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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Merriam Vineyards

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

  • Quivira Vineyards & Winery

    Quivira is committed to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terrior of Dry Creek Val...

  • Alderbrook Winery

    Anthony Terlato and family Gathering at the table has always been at the heart of the Terlato ...

  • 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...

  • Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery

    Everett A. Wise purchased the land in 1875 that is now home to Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Dry Creek Zinfandel Reserve 2005

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    Wine review by Mariacurcio


  • Grayson Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008

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    I like very much the tasty of strawberry Read More

    Wine review by jave


  • Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

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    Not the darkest color (plum) Ive seen for a DCV Zinnoticeable light comes through. Red fruit (cherry) on entry which seems to accelerate mid-palate. That seems a tad unusual to me. This is a very soft wine. Not a rustic, brambly Zin. It does have good tannin. This is a likeable wine, but not my favorite Zinfandel. A lot of PN lovers may e... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Dark ruby in color. Red and blue fruit on the nose though a little shy. Shy on the palate too. Medium acidity with a long slightly dry finish. Like the wine really just doesn't represent value to me. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Trader Joe's Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Reserve 2014

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    Big bright zin with some candied walnut that makes it different - awesome!Can't believe I've got it so cheap Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Sbragia Zinfandel Gino's Vineyard 2012

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    Dark purple in the glass with just the slightest amount of light passing through. Quite funky noseprobably Sulphur that hasnt blown off, yet. Lots of tart cherry on the tip of the tongue. Then some stoniness. Certainly not the biggest Zin Ive ever had, but enjoyable. Light-ish on tannin, but strong on acid. A very pleasant prickly sensatio... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013

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    Big hit of red fruitcherryon entry. Much more than I get from other Ridge bottlings. Still stiff tannin provides nice backbone. Good acid. A good wine, but I think I like my Zins to be a tad less civilized. This one seems to be reined in. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Since I can't order from "mom & pop" brick and mortar stores ... Rhone.The 2015 Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley "Bench Vineyard" Merlot and the 2015 La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir.  Amazingly I do feel somewhat bette Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Frei Brothers Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel 2015

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    Earthy, dusty and dry aromas of blackberry on the nose. This is punchy and fruit forward with full body, jammy strawberry, blueberry jam and a floral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Zinfandel Sonoma County 2015

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    Fruit forward when first opened with some noticable tannin on the finish. The second day the fruit tammed down and a spiciness came forward. Really enjoyed it. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 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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