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click to enlarge Sauvignon Blanc grapes ripe for picking at Sand Stone Springs Vineyard in Mustang.
  • Sauvignon Blanc grapes ripe for picking at Sand Stone Springs Vineyard in Mustang.

Sand Stone Spring Vineyard, 9211 Sloan Road, in Mustang offers a unique opportunity for a glimpse into the wine industry. From now until mid-August, the winery welcomes visitors to pick their own grapes.

The winery has been named an agritourism destination by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism. This is a great opportunity for novice winemakers and those interested in making jams and jellies.

Bob Sloan and his son, Bob Sloan Jr, have owned the family land since 1895, and they welcome guests to pick their fill. Picking supplies are provided, and for an additional fee, the Sloans will de-stem and press your grapes. Picking times are between 7 a.m. and noon, and prices are by the pound. Make an appointment by calling 412-4515 or 830-8067.

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Enjoy a drink and a show

There’s a new bar in Automobile Alley, and it’s so much more than just a bar. Reduxion Theatre, 914 N. Broadway Ave., Suite 120, is now the only theater in the city that also features a full bar. It serves cocktails during productions, too. Reduxion Bar also will be open during other events at the theater, including the Auto Alley Shop Hop the third Thursday of each month and OKC Improv events throughout the year. Stop in and enjoy the libations.

Reduxion opens its fall season Aug. 8 with Lysistrata. See the venue’s full event calendar at reduxiontheatre.com.

click to enlarge Mighty Dog to the rescue! (Lauren Hamilton)
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  • Mighty Dog to the rescue!

Mighty Dog to the rescue

There’s a new dog in town: Mighty Dog, 2216 N. Portland Ave. The menu is no-frills and offers classic items including hot dogs, chili-cheese dogs, polish sausages, Frito chili pies and hot links. Get anything you like with fries, also available with chili and cheese, and wash it all down with an ice-cold soft drink. At this time, only cash is accepted.

click to enlarge Carol Hefner with a bottle of Gaucho Sauce (photo provided)
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  • Carol Hefner with a bottle of Gaucho Sauce

 A taste of Argentina at home

Local resident Robert Hefner IV had the good fortune to spend his boyhood summers alongside Argentine gauchos, from which he learned the cowboy craft and their recipes. After years of experimentation, he perfected his own version of the popular spicy, flavorful chimichurri sauce. He has put the whole family, including his wife Carol, to work helping him make it here in the city. The spicy, flavorful condiment is an excellent complement to grilled meats.

Galimaro’s Gaucho Sauce is available from area retailers, including Buy For Less, 3501 Northwest Expressway, and The Meat House, 2249 W. Danforth Road, in Edmond. Learn more and order sauces at gauchosauce.com.

Print: Pickin' and grinnin'; a local vineyard lets visitors pick their own grapes for wines, jams and jellies

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