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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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2010

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    Wine review by ceekaynj


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc Sonoma County 2011

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    Not a bad Sauvignon Blanc with bright citrus, lemon and grapefruit. A little on the harsh side with some metallic bite but overall ok for the price point. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2010

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    Wine review by CageyT


  • Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Florence Vineyard 2009

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    Delightful Zinfandel. There is a strong chocolate note in this wine. Needs about an hour to breathe. Read More

    Wine review by ff1959


  • France may have established that the grapes of Bordeaux go very well together, but that essential blend can now be found in excellent wines worldwide, from South Africa to Washington State.California does particularly well with the black grapes of Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. California Bordeaux ... Read More

    From the article Top 15 California Bordeaux Blend Wines Under $125


  • Hi Everyone,I´m recently joined to Snooth and fully motivated to get going. Having toured around Argentina and Chile tasting wines, my partner and I head up to San Fransisco to tour the US West Coast in March.Does anyone here have a recommendation for one day circuits we could do? We probably have 2 days for California wines, and have been recom... Read More

    Forum post in the topic West Coast Wine Tours


  • Syrah has been a perennial dark horse in the US market for much of the last two decades. It’s a grape that always seems to be on the verge of greatness, even exploding on the scene in the late 1990s under the Shiraz moniker and with a thick Aussie accent, but as we all know, Aussie Shiraz is so very 1990, and Syrah struggles to find a following ... Read More

    From the article Syrah - Has Its Time Come?


  • Being a cab lover I am hesitant to stray from what I like. On a recent occasion I had the opportunity to try a Zinfandel and to my amazement, it had some of the same attributes of the cabernets I love so well. I perused Snooth and stopped on a particular zin from Bogle vineyards. Gregory Dal Piaz gave it a nice rating and being a member of Snoot... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New on the block with Zinfandel


  • Dry Creek Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry 2011

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    Nice Chenin Blanc, a good value. Read More

    Wine review by RUS


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc Sonoma County 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by TibbySF


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