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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Hi fellow Snooths.. I just joined the group and live in the Bay Area, home of some of the most amazing wine regions in the world. I'm a major Zin fanatic, but also love Cabs, Syrah, Petit Sirah, Petit Verdot, Mouvedre, Barbera, Shiraz, and Bordeaux blends, too! I never turn down a well made, floral Sauvignon Blanc, and definitely NEVER turn down... Read More

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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Maestro Coll. Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley 2006


    dried cherries, raspberries as well as plums, currants and an earthiness. nice balance of acidity and tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Stefani Vineyard 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by ssummerford

  • David Coffaro Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2004


    (Review of Dec. 2006.) I'm ashamed to say this is the first bottle I've tried of David Coffaro Zinfandel. It is outstanding, reminding me of some of the best Ridge Lytton Springs Zins from the past - but at a cost at least $10 lower than those wines. Classic briary, fruit-laden Zinfandel nose, tremendous richess and balance in the flavors. Mout... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • David Coffaro Petite Sirah Dry Creek Valley 2007


    Lots of Dry Creek earthiness in this muscular but surprisingly approachable Petite Sirah. Nose displays deep black fruits, especially black raspberry, along with chocolate, vanilla, and baking pie crust. In the mouth the earthiness is really at the fore, with subdued blackberry/raspberry fruit and bittersweet chocolate notes. Still a bit toug... Read More

    Wine review by WineborkDotCom

  • Ridge Syrah Dry Creek Valley Lytton West Vineyard 2003


    No written review

    Wine review by Momish

  • Kokomo Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Perotti Vineyard 2007


    cherry nose with balanced cinnamon dark fruit palate warming to a lightly cloved peppery strawberry finish Read More

    Wine review by wineslingstress

  • Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Clone 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by psblend

  • 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

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