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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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Forchini Vineyards and Winery

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

  • Montemaggiore

    We were captivated by the genuine quality of life in Montemaggiore, a small moutain village in so...

  • Martin Family Vineyards - Truett Hurst

    The Martin Family Vineyards and Winery was born from our commitment to family and our love of fin...

  • Merriam Vineyards

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

  • Mushal Winery & Vineyards

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

  • Wilson Winery

    Wilson Winery was built on tradition and family—much like its landmark barn anchored to the easte...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Last week while I was up north:Enkidu:2013 Shamhat Rose of Syrah2009 Odyssey ... ... Family Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley is up a dead-end street, pretty much, off the beaten path.  Their "Barrel Tasting Today" sign sucked me in.  It was a lot of fun.  So, I tasted three wines out of the barrel, and bought two bottles of each to be delivered n... Read More

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  • Two exciting things happened today.  First, I picked up my WTSO order that ... that ... Vineyard' from Dry Creek Valley for the grand total of $56.  I opened one bottle just to taste it and it's decent.  I'll have some more when I have a nice steak to grill.Second, I did another stint at the Wine in the Water Park event in Crystal City.  It wa... Read More

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  • Rabbit Ridge Meritage Paso Robles 06 2006


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    Wine review by protz

  • Bradford Mountain Zinfandel El Grandote Late Harvest Zinfandel Dry Creek 2005


    Absolutely delicious dessert wine! Loads of black fruit, blueberry, great depth, nice acidity and a long tongue coating finish without being over the top jammy. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as ... ... fee and headed North to Dry Creek Valley.Ridge VineyardsZinfandels here are meaty and complex. We also opted for the Monte Bello Cab tasting, which costed an additional $10 bucks. At that price for a single tasting I expected a lot, and it was certainly wor... Read More

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  • Toad Hollow Red Blend Dry Creek Valley Erik's the Red 2010


    I purchased a few bottles of Toad Hollow Red Blend last week. I was initially disappointed that it lacked character and the fruit wasn't very intense. But much to my surprise, when it opened, it was a decent wine. I think it is a bargain at under $14. Read More

    Wine review by Goodwine24

  • Rabbit Ridge Meritage Paso Robles 06 2006


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    Wine review by protz

  • A. Rafanelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2006


    I was very concerned when I opened this and the cork split halfway - usually a very bad sign. Poured through the vinturi with the strainer and let breathe for a short period. Well, dodged the bullet, this is phenomenal cab with lots of layers, plenty of dark red fruit, black cherry, ripe plum, very nice acidity and fine grained tannins. Very h... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Kokomo Winery Pauline's Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Grenache Rose 2011


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Kokomo Winery Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

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