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This charming winery is a haven for Zinfandel lovers. Although Ravenswood makes other wines, it enthusiastically embraces Zins first and foremost.
Ravenswood Winery in Sonoma CAIn fact, Ravenswood’s stated purpose is to celebrate “zinfidelity,” a word that, roughly translated, means “the glories of Zinfandel.”
Founder/winemaker Joel Peterson’s father—an avid wine aficionado—began teaching him about wine when he was just ten. Joel went on to become a research laboratory scientist, but in his spare time he pursued an interest in wine. In 1976 he tried his hand at making Zinfandel, et voila! A wine company was born.
Ravenswood Winery tasting roomAlthough it’s only a mile from Sonoma’s central plaza, the winery, on a tree-lined country road, feels far removed. The spacious tasting room is a good place to try out Ravenswood’s renowned vineyard designated wines, hand-crafted and produced from specific vineyards chosen for their distinct flavor profiles. This is a casual, friendly place, overseen by a knowledgeable but un-stuffy staff.
Outside the tasting room, Adirondack chairs invite you to sit for a spell, sipping wine and contemplating the beautiful hills and vineyards. And, of course, the Glories of Zin.

Fascinating Fact:

Ravenswood is known for its mottos. Among them are “No Wimpy Wines” and “To err is human, but to Zin is divine!”
Amenities: Umbrella-covered picnic tables; Wine Club; Vineyard Wine & Cheese Tour; Blending Seminar; Events throughout the year
Founded: 1976
Signature Wines: Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Tasting: Basic, no reservation needed; Barrel Tasting (with Vineyard tour), reservations required
Hours: Daily, 10–4:30
Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Road
Sonoma, CA 95476

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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