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...

  • 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...

  • 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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Dry Creek Vineyard on Snooth

  • We live in a world where strong adjectives are thrown around loosely both by media types and everyday folks. The trouble with that is it can lessen the impact of those words when they’re used quite seriously and literally. I say this because I had the chance to have lunch with Joel Peterson recently; for me, as well as many other wine lovers, he... Read More

    From the article Lunch With Ravenswood Founder Joel Peterson


  • Ravenswood – Decades of producing old vine Zinfandel that reflects the vineyard and not the winemaker’s style. Joel Peterson, Ravenswood’s founder and winemaker to this day, was doing the rounds recently here in New York City. I had a chance to sit with him and taste through much of the line-up they are releasing in the coming months. The commit... Read More

    From the article Ravenswood's Joel Peterson


  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by kemcnamara


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by whiterabbit


  • A friend and I decided to see wine country while it was just about harvest ... ... Simi, Chalk Hill, Quivira, Dry Creek Vineyard, Kendall Jackson, Martinelli, Sonoma Cutrer Sonoma:Buena Vista*Shug CarnerosGundlach-Bundschu ( "Gun Bun" as it's known)*HessDomaine Carneros* Maybes were- Acacia, Matanzas Creek, Chateau St. Jean, Kunde, Rave... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Visiting Wine Country


  • Sbragia Gino's Vineyard Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2006

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    Not for me. -Tasted at winery 9/19/09 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003

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    No written review

    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


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