Kim Stare Wallace was raised in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. Throughout her childhood, she watched from the sidelines as her father David Stare pioneered Dry Creek Vineyard, the first new winery to be built in the region following Prohibition. As a teen, she worked in the office, cellar and on the bottling line, as well as accompanying her parents on countless sales trips, business dinners and wine tastings. From this early start, Kim grew up with a passion and understanding of the wine industry.
After graduating magna cum laude from San Francisco State University, Kim began a career in the fashion industry that would greatly impact her later role at Dry Creek Vineyard. Joining the winery in 1986 as Director of Marketing, one of her first achievements was the creation of nautical labels for Dry Creek Vineyard’s wines, an unprecedented move that has indelibly linked the winery to sailboats in consumers’ minds. Without a doubt, Kim can be credited for the creation of the winery’s dynamic brand imagery that lives on today with every bottle of wine produced.
In the mid-nineties, Kim took on the increased responsibility of Vice President of the winery, involved in all decisions affecting the quality of the Dry Creek Vineyard experience and winery operations. She has seen the California wine industry mature through its ups and downs and is determined that her family winery will stay in the family.
Today, Kim serves as President of Dry Creek Vineyard. Her vision for the future of this dynamic family business is clear – honor the past while striving to produce wines of outstanding distinction that consistently over deliver and provide great enjoyment to wine drinkers worldwide. Kim is actively involved in several boards including the Sonoma County Vintners and the Save the Bridge group that has formed around preserving the historic Lambert Bridge.
Quite literally raised in the vines, Kim cannot recall a time when wines, vineyards, and vintages were not the focus of daily conversation. Some family traditions never change. Kim and her husband Don live with their teenage son, Spencer, while daughter Taylor is off to college. Their home is nestled among the vineyards near the winery.