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This is the time of year when things are fairly quiet in the vineyard and winery, so Ron and I just visited the Unified Symposium, the annual winery trade show in Sacramento. We caught up with Oregon friends, including Mike Etzel of Beaux Freres. Ron's mission: to investigate screw-top technology. We then spent a day in the Bay Area, visiting my former home on Montebello Road, 1/2 a mile below Ridge Winery, and a few days in Tucson with Dick and Joan Erath. In March, Dick is planting vinifera on his 200 acres near Wilcox, Arizona, a developing vineyard area. Needless to say, the weather was fabulous. Here's Joan walking their new puppy.
Ron'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.
Wine Buzz, Volume 3, Number 3, p. 24
Quote from Tom
Stevenson, editor, in the New Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, just published.
Tom reviewed our Viognier/Roussanne in the 2006 Wine Report
The winery will re-open Memorial Day 2006 for the release of the 2005 Riesling, 2005 white Revelation, and 2005 second label Traminette from the first harvest of Meranda Family Vineyards (www.MerandaVineyards.com).
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.
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"
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).
Kinkead 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 www.fodors.com. Available at fine book stores and www.amazon.com.
Kinkead Ridge featured in the "Ohio Wine Country Excursions" by Patricia Latimer. 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 www.emmisbooks.com or amazon.com.
Savarin noted two features which distinguish man from beast:
Words on Wine:
Funny drinking quotes:
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."
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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.