Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions, and more tolerance – Benjamin Franklin
Clauren Ridge is a beautiful winery in Northern Edmond, Oklahoma. My family, Colton and I went on Saturday evening for a wine tasting dinner and it was such a fabulous experience. It was a St Patricks Day celebration so we all wore our green and used our best Irish accents, some strangely resembling Borat. The evening ended up being very rainy, perfect for pretending a night in Ireland. Erin Go Bragh!
Perhaps a little less green than Ireland.
Mother and I in our Rain Coats
The evening started with a happy hour of wine and hors d’oeuvres. After, we got to view the fermenting room, barrel room and dine in the wine cave. The owner gave us a quick and dirty explanation of growing grapes and fermenting them. There is so much work and time dedicated to producing wine. He said it takes about 5 years for a vine even to yield fruit. Other uncontrollable factors like weather can greatly affect the production, meaning Oklahoma is quite a challenging place to produce wine.
Learning about the process is so interesting and further increases my appreciation of the sweet warming of wine in my belly. Would be such a dream to be able to travel and go wine tasting after I retire. Perhaps in France, rather than Oklahoma.
There was a total of 5 delectable courses, each with its own wine pairing. All of the food was Irish fare consisting of corn beef and kraut on toast, bangers and mash, irish stew, steak and potatoes, and ending with a cupcake with Irish Creme frosting. I had to use every ounce of strength not to consume the cupcake since I gave up dessert for lent. I had planned to take a picture of each course but when you are hungry and hot food is served to you, your first thought is time to eat!
My favorite wine was their Cabernet Sauvignon. The Chardonnay is also worth noting with a buttery taste and smokey after taste.
Entertaining staff that kept our drinks topped off.
Family time in the barrel room.