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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

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  • DV, unfortunately nothing that interesting in my Canadian family history, guessing just some fur trappers and a few assorted vagabonds.  BTW, back on topic, enjoyed a bottle of '09 Valdez Dry Creek Quinn Vineyard zin this evening, très bien! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Oregon's warmest growing season in recorded history, 2014, is brimming with bounty. With bud break, bloom and véraison all taking place about two to three weeks earlier than average, Oregon vintners can officially put the 2014 growing season in the record books. A warmer than average spring with just the right amount of rain triggered an early b... Read More

    From the article Vintage Scoop: Oregon in 2014

  • One of Sonoma's top zinfandel wineries welcomed a new member to the family. This week Healdsburg-based Seghesio Family Vineyards acquired 24-acres of old-vine zinfandel known as the Montafi Ranch Vineyard. The purchase adds another source for Seghesio's Sonoma, Home Ranch, Cortina, Old Vine and Rockpile zins. Seghesio currently oversees 300 acre... Read More

    From the article Seghesio Completes Purchase of Russian River Valley Vineyard

  • After last week’s disappointing look at value priced Zinfandel you would be right to think that this week’s take on value priced Syrah, with a focus on Australian Shiraz, might produce equally horrifying results. After all if there was a poster child for big, oaky, goopy, and slightly sweet wines in the marketplace Aussie Shiraz certainly would ... Read More

    From the article Value Syrah $15 and Under

  • Whats your favorite penny saving cab and WHY?!  :)To make it easier, feel free to follow this format! Name: Belle AmbiencePrice (roughly): $9Why: Deep fruity notes of red berries, cherries and  a little vanilla dolce at the end. A perfect way to wind down and relax in the evening after a long hard day at work. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Your fave Cab under $20?!

  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. Rain came early, often and didn’t want to go away. It was a cool year as well, forcing winemakers to spend even more time walking the vineyards than usual. Napa Valley is accustomed to dry, warm, sunny growing seasons. It’s Cabernet Sauvignon wines are widely known for ... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet

  • Dry Creek Fume Blanc 2013


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Going to a winemakers dinner tonight downtown metro F'ville at the Wine Guerrila.Passed Hors d'oeuvres:Dates filled with cashews and Laura Chenel ChevreProsciutto and Parmesan PinwheelsHeirloom Tomato Tartspaired with Wine Guerrilla 2012 Adel's Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Dinner:Chilled Corn Bisque with Basil Oil and Chevre Toastpaired w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner

  • Valdez Quinn Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Dry Creek Valley 2009


    Excellent Dry Creek zin from Valdez. This is more subtle than some of their other zins, less jammy and a bit more refined. Still has abundant red and black fruits, blueberry compote, moderate acidity and fine grained tannins. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

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