Since the fateful day in 1976 when ravens circled overhead as Founding Winemaker Joel Peterson completed his first harvest, Ravenswood has made history as California’s leading Zinfandel producer. This year, Peterson and the newest addition to the flock, Director of Winemaking Gary Sitton, are celebrating Ravenswood’s 42nd year with a look back at the winery’s storied history and a toast to its bright future. To mark the milestone, Ravenswood is offering an array of new visitor programs and special events.
Sitton, who first started his career at Ravenswood in 1999, is excited to be back in the Ravenswood family working alongside Joel Peterson, his long-time mentor and friend. “When Joel and the team asked me to come back to Ravenswood it was an easy decision,” says Sitton. “The only word to describe making wine with Joel again is ‘privilege.’”
“In a way, Gary is the prodigal son returned home,” Peterson says. “Welcoming him back to the Ravenswood family and working with him again after all these years is a real joy. We’re looking forward to celebrating Ravenswood’s legacy and raising a glass to the next 42 years.”
In honor of Ravenswood’s Single Vineyard Designate Zinfandels — which Peterson has been making since the winery’s inception, the introduction of the Designated Zins were just released. “What has made Joel an icon is his vision to capture the best expression of California’s historic Zinfandel vineyards within each bottle of Ravenswood, preserving the gift of these century-old vines,” says Sitton. “As Director of Winemaking, my mission is to honor that vision and carry on the legacy of these wines.”
Recently launched, consumers may make arrangements to experience the Ravenswood Library Tasting. Offered Monday through Friday by reservation only, the Library Tasting features a customized flight that includes five wines selected from four decades of Ravenswood winemaking. Guests may relax on the winery’s historic Sonoma terrace as they savor these special vintages.
Douro River Cruise hosted by Joel Peterson
Sun, May 12, 2019 - Sun, May 19, 2019
Venue: Portugal and Spain
Enjoy a 7 night Douro River cruise from Oporto, Portugal, down the Douro River to Vega de Terrón (Salamanca), Spain, and then back to Oporto.
Fares From $3,894 Per Person.
Contact: Food and Wine Trails 800-367-5348
TOURS & TASTINGS
Artisan Cheese Plates
A sumptuous pairing of local, artisan cheeses ($25) can be added to any tasting (serves two). Relax with a glass of wine and enjoy the gorgeous view from the outdoor lounge. Delicious!
Barrel Tastings, Winery and Vineyard Tour
To get the full flavor of Ravenswood, go right to the source – walk through the Old World vineyards to see the vines up close and learn firsthand about the unique viticultural practices at Ravenswood! Wend your way back to the barrel room for a sneak peek of “what’s to come” and sample the wines straight from the barrel. One tour daily at 10:30am | $30 per person, group tours by appointment only. Reservations are requested at www.ravenswoodwinery.com or call (707) 933-2332.
Looking for an exquisite library tasting? Founding winemaker, Joel Peterson, has opened his personal cellar to us for an opportunity to taste Ravenswood wines over the decades.
$60 per person | Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only. For questions or to make reservations visit www.ravenswoodwinery.com or call (707) 933-2332.
Blend Your Own Unwimpy Wine
Feeling daring? Perhaps you too have an inborn sense for how to craft a classic, California field blend. Perhaps you’d like to learn the tricks of the trade? This is the place for the novice blender or the most seasoned wine drinker to learn the art of winemaking! Call Peter and sign up for our Blending Seminar. Create your own perfect mélange of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane, then take your masterpiece home in a 375ml bottle to impress your friends and family!
Daily at 10 a.m.
$75 per person | Reservations are required. Team Building/Large Group Blending
Sessions are available by appointment. For more information or to reserve a space, visit www.ravenswoodwinery.com or call (707) 933-2332.
Private Tasting with the Senior Wine Educator
An exclusive tasting experience designed by Senior Wine Educator, David Miles.
David will guide you through a tasting of small-lot, Single Vineyard Designated Zinfandels complete with a history from each vineyard. It’s a wonderful learning experience in a fun and casual atmosphere.
10:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. | $50 per person | Reservations are required. For questions or to make reservations, email email@example.com or call (707) 933-2332.