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Jul 10,


Summertime in a Bottle

Abbott & Costello. Ken & Barbie. Calvin & Hobbes.

Chenin Blanc & Summertime.

All perfect pairs.

We’ve been making our Loire-inspired Dry Chenin Blanc since 1972. From the very start, we’ve known that our Chenin Blanc would pair perfectly with the days of summer. Now we’re hearing it from our customers and the wine press as well. Not only is it the most awarded Chenin Blanc in the nation, it is also a 10-time winner of the Pacific Coast Oyster Competition.

When you pause and think about it for a moment, it makes perfect sense. Our wonderfully crisp and refreshing Chenin Blanc is the perfect aperitif wine. It’s extremely versatile and food friendly, making it ideal for summer celebrations, pool parties and just relaxing around the house. It has even been nicknamed the “summer sipper”.

We hope you have the opportunity to enjoy our Chenin Blanc. We suggest pairing the wine with a nice light summer meal, putting your feet up, and enjoying the white peach, melon and citrus flavors escaping from your glass. Take a sip and make a toast to an amazing summer.


Jan 14,


Dry Creek Vineyard a Key Partner in Restoring Endangered Fish

Dry Creek Vineyard, an internationally renowned Sonoma County winery, is leading the way when it comes to great wines and sustainable development – and is a key partner in habitat restoration for endangered fish. Dry Creek Vineyard volunteered to be one of the first sites for a massive habitat enhancement project that is intended to restore endangered Coho Salmon as well as other Salmonoid species to the Russian River watershed. Construction of the Dry Creek Vineyard component of the project has been largely completed.

Dry Creek Vineyard is a family winery, founded in 1972 by David Stare and currently run by his daughter Kim Stare Wallace and her husband Don Wallace. “We are always looking into the future, said Kim Stare Wallace. “Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to producing high quality wines, while keeping the land and resources affected by our operations in a state we will be proud to hand down to future generations.”

Over the past year, Dry Creek Vineyard’s dedication to sustainability has taken it on an uncharted journey to help restore endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout to Dry Creek. The creek (the valley and vineyard’s namesake), borders the winery and delivers water from Lake Sonoma to the Russian River for flood control and water supply.

A federal mandate requires the Sonoma County Water Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to enhance six miles of habitat on the 14-mile Dry Creek, of which more than 90 percent is privately owned. Dry Creek Vineyard bravely stepped up to the plate, volunteering to be one of the first sites for a large-scale habitat enhancement project.

“The Sonoma County Water Agency worked closely with us to make sure that the project would benefit our land and provide an appropriate fish habitat,” said Don Wallace. “It was a leap of faith, but the benefits to our vineyards and our environment outweigh any potential concerns.”

“Thanks to Dry Creek Vineyard and their incredible neighbors, the first mile of habitat enhancement is off to a successful start,” said Mike McGuire, a Sonoma County Supervisor and member of the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors. “We know that fish have already begun using the habitat enhancement features. This project would not be possible without landowners taking a chance on this innovative project.”

The Russian River Biological Opinion, issued in 2008 by the National Marine Fisheries Service, requires the Water Agency and Corps to construct six miles of enhancements by 2020. If the effort isn’t successful, the Biological Opinion requires the Sonoma County Water Agency to consider constructing a pipeline that would take much of the water out of Dry Creek in the summer.

Like many Dry Creek landowners, Dry Creek Vineyard views the creek itself as a vital summertime feature in the valley. “By helping make the project possible, we should be able to keep higher water flows in the creek year round, while still restoring coho, a keystone species in our watershed,” Wallace said. “The entire valley benefits, as do future generations.”

The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment.  The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. For more information, visit their Web site: www.sonomacountywater.org.


Oct 01,


The Story of "The Mariner"

A New Vision in Winemaking Philosophy

What makes our Mariner wine so special?  In this new video, we take a look at the vineyards and winemaking techniques that go into producing this outstanding Meritage wine.

For more than 40 years, our experience with Dry Creek Valley’s soil, climate and vineyard diversity has allowed us to choose the best fruit from the best vineyards.  The essence of that knowledge is how The Mariner came to fruition.

A blend of all five noble Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot), The Mariner has a wonderful sense of depth and complexity.  This is partially due to how the blend was put together.  First, individual lots in our vineyards were harvested separately and put in French oak barrels for aging.  After nine months, a base blend of Cabernet and Merlot was established.  Then, small percentages of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot were added to enhance the final blend.  The wine was then put back into French oak for an additional 18 months.  This process, coupled with our enhanced vineyard sources, has created a wine with incredible personality and structure.  Certainly, it is a wine that will age for 10 years or more.

The name The Mariner seemed appropriate given our love of the sea.  Like a mariner, a winemaker has to navigate his or her way through a given vintage.  The poem on the front of the Mariner label by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, mirrors the plight of a mariner and a winemaker.

We hope you enjoy The Mariner as much as we do.  It’s an exciting time at Dry Creek Vineyard, and the journey is only just beginning.

Bon Voyage!


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/