StableRidge Vineyards: A tasty wine treat on Oklahoma's Route 66

Marie Lowe By Marie Lowe, 23rd Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2i_6jel-/
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If you are traveling on historic Route 66 in Oklahoma you might want to consider making a wine stop in Stroud at StableRidge Vineyards. I made a stop at the modest winery that offers a tasting room in the town's original Catholic church.
The building was started in 1898, using materials milled from local farms and ranches and was completed in 1902 and dedicated to those who died in the Civil War.

A tornado created the vineyard

Another interesting fact about the vineyard listed on their Web site, is that the business exists because of tornados.
In 1999, tornados ripped through Oklahoma leaving a path of destruction in several towns including Stroud.
According to the vineyard's Web site, the Stroud tornado hit the home of Don and Annetta Neal, the owners of StableRidge Vineyards.
Because of the damage, the Neals were able to purchase neighboring property for development. They then began planting grapes in 2000.
In 2003 tornados returned to the sooner state and again parts of Stroud were ripped through. This storm destroyed the couple's downtown warehouse. The replacement is now the winery located to the east of the tasting room.

No Elderberry fudge but there is Jeremiah's Red

When I first entered the winery I was a little disappointed with what I saw because the winery I usually visit is larger and offers elderberry fudge.
I was hoping this one would offer the sweet treat as well. But instead I found a vineyard rich in history and award winning wine.
I was offered a sample of Jeremiah's Red which was described as a sweet wine that goes well with chocolate or cheesecake. My thought was anything that goes well with chocolate has to be good.
The employee said the wine is made of a blend of full bodied red wines and Blackberry. One taste and the bottle was sold.
She explained that some have been known to soak a roast in the wine before cooking. I have not tried this yet, but it is on my list of things to do.

Food samples and services

Still suffering from disappointment because of the lack of elderberry fudge, I searched for some sort of food to sample and found Starr Ridge Hors D'Oeuvre Crackers and smokey mozzarella bread spread.
She explained that neither product is made at the winery but the combination mixed with a glass of wine makes for a tasty experience.
An interesting service the winery offers is personalized wine labels. The consumer can design a label in celebration of an event or any other reason and the winery will place it on their choice of wine.
Another feature is a conference cottage located next to the tasting room. It can be reserved for meetings, weddings and other celebrations. In celebration of Oklahoma's Centennial, the winery offered Centennial Red, a blend of Zinfandel, Shiraz, and Sangiovese grapes all grown in Oklahoma Vineyards.
To commemorate the stop on Historic Route 66, visitors are encouraged to pick up a wine glass featuring the 66 logo and vineyards logo.
Despite the fact I was not able to sample elderberry fudge, I found the experience positive and I discovered another tasty wine to enjoy. Visit http://stableridgevineyards.com for more information.

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Oklahoma, Route 66, Wine Vineyards

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author avatar Marie Lowe
I earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma.
My motto- Life is like a marathon, the closer you get to the end, the more it hurts.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

I would love to travel along Route 66, and visit this vineyard too!

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

This would be a fun trip! Hope I get the opportunity some day.

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author avatar Carol Roach
25th Mar 2015 (#)

yes I agree it would be a fun trip

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author avatar Val Mills
30th Mar 2015 (#)

We have some excellent wineries here in New Zealand and we sometimes visit when we're in one of the areas.

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