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.
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.
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.
ANNUAL BARREL TASTING / November 25
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.
RIDGE... or CHEVAL BLANC?
in the Valley 2006
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!
and wine pairing:
We had the great pleasure of having Chief Videographer Richard Nordstrom (www.thinktv.org) 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.
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)
"Why go for those long distance relationships when you can find
love in your own back yard."
If you have tasted our wines and would like to write a mini-review, e-mail them to NBentley@KinkeadRidge.com. Have you taken our wine on the road? Send us a photo! We'll publish your comments and photos on the Testimonials page.
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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