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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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

  • 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


  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by miltonw


  • Dry Creek Fume Blanc Sc 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Cheri


  • Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone 2007

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    Nothing is missing here. Maybe the best Zinfandel in your supermarket. Read More

    Wine review by cesarhdez


  • Handley Cellars Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay Handley Vineyard 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by tes990


  • This day began with a trip to Bouchon Bakery for breakfast and coffee for the road, as we were venturing way up north to Dry Creek.  Having met Brendan Malm of Malm Cellars at a tasting in Vegas, he invited us to visit his winery.  We made the trip and met him at the location where his facility will be.  It wa sin the infant stages, with infinit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Trip- Day 4- 4/21/10


  • The unfortunate thing, is that I seem to have lost some of my notes.  I suppose that happens with wine consumption. Anyway, we began the day with a drive through St. Helena up the mountain to Pride Mountain Vineyards, as my friend had arranged another tasting for us.  We were greeted with a small pour of the chardonnay and once our group was com... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Trip- Day 2- 4/19/10


  • Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Coll. Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    Cherry and spice flavors, but I found it to be a tad sour.- Tasted at winery 4/19/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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