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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  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • David Coffaro Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    Wine review by wstuckey


  • Wine flights for this blind tasting.Flight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 ... ... Florence Vineyard2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence VineyardFlight 3 100 years and what do you get?2006 Terra d'Oro Deaver Vineyard 100 year old Amador County2005 Kunde Century Vines Shaw Vineyard Reserve Sonoma v... Read More

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  • Wine flights for this blind tasting. Flight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2006 ... ... Florence Vineyard 2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch 2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence Vineyard Flight 3 – 100 years and what do you get? 2006 Terra d'Oro Deaver Vineyard 100 year old – Amador County 2005 Kunde Century Vines Shaw Vineyard Reserve ... Read More

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  • Wines tasted in this reportFlight 1- Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel2006 Pedroncelli ... Florence Vineyard 93pts2006 Dry Creek Vineyard Somers Ranch 89pts2005 Carol Shelton Rocky Reserve Florence Vineyard 94ptsFlight 3 100 years and what do you get?2006 Terra d'Oro Deaver Vineyard 100 year old Amador County 88pts2005 Kunde Century Vines Shaw Viney... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Effusively aromatic with baked earth and fruit tones baked plum, tobacco and smoky oak with a tarry edge. A bit heavy on the nose. Big and rick with a sleek sweetness to the wine. There is a distinct dried fruit tone to the intense cherry/cranberry fruit here and fine pepperiness and briar accentuates the mid-palate. The tannins a fairly substa... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Collier Falls Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Private Reserve 2002

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    This is a previous selection from the Gold Medal Wine Club-Platinum Series. The 2002 Private Reserve Zinfandel swept the Los Angeles County Fair with three major awards Gold Medal, Best of Class & Best of Show a rare trifecta achieved by only the best of the best wines produced. This stellar wine also picked up a Gold Medal at the San Francisco... Read More

    Wine review by Gold Medal Wine Club


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Dry Creek Valley Meritage 2005

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    Wine review by paulc


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Dry Creek Valley Meritage 2005

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    Wine review by paulc


  • Montemaggiore Syrah Dry Creek Valley Paolo's Vineyard 2005

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    Wine review by canismajor


  • Hey everyone. I'm pretty new around here, but I love wine and I'm trying to learn more about it. The problem is this: I've become pretty stuck as far as what I've been drinking and need some recommendations. I have tended to drink lots of really earthy red wines, Cotes du Rhone, Gigondas, Tempranillo, Monastrell and the like. I love all of these... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In a rut -- need...


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