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April 2006

SILVER MEDAL. Kinkead Ridge 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (production 228 cases). This is our first and only entry into this prestigious competition. Our other five wines are New releases coming in May and September. 

A limited quantity of Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is now available in Cleveland. Contact us for information.


  We will be pouring at:
  May 19-20, West Chester Wine & Food Festival
  June 8, A Taste of Duveneck, Cincinnati Art Museum
  July 28-29, Cincinnati Blues Festival

  We just attended the Miami University Performing Arts Benefit, March 25
At Miami University....



The winery will open Saturdays
from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
This is the first time we will open on a regular basis... 
in the past we have just opened on holiday weekends. 
We hope this makes it more convenient for you to visit!

Upcoming releases:

Memorial Day weekend 2006: 2005 Kinkead Ridge Riesling, 2005 Kinkead Ridge Revelation Blanc, 2005 River Village Cellars Traminette (Meranda Vineyards), 2005 River Village Cellars Viognier/Roussanne White Wine blend
The marketing focus of Kinkead Ridge Estate has always been "exclusively vinifera". In the European mode, we have a second label, and this year we are happy to offer a Traminette (Missouri's signature grape) grown in the Ohio River Valley by Meranda Vineyards (soon to be Meranda-Nixon Estate Winery, For customers who like an off-dry wine like our Riesling, we think you will find Traminette very interesting! One of its parents is Gewurztraminer.

July 4 weekend 2006: Tentatively scheduled to open the vineyard to the public for tours

Labor Day weekend 2006: 
Release of 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 Cabernet Franc and 2004 Syrah.

Nancy with Chef Doug Katz  
Wine Dinner at Fire, Shaker Square, Cleveland

Monday, March 13.  Fire Restaurant on Shaker Square  served Ohio wines paired with Chef  Doug's personal creations, and featuring  Patricia Latimer, author of Ohio Wine Country Excursions. This colorful book covers Ohio's interesting history with stories, pictures and details about all of its wineries.  Patricia used a photo of our vineyard on the back cover, and the vineyard in the spring as the opening photo for the wineries in southwest Ohio.  Available at

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Jon Christensen (Columbus Dispatch) reviews our Viognier/Roussanne
2004 Kinkead Ridge (Ohio River Valley) Viognier-Roussanne ($14.95)
"This remarkable achievement deserves to be compared to the priciest dry whites from France's Rhone Valley. Its rich hints of apricot and other stone fruits, minerally crisp finish, food-accompanying versatility and restrained alcohol put this southern Ohio gem ahead of just about anything close to its price. "

"Why  go for those long distance relationships when you can find love in your own back yard." 

Ron and Nancy 10 years agoRon's Oregon vineyard (Chehalem Valley Vineyards), which was sold to Tony Soter in 1998, and renamed Beacon Hill, has just been re-sold. The new owner is Razvan Andreeseu, and we wish him the best. This photo shows us with our original press and crusher about 10 years ago.


Kinkead Ridge wines featured with Chef Jean-Robert on The Dish

The Wine Buzz, Volume 3, Number 3, p. 24
Kinkead Ridge mentioned by Chef-Owner Alana (Alanas, Columbus) 
"The encyclopedic wine list runs several pages, and is probably best tackled under the tutelage of sommelier Kevin... The dozen or so glass offerings include a Viognier/Roussanne blend from Kinkead Ridge Winery in Ripley, Ohio."
Chef-Owner Julie Frances (Aioli, Cincinnati)
"While wines like Chateau de la Greffiere, Macon La Roche-Vineuse find favor, local Kinkead Ridge wines are popular too. Their rich, aromatic Viognier/Roussanne makes a delicious pairing with the grilled whole Spanish bass with pancetta, winter squash puree, fennel salad and tapenade."

Quote from Tom Stevenson, editor, in the New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, recently  published. Tom reviewed our Viognier/Roussanne in the 2006 Wine Report paperback. 
"Michigan is currently outclassing New York despite having only 90 wineries compared with the latter's 203, and nothing like its financial resources. The general consensus is that New York has the greatest potential of all northeastern states, but only a handful of its wineries are working hard to achieve that potential. Virginia promises to be the East Coast's Washington State, while Pennsylvania and
Ohio are the dark horses."

American Wine Society Medals, November 2005, Las Vegas Kinkead Ridge winery (est. 2002) garnered 3 medals at the 2005 American Wine Society commercial competition in Las Vegas. Competition was stiff; this was the first AWS competition held west of the Mississippi River, and many California wines were entered. Many California wines are being fermented with oak chips so they are high in alcohol and "drink now" wines; ours are quite finessed, and will age beautifully, unlike some of these wines. We medalled with the 2003 Syrah, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Viognier/Roussanne. Only one other Ohio winery (Ferrante, Geneva, est. 1937) won medals for vinifera wines. For all the results, click here.

Ron's 2005 Vintage Report
2005 in the vineyard was a vintage of extremes. Unlike 2004 where moisture, heat and humidity were well distributed, it seemed like the heat and humidity would never end. Rainfall came either not at all or in a deluge. Fortunately, harvest turned out mostly dry with only the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot caught by rain at the end of October. In the winery, most of the fruit came in low in acid and high in sugar. Adjustments were made and fermentations, though quirky, finished well. Overall, the wines show good promise, and for some, 2005 may prove to be the best vintage yet.


Tom Stevenson's 2006 Wine Report. Kinkead Ridge 2003 Viognier/Roussanne named one of the top 100 Exciting New Wines in the World. "Viognier/Roussanne 2003 Kinkead Ridge, Ohio (Atlantic Northeast, US $15). Sandra Silven, wine writer Detroit Daily News: Crisp, flinty, bone-dry, palate-coating tropical flavours. Starkly clean"
"In complete contrast to Domaine du Clovallon, this Viognier has balls: 48 percent Roussanne balls, to be precise. Excellent structure and acidity. Cutting-edge Atlantic Northeast -- I really must pay a visit!"
This wine is

Here's the review of Domaine du Clovallon that we are compared to: "The best Viognier of the Midi -- ripe, unctuous mouth-feel, without being cloying or confected. Rounded with ripe apricot fruit and excellent varietal character." (Rosemary George MW). 
Tom says: Yes it is, but to be sexist for a moment, you have to be female or a bit of a girl's blouse to like most Viogniers, particularly one as soft and highly perfumed as this."

Fodors Guide to Ohio, Compass Wine GuideKinkead Ridge Vineyard and Estate Winery one of two wineries mentioned in the Compass American Guide, Fodor's Ohio, First edition. This guide has "spectacular photography, evocative prose, and detailed four-color maps, plus tips and practical information to help you make the most of your trip." See Available at fine book stores and



If you have tasted our wines and would like to write a mini-review, e-mail them to Have you taken our wine on the road? Send us a photo! We'll publish your comments and photos on the Testimonials page. 

Brillat Savarin noted two features which distinguish man from beast:
1. Fear of the future.
2. Desire for fermented liquors.

Words on Wine: 
Famous quotes throughout history about wine. Click here.

Funny drinking quotes:

"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
~ Jack Handy

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Kinkead Ridge featured on Wine on the Web

In 2001, Andrew Jones,  internationally known wine broadcaster and author taped an interview with Ron at the vineyard for his Radio Postcards. We were 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.