On Saturday, Kevin and I took a little road trip. We visited a couple southern Ohio wineries. I’m splitting the post into two entries, so that it doesn’t get overly long. You can view photos of the trip here.
We started in Ripley, at Kinkead Ridge. Kinkead Ridge is unexpected, in a lot of ways. When you first pull up, it’s slightly confusing. They’ve turned a cute little house in a residential neighborhood into their winery. By knocking out a few walls, they created room for some barrels and some tanks, as well as tables set up for tasting.
On Saturday, Kinkead Ridge was tasting six of their wines, as it was the release date for the reds. This was a great day to be at the winery. As always, I enjoyed their Viognier-Roussanne – it’s definitely my favorite of their whites. But if you get the chance, make sure to try their Revelation and their tasty Riesling. We were really impressed with the reds as well. The Cabernet Franc is excellent. It’s not overbearing and there isn’t a lot of the vegetal/green pepper that sometimes can overpower a Cab Franc. We also tried their Cabernet, which Nancy was decanting. She told us to wait until Thanksgiving for the Cabernet to show really well, and Ron suggested Spring. It was showing a lot of fruit right now, but was really pleasant. We also tried their Syrah. I’m not a huge fan of Syrah in general, but this was easy to drink. In the end, we purchased several bottles of the Viognier-Roussanne and the Cabernet Franc, and one bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon.
When we left the tasting room, we drove a mile or so down the road and into the country for what I think was the last day of vineyard tours. (I was highly amused by "Chicken Hollow Road." I’m such a city girl.) Down a crooked road and up on a ridge, we found the vineyard, where Ron was giving a tour of sorts. He walked us down past every vine, with comments about each type of grape, the effects of the weather, and winemaking in general. The vineyard is beautiful. I’m always sort of awed by the loveliness of grapes hanging off the vine. We saw Ron’s experimental rows, as well as his delicate Cabernet Sauvignon, his Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Riesling, and the Petit Verdot. (The Petit Verdot will be released in November.)
You can really tell that Ron is passionate about growing his vines – it shows no matter what he is talking about. I’ve often said that when you meet the winemaker, it often makes the wine taste better. Coming face to face with someone so passionate makes a difference. Sometimes I think you can taste some of that personality in the wines.
Kinkead Ridge is open this coming Saturday, September 8, and then they close until the Petit Verdot is released at Thanksgiving. Tastings in the tasting room are $4 for a flight, or $6 for a flight with a keepsake glass.
904 Hamburg Street
Ripley Ohio 45167
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