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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Going to a winemakers dinner tonight downtown metro F'ville at the Wine Guerrila.Passed Hors d'oeuvres:Dates filled with cashews and Laura Chenel ChevreProsciutto and Parmesan PinwheelsHeirloom Tomato Tartspaired with Wine Guerrilla 2012 Adel's Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Dinner:Chilled Corn Bisque with Basil Oil and Chevre Toastpaired w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I haven't tasted a Zinfandel in many years and would like to get reacquainted.  Any recommendations for a fruit-forward one around $25? Read More

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  • Valdez Quinn Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Dry Creek Valley 2009

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    Excellent Dry Creek zin from Valdez. This is more subtle than some of their other zins, less jammy and a bit more refined. Still has abundant red and black fruits, blueberry compote, moderate acidity and fine grained tannins. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Last week while I was up north:Enkidu:2013 Shamhat Rose of Syrah2009 Odyssey Syrah (2 X)2011 Bedrock Zinfandel (2 X)2012 ANU Cabernet SauvignonI also did something I swore I'd never do--buy futures.  Zichichi Family Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley is up a dead-end street, pretty much, off the beaten path.  Their "Barrel Tasting Today" sign sucked m... Read More

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  • Two exciting things happened today.  First, I picked up my WTSO order that was placed yesterday - four bottles of 2012 Castlebank Cabernet Sauvignon 'Vivian's Vineyard' from Dry Creek Valley for the grand total of $56.  I opened one bottle just to taste it and it's decent.  I'll have some more when I have a nice steak to grill.Second, I did anot... Read More

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  • Hope you bought the optional bread at Scopa...to die for! Your trip sounds like one I do about every six weeks. If anybody else is looking to hit the wine road in RR and Dry Creek, her's a couple sure bets. Zins:Mazzocco, which does about two dozen single vineyard Zins...and not one of them is less than perfection.Armida, does a great Maple Zin ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • After graduating from medical school and before beginning indentured service as a resident physician, my wife and I decided we should make a trip out to California wine country and Yosemite. So, a week after moving to my new residency location, we pawned off the two year old on the grandparents and headed for the hills of California.We arrived i... Read More

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  • When we talk about Zinfandel we often tend to focus on those most familiar to us. Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, Amador County, and even Napa get their fair share of attention, though just as often we tend to gloss over some terrific wine producing regions. I’m sure that on the whole my coverage of Zinfandel this year will be equally lopsided ... Read More

    From the article Unheralded Zinfandel


  • Kokomo Winery Pauline's Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Grenache Rose 2011

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  • Kokomo Winery Timber Crest Vineyard Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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