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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

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Dry Creek Vineyard on Snooth

  • This is the time of the year that you see a slew of rosé wine reviews, as the summer is known as pink wine season. This is underscored by the fact that most wineries release their rosés in the spring no doubt in an effort to latch on to the popular sentiment. For years, I refused to buy into to the “summer means rosé” mindset as I firmly believe... Read More

    From the article It's Time to Get Serious About Rose


  • You're on an international watch list for killing them off too young, OT. Good luck getting on a plane these days!Thanks for the clarification about Dry Creek Valley. Can't properly remember the last time I was in that neck of the woods, but it was probably near the beginning of last decade on both clear and overcast days, but no fog. How about ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Actually D, Mounts Vineyard is in Dry Creek Valley. It's a hillside vineyard on the west side up near the Lake Sonoma end of the valley. Right at the fog line.  Read More

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  • Mark, assume you're familiar with foglines in general. Whether you're on Pierpont Bay somewhere like Ventura, in The City somewhere on the western side of Pacific Heights, any number of hilltops near the ocean along The True Sonoma Coast, or up in Ukiah, you become very aware of where the fog stops on the days it rolls in. Haven't had that wine ... Read More

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  • Today I received the e-mail solicitation from Under the Wire.  I was in the second mailing.  So, the wine I really wanted was "Sold Out" before I even opened the e-mail.  I did get something, though:2 X 2012 Broussard Vineyard Sparkling Chardonnay Wishlisted 2 X 2012 Alder Springs Sparkling ChardonnayI have posted several times on this board tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • 1995 Nalle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel x21998 Limerick Lane Collins Vineyard Zinfandel x21999 Amphora Mounts Vineyard Petite Sirah2002 Joseph Swan Stellwagen Vineyard Zinfandel x22003 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Bodega Rancho Que Syrah 1.5L Read More

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  • Breaking into my newly obtained stash from Old World Winery: I have no idea what the "Fog Line" reference is.  The "Two Vineyards" I get.  This wine is blend of 70% Merlot sourced from the Mounts Bench Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley and 30% Syrah from the Rockin R Ranch in Ukiah Valley.This is a very easy drinking wine.  Obvious fruit up front--I'... Read More

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  • Hi Aline!Looks like you have Napa pretty much under control or at least have a lot of options. For Napa scenery, Newton Vineyard is awesome although it'll probably be a bit pricey, the wine is pretty good.Downtown Healdsburg has a bunch of tasting rooms, not quite Lompoc but easily walkable and lots of other shops and restaurants. There are a co... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Napa and Sonoma -...


  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of vigorous exercise. So before summer rosés officially take hold, get in on the last gasps of Cabernet. I tasted through forty different Cabernets, all under $16. There are some superb examples here that you’re going to want to try. Cabernet, because of the value inhere... Read More

    From the article Drink Value Cabernet Before It's Too Late


  • Hi guys, it's me again... crazy Brazilian-New Yorker chick asking for advice on wine travel...So I will have 4 full days in the area (May 14-17) and wanted to pick your brains for anything amazing and cost-beneficial you can come up with (except for hotels, I could care less about where I stay, all money goes to wine!).For timing reasons, my mai... Read More

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