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

  • 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

  • Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery

    Everett A. Wise purchased the land in 1875 that is now home to Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery...

  • Mushal Winery & Vineyards

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

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

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

  • Forchini Vineyards and Winery

    Forchini Vineyards & Winery has been growing premium wine grapes in Sonoma County since 1971. Th...

  • Wine Guerrilla

    Wine Guerrilla is a hero to those who seek wines of unabashed uniqueness and character. Wherever...

  • Optima Winery

    Optima began as a dream producing just 400 cases in 1984,now, the winery is continuing their trad...

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  • 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

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Kenwood/Glen Ellen...

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2010


    Fruit forward zin. Not tannic. Dry and pepper finish. Interesting but have a glass of water handy to cut the dry mouth feeling after. Hoping for a zin less dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2010


    Very nice, simple sonoma cab. Slightly chalky with nice dark fruit, medium tannin and a bit of acidity. Not overly complex but easy on the palette and quite tasty. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Ridge Lytton Springs 2010


    Nice dark purple in the glass. Fairly big nose--woody, some berries, some volatility. Pleasant introduction to the palate. Not overwhelming, but some blackberry fruit sneaks up on you. Some tartness around the edges of the tongue. Then there is a hit of some tannin. This is my second review of this wine, and I think I like it better, today... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2012


    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Very good, hard to find locally (read impossible), but easily found it in Chicago. I like low alcohol dry white's in spring/summer. Had this with country ribs on Easter Sunday, 2014, with my mother and brother in attendance. A keeper (bought a spare bottle), but it's up against my other mantra...so many wines so little t... Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Ridge 'Lytton Springs' 2011


    Looking forward to this. Beautiful purple in the glass. Very nice nose--lots of berries and a nice suggestion of caramelly oak. Slides easily over the tongue and gets a bit farther than usual before the Zinfandel bramble and blackberry fruit appear. This wine is the current release and it already seems so elegant. I have to go back to the p... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Lambert Bridge Dry Creek Valley Winery Ranch Petite Sirah 2009


    Initial heat on the nose blows off pretty quickly. Deep, dark and inky. Blackberries, spice, wild berries and a hint of toasted pastry (pie crust?) on the nose. Pomegranate and a long finish. Nice layers. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Barefoot Cellars Zinfandel California 2004


    Disgusting, reminded me of cough syrup. It got poured down the drain. Read More

    Wine review by doublefantasy

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