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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Dry Creek Valley View all

  • Mauritson Family Winery

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

  • Pena Ridge

    Peña Ridge partners John and Jim Piccetti's father planted our first vineyard in 1982 at 400 abov...

  • 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...

  • Terlato Family Vineyards

    After 50 years in the wine industry, wine is still an inspiration for me. Every vintage brings an...

  • Forth Vineyards

    Forth Vineyards, nestled in the hills above the stunningly beautiful Dry Creek Valley in northern...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • 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

  • This is another one that I picked up at the Everson Royce store in Pasadena, ... ... also picked up a Renard Dry Creek Valley Primitivo.  DCV is Zin country.  So, why wouldn't it be Primitivo country?  Even by a maker who translates his name (Fox) to French.&nbs Read More

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  • I have amassed a small collection of photos of iconic Old-Vine sites across ... Ranch - Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg - Nalle Chianti Station - Geyserville - Seghesio (Oldest Sangiovese in US) 101 Vineyard - Geyserville/Healdsburg - Turley - Zinfandel More 101 - Mike Officer of Carlisle Whitten Ranch - Geyserville - Ridge Vineyards Geyserville P... Read More

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  • Ah yes, I've had Dry Creek Valley Zin as well and it is very good. Splinters.. ? :)Just now sitting here with a glass of Sin Zin from Alexander Valley. Very nice.I am only about 3 hours from the Finger Lakes region of NY. I have been going up there each year for the last several. It's always a fun time. Not a place for memorable reds. But they d... Read More

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  • Thanks for the update, 4G.  You'll find a lot of Zin and PN fans here. ... (especially ones from the Dry Creek Valley or the Rockpile AVAs), not quite there, yet, on the Pinots.I'm afraid we're at opposite poles regarding Cabernet Sauvignon.  I go for the big bruisers that have so much tannin they leave splinters in your mouth.  I favor Cabs fr... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by shrumica

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