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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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Dry Creek Vineyard on Snooth

  • Good timing, Emark, as I will be getting a half case of Ed Sbragia's Gino's Vineyard Zin this week.  Ed made one of my favorite wines at Project Zin, which I wrote up a few years ago.  Tops in the Zin and PS world by me.  Really nice guy, too.  Stayed in a room named for his family at the Dry Creek Inn last year, and laughed at the connection.Ok... Read More

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  • A Modern Tradition with Century-Old Roots. Join us at the 27th annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley setting the standard as the longest running event of its type. Passport has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy a world-class tasting experience with a modern twist, all within Sonoma’s idyllic Dry Creek Valley. Guests are welcom... Read More

    From the article The 27th Annual Passport to Dry Creek Valley is Around the Corner!

  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations here for a visit over MLK weekend.  Since we're all pretty free with our half-baked ideas and opinions, we had plenty of ideas for him, didn't we?  Since Mauritson kept showing up on the list, it looked like it would make the final cut, so I went on private messaging an... Read More

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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • I wouldn't bother with St Annes Crossing/Naked Wines personally. Besides, it's in Kenwood which is almost an hour from Hbg. So is Glen Lyon which is kind of remote deep down winding Bennett Valley Rd closer to Glen Ellen than Santa Rosa or Kenwood. Though. Glen Lyon as the oldest Syrah planting in the County. Morgan Twain-Peterson made a Bedrock... Read More

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  • Red, sorry to hear about that harrowing adventure to Total Wine, the insanity ... ... Hills Cabernet SauvignonDry Creek Vineyard Cabernet SauvignonMartin RayWillamette Valley Vineyards Pinot NoirRocca Felice Barbera d'Alba Superiore Famiglia LanzavecchiaQuinta de Ventozelo Douro Quinta de Ventozelo Reserva&nbs Read More

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  • HI.  Thanks for the response.  I was planning on trying to make ... ... ... Perry WineryKokomo WineryDry Creek VineyardMurphy-Goode WineryRed Car Wine CompanyBanshee WinesPortalupi WineThumbprint CellarsSkewis WinesKobler Estate WineryLa Crema Tasting RoomRamazzotti WinesSeghesio Family VineyardsRidge VineyardsBella VineyardsMauritsonNapa:Anom... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More

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  • 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

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