Tomorrow is officially #OpenThatBottleNight 🍾 — a day dedicated to enjoying the fine wines you've stashed away while reconnecting with loved ones, reminiscing both fun and tough times, and celebrating the "here and now."
To honor this special holiday, our team shared what they were doing in 2014, the year of these featured library wines.
✨ In the year 2014 ...
Dry Creek Vineyard – We became 100% Certified Sustainable, even though the winery had been employing these principles for over 25 years. 🌱
Tim Bell, Winemaker – I made my first visit ever to Yellowstone National Park. And I tried a sparkling Crémant de Loire that became an inspiration for our own sparkling Chenin Blanc!
Brian Pruett, Associate Winemaker – My fondest memory has to be Margaret and I beginning to date. One of our favorite activities was taking hikes along the coast and finding a nice spot to set up a picnic. Little did I know that we'd fall in love so quick, and 2014 would be my last vintage making wine on the Central Coast!
Jenny Phan, Marketing & Communications Manager – I just started the first culinary club at Northwestern, teaching students how to cook late at night and then struggling through early AM classes. 🙃
Tara Albertson, Assistant DTC Manager – I graduated from SSU with a concentration in Wine Business strategies and started my first full year working in the CA wine industry! 🎓
Lenore Messler, Graphic Designer – I was a new California transplant. I just started my graphic design career and spent my free time exploring the SF Bay Area, making new friends, and discovering wine for the first time.
Beau Baumbach, Digital Marketing Specialist – I was at SSU studying marketing and wine business strategies while working at Seghesio. I ran my first half marathon that year, was on the triathlon team at SSU, and part of the Wine Sense Club.
Emma Linowski, Marketing Coordinator – It marked my high school graduation, a "planes, trains and automobiles"-esque trip across Europe with two of my best friends during the summer, and the beginnings of my journey at Chico State.
❤️ Do you have a fond memory from 2014? Feel free to share it with us in the comment section!
We’re taking full advantage of these slower, wet days to make exciting renovations to the tasting room and facilities.
In the meantime, our exceptional hospitality team invites you to join us for a seated tasting in our newly revamped barrel room!
Decanting a fine bottle of wine can add a layer of romance and enjoyment to any wine experience. It also serves a very useful purpose — decanting adds air to young wines and opens up layers of flavor and complexity.
However, the debate rages. 🍷 When do you decant?
We believe that big, tannic, young wines benefit from immediate decanting by getting some air into them, while older library wines should be left alone. Assuming the wine has been stored properly, an older wine at or near its peak needs to be treated delicately.
Air is one of wine’s greatest enemies, and decanting adds a lot of oxygen to that wine, quite often causing the fragile fruit of an older wine to fade away. Ultimately, that special bottle of wine is yours, and you should do with it as you please! Just remember to use extra care should you choose to decant library wines, and don’t allow air to contact the wine for a lengthy period of time.
#decanting #wine101 #openthatbottlenight
Today, we toast to the rich history of our nation and pay tribute to the leaders who have shaped our country's story. From our family to yours, we wish you a safe and happy #PresidentsDay.
This Sunday is a day we raise our glasses in celebration of a timeless elixir that transcends borders and brings people together — wine. 🍷 Join us in toasting to the spirit of conviviality, the beauty of the vine and the pleasure found in every drop of our favorite beverage on #NationalDrinkWineDay. Cheers!
P.S. If you're looking to replenish your cellar or plan for spring parties, you can enjoy 50% shipping savings on $300+ of our exclusive winery selections with code WINEDAY24 this weekend.
Our family winery is now hosting large groups gathering this spring and beyond! 🌸 Enjoy a reception-style tasting of five wines, perfect for special celebrations and meetings with 20 to 40 guests.
Bookings are open for March through October. 10-day notice is required to reserve. Learn more by calling our team at (707) 433-1000 ext. 106.
Whether you're celebrating Valentine's, Palentine's or Galentine's Day this week, we raise a glass to you, your significant others and the beautiful memories you make. 🥂 May your days be filled with love, laughter and the "pop!" of uncorking your favorite wines together.
📷: Reminiscing about the time our famed Bordeaux-style blend, The Mariner, met its white Meritage counterpart, The Mariness, in November of 2018. They've simply been inseparable since.
