An impressive group of wine experts and vintners will converge in Stillwater next weekend for the fourth Wine Forum of Oklahoma on the Oklahoma State University campus.
A number of the tasting sessions and educational forums related to the April 11 event have sold out, but tickets remain for a few, including the Grand Tasting, scheduled 7-10 p.m.
“The Grand Tasting is the one people enjoy the most,” said Philippe Garmy, clinical beverage professor at OSU. “
And a few spots remain for some popular sessions, including (Tulsan) Amanda Simcoe’s wine and cheese class.
Garmy, who guided students in OSU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration through the first Wine Forum of Oklahoma, said the biennial event is held in off years from the Philbrook Wine Experience in Tulsa.
“It’s obvious some of what we do is patterned after Philbrook,” Garmy said. “They do such a great job.”
Among the noted guests will be Doug Frost, one of only four individuals in the world to simultaneously hold the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles, and Michael Davis, considered one of the top wine auctioneers in the world.
Honorary chairs are LaRue and Bill Stoller, who own Stoller Family Estate in Dayton, Oregon, in the heart of Willamette Valley, just a few hundred yards from the first planting of pinot noir grapes in the state.
LaRue grew up in Elk City, Oklahoma, and owns a large cattle operation between Elk City and Hammon. She also is the majority owner of Great Plains National Bank.
Bill is a native of Oregon and is co-founder of Express Employment Professionals, an international staffing franchise based in Oklahoma City.
“We will have 16 of the best chefs in Oklahoma cooking for the event, and we have more than 30 wineries, all among the most prestigious in the country,” said Garmy, former Tulsa chef and restaurateur.
Participating chefs from Tulsa include Tuck Curren, Biga; Kevin Snell, Stonehorse Cafe; Erik Reynolds, Smoke on Cherry Street; Michelle Donaldson, Tallgrass Prairie Table; Tim Slavin, Juniper; and Ben Alexander, The Tavern, as well as Sam Bracken of The Canebrake resort outside Wagoner.
“Our theme this year is ‘Beyond Borders,’ and we’ve certainly blurred the lines between Oklahoma City and Tulsa,” Garmy said. “About half of the professional participants are from each area.”
Garmy said Oklahoma-made craft beers also will be represented, including a session moderated by Wes Alexander of Tulsa’s Marshall Brewing Co.
“I think we still have a few spots left in our Sip and Sliders (beer and burgers) session, too,” Garmy said.
Garmy said the Grand Tasting, which costs $100 per person, will be capped at 1,000 guests.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to wineforumofoklahoma.com.