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Dec 08,

2016

2017 Passport Pre-Sale Tickets Available

Passport to Dry Creek Valley will take place Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2017 and pre-sale tickets are now available! Passport was introduced in 1990, by Dry Creek Vineyard owner David S. Stare and the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, as a time every year when the winegrowing community could come together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Dry Creek Valley wine region. Over the 27 years since, the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy a world-class tasting experience with a festive twist, all within the idyllic Dry Creek Valley.

Over one weekend, Passport guests are welcomed into 45+ wineries throughout Dry Creek Valley, each offering a unique pairing of premium wine, gourmet food and entertainment. Take a vineyard tour for a grape-to-glass look at Dry Creek Valley wine. Sample exclusive vintages, rarely available to taste. Meet winemakers and grapegrowers – the generations of people behind the wine and magical ‘Dry Creek Valley spirit’. Savor exquisite food and wine pairings from acclaimed chefs. Delight in discovering each winery’s unique Passport “theme,” a tradition of the event. The possibilities are as varied as the wineries themselves and promise a fun, unforgettable weekend.

Ticket sales open to the general public on February 1 for this sell-out event, but you can purchase your pre-sale tickets through Dry Creek Vineyard here >>> http://bit.ly/2ek39a0

 

Dec 07,

2016

Holiday Shopping

The holidays are here and the whirlwind of shopping, eating and drinking has arrived! Let us help you make this stressful time of year a little bit easier. For a limited time, we are offering delicious wines, charming wine accessories and impressive big bottles to please every wine lover on your list.

Looking for something a little more serious? We are featuring signed 1.5L magnums of 2012 Endeavour Cabernet and 2012 The Mariner this holiday season. Personally written by Dry Creek Vineyard President Kim Stare Wallace, these unique large format bottles are essential to any cellar collection.

Be sure to check our holiday shipping deadlines to ensure that your gifts arrive on time. Shop online here or call Salina Littleton at 800-864-9463 x123 to order.

 

Dec 07,

2016

Winery Update: Blending and Bottling Blancs

Harvest may be over at Dry Creek Vineyard, but our winemaking team remains busy. Leading up to the holidays, we are creating final blends and preparing to bottle our 45th vintages of Dry Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Fumé Blanc!

We are incredibly proud to be the only domestic producer to bottle 45 consecutive vintages of Dry Chenin Blanc. To create this ultimate oyster loving wine, the blend components are separated into 13 different vessels by pick dates, vineyard blocks, yeasts, etc. Small amounts of various lots are put together and evaluated by taste, aroma and color to create the perfect combination. After the final blend is approved, we replicate it on a larger scale to prepare for bottling and test for heat stability and cold stability. All this is done in an effort to ensure that your bottle of Dry Chenin Blanc is the best that it can be when you open and taste it.

For more harvest news and behind-the-scenes action, make sure that you are following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are posting videos, giving vineyard updates and telling stories about the people that make Dry Creek Vineyard the ‘real deal’.

We love to see what you are up to as well! Tag us in your photos or use our hashtags: #drycreekvineyard or #teamdrycreek to share your favorite moments with Dry Creek Vineyard wines.

 

Nov 08,

2016

Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise and Pre-Cruise Loire Valley Trip

Pre-Cruise Loire Valley Trip: May 22-25, 2017
Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise: May 25-June 1, 2017

Taste, tour and discover Bordeaux and the Loire Valley with Dry Creek Vineyard owners, Kim Stare Wallace and Don Wallace, and Master Sommelier, Peter Granoff.

Bordeaux is the capital of Aquitaine in Southwestern France and one of the world’s undisputed wine capitals. While on this 7-night cruise, you’ll discover stately châteaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities like Cadillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines and visit notable sights on this incredible journey.

Prior to the cruise, join Kim and Don on a remarkable three-day Loire Valley trip. Experience the French countryside that inspired Kim’s father, David Stare, to head to California 45 years ago to start his own family winery, Dry Creek Vineyard. Discover the landscapes, unspoiled nature, beautiful gardens and breathtaking castles of the Loire Valley, all while sampling the incredible wines that made the region famous.

Here is a closer look at this delicious adventure. We hope you will join us!

