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

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • Mushal Winery & Vineyards

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

  • McCray Ridge

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

  • Frick Winery

    Bill Frick and Judith Gannon started FRICK Winery in 1976 with proceeds from the sale of their 19...

  • Lake Sonoma Winery

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

  • Merriam Vineyards

    Why Bordeaux varieties? While honeymooning in France, Peter and Diana Merriam fell in love with t...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • I think RBA will get a kick out of this one. When we were in Cali for the Dry Creek Valley weekend, we got there a day early and one of the wineries we visited was Paradise Ridge. Really nice people and a great tasting experience. We brought this one back with us.It's a white blend (they didn't tell us what) that is light and crisp with zippy ac... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • RBA, obviously you are spoiled by all that French food and wine, which is not a ... ... a long weekend tasting Dry Creek Valley zins, came home and decided to open a Paso zin.  This is a really nice wine from Adelaida with a bunch of black fruit and a touch of eucalyptus on the nose. There's blueberry pie, vanilla, blackberry, very nice acidit... Read More

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  • 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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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