What's New, April 2004 / click any picture to enlarge it
We can ship within the state of Ohio to your friends and family. Visiting Ripley, a charming river town, is also a fun way to spend a few hours with guests. See http://www.ripleyohio.net/ for more about the village of Ripley.
Group tasting is available by advance appointment (10 or more), and retail sales are available by advance appointment. We do not have a permit to open on Sunday. Please call (937) 392-6077 for winery hours, or check this web site.
Kinkead Ridge discovered under "New
and Noteworthy" on Robin Garr's www.wineloverspage.com/winelinks
Kinkead Ridge featured on Wine on the Web
The "Radio Postcard", an interview by internationally known wine broadcaster and author Andrew Jones with Ron is now available. We are excited to be featured on Wine on the Web, in very important company, including King Estate, Oregon, Chateau Phelan-Segur, Bordeaux, DeLoach Vineyards, Russian River Valley California, Frogs Leap, Napa Valley California, and Frescobaldi Nippozanno, Italy. Click here to read the text of the Radio Postcard.
|Virginia Wines -
On the Verge of Mediocrity
The article above (click link to read) is excerpted from the quarterly newsletter of the Virginia Vineyards Association, Vol. 19, No. 3 for October 2003. The author Jim Law, a native of Cincinnati, grows grapes and makes fine wine in Virginia at Linden Vineyards. I have asked and received his permission to reprint his remarks because of their relevance, poignancy and value for midwest wineries in general. Bravo Jim for your candor.
What's Old! From the Ripley Bee, Oct. 22, 1859
"The vineyards on the Ohio are mostly young, and several bear this year for the first time. There are upwards of .... 145 acres not bearing in Brown county, O. ... In some sections the average per acre is 400 gallons, but these are the old vineyards. ... Mr. Reynolds of Ripley, has studied out a preparation which he puts into the wine as it runs from the press, and prevents fermentation entirely. He then proceeds to clarify it, and free the wine of all the sediment. Mr. R. says it will keep, retaining all the rich taste of the grape, even if exposed to the air... Mr. Winters, of Dover, and Mr. Cramer, of Levanna are making the celebrated French brandy. These two gentlemen have upwards of one hundred acres in vineyards."
"The Ripley Bee" from February 1859, which describes the vintage of 1858. Total # of acres planted in this area: 1631. Total # of gallons produced: 18,199. At an average price of one dollar per gallon!