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May 2009

First reviews of the 2008 whites!


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.

So far we have bottled the 2008 Traminette and the 2008 white Revelation. Both outstanding!

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

The winery is closed until Memorial Day 2009 (May 23 and May 25) when we will release the 2008 white wine.

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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