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July 2009

Countdown to the release of the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2007 Cabernet Franc, September 5, 2009 at 10 a.m.


Check out this menu from Veggie U 2009 Food and Wine Celebration

Florida Rock Shrimp on Organic Squash, Georgia Peaches, Toasted Peanut, Buttermilk Emulsion
(Chef Richard Gras - The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida)
2008 Kinkead Ridge, Revelation

Connecticut Diver Sea Scallops, English Pea Soup, Citrus Marigolds
(Chef Leo Bushey - The Hartford Club, Hartford, Connecticut)
2008 Kinkead Ridge, Viognier-Roussanne

Here are the comments: "The dinner went very well. The pairings were seamless. The Revelation had just a touch of sweet fruit that worked really well with the Shrimp entree. Of course the Viognier-Roussanne, was rocking with the Scallop. The guests were very pleased with the quality level of the wines for the entire evening. I also made a point of giving a glass of each to the chefs as to get their input as well. They too were very pleased with the pairings."

For the rest of the menu, click here.

We ran out of logo glasses! No problem for this group of regulars who used a Sharpie to write Kinkead Ridge on their plastic glasses!

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.

Two Kinkead Ridge wines win Gold and Double Gold at Appellation America's Best of Appellation... Group evaluation by great palates (Clark Smith, Dan Berger, Alan Goldfarb), lots of discussion about how it’s crafted (Clark’s a UCD trained enologist), and then they come up with their medals. is now subscriber only ($4.95/month).

2008 Revelation: Gold Medal
2008 Riesling: Double Gold Medal

Here are the tasting notes:

2008 Revelation Ohio River Valley GOLD
Distinctive, subtle florals with earthy accents, perhaps indicating some hybrid wine in the blend. Lemongrass, red pear, watercress, pear, and banana aromas. Rich, clean full and intriguing. Outdoorsy odors of wild flowers, lush summer meadows and fertile soil after rain.

2008 Riesling Ohio River Valley DOUBLE GOLD
Intense pear, pear, pear. Lilac, apple and wet stone petrichor**. Off-dry with bracing acidity, suitable for shellfish or fatty sausages. Wonderfully mouthwatering, lean, long and palate cleansing with lingering flavors of cucumber and well water.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Smell of rain" redirects here. For the Mortiis album, see The Smell of Rain.

Petrichor (pronounced /ˈpɛtrɨkər/; from Greek petros "stone" + ichor "the fluid that is supposed to flow in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology") is the name of the scent of rain on dry earth.

The term was coined in 1964 by two Australian researchers, Bear and Thomas, for an article in the journal Nature.[1] In the article, the authors describe how the smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is adsorbed by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin, producing the distinctive scent. In a follow-up paper, Bear and Thomas (1965) showed that the oil retards seed germination and early plant growth.[2]

The scent is generally regarded as pleasant and refreshing, and is one of the most frequently cited "favorite smells".[citation needed] In desert regions, the smell is especially strong during the first rain after a long dry spell.[citation needed] The oil yielding the scent can be collected from rocks and concentrated to produce perfume; however, it has yet to be synthesized, perhaps due to its complexity. It is composed of more than fifty distinct chemical substances."


I (Nancy) just came back from Steve Kaufmann's Acoustic Kamp... brought wine with me. This event is held on a college campus so they ask you to be discreet about alcohol. So we set up the tasting in the laundry room!  If you play guitar, dobro, banjo, fiddle, or bass, I can highly recommend this Kamp. I'm as passionate about my banjo as Ron is about his vineyard!

Fellow banjo players, Mikey from Nome Alaska, Lauren from Palm Beach Gardens.

Internationally recognized banjo players were our instructors: Bill Keith (inventor of the Keith tuners), Jens Kruger, Bill Evans, Gary Biscuit Davis (three time national banjo champion), with Steve Kaufmann.

Nancy and her banjo with Mikey and her banjo.

A great time had by all at the Dayton Fleurs et Vin Festival. I spent three hours next to Tony Coturri, owner and winemaker of Coturri Wines in Napa. Here we are with him and his distributor representative, Cory.

Tony Coturri, Nancy Bentley, Cory

The white wines were incredibly well received at a Taste of Duveneck. The buzz started early about the Viognier/Roussanne and Revelation. This always happens at festivals... someone tastes the wine and then we get a lot of guests who come up saying... "My friend told me to taste....."

And here's the Kinkead Ridge Winery "posse"!

