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Oct 16,


Dry Creek Vineyard Achieves Certified California Sustainable Winery Designation

Building upon a foundation first established by winery partner Don Wallace in the 1980s, Dry Creek Vineyard has received official recognition as a Certified California Sustainable Winery.

“Dry Creek Vineyard has long been one of Sonoma County’s pioneering wineries,” said Karissa Kruse, President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers.  ”Sonoma County’s winegrowers and vintners put a bold stake in the ground to become the nation’s first 100% sustainable wine region by 2019 and we’re proud that one of our storied, nationally-recognized wineries is leading by example.”

The path toward sustainability at Dry Creek Vineyard began more than 20 years ago with winery partner Don Wallace.  Early on, Don recognized the need to reduce the winery’s carbon footprint through more earth friendly vineyard practices.  ”I am proud of what we have accomplished at the winery,” says Don.  ”From solar power for energy needs, to our comprehensive recycling programs and water reduction plans, this has been a true team effort by all of the winery employees.”

Commenting on the winery’s achievement, Allison Jordan, Executive Director for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance says that sustainability is an ongoing process that is constantly evolving over time.  ”Certification is a great achievement, requiring a company to not only conduct an annual evaluation of their operations and to meet prerequisites, but also to determine a set of goals based on their region, operation and other factors.  Therefore they can focus their resources on the practices that will make the most difference for their company, the environment and the community, while continually improving year after year.”

President Kim Stare Wallace has seen the results of the winery’s sustainable business practices firsthand. “As a lifelong resident of the Dry Creek Valley, it’s so gratifying to witness improved health and harmony of wildlife and plant life in our region. There’s definitely been a shift that we can attribute to our sustainable farming practices. Don and I have the same vision – leave the winery in a better place for our children and the next generation.”


Sep 22,


2014 Harvest Fair Selects David Stare for his Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry

The 2014 Harvest Fair will honor David Stare, founder and owner of Dry Creek Vineyard, for his Lifetime Contribution to the Sonoma County Wine Industry at a September Awards Ceremony. Few people have had as significant an impact on the quality and variety of the wines produced in Sonoma County as David Stare. And few have been as vocal and persistent in spreading the word about the wines being made in the county, putting the region on the global map for world-class wines.

“I was the first who started beating the bushes,” says Stare, “talking about how great Sonoma County wines are and raising awareness of our wines throughout the States and in Europe.” In many ways, Stare is a pioneer. He came west in the late 1960s with little more than a dream, a solid work ethic and determination. He graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and worked for the B&O Railroad for several years, but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley in France, Stare’s original plan was to move to France to build his own French chateau. However, after reading about the burgeoning wine industry in California, he knew that coming west to start his winery was the right move to make.

The annual awards ceremony and dinner will be held September 28 at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. The celebration will be open to the public with tickets available at harvestfair.org starting August 18.


Sep 01,


New Release - DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay

Chardonnay has had a circuitous route here at Dry Creek Vineyard. In the early days, Dave Stare produced just a small amount from the famed Robert Young vineyard. Then, as the winery grew, so did production. By the late 1990s, we were producing over 30,000 cases of Sonoma County Chardonnay. As the second generation took over the reins of the business, one program we knew needed attention was Chardonnay. In 2003, production was cut to a mere 7,500 cases with all of the grapes coming from the Russian River Valley. Then in 2008, we produced a single vineyard version called Foggy Oaks, dropping the production yet again to 3,500 cases.

With the release of the DCV Estate Block 10, we are now producing just 1,250 cases of Chardonnay from 30 vine rows at the far northeast corner of the vineyard. The 2012 DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay continues our aim of producing small lot wines, focused on vineyard and terroir and most importantly, of the highest quality possible. It has taken us almost 15 years to isolate this section of the vineyard which, year in and year out, represents our best Chardonnay. The well draining soils and lower fertility zones provide us fruit that is bright in acid with a well-rounded flavor profile. The rest of the grapes are sold to other well-known producers.

It’s an exciting time at Dry Creek Vineyard. We hope you enjoy this wine and recognize the hard work and effort that have gone into realizing this dream come true.


Jul 25,


New Crush Equipment

Christmas came early for the winemaking team.

This past summer, we made significant investments in our crush pad and crush equipment – all in the name of quality. It was no small task. Concrete was removed, drains and new lines were installed. There was a lot of sweat equity involved. Most recently, the fancy (and shiny) new equipment arrived to be installed. A new Puleo destemmer and must pump, along with a redesigned conveyor system, is up and running. These new tools will allow the winemaking team to do even more sorting prior to the fruit going into the press.

Ultimately, the entire system is going to raise the quality of our wines across the board. Yes, harvest is here. But new equipment makes it much easier to think about those long 12 hour days!

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