Many years ago when almost everyone thought Zinfandel .was white, I was given a bottle of Ravenswood Zin and nothing has been the same since. Ever have an epiphany? Well that was mine and to this day I am eternally grateful.
None of this would have happened without the vision of Joel Peterson, affectionately known as the “Godfather of Zin” who always had a passion for wine. Starting out with a “garage” winery – and crushing his first four tons of grapes in 1976 right before a thunderstorm – he built Ravenswood into the largest producer of fine Zinfandel in the world, and continues to be very hands-on at the winery, and his dedication and encyclopedic knowledge shows in every bottle.
Nestled into the foothills of the Mayacamas Range that divides Sonoma and Napa counties, this fabled winery is literally at the end of the road. Once you arrive you can take it all in from their outdoor lounge perhaps with a sampling of local artisan cheeses to pair with the wines (May-September). Overall it is a fun, light-hearted and friendly experience, self-described as rural and charmingly rustic (but not too rustic).
“The tasting room staff is passionate about our famous Zinfandels and enjoys our relaxed and laid-back approach to presenting single vineyard wines,” said tasting room manager Kristin Wastell. “Joel is thoughtful, enthusiastic and humorous in his approach to life and winemaking. We share in his j’oi de vivre and guarantee your visit to Ravenswood Tasting Room to be as memorable as Joel’s wines. For forty years, we have lived up to our motto:
‘No Wimpy Wines!’” Try them for yoursef!
Autumn Winemaker Dinner with Joel Peterson, Oct. 14
Gear up for the holidays with a cozy dinner in the lovely Barrel Room. Delicious food, outstanding wines and strories from Joel’s 41 years at Ravenswood!
Holiday Cheer, Nov. 24, 10am-4:30pm
Non-Wimpy Tree Lighting Celebration
Ravenswood loves celebrating. Thoughtfully selected tasting menu will feature food-pairing recommendations for the holidays.
• Morning Tour & Barrel Tasting – $30pp, 10:30 daily
• Library Tasting – $60pp, M-F by appt.Team Building/Wine Blending Lab – $75pp, by appt. only
• Quarry Production Tour – $100pp, 2-4pm, by appt.
New! Winemakers, behind-the-scenes at the fully sustainable state-of-the-art site.