 

PRE-CRUISE LOIRE VALLEY TRIP INCLUDES:

  • Private car transfer from airport to hotel
  • Welcome wine reception
  • One night at the Hotel Regina in Paris
  • Two nights at the Hotel Château de la Bourdaisière in the Loire Valley
  • Tours and tastings at three wineries in the Loire Valley
  • Visit to Chambord Castle
  • Tour of a Cognac house in Cognac
  • Breakfast included each morning
  • Lunch and dinner included both days in the Loire Valley
  • All tours, entry fees, guides and motor coach transportation included
  • Luggage transfer to AmaDolce
  • Tour ends at AmaDolce to begin your cruise

 

TASTE OF BORDEAUX WINE CRUISE:

During our seven night voyage, you’ll enjoy the following:

  • Three dinners featuring Dry Creek Vineyard wines
  • “Taste like a Master Sommelier” – M.S. Peter Granoff leads you on a wine discovery through the eyes of a Master Sommelier
  • A vertical perspective of Bordeaux blends featuring blends from Bordeaux and Dry Creek Vineyard “The Mariner”
  • Two special wine themed shore excursions featuring tastings, tours and lunch

DAY 1 – BORDEAUX, FRANCE – EMBARKATION
Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening during a delectable Welcome Dinner.

DAY 2 – CADILLAC
Cadillac is a region renowned for its sensational white wines. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a visit to the Sauternes wine region, where you’ll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. As an alternative, you can choose to see the historic Roquetaillade Castle, a fortress which was initially built in the 10th century by Charlemagne as his army advanced toward the Pyrenees.

DAY 3 – PAUILLAC
Today, you will enjoy a tour of the lovely village town on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée, a government controlled destination of origin which signifies where grapes are grown), Pauillac’s gravelly soils are renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines – especially those made from the Merlot grape variety. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting. Return to the ship for a wonderful dinner, and then spend the evening as you please – we will be docked in Pauillac overnight.

DAY 4 – PAUILLAC – BLAYE – BOURG
Take in the riverside scenery this morning as we make our way from Pauillac to Blaye. North of Bordeaux, this small town is best known for its red wine and historic significance. Today, you’ll be able to enjoy an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which was built by famous military engineer Major Vaubon. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg. Ideally situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne, this historic village still lives inside medieval walls. Built during Roman times and later fortified by the English, it is filled with rich architectural tradition. Here, you’ll be able to see the home of legendary French corsair, Jean Bart. The ship will remain overnight in Bourg.

DAY 5 – BOURG – LIBOURNE
This afternoon, you’ll arrive in the winemaking capital, Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – St. Émilion and Pomerol. First, you will have the unique opportunity to savor exquisite blends during a tasting at a cave in St. Émilion, a historic village known for its picturesque architecture and historic vineyards that were first introduced to the land by the Romans. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic tour of the celebrated landscapes in Pomerol. The ship moors overnight in Libourne.

DAY 6 – LIBOURNE – CUBZAC – BORDEAUX
Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château D’Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle which was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town which was fortified during medieval times. There is also an optional tour for guests to explore the flavors of Bergerac, a wine-growing region in the southern part of the Dordogne department that is home to 13 AOCs. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Cubzac. This old town near the Dordogne once served as a watchtower during the Middle Ages and contains many historic treasures. While here, you’ll taste wines from the Côtes de Bourg region. We sail to Bordeaux this evening where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. Later on, take in the brightly-lit sights on an illuminations cruise of this magical city.

DAY 7 – BORDEAUX
Today you’ll see the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot. The breathtaking capital of the wine world is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, with over 360 historic monuments within its borders, it is also classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the wine museum. An optional tour will also be available for those who wish to see Cognac, a place best-known for its unique, double-distilled spirit and six prominent AOCs. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux.

DAY 8 – BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

Contact Expedia Cruise Ship Centers at 877-651-7447 or WineClub@CruiseShipCenters.com to reserve your space today!

 

 

Oct 12,

2016

Harvest Update

Here at Dry Creek Vineyard, our 45th harvest just wrapped up and it is showing all the signs of a great vintage. It’s hard to believe that in just five short years, we’ll be celebrating our 50th! With each passing year, we find ourselves one of the few remaining family-owned wineries driven to create appellation focused, varietal defining wines that rival the best in California.

The 2016 harvest has been a pleasant surprise after the short crop of 2015 and the drought conditions during the previous years. We just brought in our last lot of fruit, and the quality of this vintage has been incredible. The aromas of Sauvignon Blanc are coming on strong, Zinfandel is showing some beautiful, pure berry flavors and the Cabernet Sauvignon of this vintage is sure to be a standout!

For more harvest news and behind-the-scenes action, make sure that you are following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are posting videos, giving vineyard updates and telling stories about the people that make Dry Creek Vineyard the ‘real deal’.

We love to see what you are up to as well! Tag us in your photos or use our hashtags: #drycreekvineyard or #teamdrycreek to share your favorite moments with Dry Creek Vineyard wines.