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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Would love your recommendations as well!I have found a few I REALLY like, and a few I've tried that I THOUGHT might fit the bill, and did not.Gracianna is my fav - tasted 2008 Bacigalupi Vineyards Gracianna and LOVED it at Taste of Sonoma.....  I also like Lioco- 2008 "sonoma coast" pinot noir...   Another favorite is the Cosentino 2006 Sonoma P... Read More

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  • Sbragia Gino's Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2007


    The color of the 2007 Sbragia Family Zinfandel Italo's Vineyard, showed a brilliant ruby red. The nose opened fresh, showing a mix of wild berries, primarily blue but ever changing with each sniff. A floral component came forward with time and a hint of undergrowth, sweet caramel and coffee bean, which added masses of depth. On the full, rich pa... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • With the shift to fall in full swing, it’s time to start looking at some specific wines. While I made some general recommendations in my recent Types of Wine article, I thought now would be a good idea to see what’s on the shelves.Even though it’s getting cooler I’m still not ready to surrender the summer and embrace full-throttle wines, though ... Read More

    From the article Zinfandel Tasted October 2010

  • Wine People,How is the wine harvest going in your area? What are the grapes that are going to make the best wines of the 2010 vintage?  Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2006


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    Wine review by foodmaster

  • Even though there is a decided chill in the air, I can't help but enjoy a glass ... Sauvignon Blanc. 92pts2007 Dry Creek Vineyard Taylor’s Creek Musque Sauvignon Blanc 14.5%This smells of a mélange of ripe passionfruit, guava, and pink grapefruit topped with gentle suggestions of white pepper, star anise and apple butter with a sweetly floral t... Read More

    From the article Sauvignon Blanc Tasted October 2010

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006


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    Wine review by mnzin

  • Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone 2007


    Spicy plum aromas greet the nose with hints of chocolate, forest floor and floral in the background. Cherry, blackberry, plum and prune start the lively medley of flavors on the palate, with notes of wild herbs and berries, along with chocolate and pepper intertwined with a pleasant acidity and strong tannin support. A great value wine, this Z... Read More

    Wine review by Wine Fire

  • Forth Syrah Dry Creek Valley la Rousse Vineyard Forth Ranch 2005


    Light and soil driven on the nose with a bit of milky, maybe American oak showing through. This slowly moves into a more vanilla note that accents the dark, lightly peppery plum fruit of the nose that is backed up with a touch of violet. This is really bright and fresh in the mouth with some fairly assertive, austere tannin poking through the fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • We did a blind tasting of zinfandel, as I was curious how the big ticket and big name wines would fare when tasted blind against your regular ones.  I got most of the go-to names.  We tasted them in the following order.  I'll post them in order of scoring after. Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel Mendocino County 2007Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel Conoma C... Read More

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