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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  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Dry Creek Vineyard on Snooth

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Somers Ranch 2009

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    The first few moments the wine had a sharpness, yet after another few moments the wine softened with a bit of cherry flavors. Aged two years in my cellar to the day. Read More

    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2010

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    95 Read More

    Wine review by torbjorn222


  • Liver what? It’s that great wine region you’ve never heard of. Less than an hour from San Francisco. A growing wine scene based on a century and a half of history. Great climate, friendly people, tasting rooms that are not filled to capacity with people you don’t want to be rubbing shoulders with. You know, one of those regions that is truly up ... Read More

    From the article Looking at Livermore


  • I was fortunate to be able to attends last weeks ZAP Experience. As you might know this year’s event differed from those in years past as the event was broken down into additional components.  The trade and media portion of the Experience is now a discreet tasting, and the grand tasting has been broken out into sections, that took place on the g... Read More

    From the article ZAP: Forum of Flavors


  • Thumbprint Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    I would actually give this wine 2 and 3/4 stars if it allowed me to. Needs time to open. Beautiful color. Sweet Oak and notes of raspberry on the palate. It really expands big time in the glass. A tad bit too much oak for me....But it doesn't make me dislike the wine. All in all a good wine that is clearly well made. Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • On Tuesday I wrote with great pleasure about a group of Cabernets that were right about $25 a bottle, some less. They represented much of what I look for in Cabernet, and at an affordable price. Today I turn my sights to wines that promise much more. At least they are priced in such a way as to promise much more, not that they always deliver.  T... Read More

    From the article Great Cabernet $50 to $75


  • The truth is that I don’t drink very much Cabernet these days, opting instead for other wines that fit my lifestyle a bit better. It’s not that I don’t like Cabernet.In fact I can honestly say that I still love Cabernet, though that love is mostly satisfied by older examples from California and some newer releases from places like South Africa. ... Read More

    From the article Great Cabernet under $25


  • I started this article thinking of pitting Washington State Merlot, arguably the state's most successful varietal wine, against those from California, and to an extent that is what I have done, at multiple price points between $20 and $40. But this exercise turned into something a bit more interesting. It illuminated a few of the basic tenets of... Read More

    From the article Great Merlot from $20-$40


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2010

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    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 Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2010

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    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


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