The Godfather of Zinfandel to share his story


The Sonoma County Wine Library will present its visual oral history of winemaker Joel Peterson, founding winemaker of Ravenswood Winery, on September 29 at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa St. in Sonoma. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person, $30 for library members, and $20 for Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College students. To book, visit The hour-long video was recorded during the pandemic. Peterson is known as the “Godfather of Zinfandel” and Ravenswood was known for its “No Wimpy Wines”. Peterson was also past president of ZAP, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. The winemaker will pour his current brand, Once and Future, and will be available after the video to answer questions.


Johnny Donuts has partnered with Anaba Wines to host an exclusive tasting experience featuring a set of three Turbine wines from Anaba, paired with three donuts. Tasting by appointment, which costs $45 per person, will run through October. To reserve, visit Anaba is at 62 Bonneau Road, 707-996-4188. Johnny Donuts is known for using local and organic ingredients with vegan and wheat-free options. Founded in 2012, it now has four locations in the Bay Area and Sonoma County.


Tickets are now on sale for the Collective Napa Valley Vintage Celebration taking place in November. The series of events includes a winemakers tasting at Inglenook, 1991 St. Helena Highway S in Rutherford on November 4. On November 5, a Boots on the Ground tour of various wineries, followed by a vintage celebration dinner at Opus One, 7900 St. Helena Highway in Oakville. To book you must be a Collective Napa Valley member, visit, with optional event donations for supporters. See details of the range of donations available on its website, including Fund-A-Need for fire prevention, mitigation and restoration.

The Grand Tasting of Cabernet Classic will take place at 2:30 p.m. on November 5 on the lawn of the Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa. Guests can sip wines from more than 30 wineries in Napa Valley and beyond while sampling light bites. Paul Hobbs, Freemark Abbey and Beringer will be among the many wineries to come. Tickets are $150 per person. To reserve, go to

Wine writer Peg Melnik can be reached at [email protected] or 707-521-5310.

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