Dry Creek Valley Wine

The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Napa side is warmer, more suited to varietals such as Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot, while the Sonoma side is cooler, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thrive. 
 
The history of wine-making in Carneros dates back to the 1840s, when California was still under Mexican control and General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who was also the Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, secured a land grant to settle and cultivate Rincon de los Carneros and surrounding territories. This section was managed by his son-in-law, Jacob P. Leese. Grape cultivation began with Leese and as the US gained control over California, more settlers became attracted to the fertile land in Sonoma and Napa Valleys and planted their own vineyards. By the 1870s, William H. Winter purchased 1,200 acres from Leese and cultivated what became the area’s first commercial vineyard, Winter Winery. 
 
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Varietals Produced in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

    You can’t make great wine from mediocre grapes. Lake Sonoma Winery is dedicated to creating th...

  • David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

    David Coffaro Estate Vineyard is dedicated to making premium wines at a fair price. We have a lar...

  • Bradford Mountain Vineyards

    As they say there's just something about mountain air. Grist Vineyard, perched over twelve hundre...

  • Merriam Vineyards

    Why Bordeaux varieties? While honeymooning in France, Peter and Diana Merriam fell in love with t...

  • Provisor Syrah

    OUR VINEYARD IS LOCATED AT OUR HOME ON THE EDGE OF DRY CREEK VALLEY IN THE LYTTON SPRINGS DISTRI...

  • Terlato Family Vineyards

    After 50 years in the wine industry, wine is still an inspiration for me. Every vintage brings an...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Add this bold favorite to your list this season. Bold, jammy and full of spice makes this a great match for your ham or beef choices this season. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • After an afternoon of writing out some (for me) big dollar checks, I need an ...  We were driving around Dry Creek Valley a couple years ago and something about this winery beckoned me.  This is not really uncommon.  Many times when we are in wine country, I'll just pull into a parking lot and tell Mrs. EMark that I want to try this one.  Some... Read More

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  • Zichichi Family Vineyards Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2013

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    This wine still has a pretty big hit of red raspberry on entry, but that diminishes quickly. Towards mid-palate I get an earthiness. Tannins are very sedate compared to my previous experience with this wine over a year ago. Tannin and acid are supportive, providing backbone, but are much more in balance with the wines fruit. I liked this win... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2006

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    Prune color in the glass. Nose of black berry, but, also, with a sour tinge. Light on the dark berry flavor on entry. In fact, this is definitely the lightest-bodied LS I think Ive ever had. Again, a sour tinge on the edge of the tongue. Some earthiness mid- to rear palate. I think this one may be well past its prime. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Moshin Pinot Noir Molinari 2010

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    Just a great Russian River Pinot from Moshin. This is not your sister's pinot, big and ripe but really well balanced. Ripe black cherries, strawberries and blackberries on the nose. On the tongue, more black cherry, leather, a touch of smoke, high but not over the top acidity, fine grain tannin, finish is medium long. Serious QPR here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014

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    Wine review by Horseracer


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014

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    Wine review by Horseracer


  • Sbragia Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by boglebogle


  • OK, since several people made some kind comments, I'll add this to my ... ... ... County, and, especially, Dry Creek Valley, prejudice is pretty well known.They have two Merlot bottlings:  Carneros and Napa Valley.  Both are blendds from, again, the estate vineyard and a Carneros vineyard.   Year in and year out, I find the Napa Valley bottlin... Read More

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  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    I'm still loving this wine. Light on dark berry fruit. Plum. Good tannin that adds a bitterness, but doesn't dominate. Nice acid. Multiple levels to appreciate. Just a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek is one of the most beautiful valleys in Sonoma county and has some of the oldest Zinfandel vines too. In particular, Pezzi King, Wilson, Rued, Sbragia, Seghesio, Hobo and many others make amazing wines. The Dry Creek store is a great place to stop for a sandwich to pair with your Zin, and the Ferrari-Cerano winery is like a Mediterrane...

    Comment by 366897Da Wine Dog 366897 Da Wine Dog


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