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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Wilson Winery

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

  • Mauritson Family Winery

    With over 270 acres of estate vineyards and close relationships with longtime growers throughout ...

  • Frick Winery

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

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • David Coffaro Vineyard & Winery

    David Coffaro Estate Vineyard is dedicated to making premium wines at a fair price. We have a lar...

  • Wine Guerrilla

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

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  • 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 Chenin Blanc 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

  • 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

  • Bear and Crown Zinfandel 2012


    Part of a mixed case of reds that I picked up from Naked Wines. A nice solid dinner wine. I look forward to taking more detailed notes on the next bottle. Read More

    Wine review by anstett

  • Zichichi Zinfandel Dry Creek 2005


    What a nice surprise! Pulled this from the cellar thinking it would be well past its prime, but it was great. Light in colour for a zin, but it still had some great front-end fruit. After an hour it opened up more, and the finish really smoothed out. Wish I had more of this! Read More

    Wine review by ErnieEB

  • Sbragia Family Merlot Dry Creek Valley Home Ranch 2009


    Fairly uneventful entry to the palate. Slight hints of raspberry fruit. Some puckering on the tip and the top surface of the tongue. A somewhat "rough" wine. Thankfully, far from the wimpy Merlots that Miles of "Sideways" hated. Kind of a "hot" finish. On a (for us in SoCal) cool winter evening that heat is nice. US$19.99 at Hi Time in Co... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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