Ridge written up in the Wall Street Journal Wine Column!
Winery opening Saturdays Nov. 29 (Annual Barrel Tasting), Dec. 6 and Dec. 13. These are the last chances to visit the winery until Memorial Day Weekend 2009.
Kinkead Ridge red Revelation wins top prize in red wine category, the first Ohio/Michigan Wine Clash! Click here!
"This event was
created as the first consumer-sponsored wine competition to feature only
locally grown and produced wines from Ohio and Michigan. Demand for
locally-sourced food has grown across all market segments, but wine has
not followed this trend due to misperceptions about quality and cost. By
linking the competition with the storied football rivalry, this
competition highlights the wines of both states in a unique fashion and
helps drive consumer demand.
Gaiter/Brecher Wall Street Journal recommend Cabernet Sauvignon for your Thanksgiving dinner: Why? "1) It's an American holiday and the wine should be American. 2) We prefer red with the meal because it stands up to such an imposing menu and it's appropriate to the season. 3) Good Cabernet Sauvignon has the structure, stature and bearing to belong at the Thanksgiving table. It's not for nothing that America's best, most-famous and most-expensive wines continue to be made from Cabernet. 4) An older Cabernet, with tastes have melded and tannins that have softened, is great with both white and dark turkey meat and pairs well with the other dishes without overwhelming them... We relaize that most Americans don't have any older Cabernet in the house, but we would still recommend Cabernet for Thanksgiving. It is the world's most majestic red grape, after all, and this is the time to showcase it... Good American Cabernet tastes like America to us and gives us something special in our glass..."
Ron and I recommend either our 2006 Kinkead Ridge Red Revelation Bordeaux blend (68% cabernet sauvignon, 18% cabernet franc, 14% petit verdot), ($14.99) or in a lighter style, the 2006 River Village Cellars Cabernet Franc ($12.99). Available throughout Ohio at fine wine stores, contact us to request the list.
Three events this month:
November 14: Wine tasting at The Emporium, Yellow Springs.
November 6: A wine dinner at Spagio Cellars with the Pearl Valley Cheese Company (www.pearlvalleycheese.com). Here's Sam before the guests arrive. Seven Kinkead Ridge wines were poured, including white wine that has long been sold out at the winery: 2005 River Village Cellars Traminette (for those of you who like this wine, more is coming Memorial Day weekend); 2006 River Village Cellars White Wine, 2007 Kinkead Ridge Revelation; 2006 River Village Cabernet Franc; 2006 River Village Syrah, 2005 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Franc, 2006 Kinkead Ridge Revelation.
The Hocking College Sixth Annual "Taste in the Valley" wine auction and dinner celebration was Friday, November 7. This event benefits the Hocking College Foundation providing students with financial aid. This year's ice sculpture by David Boyd was a wine rack! 6 bottles of Kinkead Ridge 2006 Revelation sold for $300. A case of the small production, no longer available 2005 Kinkead Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon was sold at this auction for $500, and a mixed case autographed by the winegrower sold for $375.
November 1: Harvest is over! We picked the last 2780 pounds of grapes today, Petit Verdot. The reds came in at 25 Brix plus. The quality of the white grapes is outstanding. Should be a great vintage.
Here's some of the crew in our "Kinkead Ridge Vineyard Harvest Crew" t-shirts!
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.
The winery is now closed for harvest. Next opening dates will be November 22, November 29 (Annual Barrel Tasting) and December 6 and 13, then closed until Memorial Day 2009.
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."
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
Unfortunately, due to the Direct Shipping legislation passed in Ohio, we will no longer ship direct to consumers. The law states a consumer may only receive 24 cases of wine per year. The state is collecting data from wineries and shipping companies with regard to who received wine. We would have no way of knowing if we shipped the 25th case illegally. Click here to read what the press says about this legislation. For alternatives to shipping, click here.
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."
Savarin noted two features which distinguish man from beast:
Words on Wine:
night, my friend and I were sitting in the living room and I said to
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riding on a beautiful white horse.
Funny drinking quotes:
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."
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