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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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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Dry Creek Vineyard on Snooth

  • Well a scheduling snafu, and the fact that both NY football teams are in the playoff hunt, reduced turnout for this weeks blind tasting.I had to juggle the flights as well so this was a little bit of a different tasting with 2 flights of Italians varieties and 2 flights of Syrah so the break down will be a little different.In any event the small... Read More

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  • Wines Tasted:Flight 1 _ Sangiovese2005 J Pedroncelli Alto Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 91pts2006 Terra doro Amador County Sangiovese 86pts2005 Pietra Santa Cienega Valley Sangiovese 89ptsFlight 2 Other Italians2006 Montevina Amador County Aglianico 88pts2006 Bocella Rasott Campi Taurasini 89pts2004 Pietra Santa Dolcetto Cienega Valley 87ptsFlight ... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005

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    i didn't expect this to actually be dry but it is. It has all the qualities of a chenin blanc but softer, not as powerful with the green apples as a vouvray or anjou chenin blanc Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    simple and nice. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Zichichi Family Vineyard Estate Zinfandel Estate Grown Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by wstuckey


  • Zichichi Family Vineyard Petite Sirah Estate Grown Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by wstuckey


  • David Coffaro Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    No written review

    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

    From the article Snooth Panel Tasting Program explores Zinfandel


  • 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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