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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.

 

Oct 12,

2020

Dry Creek Vineyard Has Nothing To Hide With Release Of Daring New 2019 Fumé Blanc Package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HEALDSBURG, Calif. – OCTOBER 12, 2020 – Dry Creek Vineyard has announced the release of a bold new package for the winery’s flagship varietal, Fumé Blanc. The 2019 vintage features increased transparency about the grape origins, winemaking techniques, and the family winery’s viticultural philosophy.

“Walking down the wine aisle today, it’s hard to tell who is making the wine in the bottle, how it is made, and sometimes, even what varietals are in it,” said Dry Creek Vineyard President Kim Stare Wallace. “Clever marketing has replaced authentic, transparent winemaking and the rich histories of the multigenerational wine families. Other items in the grocery store proclaim that they are all natural, low carb, free range, etc., but the wine bottles on the shelf are silent. We’re bucking this trend of secretive labels, and giving our consumers an honest look at what’s really inside.”

In addition to the technical information, this new label includes important details about the iconic wine: It’s gluten free, vegan, and made with minimal intervention.

“It’s common for many people—especially those concerned with health and wellness—to think wineries add ingredients like colorants, anti-foaming agents and chemicals to their wines and hide behind vague labels,” said Stare Wallace. “Seeing this, I realized that there is more work to be done to educate the consumer about what is and isn’t in their wine. My father, David Stare, audaciously released the first Sonoma County Fumé Blanc in 1972, and nearly 50 years later, our new 2019 Fumé Blanc label is yet another innovative step in the pioneering history of our family winery because now, more than ever, we have nothing to hide.”

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Contact:

Sara Rathbun
Director of Marketing & Communications
Dry Creek Vineyard
SaraR@drycreekvineyard.com
(707) 433-1000 ext. 128

 

Aug 25,

2020

Update From The Winery President

Dear Friends,

Thankfully the evacuation warning around our family winery and the surrounding area has been lifted, and our winery and vineyards are out of the path of the Walbridge Fire. However, due to the air quality in the area, our tasting room will remain closed for the time being.

To say that this year has been unpredictable would be an understatement! If you had told me that I would spend the winery’s 48th anniversary moving back into my house after being evacuated in the middle of a global pandemic, I would have said you’d had too many glasses of wine! Yet here we are, right in between celebrating our 48th anniversary yesterday and starting harvest tomorrow with face masks and social distancing.

It’s safe to say that this year will be a harvest we will never forget! Tomorrow begins our 49th harvest, with the arrival of 75 tons of Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Sauvignon Blanc always has a special meaning for me this time of year since my father, David Stare, was the first person to plant the varietal in the Dry Creek Valley in 1972. Our initial lot showcases vibrant flavors, excellent balance, and refreshing acidity.

Here is what Winemaker Tim Bell has to say about this harvest: “As we approach the start of our 2020 harvest at Dry Creek Vineyard, it seems like we can only call this one of the more topsy-turvy vintages we’ve ever experienced, for a number of reasons. We had an early bud break but cool weather—with a little rain—during fruit set. As a result, some Sauvignon Blanc vineyards have a lighter crop this year and they will be picked earlier than usual. Mother Nature is keeping us on our toes, as vineyards are ripening in a different sequence than usual and a recent heat spell did not drive up sugars as rapidly as expected. With all of that at hand, and an overall warmer growing season so far, we are still starting harvest five days later than last year.

“Our winemaking team has bravely dealt with the added stress of the fires in Sonoma County, and we’re finishing up some final bottling as we make our last preparations for harvest. Based on the experience of our growers, we believe that the intensity and duration of any smoke exposure is relatively low. However, we will do pre-harvest testing to verify that fact. We remain optimistic about having high-quality fruit, if perhaps less of it. Here’s to hoping for some easier days ahead!”

We will continue to post more harvest news and winery updates on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. We hope that you will join us and raise a glass of Dry Creek Vineyard wine to toast the 2020 vintage!

Warmly,

Kim Stare Wallace
President

 

Jun 30,

2020

Maker of the Month at Dry Creek Kitchen

We are thrilled to be featured as ‘Maker of the Month’ during July at Dry Creek Kitchen in downtown Healdsburg. Three of our wines will be featured for the entire month, along with recommended pairings from their chef.

FEATURED WINES:

2018 DCV BLOCK 10 CHARDONNAY
2016 OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
2016 ENDEAVOUR CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Winemaker Tim Bell will be on hand on Thursday, July 16 to answer your questions and pour you a taste of our DCV Block 10 Chardonnay as you dine. Seating is limited, so we recommend making reservations in advance.

Dry Creek Kitchen
317 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448
www.drycreekkitchen.com
(707) 431-0330

RESERVE >

 

May 13,

2020

Thank You For Your Support!

We have been overwhelmed by the messages of support that we have received from all of you. Thank you for your continued patronage and friendship during this unprecedented time.

The health, safety and well-being of the Dry Creek Vineyard team, our consumers, and the communities in which we live, work, and play are the most important considerations today and always. Our shelter-in-place order in Sonoma County has now been extended indefinitely, and we know that many of you are affected by similar guidelines.

The extended order means that while we are continuing essential winery operations, our tasting room will remain closed until further notice. However, we are hard at work making sure that you can receive your favorite Dry Creek Vineyard wines, wherever you are sheltering in place. Here are the answers to several “frequently asked questions” that we have received lately:

 

1. Can I still order wine?

Raise your hand if you need a good glass of wine right now! Our website remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to place orders. We are also 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. Select the ‘curbside pickup’ option in the checkout and we will contact you to set an appointment.

 

3. How can I find your wines if I don’t live in the area?

We have created a retail store locator for the entire country and a restaurant take out locator for select regions. We always recommend calling to confirm that the wines you want are available, and we hope this helps you support a local business!

 

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

We look forward to getting back to business as usual 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!

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