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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Was just curious for some input what your favorite everyday value cabernets are that you are all currently enjoying in the under 20 dollar range? Thanks for all your inputs! Read More

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  • Dry Creek Fume Blanc Sc 2008


    For $12 you cannot go wrong. Drinks like New Zealand sauvignon blanc that costs twice as much. lots of lemongrass and bread fruit. has a few years of aging potential. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Syrah Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard 2005


    Raspberry jam, molasses and ginger spill from the glass as this Dry Creek Zin overwhelms the senses with a delightful tour of savory and sweet flavors. Read More

    Wine review by grapelab

  • Sangiovese Unti Vineyard Dry Creek Valley "george's Block" 2006


    Spicy with huge herb tones on the nose but at the same time lots of oak. With air this gains notes of dried beef and flowers but the oak continues to hold the advantage. In the mouth this offers up an unappealing combination of sweet fruit and drying tannins with huge acids. It is compressed on the palate and clipped on the finish. The intensity... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Laurenwcole

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by tlld0004

  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003


    One of my favorite "easy drinking" reds. It's fruity, but not too much. It's good to the end. This wine is really good with lamb. Read More

    Wine review by pfmackin

  • Merriam Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Block 21 2004


    "Block 21" refers to a hillside vineyard block owned by T. R. Passalacqua Vineyards in the heart of Dry Creek. It is a nicely balanced, rich, chewy Dry Creek Cabernet with a classic California Cabernet profile. You don't have to search hard for the flavors in this forward, dark-currant and berry-flavored wine that also shows some dried-rose-like... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • David Coffaro Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2007


    The label (Dry Creek Zin, 15.6% alcohol) and young age suggest a bruiser. But what's in the bottle is a silky-smooth, rich, delicious red without any harshness, tough tannin, or heat. The dark cherry, plum, and spicy berry fruit courses across the palate, while the texture is almost Pinot Noir-like in its elegance and velvety feel. In this sense... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003


    I infinitely prefer the regular Ridge Lytton Springs bottlings, but recognize that the winemaker has to make different choices when the grapes in a certain block get over-ripe. The 2.6% residual sugar has helped retain the fruit - plums, black cherry, and raisins are at the forefront - but has also, to my taste, sucked most of the vibrancy out t... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

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