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

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc 2012

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    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Very good, hard to find locally (read impossible), but easily found it in Chicago. I like low alcohol dry white's in spring/summer. Had this with country ribs on Easter Sunday, 2014, with my mother and brother in attendance. A keeper (bought a spare bottle), but it's up against my other mantra...so many wines so little t... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Montemaggiore Syrah Dry Creek Valley Paolo's Vineyard 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • I get it. Not all of us have the time to research wine. Diving into the details ... Alexander Valley $21 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg $12Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley $27Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Taylor's Vineyard MusqueDry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley $25 Kunde Kun... Read More

    From the article Shopping the Big Brands


  • Hi all,Thinking about getting down there after NYE, but will have well-behaved nine year old with us.  Are most of the wineries in Kenwood/ Glen ellen child friendly? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Kenwood/Glen Ellen...


  • I have amassed a small collection of photos of iconic Old-Vine sites across Sonoma and Napa Counties over the past few years. Tell me these should not be saved! They are relics of ancient viticultural history in California. Enjoy!Hayne Vineyard -St Helena, Napa Valley - Turley, Carlisle, Robert Biale Giovannetti Vineyard - Santa Rosa/Forestville... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • Our friend, Outthere, has made us aware of the Historic Vineyard Society, and I, personally, have enjoyed reading about his experiences with the society, and his interactions with some of the producers who source from these vineyards.  Yesterday, Mrs. Emark handed me an article entitled "The Battle for America's Oldest Vines" that she had clippe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Old California Vines


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by shrumica


  • So, do you have your wine planned out yet for the Thanksgiving meal? I'm going a bit off course this year as I am smoking my turkey so I'm probably going to go heavy on Syrah rather than Pinot Noir. But that could change based on input from the guests.First off I'll likely pop a 2010 Copain Baker Ranch Syrah as it shows quite Pinot-like and I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Thanksgiving thread


  • I write this in the middle of a trip to California, the primary purpose of which was to taste Zinfandel. You see I love Zinfandel, think it’s the country’s greatest wine in fact. There is more diversity with Zin, plantedas it is basically throughout the state, than any other wine. Not only is it planted throughout the state but it hasin fact fou... Read More

    From the article An American Icon


  • Sometimes your plans don't exactly work out as one anticipates. Say a trip planned around a grape, Zinfandel for example. Everything can go along swimmingly and then you come to a place where you have no problem with their Zinfandel, but Zinfandel as it turns out is not their story. Such was my visit to Unti, designed as part of an itinerary exp... Read More

    From the article Unti - Going Their own Way


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