Judy, Megan, Courtnee, Gretchen

Here are a couple of photos of the really nice volunteers who poured the wine. One originally from Russia who is the Art Museum librarian, one who spends time in Namibia, one whose aunt was a typesetter years ago like I was, and the lovely lady with friends who promised to visit the winery! Click any photo to enlarge it. For anyone who liked the Revelation Bordeaux blend reading this, get it now. This wine will probably be gone in two months. We only made 150 cases of it. 100 wholesale customers, plus selling at the winery. Do the math! And the winegrower Ron, thinks this is the best white wine of the vintage. My personal favorite is the Viognier/Roussanne.

First reviews of the 2008 whites!

From Mike Rosenberg,

Kinkead Ridge 2008 River Village Cellars Traminette -- Traminette is a hybrid of Gewurztraminer, and a friend of Ron's said that she had a couple of tons available for sale. He picked them up and, unfortunately, found that some of the grapes had already begun to raisinate. He cobbled together an interesting, semi-sweet, eminently drinkable wine from the ton and a half he was able to use. Plenty of traditional gewürztraminer pepperiness to be found therein, lots of floral notes, and a surprisingly fresh finish. For about $10, a very nice sipping wine or a nice pairing for spicy Asian cuisine.

Kinkead Ridge 2008 Riesling -- My personal favorite of the four whites that we tried. Reminiscent of a German spatlese to me -- slightly sweet (1.2% residual sugar -- or at least that was Ron's self-described "SWAG" -- short for scientific wild-ass guess...) but full of really pleasant apple and pear flavors. Crisp acidity on the finish and a lasting fruit flavor that begs for some roast pork loin or a meat and cheese tray. A very flexible wine for all seasons. $14.

Kinkead Ridge 2008 White Revelation -- One of the flagship white wines of Kinkead Ridge, the blend on this white cuvee changes every year. This year, it's largely Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, with a hodgdpodge of other grapes thrown in for good measure. The wine certainly reflects the character of the grapes -- and it drinks very much like a decent white Bordeaux. Acidic and minerally from front to back, it's a nice accompaniment for anything from salads to grilled chicken. Great summer wine. $14.

Kinkead Ridge 2008 Viognier/Roussanne -- Of the four, this one was probably my least favorite on its face, because I think it's still a little too young. That's not to say it was bad -- far from it. One of the customers had brought in a bottle of the 2006 Viognier/Roussane, and the difference was remarkable. This one needs a little time in the bottle, maybe even a couple more months, for the flavors to marry and balance and for the slight oiliness of the Viognier to die down, but the backbone of tropical fruits and aromatics were certainly there. Pick up a bottle and stash it until fall. Then have it with some grilled fish. You'll thank me. $16.

From Andrew Hall, wine blogger from Columbus:

2008 Revelation White. Predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, this was the clear winner in the 2008 white line-up. Crisp mineral and herbal nose with nice persistence. Good lines and cut. Nice intensity of the acidity and mineral. Nice integration which carries its 14%abv well. A revisit showed an elegant side to this wine. Very good, best white Revelation I’ve had. Wide open for business as well.

From Michelle,

My absolute favorite of the Kinkead Ridge wines is the Viognier-Roussanne. The 2008 is 14.8% AbV, which means that I'll happily drink an entire bottle and then probably happily fall down. I am usually fairly sensitive to high-alcohol wines, but this one isn't hot at all. Ron may have contended with high alcohol, but he dealt with it superbly.

After the jump are the few notes I managed to scribble down. Did I mention how poor my notes were this time?

Cabernet Sauvignon 2007: Sampled from the tank, bottled last week, to be released on Labor Day. This was pretty tasty. It had nice flavors of cherry with acid on the finish. Well-balanced.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2008: Has one more year in the barrel. This is a fruit forward wine with a lot of complexity and structure. It's got a real full mouthfeel.

Cabernet Franc 2008: Has one more year in the barrel. I didn't like this one at all at the first taste. A few minutes later I realized my glass was empty. It definitely grew on me. It was peppery and big at first, but it seemed to settle down as it got used to my glass, sort of like a happy puppy when you first come home. This wine had an amazing jewel-tone color. I look forward to tasting it in a year.

2008 River Village Cellars Traminette, Rock Springs Vineyard: Ron bought these grapes from a local vintner who is just getting started. We'd already purchased two bottles when Ron informed us that the grapes weren't in the best condition when he got them. Once again proving his abilities, he made a heck of a wine. Traminette is a white grape - French-American hybrid. If you like sweeter wines, or what I call summer porch wines, you'll enjoy Traminette.

