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March 2007

Andrew Jones, British wine writer,  reviews Kinkead Ridge 2004 reds:

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon: 91.
This rich ruby coloured wine is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and has been blended with 6% Cabernet Franc for the first time, as well as 19% Petit Verdot making it the type of classic Bordeaux-style blend you would find in many chateaux in the Médoc region. It has quite a deep ruby color, offers vanilla hints from a mix of American and French oak and tempts with classic blackcurrant, plum and violet aromas before producing Morello cherry flavours on the flavorsome palate. The oak aging has contributed hints of vanilla and gentle, soft tannins which balance well with the fruit.

2004 Syrah: 90.

2004 Cabernet Franc: 86.

Five of our seven 2006 releases are now Cabernet Franc is very difficult to find in our retail outlets, and the Syrah will be the next to disappear. If you are interested in our Syrah, please try to find it before it's too late! Email us if you need a list of the retail outlets. Thank you! 

Kinkead Ridge harvest and crush filmed by, a PBS affiliate.  Episode 209 includes:
   Ian Adams: Rural Images
   Ohio River Wines featuring Kinkead Ridge
   Chef Pierre: Thai Chicken Soup
   Doc Sanders: A Different Dairy.
This DVD is available for purchase from the Farm Bureau for $10, contact Cara Lawson, See the television link on

Kinkead Ridge featured in "C" magazine (What to Wear, Where to Go, Where to Be in Columbus). 2007 Valchemy Chef Richard Rosendale paired Kinkead Ridge 2004 Cabernet Franc with Braised Oxtails with Boursin Polenta. See for more information about Chef Rosendale and his upcoming restaurant.

AWS Double Gold, Kinkead Ridge 2004 Cabernet Franc2006 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.

2006 Vintage Report from Ron Barrett: Click here.


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


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.



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. 

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)

2006 Vintage

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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