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...

  • 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...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • McCray Ridge

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

  • Mushal Winery & Vineyards

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

  • Unti Vineyards

    Unti Vineyards is a small, family-owned and operated winery specializing in red varietal wines wi...

  • Mill Creek Vineyards

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

  • Kokomo Winery

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

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Somers Ranch 2009


    The first few moments the wine had a sharpness, yet after another few moments the wine softened with a bit of cherry flavors. Aged two years in my cellar to the day. Read More

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  • I visited their Oakland tasting room a few years back and really enjoyed the ... ... their inaugural 1996 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. For the wine’s label, they chose a playful image featuring a monkey riding on the back of a fish, a metaphor for two unique creatures traveling together on a journey.&quo Read More

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  • Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek 2011


    Very easy drinking Zinfandel. Lots of tart raspberry and cherry on the tip of the tongue. Some "saltiness" (?) also, but it diminishes. Some mushroomy things. Medium-bodied, light for a Zin. Looking forward to having this with grilled chicken breasts, tonight. US$18.95 at NapaCabs in Chino Hills. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2010


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  • Talty Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Dwight Family 2011


    Thank you for your review! Read More

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  • Mill Creek Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2008


    Wonderful! Very full bodied and bold taste throughout the glass! Read More

    Wine review by lukejo

  • Ridge Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley Lytton Estate 2009


    Very pleasant, mouth-filling wine. Not a wild over-the-top PS. A very tame, civilized in-the-claret-style wine. Very tame berry flavors, some earthiness and it takes a couple sips for the tanning to sneak up on you. My guess is that this wine could age for several years, but it it excellent right now. US$27.99 at Ti Time in Costa Mesa. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Thumbprint Cellars Red Blend Dry Creek Valley Climax 2010


    wonderful blend from the great little artisan winery in Sonoma. The Syrah comes through behind the cab and add that subtle spicyness and nose.Good structure and a nice finish of blackberry, rasperry jam, and cassis. Enjoy! Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • Frei Brothers Reserve Merlot 2011


    Oak spice and violet floral tones frame a core of milk chocolate laced jammy blackberry fruit on the nose. Round and a bit simple in the mouth, this delivers a rich, smooth mouthful of slightly earthy, dusty blackberry fruit with some nuanced herbal black currant flavors emerging with air. In a fruit driven style, this does a fine job of offerin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Well we are back from the Glen Ellen/Kenwood trip. We found a few wines we liked, and enjoyed exploring the area. Since I am a big pinot person, especially RRV or sonoma coast, I knew I wasn't necessarily in the heart of that area of Sonoma,  But since it had been so long since I visited this area, we decided to give it a go.We stopped first in ... Read More

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