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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • Christopher Cameron

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

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

    Award winning, family owned artisan winery. Winemaker Nancy Walker crafts beautiful wines that s...

  • Provisor Syrah

    OUR VINEYARD IS LOCATED AT OUR HOME ON THE EDGE OF DRY CREEK VALLEY IN THE LYTTON SPRINGS DISTRI...

  • Preston of Dry Creek Valley

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

  • Fritz Underground Winery

    Fritz Underground Winery is unlike any place you've ever visited. A visionary wonder built ahead ...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Zichichi Family Vineyard Estate Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2013

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    Fairly dark purplemore blue than redcolor. Brambly, blackberry on the nose. Fairly fruity on entryblackberry again, cherry, dried fruit, raisin. Very nice tannin backbone, but could use more acid (or less up-front fruit) which makes this wine is bit flabby to me. ATTENTION SNOOTH this is not the "Old Vines" Zichichi Zinfandel. When I review ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Keep the reports coming, Al.  So, far they have been very enjoyable.In the ... the ... were driving around Dry Creek Valley with no particular destination.  Mrs. EMark is always as happy as a clam to go for rides and just watch the scenery go by.  We drove up an road that turned out to be a dead end.  After turning around and heading back I no... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 2014 UNTI Dry Creek Valley Rose- 68% Grenache, 32% Mourvedre; 13.8% ETOH Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • We celebrated my wife Sandra's coming retirement - the 200 day mark was last night.  This called for a night on the town, specifically Washington DC restaurants.  We started at the 'Pearl Dive Oyster Palace' and had 24 raw oysters - four each of Battle Creek VA, Duckabush WA, Goose Point WA, Little Bitches VA, Salt Pond RI, and Old Black Salts V... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2011

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    Fruit forward nearing jamminess. Light acid, light tannins and lightly wooded. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • We're going to the Dry Creek Valley passport weekend the end of April and I just made a few appointments for the Monday after (Virtual Tasting day), one of which is at Limerick Lane. Can't believe all the times we've been out there we have yet to visit this place. Definitely looking forward to this tasting. A few years ago a good friend and neig... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • On second look there are more than three wineries. My mistake, it was 3 ... ... ... Sonoma Valley wineries3 Dry Creek Valley wineries15 Russian River Valley wineries3 Alexander Valley wineriesKinda funny seeing Armida, Forchini listed as best Pinot noir as they are known for their Zinfandel and Deerfield who advertises their top rated Zin and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best Guide to Great Sonoma...


  • Ken & Derek Crowdpleazin Zinfandel 2012

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    I am always looking for a nice white wine that I will really like. This was not it. Read More

    Wine review by anstett


  • Fritz Late Harvest Zinfandel 375 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frost13bits


  • ATF labeling laws.  They care where the grapes come from, not where it was vinified.  And NO nipples allowed. Some of that long drive is because the roads are secondary in places.  Lots of it is just because California is really long and skinny.  You grow most of your grapes on the coast so that's the north-south direction, the long one.  BTW, R... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


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