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Jan 26,

2021

Reservations Starting Friday!

We are thrilled to open our doors and welcome you back to our family winery just in time for the weekend! Starting Friday, January 29th, we will be offering outdoor seated tastings for up to six guests by appointment in a socially-distant setting, safe from the winter weather.

Appointments can be made online at www.drycreekvineyard.com/reservations, or by contacting our concierge team at (800) 864-9463 ext. 103. Unfortunately due to strict COVID-19 regulations and in the interest of keeping all guests and team members safe, we are only open to adults 21 years and older, and cannot have children on property at this time.

If you aren’t quite ready to see us in person, visit us virtually! We offer private tastings for businesses, or for groups of friends and family. You can select from our virtual tasting collection or email concierge@drycreekvineyard.com for a more customized experience.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Jan 12,

2021

Update From Our Family Winery

Dear Valued Friend,

This year hasn’t quite started off as we had hoped, but the shining light at the end of the tunnel is that we are only one year away from our 50th anniversary! As we reflect on nearly five decades of remaining family owned and operated, we are so grateful for your unwavering support and friendship. You are the reason that we are able to do what we love, and we can never put into words how much that means to all of us.

Unfortunately Sonoma County’s “Stay-at-Home” order has been extended until further notice, so our tasting room will remain closed for tastings. However, the silver lining is that we continue finding new and exciting ways to remain connected virtually! We are continually working on unique virtual tasting experiences, which can be found on the events page of our website, and of course, we are open to any suggestions that you might have.

We also offer private tastings for businesses, or for groups of friends and family, either by selecting from our virtual tasting collection or emailing concierge@drycreekvineyard.com for a more customized experience. We’ll take care of everything for you: we’ll ship each attendee their wines, host the Zoom meeting, and can even send a personalized gift message upon request.

While our tasting room is closed for tasting, we could all probably use a glass of wine right now! Our website remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your wine needs. We are available for orders by phone at (800) 864-9463 ext. 280 and ask for your patience with any delays in response at this time. If you are local, we are offering a safe and socially distant curbside pickup option by appointment. You can call (707) 433-1000 ext. 103 to place your pick-up order or select the ‘curbside pickup’ option in the website checkout and we will contact you to set an appointment.

We look forward to opening our doors once again as quickly and safely as possible and know it is going to be a challenging time for everyone, but we will get through this together. We will continue to give updates via email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as they become available.

We wish for the continued health and safety of you and your families through this difficult time, and we thank you for your ongoing support of our family winery!

Warm Regards,

Kim Stare Wallace
President

 

Dec 21,

2020

Happy Holidays!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Dry Creek,
Not a creature was stirring, not a sound or a peep,
The barrels were topped, the wines aging well,
The wine cellar filled with an intoxicating smell,

The cellar rats were resting, all done for the year,
Waiting for Santa and his eight tiny reindeer,
While Mama and her team breathed a sigh of relief,
That 2020 was soon over, thank God and good grief!

Wine sales were done, the bills due and paid,
And managers rejoiced as their nerves felt less frayed,
Their teamwork impressive, their effort so great,
Despite all of the setbacks and pivots of late,

Now they could rest, put their feet up, kick back,
Enjoying time off and a long winter’s nap.
As they prepare for what’s next, in the coming New Year,
With a sigh of relief that no fires are near.

When out on the lawn, there arose such a clatter,
That the neighbors all wondered what was the matter,
Was it Him, was it He, was it the Big man Himself?
Or was it just Dave Stare, our jolly old Elf?

Checking things out, making sure all was good,
That the lights were turned off, just as they should,
When out of the blue, up on the roof,
He heard scratching and pawing of each tiny hoof,

When suddenly what should appear down on land,
Than Santa himself, sanitizer in hand,
So tired was he, from delivering those toys,
To sweet little girls, and good little boys,

What he needed was clear, a chair to sit in,
No cookies or carrots, but a great glass of Zin,
He was lucky indeed, to have come to a place,
Where he could find such a treat, and slow down his fast pace,

So he pulled up a chair, and sat by the fire,
Took off his mask, lightened up his attire,
And toasted the world, in the dim evening’s light,
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

 

Dec 11,

2020

Here We Go Again!

Dear Friends,

It feels like Groundhog Day, but of course it’s not February. Last night, Sonoma County joined seven Bay Area Counties in preemptively adopting California’s “Stay-at-Home” order, and we know that many of you are affected by similar guidelines.

The order means that while we are continuing with essential winery operations, sadly our tasting room will be closed until January 10th, effective tomorrow. However, we are hard at work making sure that you can receive your favorite Dry Creek Vineyard wines, wherever you may be.

