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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  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Terlato Family Vineyards

    After 50 years in the wine industry, wine is still an inspiration for me. Every vintage brings an...

  • Thumbprint Cellars

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

  • Merriam Vineyards

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

  • Alderbrook Winery

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

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • 2014 UNTI Dry Creek Valley Rose- 68% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre; 13.8% ETOH Read More

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  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's coming retirement - the 200 day mark was last night.  This called for a night on the town, specifically Washington DC restaurants.  We started at the 'Pearl Dive Oyster Palace' and had 24 raw oysters - four each of Battle Creek VA, Duckabush WA, Goose Point WA, Little Bitches VA, Salt Pond RI, and Old Black Salts V... Read More

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  • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011


    Fruit forward nearing jamminess. Light acid, light tannins and lightly wooded. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • We're going to the Dry Creek Valley passport weekend the end of April and I just made a few appointments for the Monday after (Virtual Tasting day), one of which is at Limerick Lane. Can't believe all the times we've been out there we have yet to visit this place. Definitely looking forward to this tasting. A few years ago a good friend and neig... Read More

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  • On second look there are more than three wineries. My mistake, it was 3 ... ... ... Sonoma Valley wineries3 Dry Creek Valley wineries15 Russian River Valley wineries3 Alexander Valley wineriesKinda funny seeing Armida, Forchini listed as best Pinot noir as they are known for their Zinfandel and Deerfield who advertises their top rated Zin and... Read More

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  • Ken & Derek Crowdpleazin Zinfandel 2012


    I am always looking for a nice white wine that I will really like. This was not it. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Fritz Late Harvest Zinfandel 375 2012


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    Wine review by Frost13bits

  • ATF labeling laws.  They care where the grapes come from, not where it was vinified.  And NO nipples allowed. Some of that long drive is because the roads are secondary in places.  Lots of it is just because California is really long and skinny.  You grow most of your grapes on the coast so that's the north-south direction, the long one.  BTW, R... Read More

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  • We finally got the news that we are approved for our planning permit.  Now comes the really trying part:  building permits, contractors' estimates, dislocation, refinancing, and dealing with the neighbor who tried to stop the project and who will harass the contractor.  But it's official:  I get a basement with room for a real cellar with temper... Read More

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  • Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Three Vineyards 2012


    Had the 2007. Big and Fruity. It was perfect with Filet Mignon. Read More

    Wine review by mark

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