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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Mushal Winery & Vineyards

    A 60 acre family owned boutique winery for 38 years, producing award winning exceptional wines wi...

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

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

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • Wilson Winery

    Wilson Winery was built on tradition and family—much like its landmark barn anchored to the easte...

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

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

  • Merriam Vineyards

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Stephen, you should start thinking in terms of sourcing from the US directly. I ... US directly. I ... A. 1985 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel   |  1 in stock  |  $79.99 Sea Smoke 2008 Santa Barbara County "Ten" Pinot Noir  |  2 in stock  |  $99.99 Sea Smoke 2008 Santa Rita Hills Southing Pinot Noir  |  3 in stock  |  $69.99 Sea Smoke 2009 Santa Ba... Read More

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  • Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Merlot 2013

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    Disappointed. Above the level of Charles Shaw wines but not much. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I made it a whole month without purchasing any wine, at least that I remember, so when this email hit my inbox this morning I just had to. I really enjoy their Zinfandel as it has some very unique qualities that make it stand alone for me. $20/btl was a no brainer decision.Big discounts on full cases of Chester's Anvil winesView this email in yo... Read More

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  • Great 1st day.  Weather was off and on all day, showers, sun, hail, more ... comes from. I was wrong - Dry Creek Valley and most excellent at that.  After a quick lunch we were back on the road to Benovia.  We've tasted here before and were excited to introduce our friends to these wines. On offer today were mainly pinot and chardonnay with on... Read More

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  • Cabot #2 from my BD order: I think I like this better than the last one. ... reconsider my opinion that Dry Creek Valley is Ground Zero for Zinfandel Read More

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  • Horse & Plow Winery Zinfandel Grist Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Can't remember where or when I picked this bottle up, but it is swell. Dark, opaque Red Purple in the glass. Opens with grass and herbal plum cherry preserves; then a bit of dark chocolate cherries; hint of peach; then more roasted cherries. A big smooth mouthful, with it seems, enough tannins to last a few more years.Nice balance of fruit and o... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Well favourite Daughters 21st went with out too much troubleThe Sangria was made more on the punch side of the definitiionRedCheap Grenache/Temp blend from Rioja [$7/bottle] + Brandy + castor sugar + cinnamon + lemonade with Oranges, Lemons, Limes and appleWas a big hit and got the party off and runningWhiteVery Cheap Dry White Wine - bit of eve... Read More

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  • I'll flip the photo for you. Looks like you have some zins (Dashe Dry Creek Valley, Quivira), one Napa cab (Linnaea), some PNs (La Crema Monterey and a couple of Byrons), and  a hat trick of Bonny Doon offerings. Can we assume you haven't had these, but they are potentially within your price range? And that these are not meant to fit within the ... Read More

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  • Puccioni Old Vine Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    Big, fruity nose that also includes alcohol. A bit over the top with red fruit on entryraspberry, plum. Some earthiness or, maybe, coffee mid-palate. Very noticeable tannin and acid. An OK wine, but nothing to rave about. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by bobvree


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