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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • So you're not a pink sludge fan?  ;-(I'm curious that nobody's mentioning any of the Ravenswood offerings. Was wondering why. Can't say I've had many of them since he sold the winery, but my question stands.Paso Rhone attempts are not anything I've had success with, other than maybe the Perrin family operation, but then again I'm far away right ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner


  • Ravenswood 'Lodi' Zinfandel 2011

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass with very nice clarity. The nose is classic Lodi Zin, rich ripe black fruit, blackberries, black cherry, blueberries and plum over a smoky layer of leather and cedar intertwined with some green grass and herbs. The taste is just a pleasure from the first sip, with rich jammy fruit bursting forward tha... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Terrence, for under $20 I like Oak Ridge, but that might be difficult to find.Cline and Ravenswood are both highly regarded Zinfandel makers that are fairly widely distributed.  Both of them have multiple bottlings that come in at different price points, but both of them have offerings for less than $20.  I don't know if Seghesio, another terrif... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  •  I  been seriously wine enthusiast for 2years im still discovering the different vatiety of wines in the world . My favorite countries to get them from italy and Argentina my favorite wine is malbec and pinot grigio, I need a wine mentor to help me discover my passion for a good sip  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Bill, have you ever come to the right place.  There are a lot of Zinfandel fans, here.Since reading your introductory post, I've done a bit of research.  First, I went to your Snooth profile and found that you live in Atlanta, GA.  That is good information to know.  Since you live in a large metropolitan area, we can assume that you have access ... Read More

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  • So my wife loves zins but we really like a velvety mouth feel with some good fruit.  Right now our favorite is The Zin by Cosentino.  If anyone has recommendations my wife is starting to sware off all other booze except this zin so help me out.  We are open to other reds as well. Read More

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  • Ravenswood Pickberry 2005

    Snoothrank:

    Good core of blueberries, black cherry fruit, moderate toast; vibrant acid with firm tannins. This is good now but not yet at peak. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Ravenswood Besieged 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by sctsnooth


  • Ravenswood Merlot Vintners 2011

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    Wine review by bjkqaz


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