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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Passalacqua Winery

    Seeking to create wines which capture the spirit of the region, we combine prized harvests from s...

  • Preston of Dry Creek Valley

    Preston of Dry Creek is an organic family farm rooted in the agrarian traditions of Dry Creek Val...

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

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

  • Kokomo Winery

    Started in 2004 with the production of a single vineyard Cabernet from Mounts Vineyard, Kokomo ...

  • Pena Ridge

    Peña Ridge partners John and Jim Piccetti's father planted our first vineyard in 1982 at 400 abov...

  • Montemaggiore

    We were captivated by the genuine quality of life in Montemaggiore, a small moutain village in so...

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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    Boy was this good. Dry Creek has mastered zins over the years and Heritage Vineyards has some of the best zin stock ever. Dense, black and brooding this exudes varietal excitement. Blackberry, damson plum, oak, pepper, spice and briary notes lead to a palate that follows the nose well. This leads to a medium to full bodied tannic structure that ... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Heritage Vines Sonoma Zinfandel 2012

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    Wine review by JulRenA


  • Brazin Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine 2008

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    Wine review by ardalporto


  • Seghesio Family Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2011

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    Slightly sweet, smooth finish, fruit forward but not quite "jammy". $20 on the street. Read More

    Wine review by ptharvey


  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

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  • Gnarly Head Pinot Noir California 2009

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    A great, inexpensive wine to accompany dinner. Medium body and with a smooth finish. It has a subtle spice and berry finish. Read More

    Wine review by TateHouston


  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2012

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    This one lands very comfortably on the tongue before detecting flavors of red raspberry and stone fruit mid-palate. Surprisingly light on tannin. (?) However, strong acid tartness is detected in the rear palate. I have a few more bottles of this and look forward to see how it changes. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    More red than blue purple color. Fairly fruity on entry but not the raspberry thing that I often get from DCV Zinsor Zin-heavy blends. More like stewed fruitsplum, apricot. Very mellow tannin. Mild acid. Another easy-to-drink wine, but not particularly complex. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Bradford Mountain Zinfandel El Grandote Late Harvest Zinfandel Dry Creek NV

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • 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...

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