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May 28,

2015

90 Point Rock Stars

Our lineup of fantastic Zinfandels has certainly been on a roll as of late in the wine press. Our continued commitment to quality in everything we do has had a profound impact across all departments at the winery. As we embrace a “no compromises” philosophy, our mindset is clear: continue to produce delicious wines that reflect our home appellation and over deliver for their quality and price.

Wine Spectator
• 2013 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 points, Top Wines Under $25
• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 90 points

Wine Enthusiast Magazine
• 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel , 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel , 91 points
• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel , 90 points
• 2012 DCV7 Wallace Ranch Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 90 points

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Year’s Best Zinfandel Issue
• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel, 94 points, Year’s Best U. S. Zin
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 93 points

Robert Parker, Sonoma Report
• 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 DCV7 Wallace Ranch Zinfandel, 92 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 93 points

 

May 28,

2015

Dry Creek Vineyard: A Certified California Sustainable Vineyard & Winery

In our ever growing commitment to a sustainable business model, we are excited to announce that all 185 acres of our estate vineyards have now been Certified Sustainable. This news comes on the heels of the winery receiving the same certification in the Fall of 2014. It’s great news for DCV. As a leader in the sustainable movement for more than 25 years, it has been Don Wallace’s ongoing vision for the winery as well as for the wine industry as a whole. The good news is that being Certified Sustainable for both our Winery and Vineyard operations doesn’t end our commitment – in fact, this is just the beginning. Part of having a sustainable business mindset is that we are constantly looking for ways to lower our footprint and improve the overall health and well-being of our employees, community and the world at large. We love and appreciate this holistic approach to life.

 

May 28,

2015

World Class Hospitality

At its most basic level, hospitality is simply “the quality or disposition of treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly and generous way”. Here at Dry Creek Vineyard we wholeheartedly embrace this concept. Our hospitality is geared toward offering you the best wine country experience that we can deliver.
As the flagship winery of the Dry Creek Valley, we pride ourselves in being able to share the story of our family as well as the rich and diverse winemaking history of this valley. From a walk up tasting at our tasting room bar to a reserved Tour & Tasting or Meritage Blending Seminar, you will find a friendly wine educator who will guide you through your tasting experience and send you home with wines and memories that you will never forget.

We pride ourselves in greeting every guest within 10 seconds from the time they walk in our door with a bright smile and a cheerful welcome. Whether you are enjoying a tasting at our bar or quickly popping in to purchase a bottle of Fumé Blanc to go with your picnic lunch, our aim is to be the highlight of your day.
Never stuffy or pompous, our hospitality team is always warm and engaging and happy to share our knowledge and passion with you. We know that wine can be a daunting subject loaded with pitfalls and potential etiquette faux pas that can intimidate the fun right out of you. Our promise is to educate you in a fun and approachable way that makes you feel comfortable in our world. We want all of our guests to walk away knowing what we all do… that a good day is a good day, but a good day at Dry Creek Vineyard is a memory that will last a lifetime.

 

Mar 02,

2015

2015 Cellar Update

Much of the focus in January and February has been on bottling several important red wines including our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. We are particularly excited about the quality of this vintage and the new packaging featuring a redesigned label and glass. The label features detailed winemaking information such as elevation of the vineyards, total acidity and pH, as well as vineyard sources. In addition to bottling, we are also working diligently on many of our 2014 red wines. Projects have included racking those wines off of their lees and returning them to barrel. This keeps the wines fresh and clean and also gives the wines one last bit of air. We are working hard on assembling the next Sailors’ Cuvée blend and also finalizing blends of the 2013 DCV10 Estate Pinot Noir and 2013 DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay. Finally, if that wasn’t enough, there are many maintenance projects going on around the winery including refrigeration and some new concrete work that is keeping winery mechanic Mike Gillean on his toes! In the words of winemaker Tim Bell, “It’s not glamorous work, but it is hugely important as we start the cycle of winemaking and eventually harvest again later this year.”

 

Dec 16,

2014

Farewell 2014, Hello 2015!

We always like to spend some time in reflection on the year that was. In the case of 2014, it has certainly been eventful from start to finish.

In January, we hit the ground running with Winter WINEland, an event sponsored by the Russian River Wine Road. We’re participating again in 2015 – 23rd Annual Winter WINEland. It’s a wonderful wintertime event and helps to combat some of those post-holiday blues. In the early spring, we looked forward to one of the wine industry’s premier events, Passport to Dry Creek Valley, held the last weekend of April. Our sailing themed hideaway provided the perfect backdrop as Passport holders enjoyed our wines paired with delectable nibbles, while grooving to the memorable sounds of the Seadogs. In early May, we had a ribbon cutting ceremony with the entire DCV family, opening our new vineyard walk, sustainable garden and bocce court. For those of you who have not yet experienced this wonderful new space in front of the winery, we’d like to invite you to visit us. Take an educational tour or reserve the bocce court for yourself and up to 12 guests for an afternoon of wine and fun!

The summer season was full of activity. Our big public event in June was our signature event of the year. The centerpiece was an incredible Beatles band, the Sun Kings. More than 500 people packed our picnic area to witness a nostalgic rendition of the second side of Abbey Road. Every year, this event is a sellout and this year was no exception. Be sure to mark your calendars now – June 20, 2015!

Heading into harvest, we were all a bit worried about what was happening in the vineyard. The entire winter season was very dry – we had record low rainfall. However, the quality appears very high and it seems we have dodged the weather bullet. For now, we are praying for a rainy winter to help ease the drought concerns heading into 2015.

September brought yet another memorable sail on the San Francisco Bay with our wine club members. The day was filled with wonderful wine, food and friends. We also introduced two exciting new wines to our lineup of Zinfandels – Wallace Ranch and Vogensen Ranch. These delicious new wines express the distinct terroir from our estate (Wallace Ranch), as well as vineyards that rise more than 800 feet off the valley floor at Vogensen Ranch. Both wines are exclusive for our wine club members. Last but not least, we received some incredible and long awaited news – Dry Creek Vineyard is now a California Certified Sustainable winery. For more than 25 years, sustainability has been a priority at the winery and we are thrilled to have the official recognition from the state of California.

October kicked off with a bang when we learned about some terrific new press. The Wine Spectator gave our 2012 Heritage Vines Zinfandel a 90 point score – the second time in the past two vintages. At $20 a bottle, we think our Heritage Vines Zinfandel is one of the best values going in California!

Looking ahead to 2015, the sky’s the limit. Our amazing hospitality team continues to deliver world class service. As the #1 rated winery on Trip Advisor in Healdsburg, we stand ready to take incredible care of our guests. We offer private tastings and tours, blending seminars and other customized experiences for our guests to enjoy. For a complete list, please visit our website.

From our family to yours, we wish you a joyous holiday season and we hope to see you in the New Year!