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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone 2007

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    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

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    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

    Forum post in the topic Schreiner's Winers- It's...


  • If you’re like me, you find yourself on the road and searching for a ... share a few bottles of the Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc or the Erath Pinot Noir with Roy's island-inspired cuisine. I'm sentimental that way!But the real jewel in the OSI crown is the Flemings Prime Steakhous and Wine Bar chain where you can find 100 wines by the glas... Read More

    From the article In Search of a Fine Wine List


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jim Robbins


  • I am hosting a Schreiner's Winers tasting Saturday and we're covering zins.  I was wondering what some Snooth favorites are.  I am looking to get 6-9 bottles from various areas and price ranges.  I already have a 2007 Plungerhead.  I was thinking something from Ridge?  Robert Biale?  Renwood, Ravenswood or Cosentino.  Thoughts? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zin Choices for tasting


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2007

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    Really nice oaky and blueberry aroma, with a finely rounded body that packs good fruit flavor and nice wood touches. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


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

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    smokiness on the nose, chimney smoke like. loads of dark jammy qualities on the palate with a little peppery spice, full in body, a hearty wine boasting of fruit Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


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

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    BBQ Porkchops on the nose, with a red fruit mouth, pretty tart, nice finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


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

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    Dark cherries, pepper, oak, and spice. Gentile acidity. Nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by solomania12


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