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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • CB, I am resurrecting your conversation with the hope that you're still around.  I am familiar with most of the Amador Zinfandel labels you mentioned.  I would not be surprised if you could find some, if not all, of those in K.C.  I am going to make some more label suggestions so that, if you see any of these, you will have some knowledge.  All ... Read More

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  • Ravenswood Merlot North Coast Vintners Blend 2010


    If you're drawn to the rich and powerful, you'll be a moth to our Merlot's flame. Full of smooth tannins, our 2010 vintage shines with bright fruit flavors of black plum and cherry along with olive and spice. -The Winery Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS

  • Just joined and looking forward to getting some insight into making my wine purchases more productive. Read More

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  • Ravenswood Pickberry 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • With harvest truly getting underway in northern California, up to now it's mostly been early whites and grapes for roses and sparkling wines, masses of enotourists are descending on the northern counties to enjoy them in their glory. While many of us think of wine country as a tourist destination, the truth of the matter is that it is an agricul... Read More

    From the article 6 Great Wine Lists

  •  We had a plan, get in early, get out early. It seems like a lot of people had the get in early plan. In years past we would show up around 11:15, park close and hit the tent before the crowd built. Well not this year. The front parking lot filled up as we approached so we parked across the road and hoofed it in. The place was a zoo from the mom... Read More

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