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Jul 06,

2021

Go Small or Go Home: Staying True to Who We Are

Staying rooted in tradition while innovating for the future has been the key to our inspiration and success, even through the turbulent times of this past year and, candidly, as we continue to see other mid-size, family-owned wineries get gobbled up by massive corporations. As our full reopening came about, we found ourselves looking back with huge gratitude for (1) how we started, and (2) for our loyal, wine-loving friends like you! After all, our story of Dry Creek Vineyard and the Stare Wallace family isn’t one of fairy tales – there is no corporate mogul writing checks every month, or a day job in another industry to fund the winery. Our story is and always has been this: one dedicated family working day and night for five decades to turn what many considered an idealistic pipedream into a reality that revolutionized the California wine industry.

Dave Stare working harvest in 1975 As you may know, our founder David S. Stare brought his vision of a Loire-inspired winery back to the states after spending several years living in Europe. He would then make his mark in history with many “industry firsts” for our home appellation, including establishing the first winery since Prohibition and planting the first Sauvignon Blanc grapes! Leading up to his retirement in 2006, his daughter Kim and her husband Don put into place their vision for the future of the winery. Instead of selling out or radically growing production by sourcing fruit from lesser appellations, in effect “dumbing down” the wines, they went back to the basics. Their shift in philosophy led to dramatically reducing production, while sharpening quality and focus on appellation-driven, terroir-focused wines that rival the best in California!

Kim Stare Wallace and Don Wallace in the vineyardToday, we continue to break barriers with our commitment to transparent labeling and minimal intervention winemaking. Walking down the retail wine aisle, it’s getting harder to tell who is making the wine in the bottle, how it is made, and in some cases, even what varietals are in it! Clever marketing has sadly replaced authentic winemaking and the rich histories of the multigenerational wine families. Other items in the grocery store proudly proclaim that they are all-natural, gluten-free and vegan, but the wine bottles on the shelves are silent, keeping their stories hidden. We’re bucking this trend and giving the consumer a look at what’s really inside – after all, why not apply our approach to transparent food, to wine?

2020 Fumé Blanc BottleIt’s no secret that our family ownership and independence has remained crucial. We can only push the envelope as far as we have because we’ve stayed small and have a “no compromises” philosophy! We are proud to say that we are one of the last truly private, family-owned, iconic wineries consistently producing 90+ point wines. In an unpredictable world where things are getting bigger and faster, we hope to leave behind an even larger legacy: one of a wine family taking a smaller and slower approach that ultimately results in more delicious and honest wines. Thank you for joining us on this nearly 50-year journey, and cheers to many more years to come!

 

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

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