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Jul 01,


Dry Creek Vineyard Announces Sponsorship as Official Supplier of Artemis Racing - Challenger 34th America's Cup

Beginning July 4th with opening ceremonies, the America’s Cup has come to the San Francisco Bay for the first time.  As the official “Wine for Sailors,” we are especially excited by the opportunity to join forces with Artemis Racing as one of their official suppliers.   During both the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup racing season, our wines will be poured at Artemis Racing’s lavish hospitality area at Pier 27 and 28 in San Francisco.  In addition, we are also unveiling an exciting one-of-a-kind wine to help commemorate the occasion.  Named Sailors’ Cuvée, this Bordeaux-blend brings together the winery’s best Dry Creek Valley lots, pairing them with our love of the high seas.

Since the mid 1980s, when we first put sailboats on our wine labels, Dry Creek Vineyard wines have become known as the wine for sailors. The origins of the nautical themed labels are purely personal. We have enjoyed a long love affair with the sport of sailing and have a profound appreciation for America’s nautical heritage.

Combining two passions, we were inspired to use the sailing ship theme on our wine labels. In 1982, when the original idea was unveiled, it was seen as a rather daring and risky move. More than 30 years later, the sailing ships that adorn the wine bottles are easily identifiable and recognized by consumers around the world. Since the beginning, Sonoma County artist Michael Surles has provided the beautiful paintings for the labels. Using a variety of mediums, from water color to richly oiled hues, Surles captures the spirit of the high seas.


Feb 02,


Zinfest 2013 is Almost Here!

Enjoy the thrill of creating your own Zinfari at ZAP's Grand Tasting!

Make the quest for your personal Zinfandel flavor destination as you journey through the varietal’s unique growing regions to experience the diversity of America’s Heritage Grape. This expedition takes you through the world’s largest Zinfandel tasting where you can enjoy hundreds of barrel samples, new releases and premier Zinfandel wines. Be sure to stop by the Dry Creek Vineyard table and say hello as we sample several exciting pre-release single vineyard Zinfandels.


The Concourse – 635 8th Street, San Francisco (8th at Brannan in South Market area) Trade & Media: 10 am – 1 pm Members: 1 pm – 5 pm, Public: 2 pm – 5 pm. For more information visit their website at http://www.zinfandel.org/


Jan 11,


Dry Creek Vineyard Earns Best of Class

at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

A new year with new releases has turned to gold for Dry Creek Vineyard, a family-owned winery in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California.

After four days and more than 5,500 wines tasted, Dry Creek Vineyard wines earned one BEST OF CLASS award for the 2009 The Mariner, Dry Creek Valley, along with two DOUBLE GOLD medals for the just released 2010 Heritage Zinfandel, Sonoma County, and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley.

Executive Director of the competition, Bob Fraser, says winning Best of Class and Double Gold awards is something to be very proud of in the United States. Fraser has been producing high quality wines for a long time. There’s definitely a soft spot in his heart. The 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition had 5,500 entries, from over 1,500 wineries and more than 25 states. For a full list of the winners, visit http://winejudging.com or follow on twitter @SFCWineComp.


Jan 10,


A Century of Great Zin

Zinfandel is Dry Creek Valley’s Cultural Heritage, Its Signature Wine Grape

Drawn by a terrior, landscape and climate similar to that of their homelands, European immigrants settled in Dry Creek Valley following the 1849 Gold Rush. Twenty years later, the first vineyard, thought to be Zinfandel, was planted by Frenchman, Georges Bloch. By the 1880’s, Zinfandel dominated the 883 acres of vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, and was highly regarded within the California wine industry only a decade later.

By the early 1900’s as the phylloxera pandemic spread across Europe and the U.S. and Prohibition loomed, several Dry Creek Valley growers replanted Zinfandel on resistant St. George rootstock. Many of the vineyards survived through Prohibition and the valley’s subsequent transition to orchard crops like prunes and pears – and, today, still exist, providing the region with one of the densest concentration of Old Vine Zinfandel in the world.

Today, nearly 2,400 acres of Zinfandel are farmed in Dry Creek Valley, the most planted grape in the region. Many of the original families continue to farm the vineyards, with successive generations producing world-class Zinfandel based on the traditions of their fathers and grandfathers.

Dry Creek Valley has set the bar, worldwide, for Zinfandel, underscoring the variety as a premium wine grape capable of producing wines that are food-friendly, cellar-worthy, and appealing to consumers and sommeliers.


Aug 24,


Dry Creek Vineyard Celebrates 40 Years of Winemaking with Wine Industry Icons

New Video Features Broad Range of Personalities Sharing Their Perspective on the Winery

On this day 40 years ago, California wine pioneer David S. Stare received the necessary permits to build the first new winery in the Dry Creek Valley appellation of Sonoma County, following Prohibition.

Located at the corner of Lambert Bridge Road and Dry Creek Road in the heart of the region, Dave’s vision to build a Loire Valley inspired chateau reawakened this sleepy area of Sonoma County to the possibility of producing fine wines. “Looking back, it’s kind of ironic that Dad’s neighbors didn’t want him building a winery on West Dry Creek Road, as originally planned”, comments second generation President, Kim Stare Wallace. “Having our winery in the heart of our region and easily accessible to visitors makes us the gateway winery to the Dry Creek Valley.  It was the best thing that ever happened to us.”

Dry Creek Vineyard has proudly carried on as the region’s namesake winery,  waving  the  flag  for  the  incredible  quality  of  grapes  and  wines produced in the Dry Creek Valley. “We are so proud of our heritage and history,” comments Stare Wallace. “We were the first winery to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley, we were responsible for our region’s AVA status in 1983, we were the first winery to use the term Meritage on a wine label, and that’s just for starters. I view our winery as one of the true pioneers in California.”

To help celebrate the milestone occasion, the winery has created a video featuring several wine industry icons. Tim Gaiser, a Master Sommelier from San Francisco, says that Dry Creek Vineyard was one of the original wines he worked with during the early 1980s. “The Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc was one of the first California Sauvignon Blancs I’d ever tasted and I thought it was one of the best wine values on the list. In my view, Dry Creek Vineyard has represented the gold standard for quality and value in California wine since their founding.”

Long time grape grower and winemaker, Joe Rochioli, remembers selling Sauvignon Blanc grapes to David in those early days. “He was definitely not from around here,” recalls Rochioli with a wry smile. “But, I have to hand it to him. He was right out there, shoveling grapes and making his wine. That city slicker definitely knew how to work hard!”

Now enjoying retirement, the elder Stare says the future of the winery has never been brighter. “With Kim’s leadership, winemaker Tim Bell’s skills and the rest of our talented staff, we’re poised for great things. I see another forty years of family winemaking ahead of us!”