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Dec 21,


2015 Year in Review - Looking Ahead to 2016

If we were writing a book about 2015 at Dry Creek Vineyard, the title might read: No Compromises: Raising the Bar of Excellence. This mantra has permeated every facet of our family winery culture. This vision begins at the top with President and second generation owner, Kim Stare Wallace. In her hundreds of presentations this year a singular message has risen to the top. Dry Creek Vineyard is producing world-class wines that rival the best in California and a new bar has been set for winemaking excellence with a “no compromises philosophy.”

The list and range of accolades received in 2015 is impressive:
Top 100 Winery of 2015 – Wine & Spirits Magazine
2014 Chenin Blanc – 90 points, #19 Top 100 Best Buys for 2015 – Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2014 Sauvignon Blanc – 90 points, Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2013 Estate Block 10 Chardonnay, 90 points, Wine Spectator
2013 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 points, Wine Spectator
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, 91 points, Editors’ Choice, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2012 Mariner, 92 points, Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2012 Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon, 90 points, Wine Spectator

Some other notable activity in 2015 included the hiring of John Doxon as our Global Sales Director. John brings a wealth of knowledge and fine wine skill to the position. He is a welcome addition to our senior leadership team! Our 2015 Wine for Sailors campaign was a huge hit once again this summer with many excellent displays built across the country. New packaging, Sustainability Certification, Trip Advisor Awards and much more created a lot of energy and buzz around the property.

2016 brings forward many exciting opportunities. To start the year, Dry Creek Vineyard will be one of the featured wineries for the Sonoma County tent in the Super Bowl 50 fan village in San Francisco. During the first week of February, on five of the eight days, Dry Creek Vineyard wines will be poured in the fan village exposing our brand to an expected audience of well over 1 million people! Later this year, we are looking forward to the possibility of having Dry Creek Vineyard wines poured at America’s Cup World Series events in Chicago and New York. We look forward to yet another exciting year for Dry Creek Vineyard wines!


Dec 21,


Mariner Club Incentive

The 2015 Mariner Club incentive is in the home stretch. For participating markets, the Mariner Club is a unique incentive that gives winners the opportunity to be a part of our Mariner Wine Club for 2016. A wine club membership at Dry Creek Vineyard provides many special wines including our single vineyard selections made available only to wine club members. In addition to the opportunity to win a Coravin Wine Preservation System and a DCV Mariner Club membership, we have also put together a Grand Prize incentive for selected markets.

The top performer will earn an all expenses paid trip to California to experience our first ever Mariner Club Winners Circle. Scheduled for the first weekend of March 2016, The Mariner Winners Circle includes a phenomenal line up of sailing, dinners, an Iron Chef competition and sight seeing in both Healdsburg and San Francisco. Please inquire with John Doxon, Global Sales Director about Mariner Incentive specifics in your market johnd@drycreekvineyard.com.


Dec 21,


Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery for 2015

Team DCV has been putting in the work! From our vineyards to the cellar, we have meticulously gone through every aspect of our operation with a singular goal: Craft world-class wines that are true to the varietal and define their appellation. This hard work is finally getting acknowledged by our peers.

This past October, we were thrilled to learn that Dry Creek Vineyard was awarded one of Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Top 100 Wineries in the World for 2015!

For more than 40 years, we have dedicated ourselves to producing wines of superior quality – focused on the incredible diversity that comprise our 185 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards. Everyone at our family winery can feel proud in sharing this award. We believe it takes a village to craft outstanding wines of distinction. From our vineyard and winemaking crew to our incredible hospitality team, we raise a glass and say thank you to everyone who continues to share in our success.


Sep 10,


Harvest 2015

The obvious question people want to know is – how is the drought affecting the grapes? For us, we are quite fortunate. Our wells and irrigation ponds have kept us in good shape throughout the growing season. Most of our vineyards are dry-farmed. We practice deficit irrigation, watering only when probes in the soil tell us it’s absolutely necessary. It’s just one more way in which we practice sustainable winegrowing. The growing season has been warm and glorious with several heat spikes. The grapes have ripened evenly and flavor and development are right where we want them to be. That being said, yields appear to be down from the previous few years. This is not surprising after three huge harvests in a row – the vines appear to be saying “we’re tired”. Quality is still extremely high and hope rings eternal for a smooth harvest season. Weather pundits continue to predict an El Niño event on par with ‘97-‘98 which would certainly help to recharge the ground water and empty reservoirs. That remains to be seen, but all fingers and toes are crossed for a very wet winter – after harvest season of course (and just to be prepared, we are in the middle of re-roofing the entire winery)!


Sep 10,


Super Bowl 50 and Sonoma County

It’s a historic, once-in-a-generation partnership. Sonoma County is proud to be the Official Destination Partner for the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee. The 50th Anniversary of the Super Bowl is descending on the San Francisco Bay Area in February 2016. The NFL is billing Super Bowl 50 as the biggest sporting event in human history – an event on the grandest scale with the entire world watching. And Sonoma County wines will be right in the middle of this incredible event. Our wines will certainly play a role in this historic occasion. For now, let’s raise a glass and celebrate Sonoma County and Super Bowl 50!


Sep 10,


Wine for Sailors 2015

Now in its third year, our summer Wine for Sailors campaign has grown in its scope and size. The feedback from the marketplace has been tremendous with displays going up across the country featuring our beautiful sailboats and point-of-sale materials. Below is a small snapshot of just some of the striking displays our partners have sent us.

Striking displays...

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