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August 2010

Kinkead Ridge and Ravenhurst, the only two Ohio wineries featured in Opus Vino. Written by a new generation of wine critics with up- to-date, in-depth knowledge of the different wine regions, the wineries and their wines, Opus Vino provides greater coverage to the wine world than any other illustrated wine book. Organized by country, and then broken down into regions, districts, and wineries, the book looks at more than 4,500 individual wineries, identifies each region's top producers and its rising stars, and entries cover the owner, grapes, wine styles, and their best wines.

At 800 pages, Opus Vino takes wine publishing to new heights and gives both professionals and amateur enthusiasts a wine reference fit for the 21st century. Available in the U.S., U.K. and Australia in November, with international editions to follow next year.

Click here for details.


2010 reds going through veraison

Countdown to Labor Day and the September 4 and 6 of the 2008 red wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and a limited quantity of Petit Verdot! Winery open 10-6 and annual vineyard tour.


Olivier Kielwasser, Wine Director for Giant Eagle was interviewed for the Cleveland Foodie blog.

Here's a question and answer we were happy to see:

"Top 5 Ohio wines worth sampling? What Ohio wines do you carry? The Cabernet and the Viognier from Kinkead Ridge. The fruit wines from Breitenbach. Ferrante’s Rieslings. Wolf Creek’s Redemption Red and White Lies."

We especially like the kudos to Wolf Creek, and Andy Troutman. Andy was the only winery in Ohio that we approached willing to help us for the 2001 crush since our winery wasn't built at that time.


August 2010 review of the 2004 Cabernet Franc:

"I am a member of the American Wine Society and part of the competition committe. As (pay) for helping we get a few bottles of wine to try. In 2006 I got your 04 Cab Franc that was a double gold. While rearranging my cellar I ran across it and since we were going to a friends house (3 of A.W.S. judges) for dinner I took it along to try. WOW it was great. It was soft with good mouth feel and all or the qualities that a cab franc should have. Thank you for making such a nice and enjoyable wine. "


Ron and Nancy visited North Carolina in August, a possible place to retire. Ron will continue to make wine but most probably Kinkead Ridge is his last vineyard. Here he is with Mark, the winemaker at Childress...

Wine Trail Traveler, LLC Announces 500th Winery Visit

Wine Trail Traveler, LLC announced plans for visiting and writing about the 500th winery since the business was formed in 2007.
The 500th visit took  place at Kinkead Ridge Estate Winery in Ripley, Ohio. Two years ago Nancy Bentley, managing partner at Kinkead Ridge, invited the Sullivans to visit the wineries along the Ohio River. They previously visited and wrote about some of the Ohio wineries along Interstate 70 and along Lake Erie.

For additional information about Wine Trail Traveler, LLC, contact Terry Sullivan or visit

Click here to read the story of their visit


Our summer vineyard workers, Logan and Anna. For those of you who know Gretchen from the tasting room, Logan is Gretchen's little brother. And for those of you who know Gretchen... she is expecting a baby in December! We're so happy for her and her husband Zach.

Two Kinkead Ridge Cabernets first and second of eight selections in the Meritage category, Ohio/Michigan Wine Clash Prelude; Kinkead Ridge Riesling rated first of five in the White Wine category. See for all the reviews.

Two new Kinkead Ridge mini-movies on youtube: How our bottles are delivered, and the printing of our labels.



Click here to request a copy of our retail outlets. There are three wine stores in Ohio that can ship within Ohio or out-of-state.

Click here 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 the page.


Read what others are saying about Kinkead Ridge in their blogs...

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 us for 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 Food Matcher.

"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. See 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 come home.

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 here.


Last night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to her,

"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.


You are 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 restaurant.
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.

It read:
'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'

For women only:

What A Real Man Does

A real man is a woman's best friend. He will never stand her up and never let her down.
He will reassure her when she feels insecure and comfort her after a bad day.

He will inspire her to do things she never thought she could do; to live without fear
and forget regret. He will enable her to express her deepest emotions and give in to
her most intimate desires.

He will make sure she always feels as though she's the most beautiful woman in the
room and will enable her to be the most confident, sexy, seductive, and invincible……

No wait... sorry... I'm thinking of wine.
That's what wine does...

Never mind.

Funny drinking quotes:

"Sometimes 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

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