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 on Snooth

  • We tend to think of Pinot Noir when we think of Oregon and for good reason. Not only are Oregon’s Pinots outstanding, in a cool climate yet mostly modern style, but lots of people love to tell you about them. Yours truly included. Well here’s something else we should be talking about when it comes to Oregon: white wines. Pinot blanc has been Ore... Read More

    From the article Oregon's Next White


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2003

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    Should have it more often Read More

    Wine review by martce


  • You have to love Australia’s red wines. If for nothing else than the sheer simplicity of twisting off a baker’s dozen of screw-caps as opposed to setting out to fight with so many corks. OK that’s not a tremendous motivation to get you to try these wines but it was a sweet sight for my sore eyes, or hand as the case may be. Some of these wines w... Read More

    From the article Is Australia Back?


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2010

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    I tried this Zin on the recommendation of a local LCBO vintage wine clerk here in Ottawa, and supposedly he has forgotten more about california wines than most will ever know! That being said, I myself found it more complex and refined than most of the wines in this price category with a very clean finish! Read More

    Wine review by WalkOnWine


  • Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    This wonderfully crisp, incredibly refreshing dry Chenin Blanc perfectly represents our love for this classic grape variety. At first swirl, fragrant aromas of tropical stone fruits such as white peach, melon, and citrus leap from the glass. A few minutes in the glass reveal the wines signature mineral characters, and even some chalky notes, whi... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • Okay, since you have been to Mauritson, I'm going to leave that off my list for a side trip into DCV, but if you head up that way, I think you should visit the following:Bella--awesome cave cut into the side of the mountain, a new chef in the tasting room who has a Michelin star in his background, and really good Zins; at least one SVD will grab... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seeking Advice for Russian...


  • We're heading back to (my favorite wine region) Russian River the first weekend in October and are looking for advice on what to do and what to expect.  We've been to RRV several times but only during the off season.  Is there anything special we should do at this time of year, and conversely, is there anything we should avoid? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seeking Advice for Russian...


  • With harvest truly getting underway in northern California, up to now it's mostly been early whites and grapes for roses and sparkling wines, masses of enotourists are descending on the northern counties to enjoy them in their glory. While many of us think of wine country as a tourist destination, the truth of the matter is that it is an agricul... Read More

    From the article 6 Great Wine Lists


  • Hobo Wine Company Treborce Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County 2008

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    Really good Dry Creek Valley zin. Still very young and fresh tasting. Great nose, blackberry, blueberry, plum with good acidity, light tannin and a medium finish. Very enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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