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...

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  • Kokomo Winery

    Started in 2004 with the production of a single vineyard Cabernet from Mounts Vineyard, Kokomo ...

  • Stephen & Walker Winery

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

  • Mounts Family Winery

    Quality through sacrifice is our priority at Mounts Vineyards. With this philosophy of excellence...

  • A. Rafanelli

    The Rafanelli family is now in its fourth generation of growing grapes and making wine in the Dry...

  • Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate

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

  • Pezzi King Vineyards & Winery

    James P. Rowe, Sr., is passionate about his Italian heritage. His love of agriculture is rooted i...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • 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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  • 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

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  • We finally got the news that we are approved for our planning permit.  Now comes the really trying part:  building permits, contractors' estimates, dislocation, refinancing, and dealing with the neighbor who tried to stop the project and who will harass the contractor.  But it's official:  I get a basement with room for a real cellar with temper... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Finally able to exhale (Some...


  • Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Three Vineyards 2012

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    Had the 2007. Big and Fruity. It was perfect with Filet Mignon. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Rancho Zabaco Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by tomlib


  • Renwood Zinfandel Premier Old Vine Zin 2010

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • Ousterhout Zinfandel Bradford Mountain Grist Vineyard Zinfandel 2011

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    Wine review by mark


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