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December 2005

Thank you to each and every one of our supporters for making 2005 
a great year for Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Estate Winery!

Kinkead Ridge Wines with Chef Jean-Robert at the Cincinnati State Technical & Community College taping of "The Dish", in the state-of-the-art demo kitchen. Chef and Meg Galvin prepared sauteed chicken stuffed with a farci of pureed chicken, mushroom, and asparagus, served with rice with carrot, onion, red pepper, parsley, and sauteed mushrooms with a red wine sauce. Chef Jean-Robert chose the 2003 Cabernet Franc for the dish. This show will air December 23, 9.30 a.m. The Viognier/Roussanne is sold out at the winery. The Cabernet Franc is in short supply. Call your local wine store for availability. Thanks to Matt Citriglia for suggesting the wines.  Special guest was Bootsy Collins aka bootzillalovegangster. He had some great boots on from Bloomingdales, NYC, and star shaped glasses.  Bootsy's web site is

Nancy with Bootsy Chefs Jean-Robert and Meg, and Bootsy Kinkead Ridge wines at the Dish Santa cake from the Midwest Culinary Institute

Tom Stevenson in the New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, just published. We know he has tasted our wine. 
"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."

26 more barrels arrive at the winery for the 2005 harvest.

The winery will be open on summer Saturdsays through Labor Day for tasting of the new white wines, 2005 Riesling, 2005 white Revelation, and 2005 second label Traminette from the first harvest of Meranda Family Vineyards (

The first annual barrel tasting was a big hit! We tasted the 2004 Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; all darker in color than the 2003, and tasting great.
Nancy and Ron Meg and Gretchen The Mullenix family
Nancy and Ron Meg and Gretchen The Mullenix Family, long-time supporters of Kinkead Ridge

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.

Brad and Gretchen The four rows of Petit Verdot were the last to pick. Picked over 5 tons of quality Cabernet Sauvignon with nine people on October 26. The Cabernet Franc was picked at 23.3 Brix. Email us if you have an opinion on whether we should blend the Petit Verdot with the Cabernet Sauvignon, or bottle it on its own, which would yield about 90 cases.

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 just-released 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



ferm-bins.jpg (169008 bytes)Fermentation bins (19) set up to receive the red vinifera grapes. Ron faces many long hours of punchdowns, every 5 hours.


Kinkead Ridge 2004 Viognier/Roussanne was chosen by Kevin and Alana to be poured October 9 at Alanas in Columbus for the annual Chefs Collaborative dinner, an association of restaurants who support local growers. The other wines were selected by the sommelier for the evening, David Schildknecht. His choices were Riesling from the famed Pfalz estate of Müller-Catoir and reds from Burgndy's Côte d'Or and from Edmunds-St.-John. He reports that our Viognier-Roussanne "was more than up to being enjoyed  in that best of vinous company!"

Harvest began September 18, the Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, September 19 Riesling. The Semillon looks great:
2005 Semillon Nicole and Travis Nicole and Travis Ron checks just pressed Riesling in the tank 2005 Semillon in the picking bin


September 3 at the winery and vineyard: (click any photo to enlarge it).

Jeff Seeley and friends Descendants of William Kinkead from Columbus Meg and Chad
Grapes on September 3... 5 weeks til harvest, approximately, photo by Carrell Pickoff Grapes and butterfly, photo by Carrell Pickoff Dwight and Inez Marriott and their muscle car!

If you have tasted our wines and would like to write a mini-review, e-mail them to We'll publish your comments on the Testimonials page. 


We're in the just published "Ohio Wine Country Excursions" by Patricia Latimer. Available at or 




2004 American Wine Society Competition
w-medals.jpg (48050 bytes)Kinkead Ridge, an Estate Winery has won medals for both its entries in the prestigious American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition held November 10-11 in Pennsylvania. 1038 wines were entered from 196 wineries in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Romania, Mexico and Korea; this is the first competition that Kinkead Ridge entered since planting their vineyard in 1999. Both wines that we entered won medals.

2002 Revelation, Silver Medal
2003 Viognier/Roussanne, Bronze Medal

Andrew Jones, international wine writer, reviews the Viognier/Roussanne. Rated 90. 

Our first competition... two entries... two medals! 

Nancy recently received photos from Manfred Lewalter, Dromersheim, Germany, which was the ancestral home of her family. Dromersheim is surrounded by vineyards, and this is one of the harvest photos that was sent, probably taken after World War II. Same happy faces... just the buckets and the transportation have changed.

Harvest, 1950s, Dromersheim, Germany, home of Nancy's ancestors on her father's side.

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


Cincinnati, Dayton, and other national and world-wide wine events: 
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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


"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day "
~Frank Sinatra

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher,   smarter, faster and better looking than most people.


"When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
~ Henny Youngman

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.

"24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?
I think not."

~ Stephen Wright

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.

"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!"
~ Brian O'Rourke

 WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants
us to be happy."

~ Benjamin Franklin

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard.

"Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza."
~ Dave Barry

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.   

To some it's a six-pack, to me it's a Support Group. Salvation in a can!
Dave Howell

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.


And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin, of Cheers. One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the Buffalo Theory to his buddy Norm.
Here's how it went:

"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."  

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.  



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 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 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.