Winemakers return home for Philbrook Wine Experience
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Scene Writer
Thursday, May 03, 2012
5/03/12 at 3:18 AM
The husband-wife team of Lynn Hofacket and Casidy Ward, whose Hidden Ridge Vineyard occupies one of the most unique growing areas in California, will return to their home state for this weekend's Philbrook Wine Experience.
They developed and planted 55 acres of remote land on the steep slopes of Spring Mountain in the Mayacamas mountain range in Sonoma County with cabernet sauvignon in the early 1990s. They began selling fruit in 2000 and soon were making wine.
Their small-production cabs range from $45 to $200 a bottle and have drawn acclaim. A 2007 55 percent Slope cabernet sauvignon received 94 points from Wine Enthusiast, and their 2006 #1 cab received 92 points from Wine Spectator.
The Hidden Ridge property can be reached only by four-wheel-drive vehicles, on foot or in a helicopter. Hofacket designed a tractor to develop the steep terraces.
Hofacket is from Chattanooga, near Lawton. Ward is from Enid.
Ward emailed recently to encourage people to drop by the Hidden Ridge tasting station at the event and visit for a while.
A limited number of tickets still are available for the Fleming's Grand Wine Tasting 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday in the big tent on the Philbrook Museum of Art lawn, 2727 S. Rockford Road. Cost is $125 Philbrook members, $150 nonmembers. For tickets, call Jennifer at 918-748-5361.
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463
Hidden Ridge Vineyard near Spring Mountain in California is the effort of Oklahoma natives Lynn Hofacket and Casidy Ward. Courtesy