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Aug 30

Kinkead Ridge Releases Red Wines, Offers Vineyard Tour

By: Cresta

If you are looking for a wine-related something to do this weekend, head to Ripley, Ohio for the Kinkead Ridge red wine release and annual vineyard tour. I am going to make a serious effort to get there, but you know how that goes sometimes.

On Saturday, August 31 and Monday, September 2, Kinkead will release its 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Cabernet Franc, 2011 Syrah, and 2011 Petit Verdot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Closed on Sunday).

They also will have a very limited amount of 2012 Kinkead Ridge Viognier Roussanne, as well as 2012 River Village Cellars White Wine and Traminette.

In addition to the release, Kinkead will host its annual vineyard tour. Maps will be available at the winery. Please note that there are no restrooms at the vineyard. Children and pets are welcome, but dogs are required to be on a leash.

The winery is located at 904 Hamburg Street in Ripley. Overflow parking will be at the large white building across the street. The Vineyard address is 4288 Kinkead Road (Follow the yellow signs).

If you cannot get there this weekend, Kinkead also is open September 7 and September 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. However some of the red wine may be sold out at that time.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to this quaint little village in Brown County. Perhaps we also could visit the Rankin House, Ripley Flea Market, take the ferry to Augusta, KY, or grab a bite to eat at one of the cafés or diners.

Kinkead Ridge is a nationally known estate winery. Its primary grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Viognier, and Riesling, with smaller quantities of Petit Verdot, Roussanne and Sauvignon Blanc.

Visit http://www.kinkeadridge.com for more information.

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Aug 20

New to the U.S.: Tucumen Wines

By: Cresta

I probably shouldn’t write a about a wine that you may not be able to find in area stores, but Tucumen is a new line  from Mendoza, Argentina recently shipped to the U.S. So it’s possible it will be more readily available in the near future. My bottle was from the wine club, and I have to say it was a great selection.

Tucumen Malbec 2012 is a delicious wine that combines the Argentinean regions of Tucumán (the sugar land in the North) and Mendoza (the land of vineyards).

The story behind the wine: Produced by the Budeguer family, a third generation farming family and the largest sugar cane producer in Argentina. After a century in Northern Argentina, the family moved south to start their own winery.

I am a fan of Malbec but I don’t usually buy it. Not sure why, but I seem to gravitate toward Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc or red blends. The Tucumen is not as robust as some Malbecs I have had, but it does have the typical bright blackberry and plum fruit flavors, along with a peppery spice. A tad dry but nicely balanced and easy to drink. And I really love the cool, colorful label.

Tucumen Malbec 2012 is in the $20 price range.

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Aug 02

Must-Try: Mondavi Cab-Merlot

By: Cresta

I think the evenings this weekend will feel a little more Fall-like. It might be a great time to try Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet-Merlot 2010.

This California red blend consists of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Although considered a full-bodied wine, I would classify it as medium-bodied.

Deliciously smooth and easy to drink. It has flavors of blackberry and cherry, with hints of vanilla and some oaky spice. It’s fruity and jammy with a nice finish.

A great value at less than $15.

 

 

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Jul 24

Apothic Rose: Great Summer Wine

By: Cresta

You all know that Apothic Red is one of my favorite wines. So I thought I could not go wrong with the new (well, it was new back in the Spring when it was released) Apothic Rose Limited Release, California 2012. And I was right.

Apothic Rose is a blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. I read that the wine gets its vivid rose color from an ancient winemaking practice called saignée, which means “to bleed” intense color from the grape’s red skin.

It is fruity with flavors of strawberry and watermelon. I thought it had a pretty nice balance between sweet and acidic. Of course, Apothic Rose is best enjoyed chilled.

It is a limited release, but the Apothic Wine Facebook page still features it as its Seasonal Release. $11-$14.

Try it and let me know what you think.

 

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Jul 19

Impressed With Bota Box Riesling

By: Cresta

 

When I think of boxed wine, I think of Franzia. If I’m not mistaken, I remember my mom and aunts drinking the White Zinfandel. No offense, Mom, but not my idea of the perfect wine.

As I’m sure you know, boxed wines have come a long way and there are some very good options out there. Heck, I believe there are now Target stores in Ohio that carry certain varieties.

A while back, I tried Bota Box Riesling 2012 and was very impressed.

It was not as sugary as I thought it would be. It had bright floral aromas and flavors of pear and green apple. It is a tad sweet, but nicely balanced. Crisp and refreshing (especially on these steamy summer days) and very easy to drink. Delicious!

The 3-liter box has the same amount as four regular bottles of wine, so for $18-$20 you cannot beat it.

 

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