Wine tasting is all the craze in Oklahoma at the moment. With the ever-evolving selection of wineries that keep popping up in the central plains, Oklahoma is getting on the map with delicious selections. Stressed-out mom's and couples in need of a day get-away are flocking to the many wineries that have opened. I have been to a couple of tastings myself, but today I am going to focus on my favorite: Whirlwind Winery.
Nestled in the tiny town of Watonga, Whirlwind Winery is about an hour and a half from Central OKC. From my house, it's about an hour drive, and I have made this trek twice. I will definitely make it more. I originally discovered this winery from Groupon, as they offered a wine and cheese pairing special. I thought it would be fun to grab a couple of friends and make a day of it. Such a great idea!
After zipping down a country road to arrive in Watonga, "Wine Tasting" flags welcomed us with excited flappings in the wind. We had made a reservation, so Brad, the owner had a spot ready for us. The tasting room is warm and cozy, offering comfy seats, abundant natural light, and one-of-a-kind art selections to gaze upon whilst you sip.
On both visits, we did the Wine and Cheese Pairing. Whirlwind Winery takes great pride in their wines, and they expertly pair them with cheeses made from local Oklahoma creameries. We started off with a delightful Rosé paired with a local goat cheese and finished with a nice dry Red paired with some Raspberry dark chocolate. As Brad walked us through the tastings, he educated us on the selection of wine, its flavor notes, the flavor notes of the paired cheeses, and how the two complimented each other. Satisfaction was achieved with us!
Once the pairing was over, we received a full list of wine offerings available and tried some wines that were not present on the tasting. The package that we got that day included souvenir glasses. Since you can't purchase Whirlwind Winery wines in the liquor stores, you need to stock up when you are there! We purchased 4 delicious wines and some goat cheese and got a groovy wine bag to put it all in. Life is great, but wine makes it better.
Whirlwind Winery tasting room is open on Friday and Saturdays. They are located at 109 E Main Street. Watonga, OK 73772. You can also find them on facebook at @WhirlwindWinery. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. You will be thankful you made the trip!
Have you been here? What were your favorite wines? Drop me a line and let me know!