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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  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

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  • Quivira Vineyards & Winery

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

  • David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

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

  • Alderbrook Winery

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

  • Montemaggiore

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

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

    The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switz...

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  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2013


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    Wine review by runningbear

  • You're on an international watch list for killing them off too young, OT. ... for the clarification about Dry Creek Valley. Can't properly remember the last time I was in that neck of the woods, but it was probably near the beginning of last decade on both clear and overcast days, but no fog. How about the Ukiah vineyard: no fog near i Read More

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  • Actually D, Mounts Vineyard is in Dry Creek Valley. It's a hillside vineyard on the west side up near the Lake Sonoma end of the valley. Right at the fog line.  Read More

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  • Mark, assume you're familiar with foglines in general. Whether you're ... is to the Ukiah (rather than Dry Creek Valley) vineyard Read More

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  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in ... in ... -- Carraro Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (13.4% ABV) 2 X 2011 Alicante Bouschet -- Mendocino County (12.0% ABV) 2 X 2009 Petite Sirah -- Mounts Bench Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (13.1% ABV) 2 X 2013 Abundance -- Field Blend from 1890 Block, A.J. Duckhorn Vineyard, ... Read More

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  • 1995 Nalle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel x21998 Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard Zinfandel x21999 Amphora Mounts Vineyard Petite Sirah2002 Joseph Swan Stellwagen Vineyard Zinfandel x22003 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Bodega Rancho Que Syrah 1.5L Read More

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  • Breaking into my newly obtained stash from Old World Winery: I have no ... the Mounts Bench Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley and 30% Syrah from the Rockin R Ranch in Ukiah Valley.This is a very easy drinking wine.  Obvious fruit up front--I'm saying blueberry as much as anything but towards the back of the palate I'm getting either a cinnamon or c... Read More

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  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013


    Good berry aromas. Not surprisingly, those blackberry flavors are easily detected on the tongue. Also some acidic black plum flavor. Then there is some earthiness or even close to a metallic hint mid-palate. Fortunately, that fades quickly. Seriously tannic. A big mouth-filling Zin. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I think RBA will get a kick out of this one. When we were in Cali for the Dry Creek Valley weekend, we got there a day early and one of the wineries we visited was Paradise Ridge. Really nice people and a great tasting experience. We brought this one back with us.It's a white blend (they didn't tell us what) that is light and crisp with zippy ac... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

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