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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Ravenswood Winery on Snooth

  • Ravenswood Lane 'Shiraz' Australia 2007


    Beautiful fruity and some pepper flavours - awesome drop, last drunk on the 21/6/2015 Read More

    Wine review by AdrenalinJunkie

  • Update, day 3, part 1I must start this post by saying that I don’t generally gravitate toward Zins, but yesterday’s visits may have helped to change my mind. As wine journalist Randy Caporoso said, there’s a reason why nobody ever tried to pull out these old vines. The fruit they produce is just too good.The day began with visits to four differe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page:http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/lodi-presents-1/The tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi

  • Popular HBO action/drama Game of Thrones has one winery seeing red over Thrones’ new line of beer titled “Three-Eyed Raven.”  This past week online news outlet Quartz examined the beef between Thrones and Franciscan Vineyards, the California estate which produces Ravenswood. The winery is asking the federal government to issue a “nevermore” for ... Read More

    From the article Thrones Throwdown: Cali Vineyard Goes To Legal Fistacuffs With HBO Hit

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Barricia 2012


    This is about a 30-35 dollar Zin and it's well worth it. Very odiferous of ripe berries, cassis, floral and spice. It's taste is of dark fruits, earth, dust, lively acids to maintain it's freshness and tannins that hit the mark. A lovely cranberry spice coats the mouth with a slight lingering of bing cherry. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • Are you staying at the SMI? Lucky dog! Since you are staying in Sonoma proper maybe just hit some local wineries. Sebastiani has the history, gives tours, does pairings and it's just a couple blocks off Sonoma Plaza.Out in the wine ghetto on 8th St East is Gundlach Bundschu or GunBun as the locals call it. Another historic site started in the 19... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa and Sonoma

  • Hello!I will be flying into SF early next month and want to plan for 2 nights in Sonoma.  We arrive in the morning and will rent a car. We will plan to drive through Napa (visit a winery or 2) before heading to Sonoma. We will spend 2 nights in Sonoma and then head back to SF for 2 nights. Any recommendations on how our 2 day stay should be spen... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa and Sonoma

  • Today I bought a case of Three Wine Co. Live Oak Zinfandel.  I took another vintage of this to OT's Old Vine Old Wine Offline a while back and, at $20, it is a serious bargain and an adventure.  Matt Cline (one of the Clines of the eponymous winery) and some other makers saved two out of the ten acres (so, less than a hectare) of 125 year old pr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Ravenswood Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2012


    A red fruited and balanced with soft tannins. Not your usual Lodi wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Ravenswood Sonoma County Congresso Blend 2012


    This was a surprisingly big and juicy wine. It is dry yet fruity and clean on the palate. A great warm weather wine. Read More

    Wine review by DCStar


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