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Jun 08

United Slurps of America: Ohio Edition

Swirl, Smell, Slurp is a blog based out of Los Angeles that is trying to taste wines from all 50 states. Their original goal was to do it in 50 weeks, but the sample process does not work quite that quickly.

Thanks to Dep’s Fine Wines’s Kevin Keith, I was recommended to be the Ohio wine blogger with whom the Swirl, Smell, Slurp bloggers virtually tasted. I immediately recommended several Ohio wineries, including Firelands, Kinkead Ridge, Harmony Hill, and St Joseph’s. Kinkead Ridge got back to my new bloggy friends, but unfortunately, Nancy is seriously low on wine. Heck, I picked up one case of their second-label white and they’d only made 42 cases! Friends, the Ohio valley can be brutal on grapes some years.

However, my friends at Harmony Hill got back to the fine folks at Swirl, Smell, Slurp and I picked up my samples on Memorial Day Weekend. Bill provided us with four vastly different wines and you can read all about it – from She, He, and Me – over at the United Slurps of America: Ohio edition.

Oh, and my advice to He and She of Swirl, Smell, Slurp? Go sign up for the Wine Century Club. You’ll be getting all sorts of French-American hybrids at your doorstep if you’re trying all 50 states. Everything from the more common southern grapes of Chambourcin, Muscadine, and Traminette to crazy things like Teraldego. You’ll be in the Century Club in no time! :-)

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Posted by Michelle at 6:49 pm in Local Wineries, Wine Blogs, Wine Misc | Permalink | Comments (2)

2 Responses to “United Slurps of America: Ohio Edition”

  1. Please don’t judge Kinkead Ridge’s white wine portfolio by the 2nd label River Village Cellars white wine! This was priced at $8.95 for a reason. We dropped an incredible amount of rotten fruit on the ground, and salvaged what we could for this blend. It was such a tiny quantity that it could not be cold stabilized and consequently could throw tartrates in the bottle in the refrigerator (harmless but a powdery looking thing in the bottle). Either try to find the 2008 whites or wait for the 2010 whites to see what we are really capable of. David Schildknecht, who writes for Robert Parker, thinks our Viognier/Roussanne should be our signature wine.

  2. Michelle says:

    Now Nancy, don’t discount your second-label. We enjoy River Village Cellars. Remember we bought a case? This year’s white blend is a perfect combination of price and quality, making it a lovely hot-summer-day wine. Seriously!

    You know your Viognier / Roussanne is one of my favorite whites in the world (in fact, I think we have bottles back through 2006), but the River Village blend is good for sipping on the patio. Kevin calls it a lawn-mowing wine, so there you go. Both the wines are yummy and have their place.

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