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October 2008


Rarely, we get an extraordinary phone call. Jeremy gets it... how hard we work; how passionate we are about fine wine.

From Jeremy, wine store employee, MacClarens, Columbus Ohio.

"Hello there Nancy and Ron. This is Jeremy who works at MacClarens in Grandview in Columbus, and I just want you to know that I just tried this wine; I tried the Revelation and I thought to myself immediately, Ron Barrett must be really, really happy that he can make wine like this. This wine is an epiphany. It's absolutely fabulous, as is the Cab Franc, the second label, and I just want to thank both of you for pursuing and making this stuff; and I am at a crossroads deciding whether to tell anybody about this wine and sell it, or drink it all with my friends. So I'm just telling you that maybe you should hear once in a while just how delightful that wine that you make, makes people like me so happy. Thanks very much. I'm sure you're out busting your tails doing more, but please take my sincere congratulations on a really nice pair of wines."


Harvest is almost over! Almost 6 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon, today, October 29. Click any photo to enlarge it.

Harvest has begun! We picked 3996 pounds of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Chardonnay on September 20. There was more fruit than expected. Ron crushed that night with Judy until 6 a.m. September 27: 8386 pounds of Viognier. September 29: 8565 pounds of Riesling. October 2: 6301 pounds of Roussanne. There will be no white wine shortage in 2009!

Friends don't let friends sit at home when there are grapes to be harvested! Nicole and Brittany Hannah at work!

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.

Here's the shot of the day, a beautiful butterfly on the grapes.

Thanks to everyone who visited us on August 30 and September 1 for the release of the 2006 red wines. Thanks to the Cincinnati Enquirer Weekend Picks we saw many new faces!

Kinkead Ridge featured at the Ohio Proud booth at the State Fair. Right next to the Buckeye Mustard!

On September  6 we had two special guests... I love it when dogs visit the winery and vineyard. Here is a beagle puppy, Monsieur Louis Cointreau Lafayette aka Louie, and a fabulous Bouvier. Also see our blog about these two wonderful dogs. Click here.

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.

2006 Releases, all medal winners at the American Wine Society
International Competition

$14.95 $12.95 $11.95

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."

The bud break this spring looks like the best yet! Gretchen, Meg and Judy on Memorial Day. Click the picture to enlarge it.

Gretchen, Meg and Judy rest after bottling in May

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." 


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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