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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2005


    (Review of December 2009.) Superlative Napa Cabernet whose rich fruit and approachable texture make it delicious now, but whose beautiful balance and structure and grip suggest it will be good for years to come. Lots going on in this wine, from the deep, classic dark currant/cherry fruit to the chocolate, roasted herbs, coffee, and spice undern... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • Old World Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley Pena Creek Vineyard 1999


    (Reviewed Jan. 2002) Another opaque purple, powerful, alcoholic Zin from Old World Winery, with a different personality from the equally delicious OWW Laughlin Vineyard Russian River Zin. This one has dense chocolate, dark berries, licorice, leather, and spice in its aromas and flavors. Briary mouth feel with classic Dry Creek earthiness, good c... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • Dry Creek Vineyard Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by amyfinke

  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003


    Same here with the price, we sell it at my store for 39 dollars. was going to take it home tonight, but, alas, we were out. cant find a bad wine from Ridge Read More

    Wine review by bartholomute

  • Nickel & Nickel Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Bonfire Vineyard 2006


    very intense dark fruit...very smooth finish with tones of oak and vanilla which helps balance the intense fruit...spice undertones a bit on the front and on the finish but with not much on the mid...very enjoyable ...backend with vanilla and oak which transitions into more of a plum on the long finish Read More

    Wine review by cgreg27

  • Wilson Dry Creek Valley Sawyer Vineyard Zinfandel 2007


    15.8% alcohol and oh boy can you taste it. This is wine for whiskey lovers. big fruit bomb which will knock you on your ass. paired great with mushroom thin crust pizza. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Cabernet Sauvignon My top scoring wine among these is the Malk, though the Trinitas offered alot of wine for a very price. Ultimately my personal choice among these wines is the Sausal. It's a classic old school style of California Cabernet bursting with ripe fruit and subtle notes of American oak. I love California Cabernet because it can be s... Read More

    From the article 2009 Cabernet and Merlot Round Up

  • Wilson Zinfandel "molly's Vineyard" Dry Creek Valley 2007


    Well made juice. Smooth and tannin-free. This was made with love. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Moving off a previous topic, I'm starting a new one that is about favourite Sonoma Chardonnays. I will kick things off with my favourites in a few different price ranges:Under $20 range- La Crema Monterey Chardonnay - newer wine for them but nice after a bit of time in the bottle. Not a lot of time but a couple of months:http://www.snooth.com/... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sonoma Chardonnays

  • Merriam Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Block 21 2004


    "Block 21" refers to a hillside vineyard block owned by T. R. Passalacqua Vineyards in the heart of Dry Creek. It is a nicely balanced, rich, chewy Dry Creek Cabernet with a classic California Cabernet profile. You don't have to search hard for the flavors in this forward, dark-currant and berry-flavored wine that also shows some dried-rose-like... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

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