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Bright, flashy, ripe raspberry, blackberry and vanilla flavors are wrapped around a soft sweet fruit core highlighted by scents of cinnamon
Joel Peterson started Ravenswood in the 1970s, when California's claim to fame was the "best jug wine in the world." His dream was to create wines that would rival the greatest of Europe. In his first vintage, 1976, he produced 327 cases of Dry Creek Zinfandel that took first place in a prestigious San Francisco tasting. But despite the cult following and critical acclaims that began to swirl around its hypnotic logo, Ravenswood remained a roving boutique until the late 1980s, when its Vintners Blend program was launched. The program was conceived on Joel's conviction that, besides great wine, the world needed good, affordable wine. Ravenswood help to redefine the notion that California only produced the “Best Jug Wine in the World.” Ravenswood began to acquire an informal reputation as a premium winery and in 1999 the company went public with a "Dutch auction" of shares offered over the Internet. Just two years later Ravenswood was purchased by Constellation Brands, becoming part of its fine-wine division, Franciscan Estates. Despite its changes in ownership, Ravenswood continues to set a stubborn standard for complex, balanced, uncompromising wine that captures everything a vineyard has to offer.
berry, bitter, chocolate, mocha, raspberry, smoke
raspberry, strawberry, vanilla, wild berry
berries, earthy, herbs, tobacco
blackberry, cherry, currant, plum, raspberry, spice
cherry, earthy, plum, spicy
Feta, Goat Cheese, Smoked Gouda, Soft Pungent Cheese
Hamburgers, Minestrone, Beef Stew, Ham, Barbeque Pulled-Pork or Ribs, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Lamb Stew, Game, Wild Game - Elk, Caribou, Moose, Venison, Sausage
Pasta & Grains
Lasagna, Pasta with Peppery Mushroom Sauce
Poultry & Eggs
Coq Au Vin, Roast Chicken with Herbs, Herb Marinated Chicken, Roast Turkey, Spicy Chicken Dishes, Game Birds
Fruits & Nuts
Red Wine Sauce
Herbs & Spices
Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Clove, Mint, Oregano, Pepper (black, white, green)
Beef Stir Fry
Awards and Accolades
Bronze - 2007 Decanter World Wine Awards
Wineries exist in all fifty states, but the most predominant (and best) wine comes from Northern California, Oregon, and Washington State, with New York gaining a foothold in the industry. American wines make up about 75% of all wine sales in the US. The appellation system uses the term AVA (American Viticultural Area) to determine where wines were produced, but grape varieties can be planted anywhere in the country. American wineries generally use varietal labeling, and government regulations require that the variety on the label must make up at least 75% of the blend (in Oregon it’s 90%). The words reserve, special selection, private reserve, classic, and so on have no legal definition in the US. Some wineries use these terms to indicate their better wines; others use the words as a marketing tool to move lower quality wines off the shelf.
One of California’s oldest varietals, this grape actually hails from Croatia. Red Zinfandel makes rich dark wines that are high in alcohol and medium to high in tannin. The can have a blackberry or raspberry aroma, a spicy character and even a jammy flavor. Some Zinfandels are relatively light-bodied and meant to be enjoyed young, while others benefit from aging.
California produces the majority of wine made in the United States. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir dominate the wine production in California, but many other varietials thrive in the California climate. Many fine wines are produced in California using Mediterranean grapes.
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