Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a visit to Oklahoma’s Wine Trails

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a visit to Oklahoma’s Wine Trails

By Sandi Davis
Valentine’s Day, time for flowers, chocolates, romantic cards and dinner, same as last year and the year before.

Yawn.

Want to go outside the candy box this year?

Take a trip on an Oklahoma Wine Trail. Visit a few wineries, some in the same city, some a few towns over. Discover a few new wines for future romantic dinners, and if you print out a passport and visit every winery on your particular trail you’ll get a wine charm from that area, a lovely memento of a different Valentine’s Day celebration.

Start by visiting www.oklahomawinetrails.com and downloading the wine trail map and the passport. The site also is full of tips of how to talk about wine and how to sample it properly.

The closest trail to the metro is “Everything Is Coming Up Roses” and includes “Strebel Creek Vineyard,” “Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery, “ “Urban Wineworks” and “Put a Cork in It Winery.” All but “Clauren Ridge” are in Oklahoma City. It’s in Edmond.

Since this year, Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday and the next day is President’s Day and a holiday for many, pick your trail, find a cozy Bed & Breakfast or hotel near it and make this a truly memorable Valentine’s Day.

Still near the metro is the “All You Do is Wine” trail – “Canadian River Winery” in Langston (open Sundays
by appointment), “Redbud Ridge Vineyard and Winery” and “Native Spirits Winery” both in Norman.

To collect your charms, present your passport at each winery for a stamp. When you complete a trail, revisit www.oklahomawinetrails.com and fill out the form there with the unique winery codes, submit it and wait to get your charm in the mail.

Trails cover the state, each with a clever name and each with a unique wine charm. With a bit of work, the charms could be made into a bracelet, earrings or other jewelry that would make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Adding a few diamonds to any of these pieces would make it outstanding.

If wine charms don’t interest you, the state is full of wineries not on a trail. Many welcome visitors, but a call or a quick website check in advance is a smart move because most wineries are closed on Mondays.

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