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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Wilson Winery

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

  • Thumbprint Cellars

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

  • Kokomo Winery

    Started in 2004 with the production of a single vineyard Cabernet from Mounts Vineyard, Kokomo ...

  • J. Pedroncelli Winery

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

  • Mauritson Family Winery

    With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout ...

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  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    This received some fairly good reviews and scores and it was recommended to me. For me zins should show blackberry, briary, earthy notes with maybe sage,This really is the opposite - red fruits, some dark cherry are up front. The wine is mellow and not the bold zin that I appreciate most. For it's style it's fine - just not my cup of tea or wi... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Wine review by shaldane


  • Quivira Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Wine review by shaldane


  •  2014 Myriad Cellars Syrah Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard - USA, ... ... California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (3/19/2017)DOA, crumbly dry cork, methinks it spent a lot of its life upright. No leakage but it has been OTH for quite some time. NR (flawed) 2001 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian Rive... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 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


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