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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot Sonoma County 2006


    Im not sure the previous reviewer has had many Merlots lately lol but i got alot of flavors out of this wine and none being a chalk infested eraser! It has notes of dried cherries, berries and a bit of spice and cinnamon on the palate. Read More

    Wine review by bkitch30

  • Syrah Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard 2005


    Bright opaque violet hue, aromas of berry pie, leather & spice; ripe dark stone fruits, pepper and sweet wood, integrated tannins support a moderate finish. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  •  Joel Gott, 2008, California, 14.4% Alc. Clean with a nice oaky streak running through the sweet, and slightly medicinal red fruit and pomegranate inflected nose. This has a gentle vegetal note that works well as a counterpoint to the balanced fruit and oak notes. On the palate this is smooth and balanced with fresh, complex flavors of red berry... Read More

    From the article February 2010 Zinfandel Tasting

  • Dry Creek Fume Blanc Sc 2008


    Had this wine before dinner at the Alpenglow Stube in Keystone, CO. I really like this sauvignon blanc. Crisp and light. No after taste. No grapefruit taste. Read More

    Wine review by MPohlmann

  • Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Stefani Vineyard 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by OhSoLittleMouse

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2006


    well done but a tad on the expensive side for what it is. should be $15. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2007


    Nice for the price. Syrupy but not sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Read More

    Wine review by basilwino

  • My wife and I will be visiting San Francisco in May this year and would like to arrange a one day tour of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.We have limited time in SFO - Is this feasible ?Are there any recommended tours or comapnies that can provide reliable and quality tours of these regions.Which wineries should we visit as a priorityMany thanksBarry D Read More

    Forum post in the topic Touring Napa & Sonoma Valleys

  • Goldschmidt Vineyard Merlot Dry Creek Valley Chelsea Goldschmidt 2008


    My first and only experience with this wine was one for the books. I was alone, in Dallas for a business meeting and made a special effort to go to a gem of a restaurant in Deep Ellum called Local. I'd found it on a previous trip to Dallas and had been dying to go back ever since. I decided to splurge and do the chef's tasting menu. The 4th co... Read More

    Wine review by waterrose398

  • Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by eraserhead

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