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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  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • 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...

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Dry Creek Vineyard on Snooth

  • Keep the reports coming, Al.  So, far they have been very enjoyable.In the meantime back here in the Western Hemisphere it is a day ending in "y."  You know what that means:  Zinfandel. If I've told this story before, my excuse is that I am old.  Last June the EMark's were driving around Dry Creek Valley with no particular destination.  Mrs. EMa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • "Guess what day it is"  It's Wednesday, April 15th 2015. Aside from being Tax Day it means time for the annual Las Madres Vineyard Winemakers Luncheon. 2014 marks the 15th leaf and will be the 12th vintage for this cool climate Syrah vineyard nestled in the rolling hills of Carneros in Sonoma. It's been cool, foggy and windy the past few days le... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A day in the life, 2015 Las...


  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • We finally got the news that we are approved for our planning permit.  Now comes the really trying part:  building permits, contractors' estimates, dislocation, refinancing, and dealing with the neighbor who tried to stop the project and who will harass the contractor.  But it's official:  I get a basement with room for a real cellar with temper... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Finally able to exhale (Some...


  • There are countless delicious wines you could enjoy with your Valentine this year, but this special holiday calls for more than just outstanding. You need a wine that tells a tale; one preferably told over a candle-lit dinner. With this in mind, here are ten terrific Valentine’s Day bottles that provide intrinsically romantic stories -- in addit... Read More

    From the article 10 Storytelling Wines for Valentine's Day


  • Tonight I'm taking part in a weeklong California Historic Vineyard virtual tasting with a bottle of 2008 Wine Guerrilla Coffaro Vnyd Dry Creek Zinfandel. Early returns are not favoable as it is not doing a good job hiding the 15.6%abv. The jury is out at this point in time. Read More

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  • DV, unfortunately nothing that interesting in my Canadian family history, guessing just some fur trappers and a few assorted vagabonds.  BTW, back on topic, enjoyed a bottle of '09 Valdez Dry Creek Quinn Vineyard zin this evening, très bien! Read More

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  • Oregon's warmest growing season in recorded history, 2014, is brimming with bounty. With bud break, bloom and véraison all taking place about two to three weeks earlier than average, Oregon vintners can officially put the 2014 growing season in the record books. A warmer than average spring with just the right amount of rain triggered an early b... Read More

    From the article Vintage Scoop: Oregon in 2014


  • One of Sonoma's top zinfandel wineries welcomed a new member to the family. This week Healdsburg-based Seghesio Family Vineyards acquired 24-acres of old-vine zinfandel known as the Montafi Ranch Vineyard. The purchase adds another source for Seghesio's Sonoma, Home Ranch, Cortina, Old Vine and Rockpile zins. Seghesio currently oversees 300 acre... Read More

    From the article Seghesio Completes Purchase of Russian River Valley Vineyard


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