who don’t think they like Pinot.


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Greg Horton
Sometimes oversimplifications are good, and in the case of Pinot Noir, reducing the varietal to two distinct styles is helpful: fruit baskets and brawny, big boys.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Uncommonly revealing

Grenache, a ubiquitous grape most often used in blends, nudges its way onto state shelves and menus.


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Greg Horton
Depending on whom you believe, Grenache (Garnacha in Spain) is either the first, second or fourth most common grape in the world. The grape is relatively easy to grow and is one of the most frequently blended grapes in the world.
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Little monsters

Petite Sirah can be a huge beast of a wine, but in the right hands it becomes one of the richest, most uncommon diversions from the ordinary.


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Greg Horton
Alder Yarrow is a wine critic known for his work in and around San Francisco, as well as his highly respected and frequently visited wine blog, Vinography. Recently, he wrote an entry on Petite Sirah, a grape that has its problems, both with popularity and with unskilled winemakers.
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cork and canvas

A new business combines classic paintings, art instruction and wine to create an evening of culture, learning and fun.


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Greg Horton
Most of us grow up with art of one sort or another. Rare is the refrigerator not graced with the crayon scrawls of a fearsome crimson or sky-blue beast that is actually just the family cat or dog. Scraps of bad poetry are stuffed under beds and in drawers, and doodles in spiral notebooks get tossed with the biology notes.
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Think pink

Valentine’s Day presents a perfect opportunity to pick up a bottle of sparkling rosé to color coordinate your romantic meal.


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Greg Horton
Wild Turkey Finer Wines & Spirits, 12021 N. MacArthur, is home to one of the best sparkling selections in Oklahoma City. Manager Chris Burrows has been at the store since it was Smitty’s, and he still oversees an impressive wine selection. Prices range from less than $10 all the way up to the $200-$300 range for Champagne and sparkling wine.
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Discrimination contemplation

A recent study provides evidence of LGBT employment discrimination in Oklahoma.


News

Greg Horton
A new study from The Williams Institute, a think tank affiliated with University of California School of Law in Los Angeles, provides evidence of discrimination against LGBT people in Oklahoma. The study, titled “Employment Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in Oklahoma,” combines data from national surveys and state statistics.
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
 
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