2008 Revelation White: This is a blend of a little bit of everything. It's another fresh, light white but what caused us to buy several bottles is the spice. There's a little bit of Semillon in there, and I think it is adding a light spicy finish to the wine.



Andrew Hall ( matched Ohio wines against comparable wines from around the world in a blind taste test. Our River Village Cellars Syrah bested Cycle Buff Beauties, a Syrah/Malbec blend and was a 6-1 winner and "it was clear it would be better with food than the Aussie." Our Revelation bested the Michel Rolland Close de la Siete.


The 2006 River Village Cellars Cabernet Franc won a Silver Medal at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, March 28-29, 2009. Excellent, considering this was a very difficult cold wet vintage resulting in a lighter bodied wine. We did not enter the Revelation or Syrah as they were sold out.

Click here for a one page summary of our 2009 releases

A small group from the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Wine Society recently blind tasted eight Cabernet Francs from France, California, and North Carolina.

In a field of eight wines, the 2001 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc was voted "BEST VALUE" against six wines from France and California, and a Biltmore Reserve.

It finished in the top three for "BEST QUALITY" behind two Napas, priced at $40 each. Thea Teich, who relayed this information to me, said it was fascinating because it was one of the oldest wines and it really held up, while the one from France just died. Plus it was right up there with wines 2 or 3 times the price.
Here is the lineup. This result should inspire confidence in buying Kinkead Ridge red wines and setting them aside in the cellar. This wine is eight years old!



Vintage Location Price Quality pts Best value pts
Biltmore Reserve 2000 North Carolina $20 0 2
Domaine de la Chantelleuserie Bougeril 2006 Chinon, France $16 0 0
La Pensees de Palius 2005 Chinon, France $18 0 0
Dare (Viader) 2005 Napa, California $40 10 4
Domaine de Noire 2005 Chinon, France $22 0 2
Titus 2005 Napa, California $40 5 1
La Jota Vineyard 2000 Napa, California $65 2 1
Kinkead Ridge 2001 Ohio River Valley $17 4 11

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.

Kinkead Ridge written up in Trip Magazine: Song of the Vine. Click here.

Kinkead Ridge 2005 Syrah rated on the Most Exciting and Unusual Finds list, Atlantic Northeast Region, Tom Stevenson, British Wine Editor of the 2009 Wine Report. "Ohio Syrah? Yes! Former Oregon grower Ron Barrett keeps proving the viability of the limestone soils along the Ohio River."


We are often asked about food and wine pairings. This is a great site to browse, Natalie MacLean's
Food Matcher.

On the verge of picking Roussanne, I came across a great article about this Rhone variety by Patrick Comiskey: "...the single white Rhone variety that has winemakers losing sleep, the one that lures them with its promise and its complexity, just as surely as Ulysses was lured to the rock by the Sirens, is Roussanne... the vine is designed to give winemakers a lifetime of mystery... " Click here to read the article.

Another vintage review:

"We were at a party at a friend's house and we had given a bottle of the 2004 Cabernet Franc to them two years ago. We found out their were not wine drinkers and they still had the bottle. Of course I talked them into opening the bottle. It was superbly smooth and fantastic to the taste and all the other guests that sampled said that this was the best wine they had ever tasted! They asked me where they can get some and I told them that it is all sold out and the only places would be an auction or E-Bay. Looking forward to the 2007 reds."

Those of you lucky enough to have our older wines in your cellar might appreciate this August 2008 review of the 2004 white Revelation:

From Jim Stutzman, Virginia:
"I was dazzled the other day. A bottle of your 2004 Revelation had wandered off to the wine cellar netherlands. When I found it, I chilled it down a bit for lunch, and when I tried it - WOW! - Very impressive."

Kinkead Ridge 2004 Cabernet Franc rated one of the Top 100 Exciting Wine Finds, international list compiled by Tom Stevenson, British editor of the New Sothebys Wine Encyclopedia and publisher of the paperback Wine Report 2008. "Succulent, intensely flavored fruit, ripe, supple tannins, and a truckload of flavors--from cherries, cassis, chocolate, and cream, to vanilla and coconut."--Sandra Silfven, Atlantic Northeast editor of the 2008 Wine Report "This shows what promise there is in Ohio." --Tom Stevenson


"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.

   Words on Wine: 

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.


Famous quotes throughout history about wine. Click here.

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. *

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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