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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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Dry Creek Vineyard on Snooth

  • I have been wanting to get a bottle of Opus One....but i am wondering if there is something just as good available for less money.  I know sometimes things are over priced based on name alone and i am more interested in a great bottle of wine...not a great marketing company.Thanks in advance for your replys Read More

    Forum post in the topic option to Opus one


  • David Coffaro Carignane Dry Creek Valley 2002

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    Time to drink this. It was a 4/5 two years ago, but it is time to drink, flavors are getting muted, last of the legs are running out. Read More

    Wine review by davetheduffer


  • HiI have just joined Snooth and am exploring a bit. I have been buying, selling and tasting wine for over 20 years. Recently I started a new side to my business www.bellawinetours.com where we take people to some of the finest Chateaux in Bordeaux and taste some of the best wines. It is always great fun arriving at Chateau Lafite Rothschild or C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best winery visit/experience???


  • Merriam Vineyards Cabernet Franc Dry Creek Valley Jones Vineyard 2004

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    Wine review by fingel


  • Merriam Vineyards Cabernet Franc Dry Creek Valley Jones Vineyard 2005

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    Wine review by fingel


  • We’ve been impressed with the selections offered by The California Wine Club in the past, but with their amazing offer of $1 shipping on every case or half-case purchased (you can even mix and match, if you'd like!), we have to say they’ve taken customer service to another level. It’s not just that this is a compelling shipping deal, which it is... Read More

    From the article The California Wine Club - On Sale


  • Handley Cellars Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay Handley Vineyard 2007

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    Smooth and inviting peach and melon aromas that carry a hint of sweetness open up on this wine. Good fresh flavors of melon and lemon mingle with a bit of oak backbone to create a fresh and refreshing wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Handley Cellars Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay Handley Vineyard 2007

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    Piercing aromas of fresh fruit (apples with hints of nectarine and orange), soft spice, and mineral earth on the nose with hint of wildflowers and lightly buttered toast. Soft on entry and revealing a gentle spice tone right up front which is joined by notes of pear skin, grilled peach and orange marmalade on the mid-palate. The acidity really ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • http://www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com/Looks like the Sat tasting is 150 wineries/ over 1000 wines plus food.  I am gonna try to make this one if a) I can get a room and b) friend or hubby can come.Looks GREAT- especially since I love the area. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma tasting, Sat of labor...


  • 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


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