New Kinkead Ridge
mini-movie on youtube: How our bottles are delivered.
Pruning is finished, and
the crew is tying up the canes. I came across some nice videos from
Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande California (their videos at
Their pruning and tying techniques are similar to ours. We implement
many viticultural practices that are common in the west, but not so much
in the east.
Talley video: Owner Brian
Talley and Vineyard Manager Kevin Wilkinson discuss and demonstrate
pruning techniques employed at Talley Vineyards.
Kinkead Ridge video:
Spring in the vineyard. Watch Ron cane prune and find his pocket! Judy
and Gretchen tie up vines, a mind-numbing exercise twisting and tying 3
canes per 5000 vines to the trellis with twist ties.
for a one page summary of the upcoming 2010 releases, or visit
the Wines link from the home page and scroll to the bottom of
Wine Enthusiast reviews 2008
Viognier/Roussanne: "This fun, flirty Viognier/Roussanne blend starts
with lively lemon and citrus aromas and leads into a joyful blend of
curvy honey and plucky spice. Fruit and acidity are in good balance. A
pretty wine with character." - S.K. (2009-11-12)
# Rating: 87
Loren Sonkin gives the 2007
Cabernet Franc 90 points on cellartracker.com.
"IMO, this is the best
winery for red wines in Ohio. And, 2007 was the best vintage in these
parts in a long time. Perhaps it truly will be a vintage of the century.
I drank this bottle over two nights. $18 Ohio. Ruby in color with some
opaque qualities to it. On the first night, it showed plenty of
raspberries and some cassis. While these remained, on Day 2, a bit of
green tobacco and an underlying earthiness came out. On the palate, this
was medium bodied raspberry juice on Day 1, but it put on weight and
showed much more complexity on Day 2. Layers of fruit and earth. I think
a year or two in the cellar (or at least a couple of hours in a
decanter), but this is a quality Cab Franc. It does not have any off
green flavors. Want to impress someone with the quality of an Ohio red
wine? This is it. And, the price is very reasonable for the quality."
Loren Sonkin, Mark Squires
Bulletin Board gives the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points.
"I think this is one of the
best wineries in Ohio and certainly the best for red wines. 2007 was
also one of the best vintages in these parts. I served this blind and
Jeff thought it was local. Most others found it to be very good although
no one pegged it for a Cab. Light ruby in color, clear and bright. The
nose has pretty strawberry notes with some cherries. A bit of an herbal
note as well. Nice texture. This is a very good red wine. I don't know
about "varietal correctness" but it is delicious. For $17 Ohio, I am
going to lay down a few. I think it ages well for 5 to 10 years as it
got better all night long. (90 pts.)"
All the wine
released in 2009 is now sold out at the winery, and the winery is
closed until Memorial Day 2010 for the release of a small quantity
of white wine. Because of the small quantity of white wine from
2009, the winery will probably not be open this summer. Check back
after the Memorial Day release for details.
Angelo Gaja (Italian producer) quote: "The vineyard is a tough
school. You learn to distrust appearances; you get used to having
your hopes dashed. If the season is bad from the start, you have
time to resign yourself. But in years like 1966, everything is
fine until the fall, and then rain ruins beautiful grapes."
We had a similar
experience this year.
We join the ranks of vineyards throughout the world who have good
years and bad years.
The 2009 vintage
report (and it's not pretty) is available
Guido Rivella, enologist for Gaja:
"You know with good grapes this job is a lot more interesting. You
can make two kinds of wine: a good one or a poor one. With poor
grapes, there's no suspense."
The manager of Chateau Latour, Lamothe, wrote in 1816: "When
Nature fails to provide the ingredients of good wine, man cannot
compensate for the deficiency. He will never achieve anything
greater than mediocrity."
"The wine makers job is a lot like the cook's. Of course, a cook
can try things out every day, while we get a crack at it only once
a year. And a cook doesn't have to wait years to judge the
results, as we sometimes do... In the end, of course, even the
greatest chef is no better than the quality of his raw materials.
He can cover up defects with a heavy sauce, just as you can mask
the shortcomings of a wine with a lot of new oak, or a little
residual sugar, but that'll never be great cooking. Like the chef,
the wine maker should exalt his ingredients, the characteristics
of the grapes he gets in a given year from a given vineyard. My
job is to get the best out of the grape."
Click below for access to
six regional tours of Ohio wineries. Visitors can download turn-by-turn
directions to their : Garmin, TomTom, Smartphone, PDA, iPod or any MP3
player. Also included is a brief description of each winery, along with
contact information and hours of operation.
Our award winning wines are available in fine wine stores
and restaurants throughout Ohio.
Contact usfor a list and for
information about shipping out of state.
We are often asked about food and wine pairings. This is a great site to
browse, Natalie MacLean's
"Why go for those long distance relationships when you can find love
in your own back yard."
Brillat Savarin noted two features which
distinguish man from beast:
1. Fear of the future.
2. Desire for fermented liquors.
When I wrote the wine label text for this year's releases, I found this HILARIOUS web site to generate silly tasting notes.
http://www.gmon.com/tech/stng.shtml. Scroll to
the bottom of the page, select Make a New Note, and generate text
like these. Have fun!
Rounded but equally over-oaked Merlot. Forcefully bites you with
hair-spray, morally superior slim jims and traces of orange jello. Drink now through 2011.
Ready to drink and overdone Syrah. Essences of prune, acidic
monster carrot and scant clay. Drink now through whenever the cows
Intense but lackluster Cabernet. Reminiscent of peach-pit, arcane
seedless watermelon and dainty beef. Drink now through 2012.
Creepy and whimsical Rose. Starts with pear, limp bourbon and
semi-weak toast. Drink now through April.
Rich and smokey almost unripe Gamay. Detectable toast, middle-aged
lime and corpulent juniper. Drink now through never.
Words on Wine:
Famous quotes throughout history about wine. Click
night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to
"I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine
and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug."
She got up, unplugged the TV, and threw out my wine.
She's such a bitch.
riding on a beautiful white horse.
On your left side is a drop off.
On your right side are several ostriches being chased by a lion.
In front of you are four large gazelles that won't get out of your way
and you can't seem to overtake them.
Behind you is a stampede of horses.
What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?
Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round.
Bottle of Merlot
A man asked a waiter to take a bottle of
Merlot to an unusually attractive woman
sitting alone at a table in a cozy little
So the waiter took the Merlot to the woman
and said, 'This is from the gentleman who is
seated over there.'.... and indicated the
sender with a nod of his head.
She stared at the wine coolly for a few
seconds, not looking at the man, then
decided to send a reply to him by a note..
The waiter, who was lingering nearby for a
response, took the note from her and
conveyed it to the gentleman.
The note read: 'For me to accept this
bottle, you need to have a Mercedes in your
garage, a million dollars in the bank and
'7' inches in your pants'.
After reading the note, the man decided to
compose one of his own in return. He folded
the note, handed it to the waiter and
instructed him to deliver it to the lady.
'Just to let you know things aren't always
what they appear to be, I have a Ferrari
Maranello, BMW Z8, Mercedes CL600, and a
Porsche Turbo in my several garages; I have
beautiful homes in Aspen and Miami , and a
10,000 acre ranch in Louisiana . There is
over twenty million dollars in my bank
account and portfolio. But, not even for a
woman as beautiful as you, would I cut off
three inches. Just send the bottle back'
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."
~ Jack Handy