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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  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Forth Vineyards

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

  • Mushal Winery & Vineyards

    A 60 acre family owned boutique winery for 38 years, producing award winning exceptional wines wi...

  • Mill Creek Vineyards

    In the old-world tradition of winemaking families, the names Kreck and Mill Creek Vineyards are s...

  • Quivira Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Preston of Dry Creek Valley

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

  • Mauritson Family Winery

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

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Owl Ridge Dry Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

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    Wine review by 4Rainey


  • Carlisle Zinfandel "Dcv" Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    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

    Forum post in the topic Recommendations for...


  • Michel-Schlumberger le Sage Merlot Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 10/15 Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Bella Vineyards Zinfandel Lily Hill Estate 2010

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    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


  • Old World Winery Petite Sirah Mounts Bench Vineyard 2009

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    Murky color. Something of a mushroomy or forest floor nose. Initial taste sensation is tartness. A little spiciness. Very light red berry flavor. Seems one-dimensional. Not terribly full-bodied. Quite light on tannin. AN OK but not an aspirational wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • This is a report I adapted from my recap on WB. Unfortunately a few guests fell ill in the days prior and had to bow out. Missed you Richard! All in all it was a fun evening with some interesting wines. Plenty of left overs to start the next incarnation. Weather was rain in the AM and we feared having to host indoors but the skies cleared around... Read More

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  • Lambert Bridge Winery Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


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