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December 2006

2006 American Wine Society Competition, November 8-9, Baltimore Maryland, 695 medals awarded to over 1000 entries from all over the world.

We entered four wines and garnered four medals.

DOUBLE GOLD. 2004 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc. Double Gold means every one of the six judges gave the wine a Gold Rating. Only two vinifera wines received this extraordinary recognition. 
SILVER. 2004 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon.
BRONZE. 2004 Kinkead Ridge Syrah
BRONZE: 2005 Kinkead Ridge Viognier/Roussanne
Click here to view the 2006 results.


2007wr.jpg (138485 bytes)Kinkead Ridge recognized for the third consecutive year in the Wine Report 2007, edited by British Wine Writer Tom Stevenson (editor New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia). 

In 2006, our Viognier/Roussanne was rated one of the Top 100 Exciting Wine Finds in the World, we were #4 Up and Coming Producers Atlantic Northeast.

In this 2007 follow-on, our 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is rated #2 (OF 10) Most Unusual or Exciting Finds, and #2 (of 10) Fastest-Improving Producers, the follow-on category to Up and Coming. We're honored. The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is The 2004 is even better.

The Atlantic Northeast section is written by Sandra Silfven, editor, Detroit Daily News. Click here to read the chapter.

Lenn Thompson reviews Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc:

Lenn Thompson writes about New York wines for Dan's Papers,
Long Island Press, Long Island Wine Gazette, Edible East End
and Two words describe his taste in wine balance and nuance. Lenn prefers food-friendly, elegant wines to jammy, over-extracted fruit bombs and heavy-handed oak. When reviewing, Lenn tastes each wine three times alone right after opening, with food, and again the next day believing that 90-second reviews are unrealistic and not how the average person enjoys wine. Click here.


The winery is all gussied up for Christmas, and thanks to everyone who came to the annual barrel tasting! People were especially excited about the September 2007 release of 50 cases of Petit Verdot.


The barrels

Gretchen and Emily

Ron pours for a local Portsmouth chef

Santa's in the winery!

Christmas gift-wrapped cases

Santa's looking out the window!

Teddy guards the tanks

The girls: Nancy, Judy, Gretchen and Emily

The winery

Dwight and Inez, Citizens Bank


Melvyn Masters, wine author, owner of Mel's Bar and Grill (Colorado) and Tortoise Creek Wines, writing to Steve Hamm, the wine buyer at Whole Foods, Columbus about Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc. "I am having a blast with the Kinkead Ridge wines!
 I have poured them blind to various "experts" and love to watch the results; 'ah yes this is probably the Cheval Blanc 03'!!! Thanks for turning me on to them. "

Taste in the Valley 2006
The Hocking College Gala Dinner and Wine Auction, guest chefs FREDERICK GAYLE, Executive Chef at Half Moon Rosehall Jamaica, and a professional career including Ritz-Carlton, Jamaica, Hyatt Regency, Columbus and Hyatt Regency, Kansas City, and IVANO POLLINI, President of Collegio Mellezio Rosmini in Domodossola, and a professional career including stints at Paul Bocuse, France, Mosimens, London and Antica Osteria del Teatro, Piacenza.

Kinkead Ridge 2004 Syrah was poured with the honey glazed herb crusted Colorado Lamb rack, roasted butternut squash ravioli, wild mushroom ragout, green asparagus spears, baby carrots, popcorn shoots on port reduction. and it was a match made in heaven. The gift bags for the guests were Kinkead Ridge 2004 Cabernet Franc. The owners, Ron Barrett and Nancy Bentley personally donated a case of autographed wine, and a gift basket with a private vineyard tour and dinner for 12 for the auction. 

Looks like a school of fish! It's the gift bags of 2004 Cabernet Franc

Auction gift, dinner for 12 and private vineyard tour

The kitchen at work

Sommelier Max

Roasted two pepper bisque with Talus Zinfandel

The Kinkead Ridge gift basket goes to the block

Piedmont Pudding (Bonet astigiano) with Bartenura Moscato d'Asti

The staff received a standing ovation from the guests!

Historical vignette! Click here to visit British wine writer Andrew Jones' interview with Ron some six years ago. before our first release.  Scroll  down to the Kinkead Ridge radio postcard.... in fine company with other international wineries, including Chateau Phelan Segur and King Estate!

We recommend our 2004 Cabernet Franc, 2005 Riesling, or 2005 Viognier/Roussanne blend for your Thanksgiving holiday!

Food and wine pairing:

We had the great pleasure of having Chief Videographer Richard Nordstrom ( from ThinkTV, Dayton, film the last harvest of 2006 for a special PBS program to be broadcast the weekend of January 27. Details to follow. 

Richard filmed the harvest and crush of the Petit Verdot. The day started out foggy and cold and morphed into one of those perfect harvest days, a rare beast this rainy year. Our thanks to ThinkTV (who put up with multiple weather rescheduling), Our Ohio and the Farm Bureau. (click any photo to enlarge it)

The van arrives on a frosty foggy morning, a long drive from Dayton

Richard, Chief Videographer, in the vineyard

End of harvest... the trailer leaves the vineyard for the last time this year.

Getting the shot... a lot of time is spent on the ground!

The stemmer/crusher... watch out for that flying grape pulp!

2006 Vintage

The A-team... Tracy and Judy

The A-team, Ron and Gretchen

Marshmallow the vineyard cat

Ron and Nancy / end of harvest

Ron and Judy punch down the Cabernet Sauvignon

Ron pressing Syrah

Syrah juice coming out of the press

Ron with the red wine fermentation bins

Ron with Riesling

Picking crew, Viognier 2006

The crew moves from the back of the vineyard (planted in 2001) to the 1999 planting of Viognier

The vineyard at rest

Photo by Richard Nordstrom Wednesday, October 25. Eighth pick: Judy picking Petit Verdot. Finally, a nice sunny day. And harvest is over!

Monday, October 23. Seventh pick: Cabernet Sauvignon. 11 hardy souls stuck it out in very cold conditions, including snow flurries. 

Wednesday, October 18. Sixth pick: Syrah. A large quantity of marginal fruit was dropped on the ground by choice... the rainy September conditions weren't great for Syrah which loves a dry climate. There will be very little Syrah produced next year... and this year's small production of 147 cases won't last long.

Wednesday October 11. Fifth pick. Cabernet Franc. 

 Monday, October 9. Fourth pick: Roussanne.

Friday October 6. Third pick: Viognier.

Wednesday September 27. Second pick: Riesling. A much nicer day! Here's Marshmallow the cat keeping an eye on things! 

Thursday September 22. First harvest, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Sadly, the rain came in four hours early, and we were picking in the rain. We will have a vivid weather memory of this vintage!


ourohio.jpg (19179 bytes)September 2006
Kinkead Ridge featured in Our Ohio, "Ohio River Valley's Wine Resurgence".   Click here for this wonderful story.

November 2006
Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc and Syrah reviewed in TheWineBuzz, available at fine wine stores and restaurants throughout Ohio.



Farm Bureau advertisement See this wonderful full page advertisement in October Ohio and Cincinnati Magazine.

   Kinkead Ridge wine and recipes will be featured in the upcoming "Ohio Food and Farms: From Garden Gate to Dinner Plate" by Marilou Suzsko.  Marilou is a regular contributor to the Cleveland Plain Dealer Food Section, the Sunday Magazine and Feast.


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