Ravenswood Winery


No Wimpy Wines. That’s the motto of Ravenswood Winery, a winery that believes that white Zinfandel’s best quality is that it preserved Old Vine Zinfandel during Prohibition. That’s not just some flashy name either: Joel Peterson, founder and winemaker of Ravenswood and nicknamed “the Godfather of Zin,” lives it every day. He spent 15 tireless years trying to get his winery to turn a profit, and while his first harvest was in 1976, it was in 1992 that he finally quit his other job at a clinical lab, splitting his life in two the whole time.

Financing the operation was always difficult. For many years, the winery moved around, trying to find a cheap place to house their operations. It wasn’t until their Vintners Blend program was launched that they were finally able to settle down with the money they made, in 1991. Starting in the mid 80s, Vintners Blend was a less expensive wine, thanks to the fact that it was created by blending many grapes from different Read more »

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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Ravenswood V.B. Zin 2008


    The wine is a nice ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is classic Zinfandel, with rich sweet fruit notes of blackberry, cassis and prune accented by just a hint of fresh cut grass. The taste is a lovely combination of black fruit, green tea and black licorice transitioning to come lovely mineral notes mid palate. The tannins are... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Hello everyone.  My name is Tom.  My wife and I enjoy finding new wines and cherishing old favorites.  We've been drinking "good" wines for about ten years and have distinctly different tastes.  I prefer dry reds while she likes fruity, but not sweet whites and Champagne.  Looking forward to reading reviews and sharing my tastes with the rest of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Our friend, Outthere, has made us aware of the Historic Vineyard Society, and I, personally, have enjoyed reading about his experiences with the society, and his interactions with some of the producers who source from these vineyards.  Yesterday, Mrs. Emark handed me an article entitled "The Battle for America's Oldest Vines" that she had clippe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines

  • We've been traveling--friends' wedding in North Carolina.  So, I'm going to catch up on a couple things with this post.Thanks for the pics, OT.  I don't know why, but those pics matched my expectations perfectly.Here's one for you, not nearly as magnificent.  Viognier (about 10 years old) in Lexington, North Carolina. Regarding the Ravenswood Di... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...

  • I agree that GDP's article is outstanding.  It looks like I have a 2007 Ravenswood from Old Hill in my inventory.  I went to the winery web site, and it looks like my credit card is going to get hit, again.  OT, it looks like they are selling a 2004 Syrah for $30.  Do you know anything about that?  It also looks like the Rose and the Mixed Black... Read More

    Forum post in the topic GDP latest article on Old...

  • Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by KrPoll

  • Greg Dal Paz posted a new article today on his stop at Old Hill Ranch during his latest jaunt out to California. I have had the pleasure of touring Old Hill Ranch with Will Bucklin and tasting his great wines. There were a couple things Greg left out of his article.When the Bucklin family bought the property the vineyard was overrun with blackbe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic GDP latest article on Old...

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel California 2011


    I like this Zin for the price, very fruity and nice spice and actually think the 2012 is a little better! Read More

    Wine review by WalkOnWine

  • Ravenswood Napa Zinfandel 2011


    Be prepared for the full- on rush of flavors and aromas that only old vine Zinfandel from Napa Valley can deliver. This bold wine takes no prisoners with its full- bodied aromas and flavors of bright blackberry and black cherry help up by luscious notes of cocoa and baking spices. The wine finishes off with jammy fruit, dark chocolate and lively... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel California 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

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