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Aug 02,

2016

2013 Cabernet New Release – 91 Points

Our 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is set to release any day now, and it has already garnered rave reviews! This vintage was rated 91 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate saying, “This serious Cabernet Sauvignon showcases just how good Cabernet can be from Dry Creek” – wow! The Dry Creek Valley is an undiscovered gem, producing some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in California. Primarily known for Zinfandel, our home appellation actually has nearly as many acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Our region’s unique terroir provides just the right growing conditions.

Much of the Cabernet grown in our appellation is planted on sharply terraced hillside vineyards on the western slopes of the valley. The iron rich soils of the Dry Creek Valley are low in vigor and rocky, creating a stressed environment in which to grow grapes. A perfect microclimate with long days of vibrant sunshine and cool foggy evenings allows for exquisitely ripened Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.  Bright cherry fruit framed by floral and spice elements create a wine that speaks to the distinctive soil and growing conditions of our appellation.

 

Aug 02,

2016

Behind the Scenes at DCV

Have you ever wondered what we are up to all day while you are out on the road selling Dry Creek Vineyard wines? We have stepped up our game with social media to provide you a unique insight to a day in the life at DCV! Check to make sure that you are following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all of the latest news and behind-the-scenes action at the winery. We are posting videos, giving vineyard updates and telling stories about the people that make Dry Creek Vineyard the ‘real deal’.

We would love to see what you are up to as well! Tag us in your photos or use our hashtags: #drycreekvineyard or #teamdrycreek to share your ‘day in the life’ story.

 

Aug 02,

2016

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Wrap-Up

Our America’s Cup World Series Incentive was a hit and we have you to thank for it! Developed especially for our key partners and Midwest distributors, the ‘fast start’ program made a big impact on shipments and depletions. We spent an incredible weekend with the winners in Chicago, Illinois, where we viewed the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series yachting regatta right on the water. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we were so thrilled to share our passion for the exhilarating sport of sailing with the winners!

 

May 19,

2016

Dry Creek Vineyard Selected as the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series New York & Chicago

Our winery was selected by the America’s Cup Event Authority as the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in New York and Chicago. The New York event (May 7 & 8) was a great success and our wines were served exclusively in all hospitality lounges and on spectator boats, alongside other beverage sponsors including Moët & Chandon, Gosling’s Rum and Toast Vodka. We are looking forward to the Chicago events on June 11 and 12.

Our support of sailing is not new, and we have been involved in sponsoring and partnering with regattas and teams for almost 40 years. The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport, and is considered the pinnacle of world-class yacht racing. The series is made up of several dynamic yachting regattas that challenge the best sailors in the world in both match and fleet racing skills. The regattas will play a part in determining the seeding of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda in 2017.

 

May 19,

2016

Mariner Club Incentive

The Mariner Club, our popular incentive for OND is coming this Fall!

As many of you know The Mariner Club provides the chance to win prizes tied to sales volume for October through December sales. Incentives include a trip to visit our winery in California, as well as participate in a Meritage blending challenge, go sailing on San Francisco Bay, participate in vineyard tours, cooking competitions and more. Winners will be determined by sales volume across three tiers, Captain, Admiral and Ambassador. Stay tuned for more information on how to qualify for this great prize.

 

May 19,

2016

Wine for Sailors Campaign

Our “Wine for Sailors” campaign will kick off on June 1 and run through August 31. Summer is of course a great time to highlight our sailing theme and showcase wines that are ideal for hot summer days. Wine for Sailors themed Point of Sale materials are shipping and will be front and center at many retailers and key accounts. This year’s POS design features a fresh new look with an original painting of the yacht Endeavour to attract consumer attention and generate excitement around our wines. POS displays will also feature The Endeavour, a limited edition custom sailboat model, as well as case wraps, stickers, shelf talkers, burgee, flags and corkscrews.

 

Dec 21,

2015

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,

2015

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,

2015

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,

2015

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,

2015

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,

2015

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.

displays

 

 

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:

displays

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.

 

Oct 16,

2014

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

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,

2014

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,

2014

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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