Dry Creek Vineyard

The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consumers to the wines of northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, Dave personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, Dave headed west to California to start his own family winery. Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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Dry Creek Vineyard on Snooth

  • Everyone wants a good deal. It doesn’t matter what you’re buying, we all like to save a buck. In the wine world there are several ways to save money and get a good bottle of wine. One in particular is to shop in categories that aren’t as popular, well known or highly scored as some others. There are a multitude of reasons a particular category m... Read More

    From the article The World's Most Undervalued Wines: Chilean Pinot Noir

  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • This is a report I adapted from my recap on WB. Unfortunately a few guests fell ill in the days prior and had to bow out. Missed you Richard! All in all it was a fun evening with some interesting wines. Plenty of left overs to start the next incarnation. Weather was rain in the AM and we feared having to host indoors but the skies cleared around... Read More

    Forum post in the topic You shoulda been there, Old...

  • I've been anxious to try some Windy Oaks NG I'm noticing a lot of people drinking it on Delectable and raving. One of these days!I've been busy the past few weeks helping out at the winery during harvest either on the production side or doing private tastings for Ancillary, Myriad and Carter. It afforded my the opportunity to share in some reall... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Lambert Bridge Winery Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel 2012


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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce

  • Montemaggiore Syrah Dry Creek Valley Paolo's Vineyard 2007


    I opened a 2007. It was velvet with a touch of sweetness. Perfection!. As a wine enthusiast for over 30, this syrah is 5 stars. Impressive! Read More

    Wine review by ckdemarco

  • This is the time of the year that you see a slew of rosé wine reviews, as the summer is known as pink wine season. This is underscored by the fact that most wineries release their rosés in the spring no doubt in an effort to latch on to the popular sentiment. For years, I refused to buy into to the “summer means rosé” mindset as I firmly believe... Read More

    From the article It's Time to Get Serious About Rose

  • You're on an international watch list for killing them off too young, OT. Good luck getting on a plane these days!Thanks for the clarification about Dry Creek Valley. Can't properly remember the last time I was in that neck of the woods, but it was probably near the beginning of last decade on both clear and overcast days, but no fog. How about ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Actually D, Mounts Vineyard is in Dry Creek Valley. It's a hillside vineyard on the west side up near the Lake Sonoma end of the valley. Right at the fog line.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Mark, assume you're familiar with foglines in general. Whether you're on Pierpont Bay somewhere like Ventura, in The City somewhere on the western side of Pacific Heights, any number of hilltops near the ocean along The True Sonoma Coast, or up in Ukiah, you become very aware of where the fog stops on the days it rolls in. Haven't had that wine ... Read More

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