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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Pena Ridge

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

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

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

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

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

  • Forth Vineyards

    Forth Vineyards, nestled in the hills above the stunningly beautiful Dry Creek Valley in northern...

  • Quivira Vineyards & Winery

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

  • McCray Ridge

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • 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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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Dry Creek Wineyard Heritage Vines Zinfandel 2014

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    I had this off a wine list at one of Donnie Wahlberg's restaurants in Hingham, MA. It was by the glass on the bar. I was amazed at how nice it was. It stands up to some of the best, my Brown, Cline, Rosenbaum, Ridge, should I go on. If you follow my Zin recommendations you will know this rates if I write about it. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • This is just a teaser to start, as I only arrived home a few hours ago after ... out she owns a vineyard in Dry Creek Valley.  Turns out she supplies the grapes to Ridge!  Her vineyard is what they use to produce East Bench Zinfandel.  Can you believe my luck?  She gets several cases of the wine as part of their contract.  I didn't even ask he... Read More

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  • Mauritson Wines Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Add this bold favorite to your list this season. Bold, jammy and full of spice makes this a great match for your ham or beef choices this season. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • After an afternoon of writing out some (for me) big dollar checks, I need an ...  We were driving around Dry Creek Valley a couple years ago and something about this winery beckoned me.  This is not really uncommon.  Many times when we are in wine country, I'll just pull into a parking lot and tell Mrs. EMark that I want to try this one.  Some... Read More

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  • Zichichi Family Vineyards Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2013

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    This wine still has a pretty big hit of red raspberry on entry, but that diminishes quickly. Towards mid-palate I get an earthiness. Tannins are very sedate compared to my previous experience with this wine over a year ago. Tannin and acid are supportive, providing backbone, but are much more in balance with the wines fruit. I liked this win... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs 2006

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    Prune color in the glass. Nose of black berry, but, also, with a sour tinge. Light on the dark berry flavor on entry. In fact, this is definitely the lightest-bodied LS I think Ive ever had. Again, a sour tinge on the edge of the tongue. Some earthiness mid- to rear palate. I think this one may be well past its prime. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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