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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  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Christopher Cameron

    Our family takes care of every step from vineyard to bottle, including grape growing, winemaking,...

  • McCray Ridge

    Visiting Stan and Julie Simpson at their mountain vineyard, one senses that they are on top of th...

  • Passalacqua Winery

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

  • Pena Ridge

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

  • Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Wine Guerrilla

    Wine Guerrilla is a hero to those who seek wines of unabashed uniqueness and character. Wherever...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Michel-Schlumberger le Sage Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2009


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15 Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Bella Vineyards Zinfandel Lily Hill Estate 2010


    A touch smoky and perhaps burnt rubber on the nose which blows off showing the underlying blackberry fruit. A bit candied on entry, with some cooked fig and prune notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Old World Winery Petite Sirah Mounts Bench Vineyard 2009


    Murky color. Something of a mushroomy or forest floor nose. Initial taste sensation is tartness. A little spiciness. Very light red berry flavor. Seems one-dimensional. Not terribly full-bodied. Quite light on tannin. AN OK but not an aspirational wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • This is a report I adapted from my recap on WB. Unfortunately a few guests fell ill in the days prior and had to bow out. Missed you Richard! All in all it was a fun evening with some interesting wines. Plenty of left overs to start the next incarnation. Weather was rain in the AM and we feared having to host indoors but the skies cleared around... Read More

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  • Lambert Bridge Winery Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Montemaggiore Syrah Dry Creek Valley Paolo's Vineyard 2007


    I opened a 2007. It was velvet with a touch of sweetness. Perfection!. As a wine enthusiast for over 30, this syrah is 5 stars. Impressive! Read More

    Wine review by ckdemarco

  • Zichichi Family Vineyards Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2013


    Very deep purple color. Surprisingly red-fruited on entry. I get a fair amount of red raspberry. This is followed by a somewhat bitter earthiness. Then some stiff tannin kicks in which gives it a lot of masculinity. The slight bitterness may be an offshoot of the tannin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Well we're still doing triple digits on the Fahrenheit scale here in the ... ... while driving around the Dry Creek valley over a year ago.  This is their "Old Vine Estate" Zinfandel--not to be confused with their "Estate" Zinfandel.  They are able to keep track of which blocks are "Old Vines" and which ones are newly planted.This is a pretty ... Read More

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  • Mockingbird Hill Reserve Dry Creek Valley Sanoma County Zinfandel 2013


    A nice spicy Zinfandel with a peppery, blackberry flavor up front and a smooth finish with a hint of minerality. A nice vale in a very drinkable wine. Read More

    Wine review by whiteyhp

  • 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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