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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  • 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...

  • 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

  • I write this in the middle of a trip to California, the primary purpose of which was to taste Zinfandel. You see I love Zinfandel, think it’s the country’s greatest wine in fact. There is more diversity with Zin, plantedas it is basically throughout the state, than any other wine. Not only is it planted throughout the state but it hasin fact fou... Read More

    From the article An American Icon


  • Sometimes your plans don't exactly work out as one anticipates. Say a trip planned around a grape, Zinfandel for example. Everything can go along swimmingly and then you come to a place where you have no problem with their Zinfandel, but Zinfandel as it turns out is not their story. Such was my visit to Unti, designed as part of an itinerary exp... Read More

    From the article Unti - Going Their own Way


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    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • As I sit here trying to come to some conclusion it occurs to me that perhaps I am going about this all wrong. I amafter all a wine snob. Yes, it’s true, I am biased and I know it. I am first and foremost a red wine drinkerso when I think of the best regions my thoughts automatically run towards things like Nebbiolo and Piedmont, PinotNoir and Bu... Read More

    From the article Region of the Year 2013


  • It's not often that I have a plan. Well, a detailed plan at least.. Some sort of a plan not being a requirement for those in this business. But a detailed plan, and over-arching theme for a visit to wine country can certainly come in handy.  This month’s, or rather last month’s theme was, surprisingly enough: Zinfandel. I say surprisingly becaus... Read More

    From the article The Best of Zinfandel


  • Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2010

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    Opening with a huge nose of crushed blackberry, green balsam spice notes, and gorgeous floral accents, this smells terrific. Complex earthy fruit greets the palate with a rich, firm texture to the evolving chocolatey, tart cherry flavors that get added lift from the herbal freshness here. There's almost a little chinato character here, complex,... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tonight we made tacos, no not Duck tacos just regular gr beef, so I figured we would pop a 2012 Mietz Zinfandel. I got this bottle as a gift from the vineyard owner when we were at an event back in May. Not his label but his fruit. The winery is actually on his property or at least touching it. Anyhow, I've been sitting on this bottle wondering ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? -...


  • We tend to think of Pinot Noir when we think of Oregon and for good reason. Not only are Oregon’s Pinots outstanding, in a cool climate yet mostly modern style, but lots of people love to tell you about them. Yours truly included. Well here’s something else we should be talking about when it comes to Oregon: white wines. Pinot blanc has been Ore... Read More

    From the article Oregon's Next White


  • UPDATED! The reveal has begun.Open your packageShare your gift with the CommunityTake a guess at who sent it to you Players:Lingprof - 2010 Rockpile Ridge CabernetNapagirl68 - 2012 Failla Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir JonDerry - 2001 Miguel Merino Rioja Reserva and 2005 Infinito Malbec Foxall - 2010 Ogier Saint-Joseph Outthere - 2011 Holdredge Pinot N... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2013 for wine....


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2003

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    Should have it more often Read More

    Wine review by martce


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