We know that you may have a lot of questions, so here are the answers to several “frequently asked questions” from the past several days:

1. Can I still order wine?

While our tasting room is closed, we could all use a glass of wine right now! Our website remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your holiday shopping, Netflix binging, takeout friendly wine needs. We are available for orders by phone at (800) 864-9463 ext. 280 and ask for your patience with any delays in response at this time.

2. Can I come pick up my wine?

Absolutely! We are offering a safe and socially distant curbside pickup option by appointment. You can call 707-433-1000 ext. 103 to place your pick-up order or place an order on our website and select the ‘curbside pickup’ option in the checkout and we will contact you to set an appointment.

3. Are you doing virtual tastings?

Yes! We offer private virtual tastings for businesses, or for groups of friends and family, either by selecting from our virtual tasting collection or emailing concierge@drycreekvineyard.com for a more customized experience. We’ll take care of everything for you: we’ll ship each attendee their wines, host the Zoom meeting, and can even send a personalized gift message upon request.

4. How will I know when you are open again?

We look forward to opening our doors once again as quickly as possible and know it is going to be a challenging time for everyone, but we will get through this together. We will continue to monitor the situation and give updates via email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as they become available.

We wish for the continued health and safety of you and your families through this unprecedented crisis, and we thank you for your ongoing support of our family winery!

Cheers,

The Dry Creek Vineyard Family

 

Oct 20,

2020

Dry Creek Vineyard Wine and Horror Movie Pairings

The spooky season is here, and we like nothing better than cozying up on the couch with a glass of wine and a good horror film. Since we like to pair our wine with, well, everything, we thought we’d share some of our favorite Dry Creek Vineyard wine and scary movie combos. Be careful not to spill your wine out of fright and let’s get watching!

Fumé Blanc and Halloween (1978)

We’re starting off with a classic…wine, that is. Our founder David Stare was the first person to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley appellation, and those grapes are the backbone of our Fumé Blanc, our flagship wine which we’ve been producing for almost 50 years. It’s a natural pairing for a classic film like Halloween. Directed by horror auteur John Carpenter, Halloween and its antagonist Michael Myers set the standard for slasher flicks and their villains. Often duplicated, never replicated, both our Fumé Blanc and Halloween stand out as trendsetters in their industries

Dry Chenin Blanc and Scream (1996)

Crisp and lively, our Dry Chenin Blanc is one of our most popular wines, and with good reason. Consistent vintage after vintage, the refreshing wine is one of the most highly-awarded Chenin Blancs in the nation. Its versatility and immediate drinkability makes it a fan favorite. Wes Craven’s Scream was the beginning of a slate of campy teen “slasher” flicks that dominated the movie theaters. Its snappy dialogue and self-parody of the horror genre made it a modern horror classic and a film favorite for all ages. Fun fact, the film was filmed in our very own town of Healdsburg!

Meritage and The Blair Witch Project (1999)

In 1988, a group of American vintners (including Dave Stare), formed the Meritage Association to create a classification of Bordeaux-style blends made in America, and Dry Creek Vineyard was the original winery to use the term Meritage on our 1985 vintage. The Meritage Association (now The Meritage Alliance) currently has over 200 members, and the term Meritage has come to signify a superb winemaking-style. Like the Meritage, when The Blair Witch Project came out, it was the first of its kind. The “found footage” style of filmmaking had never been done, and some people were convinced the footage was actually real. Now many horror movies utilize this style of filmmaking, but we’ll never forget the movie that started it all.

Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon and The Shining (1980)

Bold and refined, our Endeavour is the vision of the winery’s second generation to grow and produce a highly-rated Cabernet Sauvignon that equals the finest of any in California. Crafted from our iconic Endeavour vineyard, the wine’s notable complexity and layers of aromas and flavors all blend together to form a classic example of what a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon should be. While The Shining was one of the films created later in Stanley Kubrick’s storied career, it’s often considered one of his greatest. Each component of the film, from the acting to the cinematography, was carefully considered by Kubrick, leading to The Shining being named one of the finest horror movies of all times.

Old Vine Zinfandel and House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Although there is no official designation, we consider vines that average more than 50 years in age to be Old Vine. Our Old Vine Zin utilizes grapes from vines that average more than 100 years in age. These plantings are some of the most prized and historic in all of the Dry Creek Valley. Although the vines may be old, the wine has bright acidity and soft yet structured tannins. House on Haunted Hill came out in 1959 and stared horror film regular Vincent Price. Campy and creepy, although this film was made more than 60 years ago it still sits on the top of lists of classic horror films.

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