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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.

Jan 14,

2014

Dry Creek Vineyard a Key Partner in Restoring Endangered Fish

Dry Creek Vineyard, an internationally renowned Sonoma County winery, is leading the way when it comes to great wines and sustainable development – and is a key partner in habitat restoration for endangered fish. Dry Creek Vineyard volunteered to be one of the first sites for a massive habitat enhancement project that is intended to restore endangered Coho Salmon as well as other Salmonoid species to the Russian River watershed. Construction of the Dry Creek Vineyard component of the project has been largely completed.

Dry Creek Vineyard is a family winery, founded in 1972 by David Stare and currently run by his daughter Kim Stare Wallace and her husband Don Wallace. “We are always looking into the future, said Kim Stare Wallace. “Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to producing high quality wines, while keeping the land and resources affected by our operations in a state we will be proud to hand down to future generations.”

Over the past year, Dry Creek Vineyard’s dedication to sustainability has taken it on an uncharted journey to help restore endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout to Dry Creek. The creek (the valley and vineyard’s namesake), borders the winery and delivers water from Lake Sonoma to the Russian River for flood control and water supply.

A federal mandate requires the Sonoma County Water Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enhance six miles of habitat on the 14-mile Dry Creek, of which more than 90 percent is privately owned. Dry Creek Vineyard bravely stepped up to the plate, volunteering to be one of the first sites for a large-scale habitat enhancement project.

“The Sonoma County Water Agency worked closely with us to make sure that the project would benefit our land and provide an appropriate fish habitat,” said Don Wallace. “It was a leap of faith, but the benefits to our vineyards and our environment outweigh any potential concerns.”

“Thanks to Dry Creek Vineyard and their incredible neighbors, the first mile of habitat enhancement is off to a successful start,” said Mike McGuire, a Sonoma County Supervisor and member of the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors. “We know that fish have already begun using the habitat enhancement features. This project would not be possible without landowners taking a chance on this innovative project.”

The Russian River Biological Opinion, issued in 2008 by the National Marine Fisheries Service, requires the Water Agency and Corps to construct six miles of enhancements by 2020. If the effort isn’t successful, the Biological Opinion requires the Sonoma County Water Agency to consider constructing a pipeline that would take much of the water out of Dry Creek in the summer.

Like many Dry Creek landowners, Dry Creek Vineyard views the creek itself as a vital summertime feature in the valley. “By helping make the project possible, we should be able to keep higher water flows in the creek year round, while still restoring coho, a keystone species in our watershed,” Wallace said. “The entire valley benefits, as do future generations.”

The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment.  The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. For more information, visit their Web site: www.sonomacountywater.org.

Oct 01,

2013

The Story of "The Mariner"

A New Vision in Winemaking Philosophy

What makes our Mariner wine so special?  In this new video, we take a look at the vineyards and winemaking techniques that go into producing this outstanding Meritage wine.

For more than 40 years, our experience with Dry Creek Valley’s soil, climate and vineyard diversity has allowed us to choose the best fruit from the best vineyards.  The essence of that knowledge is how The Mariner came to fruition.

A blend of all five noble Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot), The Mariner has a wonderful sense of depth and complexity.  This is partially due to how the blend was put together.  First, individual lots in our vineyards were harvested separately and put in French oak barrels for aging.  After nine months, a base blend of Cabernet and Merlot was established.  Then, small percentages of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot were added to enhance the final blend.  The wine was then put back into French oak for an additional 18 months.  This process, coupled with our enhanced vineyard sources, has created a wine with incredible personality and structure.  Certainly, it is a wine that will age for 10 years or more.

The name The Mariner seemed appropriate given our love of the sea.  Like a mariner, a winemaker has to navigate his or her way through a given vintage.  The poem on the front of the Mariner label by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, mirrors the plight of a mariner and a winemaker.

We hope you enjoy The Mariner as much as we do.  It’s an exciting time at Dry Creek Vineyard, and the journey is only just beginning.

Bon Voyage!