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Oct 06,

2014

Sustainable Farming

Growing in Harmony with Nature - by Don Wallace, Partner

These days, sustainability is a common buzzword in the Dry Creek Valley and beyond. For growers and consumers alike, it’s a good thing that living a sustainable life is a part of our daily lexicon. By adopting more environmentally responsible farming and business practices, we up the odds of survival for our irreplaceable Planet Earth.

Now that Dry Creek Vineyard has officially been recognized as a Certified California Sustainable Winery, it’s important that we educate both consumers and the trade on what it means to be sustainable. At its core, the sustainability movement rests on the principle that we must find new ways to satisfy our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To put it another way, sustainability is not the destination, sustainability is the journey. Dry Creek Vineyard offers a microcosmic example of this theory. Because we are vitally concerned that our children, Taylor and Spencer, have the choice of following in our footsteps here, we must focus on the long term health of our winery and vineyards and help raise community awareness about the concept of sustainability.

An all encompassing ideal, having a sustainable business is reflected in all aspects of our winery including:
• Cover crops
• Raptor perches
• Deficit irrigation
• Hi-tech pest control
• Riparian habitat management
• Bat houses
• Barn owl habitat
• Solar power
• Insectary garden and educational vineyard walk
• Fish habitat restoration project

As a result of our commitment to environmental issues, we are deeply involved in determining future sustainable farming policies. Along with other wine industry leaders, we are working to develop clear and realistic guidelines to help all growers embrace the principles of sustainable agriculture. All of us at Dry Creek Vineyard believe it’s important to be good stewards of the land. Our upfront commitment to sustainable farming may be costly and time consuming. But in the long term, it is what’s good for the land and all humankind.

 

Sep 01,

2014

DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay

Chardonnay has had a circuitous route here at Dry Creek Vineyard. In the early days, winery founder David Stare produced just a small amount from the famed Robert Young vineyard. Then, as the winery grew, so did production. By the late 1990s, we were producing over 30,000 cases of Sonoma County Chardonnay. As the second generation took over the reins of the business, one wine we knew needed attention was Chardonnay. In 2003, production was cut to 7,500 cases with all of the grapes coming from the Russian River Valley. Then in 2008, we produced a single vineyard version called Foggy Oaks, dropping the production yet again to 3,500 cases.

With the release of the DCV Estate Block 10, we are now producing just 1,250 cases of Chardonnay from 30 vine rows at the far northeast corner of our estate Chardonnay vineyard. The 2012 DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay continues our aim of producing small lot wines, focused on vineyard and terroir and most importantly, of the highest quality possible. It has taken us almost 15 years to isolate this section of the vineyard which, year in and year out, represents our best Chardonnay. The well draining soils and lower fertility zones provide us fruit that is bright in acid with a well rounded flavor profile.

It’s an exciting time at Dry Creek Vineyard. We hope you enjoy this wine and recognize the hard work and effort that has gone into realizing this dream come true.

 

Jul 10,

2014

Bocce Ball in the Vineyard

It is generally thought that the game of bocce has been played as far back as ancient Rome. While the rules and court specifics have changed slightly over the last few millenniums, the basics have stayed the same. You gather your friends on a warm afternoon, get a few bottles of wine to share (or in the case of the Romans, your favorite clay pot of wine), pick teams, pitch the jack and then commence to bowling. The team closest to the jack scores points and usually retains the right to a certain amount of “sportsman-like trash talk.”

This game is so ingrained in wine culture that the two almost go hand in hand. That is why Dry Creek Vineyard is excited to unveil its new bocce court which will be available for booking this summer! Surrounded by our new insectary garden, this court promises to be one of the premier wine country experiences in the Dry Creek Valley. Available as an exclusive rental, this court will be available for you and your group of up to twelve adults (over the age of 21) to book your small wine country party, team building exercise or just quiet afternoon with friends.

Your afternoon of bocce will include a chilled bottle of our world class Dry Chenin Blanc or Fumé Blanc, a host to get you situated and tableside service for other bottles of wine, cheese or anything else that you may desire from the tasting room. You will have exclusive use of the bocce court for two hours to rule like the Caesar of Rome that you always knew you could be!

Interested in hosting your very own bocce ball experience at Dry Creek Vineyard? We would love to hear from you. Call us at (800) 864-9463 ext 103 or email us at concierge@drycreekvineyard.com to inquire about times of availability.

Wine Club Members: $100 for a group of up to 12 people
General Public: $150 for a group of up to 12 people
(21+ only please)
 

Jul 10,

2014

Estate DCV2 “Four Clones” Vineyard

This might be the most exciting new vineyard project the winery has taken on in quite some time. Located just in front of the winery and bordering Lambert Bridge and Dry Creek Rd, we replanted this block in 2009 after allowing the ground to lay fallow for seven years. At 4.4 acres, this incredible property was planted in the head pruned style – a throwback to a bygone era of grape growing. It is 100% sustainable and essentially dry-farmed to ensure our rigorous standards for quality. Each acre has a unique clone selection of Zinfandel – DuPratt, Bradford Mountain, Primitivo and St. Peters Church. The clones were planted on St. George rootstock.

Developing new vineyards such as Four Clones reminds us that the future of Dry Creek Vineyard wines is bright. With these new clones and expressions of Zinfandel, we will have an even wider pallet to work with as we craft different bottlings of Zinfandel. The future? Who knows, but as a winery family we are excited to find out!

Key Stats:
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vine acres: 4.4 acres
Clones: Primitivo, Dupratt, Bradford Mountain and St. Peter’s Church
Soil: Yolo loam. Well drained.

 

Jul 10,

2014

Summertime in a Bottle

Abbott & Costello. Ken & Barbie. Calvin & Hobbes.

Chenin Blanc & Summertime.

All perfect pairs.

We’ve been making our Loire-inspired Dry Chenin Blanc since 1972. From the very start, we’ve known that our Chenin Blanc would pair perfectly with the days of summer. Now we’re hearing it from our customers and the wine press as well. Not only is it the most awarded Chenin Blanc in the nation, it is also a 10-time winner of the Pacific Coast Oyster Competition.

When you pause and think about it for a moment, it makes perfect sense. Our wonderfully crisp and refreshing Chenin Blanc is the perfect aperitif wine. It’s extremely versatile and food friendly, making it ideal for summer celebrations, pool parties and just relaxing around the house. It has even been nicknamed the “summer sipper”.

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy our Chenin Blanc. We suggest pairing the wine with a nice light summer meal, putting your feet up, and enjoying the white peach, melon and citrus flavors escaping from your glass. Take a sip and make a toast to an amazing summer.