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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  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003

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    Wine review by mferguson


  • I was asked by a fellow snoother to write a bit about Norton wines after I had expressed some opinions regarding same in another forum thread. So in an effort to comply and, for what it's worth, share my humble knowledge of the subject, I present the following:I moved to Missouri in 1994 after having lived the prior ten years in Sonoma County, C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Norton - a brief history of...


  • Wine Guerilla is a specialist operation run by Bruce Patch, who is intent on sourcing great fruit from some of Sonoma’s best vineyard sites to create wines that are true to their origins and that express the intensity and richness that Zinfandel is famous for.The wines are made at the Coffaro Winery and benefit from the decades of experience tha... Read More

    From the article Wine Guerrilla


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2006

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    Excellant wine for the money. Right up their with Zins at $20 plus. Read More

    Wine review by bigracedog


  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003

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    I concur- cant find it for less than $35. This is a really well balanced zin. Read More

    Wine review by kbrod7


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2003

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    No written review

    Wine review by betherington1


  • Alexander Valley Vineyards has always been a great source for delicious, well-balanced, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon.  I finished my last bottle of the 1986 this past December and it remains fresh, complex and vibrant. That quality, however, is not limited to their Cabernet.  Quality across the board is terrific here and the wines are priced f... Read More

    From the article Alexander Valley Vineyards Zinfandels


  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003

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    Wine review by ashandmike


  • Hello all. We'll be spending a weekend in Paso Robles later in the month and I was overwhelmed by the list of wineries there.Could some of my more experienced Snooth buddies suggest a half dozen or so "don't-miss" cellars we should visit? I like Four Vines, so I know I'm planning to go there. Suggestions?(and as a random aside, can you take a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Advice on Paso Robles Wineries?


  • Wine Guerrilla Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Block 6 Goat Trek Vineyard 2007

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    Stewed plums and tobacco with hints of cocoa, earth, black pepper and game fill the glass. Almost seamless with the acid and tannins just poking through he tobacco tinged black plum and blackberry toned fruit. Theres a nice richness to the wine with its slightly chewy texture and a slightly creamy, mocha tinged quality on the back end that lead... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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