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Mar 23,

2017

Dry Creek Vineyard Is The Only American Winery To Release 45 Consecutive Vintages Of Dry Chenin Blanc

Dry Creek Vineyard announced the release of its 45th consecutive vintages of Dry Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc to celebrate the winery’s anniversary of 45 years of family winemaking in Sonoma County, California.

The love of the Loire Valley led Founder David S. Stare to produce his inaugural 1972 Dry Chenin Blanc, and the winery has continued to craft the varietal every harvest since. Dry Creek Vineyard remains the only American winery to produce 45 consecutive vintages of Chenin Blanc.

Stare is widely known as the first to plant Sauvignon Blanc in Dry Creek Valley, against the advice of vineyard specialists. 45 years later, Sauvignon Blanc is the most planted white grape in Dry Creek Valley. Dry Creek Vineyard has proudly produced Sauvignon Blanc each year of its history and currently features four distinct Sauvignon Blanc bottlings in its portfolio.

Founded in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before Stare’s arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was planted to prune orchards. It was his vision to start a Loire Valley-inspired winery, which triggered a viticultural reawakening in northern Sonoma County.

Stare’s daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, is currently the President of Dry Creek Vineyard and continues to lead with a “no compromises” philosophy producing appellation-focused, terroir-driven, varietal-defining wines.

“Competition is at an all time high in our industry, so being true to our wines, our vineyards and the terroir of our region is more important than ever before,” said Stare Wallace. “Instead of getting sucked into the increasing corporatization of the industry, we are bucking the trends and are an increasingly rare breed.”

“We are proud to be one of the few remaining family-owned members of the illustrious ‘Class of ’72’,” continued Stare Wallace. “Our goal is to continue forward into the future as an iconic, family-owned, heritage brand – reflecting the true essence of Sonoma County.”

 

 

Feb 28,

2017

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

Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation that combines your love of travel and wine? Taste, tour and discover Bordeaux and the Loire Valley with Dry Creek Vineyard owners, Kim Stare Wallace and Don Wallace.

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
• Two Exclusive Wine Seminars
• A vertical perspective of Bordeaux blends featuring library tasting of Bordeaux blends and Dry Creek Vineyard “The Mariner”
• Two exclusive wine-themed shore excursions not available to other guests

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

 

Feb 28,

2017

Winery Update

The vines may be enjoying their dormancy outside the walls of our family winery, but we are certainly keeping busy here at Dry Creek Vineyard! Our winemaking team is putting the finishing touches on our 2016 whites and preparing our 2015 single vineyard Zinfandels for bottling.

The weather may be chilly outside, but our tasting room is warm and welcoming in the cold winter months. In addition to our regular tasting hours, we offer private tours and tastings, as well as a Meritage blending experience where you can be a winemaker for a day! If your travel brings you to the Dry Creek Valley, please contact Darren Abel or Amanda Barber at Concierge@drycreekvineyard or 800-864-9463 x104 to see how we can make your visit a little more special.

For more winery news and behind-the-scenes action, make sure that you are following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are posting videos, giving 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.

 

Feb 26,

2017

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

The results are in and we couldn’t be happier with two Double Gold medals from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition! About 7,000 entries were received from 28 states across the country for the largest competition of American wines in the world.

Utilizing an extensive process that divided the varietals into several categories and subcategories, the judges were able to rate entries as Bronze, Silver, Gold or Double Gold. Double Gold medals are only awarded when all five members of a judging panel unanimously award a wine with a Gold medal.

DOUBLE GOLD – 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
DOUBLE GOLD – 2015 DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay
GOLD – 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
SILVER – 2015 Fumé Blanc
SILVER – 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel

 

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