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

  • While Sonoma is well known for red wines -- just think of all the Dry Creek Zinfandels, Alexander Valley Cabernets, and Russian River Pinots that we’ve fallen in love with -- it’s now time to give Sonoma’s whites their due! Sonoma’s complex mix of geography, geology, and winemaking styles has allowed almost all white varieties to find a home in ... Read More

    From the article Great Whites of Sonoma

  • Hey all. I'm a wine reviewer, and I just launched an article on some pretty great Rhone blends from Calcareous Vineyards, out of Paso Robles. Plus, I'm going to be attending a Rhone Rangers tasting in a couple of days, so I've got the region on my mind. What are some of your favorite Rhone grapes, regions (New or Old World), and producers? This ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Calling All Rhone People....

  • Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2008


    Light Crisp wine, tasty Read More

    Wine review by BobbyC10

  • When we last left off, we had completed a loop of northeastern Sonoma, leaving a lot of unexplored country out there! Today’s trip will lead us out of Santa Rosa heading to the west, right smack dab through the famous Russian River Valley!Any visit to Sonoma wouldn’t be complete without a look at some of the truly iconic regions, and the Russian... Read More

    From the article Riding Out of Santa Rosa

  • Are there any wineries in / around the town of Sonoma using DCV grapes to make their Zin?  Just curious, would love to sample the DCV Zin, but do not have enough time to make it up to DCV itself.Thanks! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Any DCV Zin in the Town of...

  • ‘Hey, I’m hearing great things about the Finger Lakes,’ spoken by the collective ‘they.’ Sure, I’d tasted a bottle of Konstantin Frank or two, but embarrassingly had never visited. Summer heat finally drove me to the car, down past the paper trail of Scranton, PA’s ‘The Office,’ north bound to Ithaca, the tail of Cayuga Lake, where all the smart... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Finger Lakes Region Report:...

  • When I think of Sonoma, my thoughts naturally drift off to the great wines that so many of us enjoy. Pinot Noir has become somewhat of a poster child for Sonoma’s red wines -- just think of the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley and the first thought that comes to mind may very well be Pinot. (If it’s not, you may want to check out my previou... Read More

    From the article Sonoma Zinfandel

  • The wife & I are making our first trip to Napa for a two day excursion.  We have been doing a lot of research, including reading up on the previous forum posts, thanks Honda John for your informative essay!  We're a little worried about going during the summer, and on a weekend, but it was the only time it worked for us, especially since we live... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Tips for a Rookie...

  • So we're all here and we see that many of us got bitten by the sweet white wine bug, only to move on? My wine life begn  ightIalandne, ent through almost everything else, ends with medium to light Italian red wines, only to start the circuit again, yes my tastes change, evolve and vary! So where did you start, where are you, where do you want to... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Where did you start?

  • My ChateauChateau Ste. Michelle - Food and wine pairing made easy!For years, while I was in the retail wine business, people would ask me for food and wine pairing advice that ranged from the simple -- what wine matches Coq au Vin -- to the remarkably esoteric: What white wine goes with Filet Mignon, served sashimi style? (Don’t ask. Thankfully,... Read More

    From the article Ch. Ste. Michelle - My Chateau

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