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Beat the heat with fruity sangria

by Jessica Rodrigo, World Scene Writer

Nothing compares to a sip of ice-cold sangria on a hot day.

It’s also a quick drink to make for entertaining on the fly, said Melanie Burns, owner of Sidebar Liquid Catering. The mixologist for hire added that making sangria is a fun way to experiment with drinks and get a sneak-peek into making cocktails.

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Thank you Edible Tulsa for the great article on our winery!

Girouard Vines, Tulsa, OKGrapes of Persistence

Girouard hybrids find niche in a California vineyard

In 1962, as John Steinbeck accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in Sweden, George Girouard scoured Oklahoma creek beds in search of the ultimate variety of red dirt wine grape. The trek of the fictional Joad family in Steinbeck’s 1939 novel The Grapes of Wrath was as arduous as the odyssey that Girouard had undertaken; fooling Mother Nature through hybridization of traditional European grapevines and wild Native American vines. Yet, unlike the Okies of the 1930s, Girouard, a retired petroleum engineer, would spend 50 years before he finally developed the prized grape hybrids. His investment of time was worth it.
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