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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Ravenswood Winery on Snooth

  • I just received notification from Bedrock that I might have the opportunity to buy some of their new release and, thus, be elevated to full e-mail membership.  So, I am wondering if you have any recommendations on the following that I may request.  My gut feeling is that the most attractive wines might be the ones with the lower bottle limits:De... Read More

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  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi 2000


    I am predominantly a white wine drinker but I truly enjoy this red. It has notes of cherries and a bit of oak. The fruit flavor remains long after you've finished your glass. Read More

    Wine review by Kathys2004

  • Ravenswood 'Lodi' Zinfandel 2011


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    Wine review by ceekaynj

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi 2010


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    Wine review by Lbwlaw

  • Ravenswood Petite Sirah Vintners Blend 2011


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    Wine review by kklewis

  • Carnivores and grillers, a few reasons to love Syrah: it’s a fantastic wine for pairing with any roasted meats, especially red meats like beef and lamb, as well as wild game. It is often peppery and sometimes smoky, with a roasted fruit and/or roasted meat flavor profile that makes it a fine accompaniment to anything barbecued or grilled (even, ... Read More

    From the article Top 15 Syrahs for Grilling

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia Sonoma Valley 2010


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    Wine review by Al Faison

  • Ravenswood Zen of Zinfandel 2010


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    Wine review by defStef

  • Ravenswood California Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2009


    This Old Vine Zinfandel had a deep ruby red color. The nose was dominated by plums, strawberry jam, blackcurrant jam and earth. The wine had a label listed ABV of 14.5%. Unfortunately, I could smell the alcohol, too. On the palate, Old Vine Zinfandel was very fruit-forward. There were some minerals and a decent acidity, too. The wine had a small... Read More

    Wine review by vino in love

  • Zinfandel, it’s no secret that I’ve carried on a long and intimate relationship with you. There is so much you have to offer. Sometimes you're a bit rough and tumble, edgy, even dangerous, while other times you’re coy or playful. But you’re always there for me, with joyous fruit, classic bramble notes and structure, allowing for early consumptio... Read More

    From the article California Zinfandel: A Lesson in Vintage and Regional Success

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