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...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • 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 on Snooth

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2003

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    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


  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2005

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    A great wine Read More

    Wine review by YellowWineDog


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005

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    I must give this wine a solid four. It was really enjoyable. Great purple color and fruity nose. I purchased this wine at PF Chang's. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by rhill2990


  • Now I know a bunch of you are thinking..."this guy is a real rube." My wife and I went out to dinner tonight. It has been a difficult week for both of us, for reasons I refuse to discuss. I know in the scheme of things PF Chang's is what I would describe as rising just above mediocrity. Being located in Toledo, I of course ordered the Mongol... Read More

    Forum post in the topic An Evening at PF Chang's...


  • Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Stefani Vineyard 2004

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    Wine review by palthainon


  • Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2008

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    Subtle gooseberry tones yield to grapefruit, pineapple and herbs on the nose in a rather exuberant rush that ends with a floral top note. Nicely balanced in the mouth with bright acids balanced by a round, juicy core of orange tinged pineapple fruit. This is a touch creamy with an lemony edge to the fruit up front but gains a nice mineral and ac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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