Ron continues to hedge in the brutal heat.
He did take the time to write out a potential harvest estimate for 2010; there's a lot of fruit out there if nothing goes wrong!
Misc. White (Revelation) 125 cases
Riesling 155 cases
Viognier/Roussanne 265 cases
Cabernet Franc 300 cases
Cabernet Sauvignon 360 cases
Syrah 240 cases
Petit Verdot 105 cases
Second label (purchased grapes)
Traminette 155 cases
Chamboursin 95 cases
I'm not a big fan of Chambourcin, but Ron thinks that if well-priced it could get us through next summer Saturdays, because for sure the 2008 Kinkead Ridge reds will be sold out by then. I already have a lot of pre-orders for the 2008 Kinkead Ridge reds. Anyone who has pre-ordered, we will taste the wines the day we deliver. Who am I kidding? The day ***I*** deliver! Ron does not get on the road, he lives in the vineyard.
I have over 100 wholesale customers, so wine sells out quickly. We
appreciate them all, especially the chefs like Julie Frances at Nectar,
who has always supported us. I'm especially looking forward to working with Wildflower in Mason.
I am really pretty surprised that I can't get a call back from Chef
Jean Robert and his new place in Cincinnati since they are supposed to
be supporting local growers, according to Polly Campbell. I'm sure they
are very busy with opening the new place on Vine. If you go there,
please ask them if they plan to put local wine on the menu. The Bistro, Lavomatic and others have been great customers. Hopefully, the politics of Jean Robert and the Wades will not prevent these restaurants from supporting small local growers. Supporting small local growers is the right thing to do.
We went on a relocation trip to North Carolina. We were welcomed with open arms. There's a totally different vibe there than in Ohio, where some wineries feel if we sell a bottle, they've lost a sale.
Here's Ron with Mark, the well-respected winemaker from Childress:
Some of you have been following our attempts to preclude the Ohio Dept. of Agriculture from inspecting wineries as food service operations. (Nothing harmful to humans can live in wine, and they have no plans to inspect wine, just facilities). Annual fees (which won't even cover the cost of a single inspector); we cannot get a response about the inspector's qualifications; a higher up suggested we wash our grapes to remove insects (laughable), northern wineries and their lobbyist fighting us on this (appalling). Anyway, a bill has been introduced in the Ohio senate to exempt wineries (honey producers and maple syrup producers are already exempted). When the time is right, we will blitz everyone to ask for your support to contact your legislators. States like California already exempt wineries from food service inspections, since wine is not a hazardous food. Want to be shocked? The ODA is targeting Amish farmers. See this link for a horrific story. http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/08/swat-team.htm
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Owner, Kinkead Ridge Estate Winery