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Oct 27,


Bordeaux in the Dry Creek Valley

Located approximately 70 miles north of San Francisco Bay and 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, lies the Dry Creek Valley. Without a doubt, our region combines the best of cool climate influences and warm California sunshine – the perfect climate for grape growing. It has been said that our region most closely mirrors the climate of Bordeaux – a comparison of little known fact.

Often sunnier and warmer up valley and cooler toward the Russian River, the daily heating and cooling cycles provide us grapes that are jammy, rich and ripe with a crisp, fruity and balanced finish. Bordeaux varietal wines, in particular, flourish in the Dry Creek Valley.

Yet another key influence is the soil. Dating back over 3 million years, the Dry Creek Valley is a product of uplifting and folding of Pacific tectonic plates, exposing old marine material. The patchwork quilt of soils and varied growing conditions create an environment that is unlike any other in California. The Bordeaux varietals, grown primarily on the Western slopes of the valley provide us with grapes that are small and intensely flavored. Without a doubt, our region is under the radar – a hidden gem just waiting to be found!


Oct 27,


2015 Harvest

Part of what makes winemaking and grape growing so exciting (and sometimes nervy) is that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Each year, we have no idea what curveball we are going to encounter – sometimes it’s small issues and other times we have some big problems to address – such as the weather in the 2011 vintage. This year was no different.

A warm winter led to early budbreak, which was a contributing factor to this record-early harvest. The flowering season which occurs in the spring and is a critical step in the growth and development of grape clusters lasted for a long period of time and as a result, the “set” was light – lighter than normal. Entering harvest, we thought we would be picking grapes early but how early – that was the surprise. Our first load of Chenin Blanc arrived in early August and it was fast and furious after that. Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay followed with Zinfandel coming in at the same time. As usual, the Bordeaux varietals were the last to arrive at the winery but by Friday, October 2nd, we were officially done with harvest. A record early finish to be sure! So why the early and light harvest conditions? A number of factors played a role including the spring set but also the persistent drought conditions coupled with three above average vintages in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The vines seemed to say “we’re tired” and with a lack of water, yields were down overall. That said, we are thrilled with the quality grapes we did receive. The flavors are concentrated and several of the wines that have finished fermentation already taste outstanding. We are looking to bottle the 2015 Chenin Blanc and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc before the end of the year!

We are thankful for the cellar team and vineyard crews who did such an incredible job during a challenging and fast paced season. Most importantly, we had a safe crush and now we can look forward to some delicious wines in the coming months and years ahead.


Oct 27,


2015 Harvest Interns

A successful harvest at Dry Creek Vineyard would not be possible without the efforts and talent of our harvest interns. Each year, we bring in two or three interns to help with the monumental effort of crushing grapes, conducting pumpovers, shoveling tanks and any other task to make harvest successful.

This year, we were fortunate to have three capable young men who all studied winemaking at Western Cape Agricultural Institute Elsenberg: Pierre, Nelis (Cornelis), and Izak. Here’s a bit of background on them.

Pierre Wiese came to us having worked a harvest packing table grapes as well working harvest this year at Spier Winery in Stellenbosch. Pierre has many interests including hunting, fishing, rugby, cricket and squash. His home is in Garies, north of Cape Town.
Cornelis Uys (Nelis) hails from the small town of Aurora, also north of Cape Town. He also enjoys rugby and cricket, with drumming being another one of his skills. Prior to coming to Dry Creek, he worked harvest at Muratie Wine Estate in Cape Town.

Izak Mouton (Sakkie) is from Vredendal, South-Africa, a small farming community in the Western Cape of Southern Africa. He gained his interest in winemaking and viticulture from his family’s 60 hectares of grapes outside of Vredendal. He has worked two vintages at Uniwines in Rawsonville, and Muratie Wine Estate with Nelis.

The “guys” will be here for about another month as they help us put the finishing touches on the 2015 vintage. We thank them for their hard work and commitment to producing outstanding Dry Creek Vineyard wines.


Sep 23,


Wine & Spirits Magazine Announces Top 100 Wineries for 2015

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Dry Creek Vineyard has been named 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.

On Tuesday, October 20th Dry Creek Vineyard will join other attending producers in San Francisco for the annual Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Tasting and tickets are now available for purchase. If you’d like to join us, please us the link below to purchase tickets.

Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting
Tuesday, October 20th
City View at METREON
135 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Sep 08,


Exciting New Packaging

Being an authentic family-owned winery is becoming a rare thing in today’s wine world. As second generation President Kim Stare Wallace says, “We are the real deal. Our story is not fabricated – we live our story every day.” For fans who know our winery, they recognize how true we are to our wines and the quality in each and every bottle. However, with consumers having more choices than ever before, we know that it’s important to continue to tell our story and share with the world just how good our wines are! 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 consumers a chance to read exactly how the wine is made. We want our customers 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.

We hope you enjoy these new labels and vintages!