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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Ravenswood Merlot Vintners 2011


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    Wine review by bjkqaz

  • I was fortunate to be able to attends last weeks ZAP Experience. As you might know this year’s event differed from those in years past as the event was broken down into additional components.  The trade and media portion of the Experience is now a discreet tasting, and the grand tasting has been broken out into sections, that took place on the g... Read More

    From the article ZAP: Forum of Flavors

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Bedrock 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Bedrock 2012


    Earthy and aromatic with hints of ash, leather, and meaty black fruits on the nose. Rather mineral, savory, oily and complex with slow to emerge very fresh and detailed black berry fruit. Lovely blend of freshness and complexity. Rich, a bit extracted up front, lots of chewy fruit tannins up front and fine acids lending freshness to the plummy f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Sonoma 2012


    Fruity and berry forward with jam-like qualities. A nice, not-complex wine that's casual and easy. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • 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...

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