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Sep 01,


2016 Harvest Has Begun

Our 45th harvest began with the arrival of 25 tons of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from our Certified Sustainable DCV3 and DCV6 vineyards around the corner and across the street from Dry Creek Vineyard. DCV3 Sauvignon Blanc always has a special meaning for me at this time of year, as I think about how that particular vineyard was the first Sauvignon Blanc planted in all of Dry Creek Valley. Much of the world has changed in these past four decades, but our unwavering commitment to our flagship varietal and home appellation remains strong. We prefer to pick some lots of Sauvignon Blanc at a lower ripeness each year, and this year is no exception coming in around 20˚Brix with flavors of citrus and lemongrass and aromas of grapefruit and freshly cut grass.

Here is what Winemaker Tim Bell has to say about this harvest:

“After a few years of serious drought conditions, we were relieved to experience some rainfall during the winter and early spring. Early talk this season has been of lower yields than average and bunch counts pointed to a more abundant harvest than 2015, but still on the low side. Less than ideal weather at set and the resulting looser clusters confirmed those thoughts. But over the past week, berries have filled in and in some cases, once-loose clusters have become tight and full. So will the 2016 harvest be down in tonnage as much as we thought? We’ll have a better idea once fruit starts hitting the scale.”

This week is particularly meaningful for all of us, since it marks the beginning of our 45th harvest! Of course, we are proud of Dry Creek Vineyard’s long and pioneering history, but the future has never looked brighter for our family winery. Our wines are consistently receiving 90+ Point scores from Wine Spectator and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – including a 93-point rating for our 2013 Endeavour Cabernet from Robert Parker. Our tasting room was also recently named in the Top 10 of USA Today’s 10Best Tasting Room poll and is consistently ranked the #1 “Thing to Do” in Healdsburg by Trip Advisor. None of this would be possible without each and every member of our team, from the vineyard crew to the tasting room, with a little help from Mother Nature of course.

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 an incredible 2016 vintage.


Aug 02,


The “Official Wine For Sailors” was the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series events in New York and Chicago

As passionate sailors ourselves, we couldn’t be more proud to be selected as the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in New York and Chicago in May and June.

The America’s Cup is a series of dynamic yachting regattas that challenges the best sailors in the world in both match and fleet racing skills. Considered the oldest trophy in international sport, the regatta represents the pinnacle of world-class yacht racing.  During the preliminary competitions, collectively known as the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, our wines were exclusively poured in the event’s hospitality areas and spectator boats. The regatta, held on May 7 & 8 in New York and Chicago on June 11 & 12, helped to determine the two leading teams that will go on to compete head to head for the America’s Cup in Bermuda in 2017.

Our affiliation with the America’s Cup has flourished over the past 16 years, from our launch of the America’s Cup Reserve series at the 30th America’s Club in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000, to becoming the Official Wine Supplier of Artemis Racing, a challenger for the 34th America’s Cup in 2013.

But of course, our support of sailing is not new. It all started in 1977 when our founder David Stare sponsored the first sailing team at Sonoma State University.  By 1982, we began using sailboats on our wine labels.  We chose the David S. Stare Reserve Fumé Blanc for our very first sailboat label.  At that time, it was seen as a rather daring and risky move, but over time we rolled it out across all of our labels and it has become a trademark of our winery identity.

Over the past three decades, we have sponsored numerous regattas, teams and yacht clubs.  We continue to keep the sport of sailing front and center on our label designs and branding across our portfolio of wines.


Aug 02,


Trip Advisor's "#1 Thing to Do" in Healdsburg

Dry Creek Vineyard is honored to receive the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence award for the fourth consecutive year. Only the top 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award for their hospitality excellence and consistently outstanding traveler reviews.

Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five points, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Dry Creek Vineyard has also been consistently recognized by TripAdvisor as the #1 ‘Thing to Do in Healdsburg’. Have you shared your experience at DCV yet?

We hope you will visit us soon!


Aug 02,


Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise – May 25-June 1, 2017

Taste, tour and discover Bordeaux with Dry Creek Vineyard second generation owners, Kim Stare Wallace and Don Wallace.

What better way to explore this Mecca of the wine world than with wine experts who know the region, creating a unique and exclusive experience!   You’ll discover stately châteaux, abundant vineyards and stunning scenery as you sail along the Garonne River and its surrounding estuaries, calling upon port cities such as Cadillac, Pauillac, Bourg and Libourne. Enjoy tastings of some of the region’s most distinguished wines.

An additional pre-trip excursion to the Loire Valley is also being planned. Experience the region and wines that inspired David S. Stare to found Dry Creek Vineyard!  (Stay tuned for details).

What’s Included:

  • 7 nights deluxe cruise accommodations in an outside stateroom – most staterooms offer French balconies.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board.
  • Fine dining with all meals included during your cruise.
  • Unlimited red and white wines from France’s great wine regions.
  • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Gala Dinner.
  • Special highlights including lectures, theme dinners, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and afternoon/evening piano music.
  • Shore excursions in every port with personal headset.

Plus – Your Exclusive Wine Experience:

  • Three dinners featuring Dry Creek Vineyard wines.
  • Two Exclusive Wine Seminars.
  • A vertical perspective of Bordeaux Blends. Features a library tasting of Bordeaux Blends and Dry Creek Vineyard “The Mariner”.
  • Two special wine themed shore excursions featuring tastings, tours and lunch on two different days.


Day 1     Paris – Bordeaux Embarkation

Day 2     Cadillac

Day 3     Pauillac

Day 4     Pauillac, Blaye, Bourg

Day 5     Bourg, Libourne

Day 6     Libourne – Cubzac – Bordeaux

Day 7     Bordeaux

Day 8     Bordeaux – Disembarkation – Loire Valley


Contact Expedia Cruise Ship Centers at 877-651-7447 or WineClub@CruiseShipCenters.com to reserve your space today!



Apr 08,


Every Cut Counts

Spring brings one of the busiest periods for Dry Creek Vineyard’s field crews. It can be more stressful than harvest in the race to keep up with each stage of rapid vine growth and development. One important step that precedes all that activity is the careful pruning of our grapevines. We recently finished pruning our estate vineyards, just staying ahead of budbreak. Pruning correctly sounds simple, but it takes training and experience to know what old growth to remove and what to leave behind. It sets up a vine for balanced and healthy growth.

The first decision to make in pruning is deciding what spurs or canes to leave behind. It’s a thinking-man’s job: pick the cane in the right position—not too high or too low for the trellis wires—and also one that is the right diameter to support strong, healthy shoots. With our head-trained vineyards it becomes even more challenging to find a cane that is oriented in both a horizontal and vertical plane. Leaving the right number of buds behind is also crucial: too many buds means more work later to remove excess shoots. Too few means too little fruit will develop and the remaining shoots may exhibit excess vigor, shading the fruit too much or leading to the need for other operations like pulling more leaves or cutting back excessive cane growth later.

We’ve made a short video to show the hard work and pride that goes into tending our treasured vines. We have dedicated people like Matt Vogensen and Don Wallace who oversee this important work to make sure that every cut counts.