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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • A. Rafanelli

    The Rafanelli family is now in its fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the Dry...

  • Preston of Dry Creek Valley

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

  • Passalacqua Winery

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

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

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

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005

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    This has a great raw character, its a bit too woody but the light sour cherry,spice, herb and fruit notes are both intense and distinctive. There is a stoniness that is mouth watering and lovely notes of mushroom and watermelon accents the fruit.Lean on entry with great acidity and a nice mineral cut to the cherry pie filling fruit. Impressive l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Mutt Lynch Winery Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Canis Major 2005

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    A great petite sirah from Mutt Lynch winery. The color and aroma are excellent and entice you to want to taste the wine. Then when you do finally taste the wine it does not disappoint, I enjoyed how it had a sense of fruit beyond what I normally expect from a petite sirah. Read More

    Wine review by Jon of Sonoma


  • The Other Guys Zinfandel Lodi Plungerhead 2006

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    Fruit forward and luscious without being overpowering. A good low-priced Zin. Read More

    Wine review by mlblanchard


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005

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    i didn't expect this to actually be dry but it is. It has all the qualities of a chenin blanc but softer, not as powerful with the green apples as a vouvray or anjou chenin blanc Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Anderson Ranch 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by mmcarter


  • Lambert Bridge Viognier Dry Creek Valley 2007

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    This was a wonderful surprise for me!!!! It was my first time tasting a Viognier and I found it to be a bit sweet and spicier then a Sauvignon Blanc.........and more complex. We had it with a Crab and Pea Rissotto which was a wonderful complement.I would serve this again, especially in the summer months!! A bit of spice, a bit of fruit, some ... Read More

    Wine review by Jon of Sonoma


  • Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Late Harvest 2007

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    This seems to be the wine of the month for me. I've had the great fortune to drink it on 3 separate occasions. Easily the most drinkable, food friendly wine I've encountered in a long time. Just an outstanding all around wine that everyone that tastes seems to fall for. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    simple and nice. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel California 2006

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    Tasty... Would go great with a steak or burger. The price of about $10 is right on, as I would be disappointed if we had spent more than that for this wine. There is nothing offensive about the taste, and would be a great first red wine! Read More

    Wine review by mindcage44


  • Terlato Vineyards Syrah 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by marianna84


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