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September 2009

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

9/5/2009 Biggest Release Day Ever! Click here for more photos!
Megan re-stocks Cabernet Franc.

Harvest will start this month.

Dick Erath, pioneer Oregon winegrower visited us this week! Here's Dick with Ron and Marshmallow the vineyard cat, and Brad Hively (





TJ's daughter in the vineyard. Note that veraison is under way...

Whole Foods sent Kate Medley, Multimedia Communications Specialist for a photo shoot and audio interview; pictures will be used on banners, and the audio will back a slide show on the corporate web site! Here's Kate with her camera and Ron...

From Chris Dillman, Sommelier, Rosendales, Columbus Ohio, quoted in CMX magazine.

You like some Ohio vineyards. That may be surprising to some.
"There were wines that surprised me at first, too. My wife and I helped judge the Ohio versus Michigan wine tasting a few months ago. The quality of the average wine was nothing short of abysmal. A few of them should have earned a flogging for the person who put it in bottle – really, shamefully bad, incompetent wine making. The few that do it well, do it really well. Ron and Nancy of Kinkead Ridge are doing great things. All estate bottled, all Vitis vinifera (European common grape) and all good wines, regardless of where they were made."

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


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."


Click here for a one page summary of our 2009 releases

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.

   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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