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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

    Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County's D...

  • Provisor Syrah

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

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

    Award winning, family owned artisan winery. Winemaker Nancy Walker crafts beautiful wines that s...

  • Thumbprint Cellars

    Hand-crafted, small lot, micro-wines are created using the highest quality grapes from Sonoma Cou...

  • Mill Creek Vineyards

    In the old-world tradition of winemaking families, the names Kreck and Mill Creek Vineyards are s...

  • Passalacqua Winery

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Old World Winery Syrah Dry Creek Valley Two Vineyards 2009

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    Bright red and black cherry balanced nicely with slightly tart acidity. The tannins are smooth and restrained and the finish is medium. This is a really nice Sonoma Syrah that is hitting its stride but could easily go a few more years in the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Frick Winery Cinsault Dry Creek Valley 2008

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    had 2011 very good - at girl and fig Read More

    Wine review by amicheli


  • Vintjs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012

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    A fairly simple and straightforward wine. Heavily fruited on entry, but not enough to make me think sweet. Very modest on the tannin and acid components. Probably, a reasonably good cheap picnic wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Everett Ridge Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Estate 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by erickafilm


  • Rock Wall Petite Sirah Jack's 2011

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    Opened this '11 Rock Wall Petite Sirah three nights ago. Petite my arse, loads of dark fruit but also big gritty tannins, so I'm letting it sit in time out for a while in hopes of it starting to behave.Two days later this tooth stainer has calmed down a bit. Big structurally with mouth coating fresh black and dark red fruit but the tannins have ... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Mauritson Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    I swear that Mauritsons is more like a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc than any other California version I have ever had. I like the wine. From the first whiff you can detect tons of citrus aroma. On the tongue that is translated to grapefruitstrong grapefruit. All the acid tartness makes it an amazingly refreshing wine. I just thought, though,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Saskatchewan, British Columbia?  I do not have many links to Canada, and ... being a Zinfandel threat to Dry Creek Valley.The research continues.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2006

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    Not a lot of fruit on entry to the mouthtypical LS blackberry notes, but not in your face. Fairly light-bodied for a red (let alone a Ridge LS), but an enjoyable wine to drink. There is still acid backbone, here, but tannins are, pretty much, gone. This one is pretty smooth until I get a slight taste of alcohol at the very back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Big berry-filled nosealso, some earthiness. Quite pleasant on entry to the mouthsome blackberry flavor but not as big as aroma suggested. A little resinous wood. Some dusty earth. Not the most full-bodied Zin Ive ever had, but an easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Truett-Hurst Grenache Blend Mendocino County Gps Dark Horse 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • 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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