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Aug 02,

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.

 

Jan 26,

2016

Super Bowl 50 to Feature Our Wines!

We are excited to announce that we will be participating in Super Bowl 50’s Fan Village in downtown San Francisco. The Village opens January 30th at Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero and runs through Super Bowl Sunday. From 11am to 8pm in the Taste of Sonoma Wine Lounge, you will be treated to unique flights of Sonoma County wines, including special selections of Dry Creek Vineyard wines. The event kicks off with the official re-lighting of the iconic Bay Bridge and what is sure to be a fabulous fireworks display. So come see us and enjoy a glass of wine as you explore the latest in interactive gaming, social media, music, etc. The live music line-up includes grammy-winning artist Alicia Keys, One Republic, The Band Perry, Matt Nathanson and Chris Isaak. NFL players will also be available for photos and autographs. Our wines will be available for tasting and purchase so you can pair Dry Creek Vineyard wines with your favorite game day snack as you watch the Broncos and the Panthers fight for the Super Bowl championship! For more information on Super Bowl 50 activities, please visit: http://www.sonomacounty.com/SB50.

 

Oct 27,

2015

Bordeaux in the Dry Creek Valley

Located approximately 70 miles north of San Francisco Bay and 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, lies the Dry Creek Valley. Without a doubt, our region combines the best of cool climate influences and warm California sunshine – the perfect climate for grape growing. It has been said that our region most closely mirrors the climate of Bordeaux – a comparison of little known fact.

Often sunnier and warmer up valley and cooler toward the Russian River, the daily heating and cooling cycles provide us grapes that are jammy, rich and ripe with a crisp, fruity and balanced finish. Bordeaux varietal wines, in particular, flourish in the Dry Creek Valley.

Yet another key influence is the soil. Dating back over 3 million years, the Dry Creek Valley is a product of uplifting and folding of Pacific tectonic plates, exposing old marine material. The patchwork quilt of soils and varied growing conditions create an environment that is unlike any other in California. The Bordeaux varietals, grown primarily on the Western slopes of the valley provide us with grapes that are small and intensely flavored. Without a doubt, our region is under the radar – a hidden gem just waiting to be found!