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Nov 08,

2016

Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise and Pre-Cruise Loire Valley Trip

Pre-Cruise Loire Valley Trip: May 22-25, 2017
Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise: May 25-June 1, 2017

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
  • A vertical perspective of Bordeaux blends featuring blends from Bordeaux and Dry Creek Vineyard “The Mariner”
  • Two special wine themed shore excursions featuring tastings, tours and lunch

DAY 1 – BORDEAUX, FRANCE – EMBARKATION
Welcome to Bordeaux, where you’ll board your luxurious river cruise. Meet your fellow passengers this evening during a delectable Welcome Dinner.

DAY 2 – CADILLAC
Cadillac is a region renowned for its sensational white wines. You have your choice of two tours today. The first option is a visit to the Sauternes wine region, where you’ll taste the highly sought-after sweet wines made here. As an alternative, you can choose to see the historic Roquetaillade Castle, a fortress which was initially built in the 10th century by Charlemagne as his army advanced toward the Pyrenees.

DAY 3 – PAUILLAC
Today, you will enjoy a tour of the lovely village town on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary known as Pauillac. Situated in the famed Médoc AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée, a government controlled destination of origin which signifies where grapes are grown), Pauillac’s gravelly soils are renowned for producing some of the world’s finest Bordeaux wines – especially those made from the Merlot grape variety. You’ll be able to dabble in local blends this afternoon at an authentic Médoc wine tasting. Return to the ship for a wonderful dinner, and then spend the evening as you please – we will be docked in Pauillac overnight.

DAY 4 – PAUILLAC – BLAYE – BOURG
Take in the riverside scenery this morning as we make our way from Pauillac to Blaye. North of Bordeaux, this small town is best known for its red wine and historic significance. Today, you’ll be able to enjoy an excursion to the city’s 17th century citadel – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – which was built by famous military engineer Major Vaubon. From the top of this famous fortress, you can admire fantastic views of the impressive Gironde estuary. Return to the ship for a delicious lunch and prepare for an afternoon in Bourg. Ideally situated at the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne, this historic village still lives inside medieval walls. Built during Roman times and later fortified by the English, it is filled with rich architectural tradition. Here, you’ll be able to see the home of legendary French corsair, Jean Bart. The ship will remain overnight in Bourg.

DAY 5 – BOURG – LIBOURNE
This afternoon, you’ll arrive in the winemaking capital, Libourne. Two of Bordeaux’s most elite wine regions are very close by – St. Émilion and Pomerol. First, you will have the unique opportunity to savor exquisite blends during a tasting at a cave in St. Émilion, a historic village known for its picturesque architecture and historic vineyards that were first introduced to the land by the Romans. Afterwards, enjoy a panoramic tour of the celebrated landscapes in Pomerol. The ship moors overnight in Libourne.

DAY 6 – LIBOURNE – CUBZAC – BORDEAUX
Start your adventure today with a tour of the magnificent Château D’Montaigne, a stunning 14th century castle which was the family residence of the philosopher, Michel de Montaigne. As an alternative you can visit a well-preserved local bastide town which was fortified during medieval times. There is also an optional tour for guests to explore the flavors of Bergerac, a wine-growing region in the southern part of the Dordogne department that is home to 13 AOCs. Return to the ship for lunch as we cruise to Cubzac. This old town near the Dordogne once served as a watchtower during the Middle Ages and contains many historic treasures. While here, you’ll taste wines from the Côtes de Bourg region. We sail to Bordeaux this evening where we will dock and indulge in a spectacular Farewell Dinner with your Captain. Later on, take in the brightly-lit sights on an illuminations cruise of this magical city.

DAY 7 – BORDEAUX
Today you’ll see the elegant port city of Bordeaux on foot. The breathtaking capital of the wine world is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, with over 360 historic monuments within its borders, it is also classified as a “City of Art and History.” You’ll have an opportunity to experience much of the rich culture and architecture here, including a tasting at the wine museum. An optional tour will also be available for those who wish to see Cognac, a place best-known for its unique, double-distilled spirit and six prominent AOCs. Tonight, the ship will stay in Bordeaux.

DAY 8 – BORDEAUX – DISEMBARKATION
Your cruise comes to an end as you prepare for your homeward flight.

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

 

 

Oct 12,

2016

Harvest Update

Here at Dry Creek Vineyard, our 45th harvest just wrapped up and it is showing all the signs of a great vintage. It’s hard to believe that in just five short years, we’ll be celebrating our 50th! With each passing year, we find ourselves one of the few remaining family-owned wineries driven to create appellation focused, varietal defining wines that rival the best in California.

