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April 2005

Mark your calendars for May 28-30. In addition to the Kinkead Ridge/Meranda Vineyard tour, there is a Country Garden Festival at Goodseed Farm Country Garden, Peebles, in Adams County. See  for details.

In response to numerous requests, we have established a Wine Club. You are guaranteed to receive upcoming releases before they sell out.  Click here for details.

Andrew Jones, Editor,  (England) says the following about the 2002 Revelation: 
Rating: 91

"Kinkead Ridge excels again. Just when I thought winemaker Ron Barrett should be best known for white wine, he has produced an exciting Bordeaux-style red blend. Comprising 53% Cabernet Franc, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and just 2% Petit Verdot, its origin would fool many experts in a blind tasting and could easily be confused for a Médoc of the Cru Bourgeois level.

If Kinkead Ridge can do this with young vines, the future looks very promising indeed...

Revelation tempts one with its vanilla and cherry notes on the nose. These are confirmed along with bramble and blackcurrant on a middleweight palate that leads to a long, smooth finish.

Small volume means full order books, so be brave and order in advance. That will give you a chance to enjoy a rising star from Ripley, Ohio."

Sean and Holly labelling the 2004 Riesling Sean and Holly labelling the 2004 Riesling on April 24, 2005
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The entire 2002 and 2003 vintages are Some may still be available at selected wine stores and restaurants in your area.

Upcoming releases at the winery:

July 4 weekend: 2004 Viognier/Roussanne
Labor Day weekend: 2003 Cabernet Franc, 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003 Syrah

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. Click here.

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.


Kinkead Ridge is in the Northeastern section of the Wine Report 2005 by Tom Stevenson. Available at Amazon and bookstores.


Cincinnati, Dayton, and other national and world-wide wine events: 
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SOLD OUT 2003 Kinkead Ridge Viognier/Roussanne
SOLD OUT 2003 Kinkead Ridge Sauvignon Blanc
SOLD OUT 2003 Kinkead Cellars Riesling  
SOLD OUT 2001 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc
SOLD OUT 2003 Kinkead Ridge Syrah
SOLD OUT 2001 Kinkead Ridge Revelation

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.