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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  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 1984


    Wow this is fantastic from the get go. The nose is packed with sweet, candied fruit and is really very complex with notes of cedar, mint, shoe polish VA, wood, some animal tones and a lovely hint of brambly black fruit weaving in and out of the glass. On the palate this is smooth and rich, seamless with bright plummy fruits and cedary notes on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I was fortunate to share a meal with Mike Dashe -- and several of his wines -- some seven or so years ago. A mutual friend arranged the little soiree here in New York City and introduced me to these lovely wines that highlight the luscious fruit of old vine Zinfandel, but manage to avoid the worst excesses that usually accompany the breed: exces... Read More

    From the article Dashe Cellars

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006


    Aroma: Cherries, Plums, earth, hint of chocolate, baking spice. Flavors: Fairly light, Plums, some tannins, dusty notes. Finishes quickly. An elegant wine, far better than its price might indicate. Read More

    Wine review by boris8

  • Everyone has a favorite "just for fun wine"--one that you drink because it just tastes good. These fun wines are great to fall back on for parties or just enjoying at the end of the day. I had a great "fun" wine this weekend from Debonne Vineyards (Madison, OH) , Razzberry Riesling. The Raspberry brought out the flavors of the Riesling nicely an... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Just for fun" Wines

  • Mazzocco Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Maple Vineyard 2007


    Tasted at the 2010 Zap wine festival and I only captured the numeric rating. Ill have to taste again to get more detailed notes. Read More

    Wine review by jkagel

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by jkagel

  • Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Forchini Vineyard 2007


    smokey and smooth with a little bit of a bite. Read More

    Wine review by angelblas17

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot Sonoma County 2006


    Im not sure the previous reviewer has had many Merlots lately lol but i got alot of flavors out of this wine and none being a chalk infested eraser! It has notes of dried cherries, berries and a bit of spice and cinnamon on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by bkitch30

  • Syrah Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard 2005


    Bright opaque violet hue, aromas of berry pie, leather & spice; ripe dark stone fruits, pepper and sweet wood, integrated tannins support a moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  •  Joel Gott, 2008, California, 14.4% Alc. Clean with a nice oaky streak running through the sweet, and slightly medicinal red fruit and pomegranate inflected nose. This has a gentle vegetal note that works well as a counterpoint to the balanced fruit and oak notes. On the palate this is smooth and balanced with fresh, complex flavors of red berry... Read More

    From the article February 2010 Zinfandel Tasting

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