We're feeling inspired as #ValentinesDay approaches alongside the power couple that is our winery owners: Kim and Don. This year, they celebrated 42 years of marriage and a shared passion for making incredible, classically styled wines.
From wielding shovels with winery founder and Kim's father Dave Stare, to leading the family business as the second generation, their journey has been one of dedication and collective vision. They've preserved traditions while investing in modernization — holding true to their "no compromises" winemaking philosophy.
Here's to love, wine and the beauty of our home appellation. 🍷❤️ Cheers to this Dry Creek love story!
Touchdowns on the field and milestones in the office 🏈🎉 Today, we're celebrating both Super Bowl Sunday and the official 37th work anniversary of our incredible Winery President, Kim Stare Wallace. Cheers (and let's go Niners)!
📷: Kim in 2016, when our family winery poured at #SuperBowl 50
Bonjour from Paris 🇫🇷👋 President Kim Stare Wallace attended a lovely reception last evening featuring our family winery's selections and fellow local wine lovers. It was a very elegant affair in a gorgeous apartment — even US Ambassador Denise Bauer stopped by!
"I met such wonderful people, and our wines showed beautifully! Krisi Hayden from the US Embassy made all the apps herself, which was so kind and gracious of her.
"One of the highlights of my night was meeting Olivier Giraud @howtobecomeparisian who has a stand-up comedy show called 'How to Become a Parisian in One Hour.' I actually saw it last year, and it’s hysterical! It turns out he also used to work as a sommelier in Florida and loved our wines. Wine really is such a small world!" –Kim
A special thank you to the guests of honor 🍷@theearfultower @alexteachesfrench @americanfille @frenchvibesclub @frenchylo_ @danathomasparis @mamadoeseurope @annakloots @julie_collas_the_parisienne @winedinecaroline @atfrenchies @myparisianlife
Our team members share their favorite dip recipes in preparation for Super Bowl Sunday. 🏈 Do you have a go-to dish?
✨🍷 What is Meritage?
Meritage = "merit" + "heritage"
The word #Meritage is an exclusive designation for blended, reserve-style wines comprising noble Bordeaux varieties — chiefly Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. A combination of the words “merit” and “heritage,” the term rhymes with the latter.
In 1985, Winery Founder David S. Stare became the first vintner in California to produce a wine with “Meritage” on the label. It’s been a staple in our portfolio ever since and testament to our love of traditional Bordeaux-style blending.
📷: Our estate DCV6 Bullock House Vineyard, which is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec and Cabernet Franc — the latter two varieties supporting our Meritage program.
Deconstruct Historic Blocks Zinfandel at our annual Barrel Tasting tomorrow, alongside the Dry Creek Vineyard winemaking team. 🍷 This is a rare opportunity to experience samples and finished wines from the legacy vineyards of our home appellation, featuring our estate properties as well as those of small local growers: the Buchignani and Forchini families.
There are two sessions for our Barrel Tasting — one that begins at noon and another at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door. We hope to see you soon!
Book your tickets at www.drycreekvineyard.com/events
Spencer is officially on his fourth week as one of our family winery's Production Assistants! When he's not in IG stories alongside Winery President and mom Kim Stare Wallace, he can be found topping barrels with his teammate Edgar.
As the wine matures in barrels, it slowly evaporates and forms a headspace. This headspace is then "topped" with wine to reduce oxygen exposure, keeping the wine from developing faults and spoiling. Here, Spencer and Edgar are doing the first topping of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot barrels, with a second topping due in three to four weeks. They're quite the dynamic duo, topping an average of 327 barrels a day!
Introducing part one of our team's must-read books about wine and food 📖🍷Which of these books are you most excited to add to your 2024 reading list?
Today, we raise a glass in honor of Gary Emmerich, whose retirement on February 1 will bring to conclusion a distinguished career spanning 47 years at Dry Creek Vineyard. Gary retires as Director of Sales Administration, but his knowledge and influence are much more expansive. Please join us in wishing him well!
“We’re going to really miss him," Founder Dave Stare said. He’s part of the heart and soul and character of Dry Creek Vineyard.”