Ravenswood: a lesson for winos in Sonoma wine-tasting!

Ravenswood Winery Sonoma

Me? Math? Β©Andi Perullo

Domestic, I am not. Maybe that’s why I’ve never married? I travel, am up for anything, drink fine wine, and am adventurous when it comes to food. But a natural in the kitchen? Come ON. Leave it to Trafalgar Tours to show me the ways. On our recent journey through Napa, I was expecting a delicious adventure through some of my favorite wineries, after, of course, visiting San Francisco’s Chinatown, Farmers’ Market, and Napa’s Oxbow food market. Instead? Our first stop required me to MAKE some wine. When it comes to the vino, I know a lot about what I like. But I never really put much thought into just how the powers at be decide on how much of each varietal to put into a blend. Visiting wine country wineries such as RavenswoodΒ in Sonoma makes wine tasting packages special — and that’s before you’ve even begun to roll up your sleeves and take a class. Math first-thing in the morning? Sure! Bring it on. No buzz can be ruined by a few percentage equations… right?

If a boozy math class ever struck your fantasy life, boy is this winery for you! For starters, everything about Ravenswood felt seasonal and homey.



After us winos felt safe at Ravenswood, we dug in and started to concentrate. We were each given a glass for every varietal, and a dropper. The point was to try as many combinations as our stomachs could handle first-thing in the morning and stop when we’d found a combination we liked.



Us ladies hard at work:

Abby Tegnelia Ravenswood

ME! Β©Andi Perullo

Andi Perullo

ANDI! Of My Beautiful Adventures

Andi Fisher

ANDI! Again! Of Misadventures of Andi

After all of our hard work paid off, we had to deal with our commitment issues and turn in our final answer: a sheet of paper with the exact measurements of the wine we each thought we’d like to drink. Then the delightful owner made us each a bottle of the exact wine we’d decided we’d liked! HOW COOL.


The rest of the tour was really fun, too. We sat outside and tasted wines (that the professionals had made haha). It was the perfect morning!


Abby Tegnelia Ravenswood Sonoma

Charu Suri

Charu of Butterfly Diary


Marie Anne, our Trafalgar hostess with the mostess, and the famous Evelyn of Journey Woman.



I toured San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma as a guest ofΒ Trafalgar Tours, but all opinions are my own.





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  1. what a fun and fab trip! πŸ™‚ i probably would get confused with the combinations after a few different ones.

  2. We did get confused!! Even while trying to write everything down.

  3. Your face in that first picture is priceless – Andi got a great shot!

  4. Fun! I didn’t know Ravenswood offered this. I did a make-your-own blend (and took home a bottle) at District4 Wines in Downtown Napa, but sadly I just found out that this beautiful, chic tasting room closed.

  5. Love these pics!!! What a fun morning that was. I couldn’t stop laughing.

  6. I’ve got to check out this tour. Would love to come up with my own special vintage. I love wine & visiting wine country, but haven’t been to Ravenswood yet. I had a hands-on vineyard experience about a year ago where I helped to “tuck” the vines at a family-owned winery in Calistoga. Very fun.

  7. I think I am still laughing!

    @Jenna that’s too bad about District4.

    @Emily I love that photo lol. Andi takes such great pics!

  8. What a cool and fun thing to do! πŸ™‚ I confess that I am ridiculously domestic and love every bit of it. Except dusting. I. Hate. Dusting. But cooking?! Bring it on! How marvy to get to blend wine. Love it. πŸ™‚

  9. mmmm wine

  10. I’m not much of a wine drinker, but that sounds like FUN!

  11. Oh my God, Andi took such beautiful photos of you! Now I want to travel with her even more so I can have some portraits of myself like that πŸ™‚ Ha!

  12. How very wino of you! But really, this looks like an amazing time!

  13. It was so fun! I never thought about how they made the blends.

    @Alex, she takes the best photos!

  14. Really enjoyed the pics in this post! So many lovelies in one winery! Sniff …Wish I was there!

  15. Lol you can imagine how much fun we had!

  16. How fun!
    I have never been to Napa but it is on my list! πŸ™‚ And now I know I need to check out Ravenswood!

  17. Such fun! I did a blending class at Raymond Winery in Napa and it was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done while on a wine tasting trip (of which I do many!). Now you’ll have to wait for the perfect opportunity to drink your bottle of your blend. πŸ™‚

  18. Chris Murphy says:

    So what did your final blend consist of and in what proportions…if you can remember πŸ˜‰

  19. Ravenswood is one of my standbys. Yum!

  20. Looks like you girls had lots of fun. πŸ™‚

  21. This makes me want to go to Napa even more.

  22. You look like a glam (mad) scientist in that first shot–great capture, Andi!

    And Evelyn and I sailed around the world together on Semester at Sea. Love her!

  23. You look so focused in the first pic Abby! What a great experience you seem to have enjoyed.

  24. Dunno if my previous comment went through? Great article Abby!

  25. Definitely my type of work! Looks like fun!

  26. How fun!! I always enjoy learning more about wine making.

  27. I do have a mad scientist look!!!

  28. I did this at ravenswood with Peter Griffith! Such a fun class. if only i didn’t bike ride there….still not sure how i made it back! πŸ˜‰

  29. Second person to mention arriving on bicycle. You guys are crazy!

  30. Custom made wine – totally worth a little morning stomach ache. You all are lucky gals!

  31. Loving the mad scientist look!

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