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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2010

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    Fruit forward zin. Not tannic. Dry and pepper finish. Interesting but have a glass of water handy to cut the dry mouth feeling after. Hoping for a zin less dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2010

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    Very nice, simple sonoma cab. Slightly chalky with nice dark fruit, medium tannin and a bit of acidity. Not overly complex but easy on the palette and quite tasty. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Rosenblum Paso Robles Zinfandel 2010

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    What a great tasting Zinfandel. Again, one of the local LCBO vintage wine ... ... It is very similar to the Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel. Beautifully fruit forward with a hint of what I can only describe as honey comb, and a very clean and elegant finis Read More

    Wine review by WalkOnWine


  • Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Very good, hard to find locally (read impossible), but easily found it in Chicago. I like low alcohol dry white's in spring/summer. Had this with country ribs on Easter Sunday, 2014, with my mother and brother in attendance. A keeper (bought a spare bottle), but it's up against my other mantra...so many wines so little t... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • I get it. Not all of us have the time to research wine. Diving into the details ... Alexander Valley $21 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg $12Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley $27Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Taylor's Vineyard MusqueDry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley $25 Kunde Kun... Read More

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  • Hi all,Thinking about getting down there after NYE, but will have well-behaved nine year old with us.  Are most of the wineries in Kenwood/ Glen ellen child friendly? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Kenwood/Glen Ellen...


  • I have amassed a small collection of photos of iconic Old-Vine sites across Sonoma and Napa Counties over the past few years. Tell me these should not be saved! They are relics of ancient viticultural history in California. Enjoy!Hayne Vineyard -St Helena, Napa Valley - Turley, Carlisle, Robert Biale Giovannetti Vineyard - Santa Rosa/Forestville... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • Our friend, Outthere, has made us aware of the Historic Vineyard Society, and I, personally, have enjoyed reading about his experiences with the society, and his interactions with some of the producers who source from these vineyards.  Yesterday, Mrs. Emark handed me an article entitled "The Battle for America's Oldest Vines" that she had clippe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by shrumica


  • So, do you have your wine planned out yet for the Thanksgiving meal? I'm going a bit off course this year as I am smoking my turkey so I'm probably going to go heavy on Syrah rather than Pinot Noir. But that could change based on input from the guests.First off I'll likely pop a 2010 Copain Baker Ranch Syrah as it shows quite Pinot-like and I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread


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