Truth in Fiction: Tidewater Winery

Sometimes an author needs to give their characters something interesting to do. Sometimes, authors use real places for those fictional characters and plot lines. Tidewater Winery in Drumright, Okahoma is one of those places I used in my Oklahoma Nights series in THREE WEEKS WITH A BULL RIDER.

Readers might remember Jace giving his buddy Tucker grief because instead of riding in a local rodeo, Tuck has to go on a double date to a wine tasting at a winery in Drumright.


Well, guess where I am! That’s right–I’m at that very winery. Little did I know while I was writing Three Weeks with a Bull Rider and my Oklahoma Nights Series that just a couple of years later, I’d be in the very location I was writing about!

The history of the building and the entire town is fascinating. Look it up if you’re into that. It seems Drumright was big in oil and oil magnate John D. Rockefeller built the Tidal School for the oil refinery workers’ children in 1920. That building is now used by the winery.

Tidewater Winery Drumright OK

Yes, this New Yorker is in Oklahoma and enjoying the tastes of the local fare, which include locally grown and bottled wine and smoked fried bologna sandwiches–a pairing which seems perfectly fitting to celebrate National Bologna Day tomorrow.

Oklahoma Nights Series

If you’re local to the Drumright, OK area, come out to the historic Tidewater Winery for my free public book signing tomorrow, Saturday Oct 24th from 1 – 3 pm and say hello. Then head next door to Joseph’s Fine Foods for a Fried Bologna Sandwich in honor of the holiday, but come back to the Winery at 7 pm for their Costume Party and Ghost Hunt (Purchase Evening Event Tickets HERE)


Cat Johnson National Bologna Day 2015 Event