The 2016 harvest has been a pleasant surprise after the short crop of 2015 and the drought conditions during the previous years. We just brought in our last lot of fruit, and the quality of this vintage has been incredible. The aromas of Sauvignon Blanc are coming on strong, Zinfandel is showing some beautiful, pure berry flavors and the Cabernet Sauvignon of this vintage is sure to be a standout!

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

 

Oct 11,

2016

New Bordeaux Lovers Club

Our Bordeaux Lovers Club is a new option for those who love the five noble Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, and the Meritage blends that they produce. These extremely limited production selections are sourced from specific vineyard sites in Dry Creek Valley that highlight the unique soils, microclimate and terroir of our home appellation.

We were inspired to create this club by our 45 years of working with Bordeaux varietals planted in the different districts and vineyards within Dry Creek Valley. Our over four decades of experience have given us the knowledge of which properties can provide the best fruit that our region can offer. Since our founding in 1972, we have advocated for the artful blending of Bordeaux varietals, which is the ultimate expression of a winemaker’s vision to achieve balance, finesse and character in truly exceptional wines.

Each year you will receive two shipments of intensely flavored and impeccably balanced Bordeaux single varietals, in addition to exclusive Meritage blends created to highlight specific districts within the Dry Creek Valley. Club membership is limited to the first 400 members, so reserve your spot now for the inaugural shipment in April 2017.

Click Here to Join

 

Oct 04,

2016

2016 Harvest Interns

Dry Creek Vineyard has a long history of mentoring harvest interns, and the 2016 vintage is no exception. This year we have three spirited young men from South Africa helping with the monumental effort of crushing grapes, conducting pumpovers, shoveling out tanks, and any other task to assist the winemaking team.

Izak “Sakkie” Mouton is back in the Dry Creek Vineyard cellar for the second year, and we are glad to have him! He grew up on his family’s vineyard in Vredendal, South Africa, a small farming community in the Western Cape of Southern Africa. Sakkie studied Viticulture and Pomology at Elsenburg Agricultural College, Stellenbosch and has a love of music and art as well.

Petrie Mulder attended Elsenburg Agricultural College as well, studying Cellar Technology (Viticulture and Enology) as well as Cellar Management. When he is not in the cellar, Petrie loves playing sports, especially golf, cricket, hockey and rugby.

Emil Kluge received his diploma in Viticulture and Enology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Wellington, and a degree in Agriculture Cellar Technology at Elsenburg Agricultural College. Emil found his passion for winemaking at an early age, along with a love of the outdoors and especially the ocean.

We thank them for all of their hard work and commitment to producing incredible Dry Creek Vineyard wines!

 

Sep 01,

2016

2016 Harvest Has Begun

Our 45th harvest began with the arrival of 25 tons of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our Certified Sustainable DCV3 and DCV6 vineyards around the corner and across the street from Dry Creek Vineyard. DCV3 Sauvignon Blanc always has a special meaning for me at this time of year, as I think about how that particular vineyard was the first Sauvignon Blanc planted in all of Dry Creek Valley. Much of the world has changed in these past four decades, but our unwavering commitment to our flagship varietal and home appellation remains strong. We prefer to pick some lots of Sauvignon Blanc at a lower ripeness each year, and this year is no exception coming in around 20˚Brix with flavors of citrus and lemongrass and aromas of grapefruit and freshly cut grass.

Here is what Winemaker Tim Bell has to say about this harvest:

“After a few years of serious drought conditions, we were relieved to experience some rainfall during the winter and early spring. Early talk this season has been of lower yields than average and bunch counts pointed to a more abundant harvest than 2015, but still on the low side. Less than ideal weather at set and the resulting looser clusters confirmed those thoughts. But over the past week, berries have filled in and in some cases, once-loose clusters have become tight and full. So will the 2016 harvest be down in tonnage as much as we thought? We’ll have a better idea once fruit starts hitting the scale.”

This week is particularly meaningful for all of us, since it marks the beginning of our 45th harvest! Of course, we are proud of Dry Creek Vineyard’s long and pioneering history, but the future has never looked brighter for our family winery. Our wines are consistently receiving 90+ Point scores from Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – including a 93-point rating for our 2013 Endeavour Cabernet from Robert Parker. Our tasting room was also recently named in the Top 10 of USA Today’s 10Best Tasting Room poll and is consistently ranked the #1 “Thing to Do” in Healdsburg by Trip Advisor. None of this would be possible without each and every member of our team, from the vineyard crew to the tasting room, with a little help from Mother Nature of course.

We will continue to post more harvest news and winery updates on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. We hope that you will join us and raise a glass of Dry Creek Vineyard wine to toast an incredible 2016 vintage.