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May 06,

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.

We look forward to sharing future updates with our continued improvements in this journey.

 

May 06,

2015

New 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Packaging

Authenticity is one of the key pillars to our brand story. As Kim Stare Wallace says, “We are the real deal. Our story is not fabricated – we live our story every day”. With competition at an all time high in our industry, being true to our wines, our vineyards and the terrior of our region is even more important than ever before. 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 wine buyers a chance to see and read exactly how the wine is made. We want our constituents 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. All aspects of our process of have been meticulously looked at and reviewed. These new labels capture that level of refinement and detail.

We hope you enjoy these wines and that they will resonate with your customers in the marketplace.

Happy selling!

 

May 06,

2015

Wine for Sailors Summer Promotion

When you think of Dry Creek Vineyard, it’s hard not to first think about our iconic sailboat labels. Since we debuted a sailboat on our wine label in 1982, our labels have captured the imagination of sailors and landlubbers alike. After all, we are the ONLY winery with a sailboat on our wine label. Historically, our roots run deep in the sailing community. We have sponsored countless regattas, supported an “Around Alone” 37,000 mile solo circumnavigation campaign and developed a line of wines in the early 2000s to celebrate the America’s Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. Our commitment to the sailing community is as authentic as our wines.

We are excited to launch our 2015 Wine for Sailors campaign. We’ve had great buy-in from our distributor partners around the country. The point-of-sale materials have been updated this year with a new design and color scheme. The very popular sailboat models continue to be in high demand. They make stunning display pieces as evidenced by the incredible displays we saw last year:

Incredible Displays we saw last year...

We look forward to another successful 2015 Wine for Sailors campaign. If you need additional materials or have questions, please feel free to reach out for the winery by emailing Amber in the Marketing department at amberc@drycreekvineyard.com.

 

Dec 17,

2014

2014 Harvest Update

With harvest now over but with plenty left to do, we caught up with Winemaker, Tim Bell in the cellar. Tim gave us his thoughts on the 2014 harvest. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation.

“Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of 2014 wines so far. The weather cooperated nicely for the most part. Harvest kicked off on August 12, making this one of the earliest starts in quite some time. I would say we were 7-10 days ahead of where we usually are, and reached a steady flow of fruit into the winery much earlier than normal. In fact, we expected to start harvest even earlier, but the fact that ripening in Sauvignon Blanc proceeded more slowly than expected in this early season was a clue that crop size was going to be larger than normal. Pre-harvest expectations had been that the drought might lower yields. We did not see this come true in Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc or the Bordeaux red varieties. Only Zinfandel crop size was lower than normal this year. Two interesting observations I made were that flavors in Sauvignon Blanc seemed to be peaking earlier than normal this year, relative to sugar ripening. The other interesting observation was that Cabernet Sauvignon wines took longer in the fermenters to develop the desired depth of body and color this year. I was concerned early on about the quality of Cab, but it turned out that I just needed to be more patient, and to continue working the cap longer into fermentations this year to achieve good color and structure. Harvest came to a close on October 11. This was 7-8 days earlier than the previous two harvests. It was a fast and furious pace and the crew worked hard to keep up. I’m proud of what we did this year!”

Thanks Tim!

 

Dec 17,

2014

90 Point Rock Stars

Our lineup of fantastic Zinfandels has certainly been on a roll of late in the wine press. The scores, especially from the Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, are impressive. Even more exciting is the track record vintage after vintage. We continue our passionate pursuit to produce delicious wines that define the varietal and speak to our home appellation. It’s gratifying to receive this tremendous acknowledgement of the hard work we have put into our vineyards and cellar.

Heritage Vines Zinfandel:
2010 Heritage Vines Zinfandel – 90 points, Wine Spectator
2011 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 92 points, Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast
2012 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 points, Wine Spectator

Old Vine Zinfandel
2009 Old Vine Zinfandel – 91 points, Wine Enthusiast
2011 Old Vine Zinfandel – 90 points, Robert Parker
2012 Old Vine Zinfandel – 91 points, Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast

 

Dec 17,

2014

Sustainable Farming

Growing in Harmony with Nature by Don Wallace, Partner

These days, sustainability is a common buzzword in the Dry Creek Valley and beyond. For growers and consumers alike, it’s a good thing that living a sustainable life is a part of our daily lexicon. By adopting more environmentally responsible farming and business practices, we up the odds of survival for our irreplaceable Planet Earth.

Now that Dry Creek Vineyard has officially been recognized as a Certified California Sustainable Winery, it’s important that we educate both consumers and the trade on what it means to be sustainable. At its core, the sustainability movement rests on the principle that we must find new ways to satisfy our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To put it another way, sustainability is not the destination, sustainability is the journey. Dry Creek Vineyard offers a microcosmic example of this theory. Because we are vitally concerned that our children, Taylor and Spencer, have the choice of following in our footsteps here, we must focus on the long term health of our winery and vineyards and help raise community awareness about the concept of sustainability.

An all encompassing ideal, having a sustainable business is reflected in all aspects of our winery including:
• Cover crops
• Raptor perches
• Deficit irrigation
• Hi-tech pest control using a computerized monitoring station
• Riparian habitat management
• Bat houses
• Barn owl habitat
• Solar power
• Insectary garden and educational vineyard walk
• Fish habitat restoration project

As a result of our commitment to environmental issues, we are deeply involved in determining future sustainable farming policies. Along with other wine industry leaders, we are working to develop clear and realistic guidelines to help our growers embrace the principles of sustainable agriculture. All of us at Dry Creek Vineyard believe it’s important to be good stewards of the land. Our upfront commitment to sustainable farming may be costly and time consuming. But in the long term, it is what’s good for the land and all humankind.

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