The wine labels for the new wines have been approved and are in the process of being printed, so we should have three of the new wines labelled and ready for sale by the end of July at the latest: 2018 Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, and Traminette.
The La Crescent decided to start fermentation again in the bottle, and yes, we ended up with a mess. Thanks to alert team members we did not lose all of that wine. Thanks for all the emergency hard work that was necessary to deal with the situation. We are really proud of our winery team.
Wine that was saved is back in fermenting tanks, bottles have been cleaned, and the re-release of the 2018 La Crescent will be delayed.
Well, the past two months have been challenging. Aging appliances in the winery finally breathed their last breaths and we replaced both the water heater and the refrigerator this month. The chiller also provided intermittent function and fixing it is a work in progress. Consequently, the bottling of our new white wines has been delayed, and we will not have them for sale until June. We will provide tastes on Memorial Day weekend.
We are excited about the four new white wines:
- 2018 Gruner Veltliner - grapes sourced from Grand River Valley appellation in northern Ohio
- 2018 La Crescent - grapes sourced from a newer vineyard in central Ohio - a new grape for us
- 2018 Pinot Gris - grapes sourced from Grand River Valley appellation in northern Ohio
- 2018 Traminette - grapes sourced from Meranda Nixon vineyards - this vintage is a dry Traminette
All of the new whites will appear under the River Village Cellars label.
Some Good News!!
Kinkead Ridge won medals for our wines at the 2019 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition:
- 2016 Chambourcin won a Bronze Medal
- 2016 Don's Wine (Regent) won a Double Gold Medal
- 2016 Logan's Wine (Zinfandel/Merlot blend) won a Silver Medal
March 12, 2019
We spent the day working with Logan racking the wines, tasting and adjusting. In addition to the 2018 Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner and Traminette, we will have another new offering this year. For the first time we are producing Lacrescent with grapes from Knox County, Ohio. It's a unique grape, developed by the University of Minnesota. You can find more information about the grape here. We hope you like it as much as we do.
We begin 2019 with renewed focus on variety. We enjoyed our time at the Glass City Wine Festival in Toledo this past weekend, and introduced attendees to our 2014 Merlot and Traminette, 2015 Viognier Roussanne and 2016 Catawba. The Catawba was the clear favorite, with the others requested equally. The event was sold out and we tasted 2,000 participants. Thanks, as always, to our Event Team Extraordinaire: Cheryl, Emilee and Logan.
Memorial Day Weekend will be here before we know it and we are putting the finishing touches on the new White Wines. We will be open both Saturday, May 25 and Monday, May 27 from noon until 5:00pm. We hope to see you there!
After a busy fall and winter, the 2017 white wine release is here! Memorial Day weekend - Saturday and Monday from noon-5. Six new wines, a few very small experimental batches. We are excited about this season.
The release of the 2013 estate red wines is here! Join us on Saturday, November 21 from 11-4 or Saturday, November 28 from 11-4 when you can also taste the wines we have in barrel for 2016! If you can't stop in, or you can't find our wines, please call us and we will find a way.
Tasting at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls was a lot of fun - wonderful opportunity to taste the new Lowell Marie wines in Northeastern Ohio! Of course the Petit Verdot was the big seller for the day.
Wonderful evening with Greenacres Art Center art/wine event on October 23 - we are grateful for the opportunity to showcase our wines - thanks, Kyle.
Zinfandel grapes finally ready for pressing - thanks, Logan and Harrison!
We will be open for tasting on Saturday November 7 from 11-4. We are beginning to taste the estate reds - Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot - and filling the pre-orders.
Tasting in Northeastern Ohio on Saturday, November 7 from 3-5 PM - Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls. We will be tasting the Pinot Gris, Roussanne/Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot.
The Zinfandel grapes have arrived and crush went well - thanks to everyone who helped. The Viognier, Roussanne and Sauvignon Blanc grapes have been crushed and pressed and are fermenting nicely. We will be taking some time off on Saturdays and will be CLOSED Saturday, September 26 and October 3. We will be OPEN Saturday, October 10 for tasting from 11am - 4pm.
Kinkead Ridge Labor Day Weekend Sale
904 Hamburg Street, Ripley, OH
Sept 4, 5 and 7th 10am – 6pm
We are excited to welcome you back to Kinkead Ridge Winery this weekend for our Grand Re-opening. Celebrate the end of summer with a day at the winery. Meet the new owners, sample some delicious River Village Cellars wine, and try our newest label Lowell Marie, a collection of premium varietals and blends from beyond Ohio.
We will be tasting the following new wines this weekend:
2014 River Valley Cellars Traminette, 2014 Lowell Marie Pinot Gris, Roussanne/Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon and Merlot.
The 2013 River Village Cellars Traminette and Chambourcin are still available as well.
Our 2013 Kinkead Ridge Estate Wines won’t be ready for release until mid-November, but advanced ordering is possible.
For additional updates, check out our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you this weekend.
We will be open Saturday August 1, 22, 29 from 11-5
We will be CLOSED FOR BOTTLING August 8 and 15.
We look forward to seeing everyone for the GRAND RE-OPENING Labor Day Weekend September 5 and 7 from 10-6.
We will be open Saturdays from 11-5 beginning July 25.
Labels are being printed and if you ever wondered how that is done, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJauRAGnU-I
GRAND RE-OPENING will be LABOR DAY WEEKEND - Saturday and Monday.