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Sep 08,

2015

Exciting New Packaging

Being an authentic family-owned winery is becoming a rare thing in today’s wine world. As second generation President Kim Stare Wallace says, “We are the real deal. Our story is not fabricated – we live our story every day.” For fans who know our winery, they recognize how true we are to our wines and the quality in each and every bottle. However, with consumers having more choices than ever before, we know that it’s important to continue to tell our story and share with the world just how good our wines are! To that end, we are excited to launch two newly designed packages for our Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

You will notice that we have gone to a more technical look and feel on the front label. This is important for several reasons. First, these wines are handcrafted and express a sense of place. We put tremendous time and energy into every aspect of the wine – from the vineyard through to the bottle. Second, including this information gives consumers a chance to read exactly how the wine is made. We want our customers to know that we are not hiding anything and that we are being true and authentic to the quality of wine we are putting in the bottle. And finally, these new labels tell a great story about Dry Creek Vineyard. We have worked tirelessly for more than a decade to refine and enhance our wine quality.

We hope you enjoy these new labels and vintages!

 

Jul 01,

2015

Old Vine Zinfandel Redefined

New label and innovative cork closure highlight the winery's revamp of this classic wine.

Never one to rest on its laurels, Dry Creek Vineyard, a pioneering family-owned winery in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, is proud to announce the release of its newest vintage of Old Vine Zinfandel in a striking new package and innovative cork closure. Since 1972, the winery has been a leader in the preservation of historic old vine Zinfandel vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. In fact, the winery was the first to coin the term “Old Vine” with the 1987 vintage.

With the release of the 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, the winery has taken another step in telling the story of these iconic properties with a newly designed package. According to winery President Kim Stare Wallace, the goal was to honor the pre-Prohibition nature of these vines while also innovating for the next generation of wine drinkers. “I wanted the package to connect to the past – hence, the idea of an old ticket, like the one you would get on a steamship crossing the Atlantic. I also wanted to share a bounty of information about the wine. These are incredible historic Zinfandel vineyards so I wanted to connect the dots from the vineyard through to the winemaking. Finally, I like the idea of what is old is new again.”

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The cork closure is another exciting aspect of the bottling. The winery laser printed detailed information about the cork directly onto the closure. Data such as the age of the cork forest, the harvest date of the trees and detailed information about the sustainable habitat these incredible forests provide to the Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Hawk are some of the details that appear on the cork. Commenting on the project, James Herwatt, CEO, Cork Supply USA, Inc. said, “We are honored to partner with Dry Creek Vineyard and their Old Vine Zinfandel cork program. We support the winery’s efforts to increase consumer awareness of the important role the world’s cork forests play in the ongoing challenge to protect the environment. We salute Kim Stare Wallace and her family and look forward to working with the winery on this important campaign.”

Dry Creek Vineyard has a pending patent and copyright application on this innovative new cork concept.

 

Jun 04,

2015

90 Point Rock Stars

Our lineup of fantastic Zinfandels has certainly been on a roll as of late in the wine press. Our continued commitment to quality in everything we do has had a profound impact across all departments at the winery. As we embrace a “no compromises” philosophy, our mindset is clear: continue to produce delicious wines that reflect our home appellation and over deliver for their quality and price.

Wine Spectator

• 2013 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 points, Top Wines Under $25
• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 90 points

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

• 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel , 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel , 91 points
• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel , 90 points
• 2012 DCV7 Wallace Ranch Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 90 points

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Year’s Best Zinfandel Issue

• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel, 94 points, Year’s Best U. S. Zin
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 93 points

Robert Parker, Sonoma Report

• 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 DCV7 Wallace Ranch Zinfandel, 92 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 93 point

 

Jun 04,

2015

Dry Creek Vineyard: A Certified California Sustainable Vineyard & Winery

In our ever growing commitment to a sustainable business model, we are excited to announce that all 185 acres of our estate vineyards have now been Certified Sustainable. This news comes on the heels of the winery receiving the same certification in the Fall of 2014. It’s great news for DCV. As a leader in the sustainable movement for more than 25 years, it has been Don Wallace’s ongoing vision for the winery as well as for the wine industry as a whole. The good news is that being Certified Sustainable for both our Winery and Vineyard operations doesn’t end our commitment – in fact, this is just the beginning. Part of having a sustainable business mindset is that we are constantly looking for ways to lower our footprint and improve the overall health and well-being of our employees, community and the world at large. We love and appreciate this holistic approach to life.

 

Jun 04,

2015

World Class Hospitality

At its most basic level, hospitality is simply “the quality or disposition of treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly and generous way”. Here at Dry Creek Vineyard we wholeheartedly embrace this concept. Our hospitality is geared toward offering you the best wine country experience that we can deliver.
As the flagship winery of the Dry Creek Valley, we pride ourselves in being able to share the story of our family as well as the rich and diverse winemaking history of this valley. From a walk up tasting at our tasting room bar to a reserved Tour & Tasting or Meritage Blending Seminar, you will find a friendly wine educator who will guide you through your tasting experience and send you home with wines and memories that you will never forget.

We pride ourselves in greeting every guest within 10 seconds from the time they walk in our door with a bright smile and a cheerful welcome. Whether you are enjoying a tasting at our bar or quickly popping in to purchase a bottle of Fumé Blanc to go with your picnic lunch, our aim is to be the highlight of your day.
Never stuffy or pompous, our hospitality team is always warm and engaging and happy to share our knowledge and passion with you. We know that wine can be a daunting subject loaded with pitfalls and potential etiquette faux pas that can intimidate the fun right out of you. Our promise is to educate you in a fun and approachable way that makes you feel comfortable in our world. We want all of our guests to walk away knowing what we all do… that a good day is a good day, but a good day at Dry Creek Vineyard is a memory that will last a lifetime.

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