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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Christopher Cameron

    Our family takes care of every step from vineyard to bottle, including grape growing, winemaking,...

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • Thumbprint Cellars

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

  • Pezzi King Vineyards & Winery

    James P. Rowe, Sr., is passionate about his Italian heritage. His love of agriculture is rooted i...

  • Montemaggiore

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

  • Dark Horse Wine

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations ... ... morning, I headed out to Dry Creek Valley. The rain stopped, and it looked like it was going to be a very good day.  Sometimes the omens are just right.Traffic was light and both the Cys and I were going to arrive early, even though he had committed to stoppin... Read More

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  • Lake Norman Winery Grenache Pendant 2010


    Nice enough Dry Creek Valley grenache from our local North Carolina negociant. There's some earthiness on the nose along with some ripe dark berries. Loads of ripe dark cherry on the tongue along with some black licorice, fine grained tannins, nice acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2004


    Moderately big nose of dark, dried fruitsprunes, raisins. More like a light hit of cherry on the tongue, but still suggesting dried fruit. As the wine passes back earthy characteristics emerge, then some tannin and tart acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • I wouldn't bother with St Annes Crossing/Naked Wines personally. Besides, ... ... I would stick around the Dry Creek Valley/Russian River Valley/Alexander Valley triangle. So much to try right ther Read More

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  • Owl Ridge Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2003


    Great Read More

    Wine review by 4Rainey

  • Carlisle Zinfandel "Dcv" Dry Creek Valley 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by ctbergman

  • Red, sorry to hear about that harrowing adventure to Total Wine, the insanity usually doesn't start until you get there ; )I really liked OTs list, I've had a number of these and I can attest to their overall quality and price.I was just sorting through my tasting notes and culled out the better Total Wine purchases less than $15. So here's a fe... Read More

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  • Robin is now the head winemaker at Swanson, where I would like to go visit him.  They have excellent vineyards and his breath-of-fresh-air presence will probably jolt the label up to new heights.On your Dry Creek list, I'd consider dropping Murphy-Goode and Dry Creek if you want to avoid big/corporate.  M-G is now owned by Kendall Jackson.  Stil... Read More

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  • Michel-Schlumberger le Sage Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2009


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15. Just the best merlot I have ever had. Oh, normally I dislike inexpensive merlot, because that is all I can afford. Inexpensive wine. Hey no apology here, I have reviewed 388 bottles of inexpensive wine on this site. Why? good question, I have no answer. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Bella Vineyards Zinfandel Lily Hill Estate 2010


    A touch smoky and perhaps burnt rubber on the nose which blows off showing the underlying blackberry fruit. A bit candied on entry, with some cooked fig and prune notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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