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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • I'll be at Taste of Sonoma on Saturday at MacMurray Ranch. Napagirl, you've been quiet on this event. Are you staying home this year? This is the event of the year around here. Over 200 wineries pouring 700+ wines paired with food from over 60 chefs from the best restaurants in the County.Wine served under huge tents labeled by appellation, RRV,... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2012

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    Wine review by MJAK


  • Wilson Winery Petite Syrah Ellies's Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Rouge 2005

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    Opaque black plum, aromas of bright blackberries and black plums wrapped in cellar floor, rich palate notes of black raspberry, black cherry and dark tree fruits with baking spice, tobacco and tea leaf lingering over a gracefully long finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth


  • We were lucky enough to attend the sold-out Project Zin fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association of the North Bay last night in Healdsburg, CA.  Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines/Rockpile Wines and Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen (and about half a dozen other acclaimed restaurants) sponsor this event.  Between their respective ma... Read More

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  • Hey Fox, Project Zin looks like a winner. Why didnt you talk about it sooner ... ... Winery & VineyardsDry Creek VineyardLimerick Lane CellarsMartinelli WineryMauritson Family WineryQuivira Vineyards and WineryRavenswood WineryRidge VineyardsRobert Biale VineyardsRock WallSbragia Family VineyardsSeghesio Family VineyardsSt. Francis Winery and... Read More

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  • I just received notification from Bedrock that I might have the opportunity to buy some of their new release and, thus, be elevated to full e-mail membership.  So, I am wondering if you have any recommendations on the following that I may request.  My gut feeling is that the most attractive wines might be the ones with the lower bottle limits:De... Read More

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  • Wilson Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Reserve Tori Vineyard 2009

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    Wine review by JenShoe


  • Yes, yes and yes.  We were in healdsburg  a couple of years ago biking and really enjoyed it, but found out quickly that biking and wine tastings didn't mix especially on a hot day!  Did a lot of the biggies, korbel, chateau st jean, a couple out on dry creek, and stopped at a tasting bar in HB  - Hauck?  Trouble is, I have problems finding wine... Read More

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc Sonoma County 2010

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    This new vintage harkens back to the early days of Fumé Blanc at Dry Creek Vineyard. At first swirl, pungent grassy aromas framed by kaffir limes leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine displays racy citrus characters along with granny smith apples, Meyer lemon and orange zest. The grassy elements repeat on the finish with acidity that is b... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • So I am sneaking away to Sonoma for a few days.  I have spent tons of time up in RRV and Sebastopol, and I think I want to revisit the lower valley this time- Kenwood, Glen Ellen...  I would love recommendations for wineries, hotels, motels, vac. rentals, and restaurants.  Sonoma proper would be ok to stay, as is close to those areas.  Plan on h... Read More

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