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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Every year, UNLV has a big wine tasting to benefit scholarship for the ... ... 2006Robert Hall Syrah 2007Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2008Dry Creek Vineyard Zin 2007Dry Creek VY Cab 2006Loken Cab 2005Loken Syrah Reserve 2005Viño Zaca Riserva Rioja 2006Mazzoni Toscana Rosso 2008Rutherford Hill 2005Cuvaison Chardonnay 2008J Brut RoséJ Pinot N... Read More

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  • I love Malbecs.. only problem.. I think I have an allergy to them in specific.  Does anyone have any suggestions on other full bodied, smooth.. red wines?  I do not like light wines.Please... anyone?? thanks Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2006

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    Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone 2007

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    Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2008

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    Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by fbilgel


  • Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2008

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    Heavenly nose, citrus, grass, melon, honeysuckle, even a hint of spearmint! Delicious crisp, balanced acidity, lemon, lime, herbaceous lusciousness...fill my glass! Read More

    Wine review by Bobbie Lee


  • Sidejob Cellars Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Stefani Vineyard 2006

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    This is a gorgeous wine, deep garnet in color, it opens up to a lovely big berry taste without being too jammy. Beautiful spice box with smooth tannins make this wine infinitely "sipable", sipable because you won't want to rush through the bottle. A thoroughly delightful Zin, and I just LOVE a great Zin! Only wish I'd bought more! Read More

    Wine review by Winenot2


  • Just wanted to wish all you fellow Snoothians a Happy Easter and am interested to know what you've been eating and drinking.  You'll have to wait a week for my answers on this one as we are working this weekend so are delaying family celebrations until next week. In the meantime, have you been treating yourselves?Best wishesCathy   Read More

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  • This show specifically deals with Rhone varietals produced in the USA.  Most are produced in California, some in Oregon, and a few in other states as well.  Heavily represented was the Paso Robles area of California, which is bringing Rhone varietals to the forefront of California wine drinking. One of the challenges of that region is the climat... Read More

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