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Jul 22,

2016

Trip Advisor's "#1 Thing to Do" in Healdsburg

Dry Creek Vineyard is honored to receive the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence award for the fourth consecutive year. Only the top 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award for their hospitality excellence and consistently outstanding traveler reviews.

Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five points, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Dry Creek Vineyard has also been consistently recognized by TripAdvisor as the #1 ‘Thing to Do in Healdsburg’. Have you shared your experience at DCV yet?

We hope you will visit us soon!

 

Jul 21,

2016

The “Official Wine For Sailors” was the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in New York and Chicago

As passionate sailors ourselves, we couldn’t be more proud to be selected as the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in New York and Chicago in May and June.

The America’s Cup is a series of dynamic yachting regattas that challenges the best sailors in the world in both match and fleet racing skills. Considered the oldest trophy in international sport, the regatta represents the pinnacle of world-class yacht racing.  During the preliminary competitions, collectively known as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, our wines were exclusively poured in the event’s hospitality areas and spectator boats. The regatta, held on May 7 & 8 in New York and Chicago on June 10 & 11, helped to determine the two leading teams that will go on to compete head to head for the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017.

Our affiliation with the America’s Cup has flourished over the past 16 years, from our launch of the America’s Cup Reserve series at the 30th America’s Club in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, to becoming the Official Wine Supplier of Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

But of course, our support of sailing is not new. It all started in 1977 when our founder David Stare sponsored the first sailing team at Sonoma State University.  By 1982, we began using sailboats on our wine labels.  We chose the David S. Stare Reserve Fumé Blanc for our very first sailboat label.  At that time it was seen as a rather daring and risky move, but over time we rolled it out across all of our labels and it has become a trademark of our winery identity.

Over the past three decades, we have sponsored numerous regattas, teams and yacht clubs.  We continue to keep the sport of sailing front and center on our label designs and branding across our portfolio of wines.

 

Jul 21,

2016

Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise – May 25-June 1, 2017

Taste, tour and discover Bordeaux with Dry Creek Vineyard second generation owners, Kim Stare Wallace and Don Wallace, and renowned Master Sommelier, Peter Granoff.

What better way to explore this Mecca of the wine world than with wine experts who know the region, creating a unique and exclusive experience!   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 such as Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines.

An additional pre-trip excursion to the Loire Valley is also being planned. Experience the region and wines that inspired David S. Stare to found Dry Creek Vineyard!  (Stay tuned for details).

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French balconies.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board.
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise.
  • Unlimited red and white wines from France’s great wine regions.
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner.
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music.
  • Shore excursions in every port with personal headset.

 

Plus – Your Exclusive Wine Experience:

  • Three dinners featuring Dry Creek Vineyard wines.
  • Two Exclusive Wine Seminars.
  • “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. Features a library tasting of Bordeaux Blends and Dry Creek Vineyard “The Mariner”.
  • Two special wine themed shore excursions featuring tastings, tours and lunch on two different days.

 

Itinerary:

Day 1     Paris – Bordeaux Embarkation

Day 2     Cadillac

Day 3     Pauillac

Day 4     Pauillac, Blaye, Bourg

Day 5     Bourg, Libourne

Day 6     Libourne – Cubzac – Bordeaux

Day 7     Bordeaux

Day 8     Bordeaux – Disembarkation – Loire Valley

 

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

 

 

Apr 08,

2016

Every Cut Counts

Spring brings one of the busiest periods for Dry Creek Vineyard’s field crews. It can be more stressful than harvest in the race to keep up with each stage of rapid vine growth and development. One important step that precedes all that activity is the careful pruning of our grapevines. We recently finished pruning our estate vineyards, just staying ahead of budbreak. Pruning correctly sounds simple, but it takes training and experience to know what old growth to remove and what to leave behind. It sets up a vine for balanced and healthy growth.

The first decision to make in pruning is deciding what spurs or canes to leave behind. It’s a thinking-man’s job: pick the cane in the right position—not too high or too low for the trellis wires—and also one that is the right diameter to support strong, healthy shoots. With our head-trained vineyards it becomes even more challenging to find a cane that is oriented in both a horizontal and vertical plane. Leaving the right number of buds behind is also crucial: too many buds means more work later to remove excess shoots. Too few means too little fruit will develop and the remaining shoots may exhibit excess vigor, shading the fruit too much or leading to the need for other operations like pulling more leaves or cutting back excessive cane growth later.

We’ve made a short video to show the hard work and pride that goes into tending our treasured vines. We have dedicated people like Matt Vogensen and Don Wallace who oversee this important work to make sure that every cut counts.

 

Mar 15,

2016

Dry Creek Vineyard is First to Sign Historic Safe Harbor Agreement with NOAA

Officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Sonoma County Water Agency, along with Don Wallace and Dry Creek Vineyard, have signed a first ever agreement assuring continued habitat enhancement and environmental protection of endangered salmon and steelhead along the famed Russian River tributary, Dry Creek. Located directly behind the winery is an enhanced habitat area, the first mile of six that is to be transformed through what is known as the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project. Designed to provide a positive environment for endangered fish species, as well as erosion control, this project is a private/public partnership and has been deemed one of the first of its kind.

As an early supporter of the Dry Creek Habitat Enhancement Project, Don Wallace was fully committed. “My goal at the beginning of my tenure with our family winery has, and continues to be, to leave our land in better condition than which we found it. The salmon in Dry Creek Valley are a crucial measure to the health and vitality of our ecosystem. The Safe Harbor Agreement recognizes the stewardship role played by farmers in helping salmon recovery and provides an incentive to other landowners to participate in restoration efforts while responsibly farming.”

Dry Creek Vineyard’s commitment to sustainability is not new. For decades, we have engaged in environmentally friendly farming practices such as growing cover crops and deficit irrigation to installing bat houses, raptor perches and bee boxes. Solar energy, water conservation, waste conversion and lighting efficiencies have furthered our sustainability efforts. Our leadership in the restoration and protection of endangered fish species along the Dry Creek is just another extension of our commitment to the environment.

In 2015, Dry Creek Vineyard became a 100% Certified Sustainable Winery for both its business practices and vineyards.