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Zinfandel Lovers Sonoma Winery
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
This charming winery is a haven for Zinfandel lovers. Although Ravenswood makes other wines, it enthusiastically embraces Zins first and foremost.
In 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.
Although 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.
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