Demi-Rosa Ranch & Vineyard means delicious chevré cheese and Zinfandel jelly
By Susen Foster
Tucked away in central Oklahoma, a stone's throw from several not so major highways and a pleasurable scenic drive through the back roads southeast from Oklahoma City, is the home of two fascinating people and the dreams they share.
Demi-Rosa, aptly named after owners Pat and Lorie Malone decided "Ponderosa" was a tad ostentatious, is a beautiful multi-acre hill top ranch where roaming horses make for Kodak moments and curiously charming goats beg to be petted; where Zinfandel grapes swell with sweet juices as they ready for July harvest; and the air is filled with savory aromas wafting from Lorie's kitchen.
I heard about Demi-Rosa at a recent meeting of Oklahoma grape growers where Pat and Lorie were in charge of the food. After the first delightful bite of lasagna, oozing with homemade goat ricotta and mozzarella cheeses, I was determined to visit the home of this heavenly fare.
What I found was a respite from the world--a place where everyone and every thing seems to be smiling. Lorie and Pat are both "people" people. They strive to make one's visit both pleasurable and memorable while constantly raising the bar for their efforts.
The goats are all bottle fed as infants and, though kept in pens, love attention from humans. The current equine population includes two gorgeous quarter horses, two affable miniature horses and a lovely white pony with strawberry tail and mane that children love to sit on for photographs. The roan is being trained to draw a wagon to help with the harvest and to give guests rides around the property.
Blackberries will soon join the grapes in the vineyard. A magnificent hand hewn arbor is being constructed to provide shade from the summer heat and a place to enjoy crackers and chevré cheese with friends. The gift shop is filled with sweet and tangy zinfandel jellies, herbed goat cheese spreads, luxuriously scented goat milk soaps and lotions, and Lorie's irresistible handcrafts.
Wandering the vineyard, talking to baby goats, admiring the scenery and enjoying Pat and Lorie's company is unforgettable, but the journey to Demi-Rosa is as relaxing as the destination. This is a place where friends can meet, brains can storm, and plans can be made; a haven for families to reunite, couples to renew, and ideas to be sparked.
Mark Saturday July 26 on your calendar--the first Harvest Festival at Demi-Rosa Ranch & Vineyard. Guests can pick their own grapes, listen to live music, shop fascinating arts and crafts, and make new friends. Visit www.demirosa.com or call 405/899-4627 to begin your odyssey.
Editor's note: Susen Foster is the owner of Greater Success Advertising. She is the author of numerous travel books. Susen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 580-622-5408, 2055 Lake Hill Drive, Sulphur, OK 73086.