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...

  • 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...

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Ravenswood Winery on Snooth

  • Ravenswood Napa Zin 2005

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    Wine review by Lee Lee


  • Ravenswood Napa Zin 2005

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    Wine review by Balthazar108


  • Ravenswood Napa Zin 2005

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    I really do gravitate towards this label, but its not that I think its great, its because its a good value, and there are times in certain situations when this really does come through, but it is very basic. I urge others to take the other reviewer's suggestions and look on into their more specialized versions of this varietal. I will too. I fir... Read More

    Wine review by CalKid


  • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Shiraz 2004

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    Wine review by Newbiwon Kenobi


  • Ravenswood Zen of Zinfandel 2004

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    Drinks like a better Zin blend than a straight Zin. Strong upfront and finishes with a balance. Has a nice "chewiness" to it that borders on a Cab, but without the harshness of the tannins. I Like this a little more than Ravenswood's sonoma and old vine zins. Read More

    Wine review by rgilchrist


  • Ravenswood Zen of Zinfandel 2004

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    Drinks like most $30-40 Zins. I liked this better than Ravenswood's traditional zinfandels. Almost chewy, this wine is well balanced and finishes like it starts-full and juicy without being sweet. This should drink better decanted for 15-30 minutes, and is fully drinkable now, but will only get better with age. Read More

    Wine review by rgilchrist


  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Alexander Valley Big River 1999

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    No written review

    Wine review by kearnj


  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi 2000

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    Wine review by Anund


  • Ravenswood Merlot Sonoma County 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by aboucher


  • Vintner's Blend 2003

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    This is what I like as a good cheap wine. One of many. It's one that goes well with meat, fish, and poultry. This is because it is rather bland, even for a red, but has just enough of a body to let you enjoy the fact you are drinking decent wine, but for much cheaper than you should be. I normally think of wines that cost as little as this one t... Read More

    Wine review by Kyoske16


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