We got the phone call today that the 2011 Kinkead Ridge estate Cabernet Franc won a gold medal at the American Wine Society 2013 Commercial Competition. Only 300+ cases produced. Until it runs out, you can probably find it at our usual wine stores and restaurants, www.kinkeadridge.com/available.pdf.
I think Ron is serious about being retired. This means the vineyard (planted in 1999) will not be pruned this winter; and the only Kinkead Ridge wines to come are the 2013 whites, the 2012 reds, and the 2013 reds. The white harvest this year (especially the Viognier/Roussanne) was phenomenal.
We are still looking for a buyer who cares about quality, whom Ron will mentor. Our estate vineyard buyer needs to have a) a passion for this or b) the finances to continue to employ our outstanding trained employees. We have a follow-up winemaker in our sights. For more information about the winery, farmhome and vineyard, see www.kinkeadridge.com/forsale.htm
For those of you in Napa and elsewhere, don't diss Ohio (which historically has had a reputation problem in the United States). I have encountered this prejudice for over 10 years. We focus exclusively on fine wine production, not on beer, spirits, or a restaurant.
We now have over 100 wholesale customers in the state, fine wine stores and restaurants, as well as upscale grocery stores like Whole Foods and Dorothy Lane.
We have been featured in Opus Vino, an internationally published wine reference book, and in 1000 Great Everyday Wines from the World's Best Wineries. It's a great opportunity for a young family to continue the international reputation we have developed.
Anna and I loaded 33 cases of wine in the car for Cleveland... barely room for our suitcases! All this was on approval, everyone trusts us that the wines will be great. A few new customers in Cleveland, the Flying Fig, Toast and the Wine Spot. Sadly, Whole Foods Chagrin never got back to me, but the wines are available at Whole Foods Cedar/Warrensville Road.
Sunset at Kinkead Ridge; a great place to live even if you don't want to continue the viticultural history. 126 acres; wildlife; close to Cincinnati cultural events.
Gleaned the vineyard to make Cabernet Sauvignon jelly!
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