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Oct 01,

2013

The Story of "The Mariner"

A New Vision in Winemaking Philosophy

What makes our Mariner wine so special?  In this new video, we take a look at the vineyards and winemaking techniques that go into producing this outstanding Meritage wine.

For more than 40 years, our experience with Dry Creek Valley’s soil, climate and vineyard diversity has allowed us to choose the best fruit from the best vineyards.  The essence of that knowledge is how The Mariner came to fruition.

A blend of all five noble Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot), The Mariner has a wonderful sense of depth and complexity.  This is partially due to how the blend was put together.  First, individual lots in our vineyards were harvested separately and put in French oak barrels for aging.  After nine months, a base blend of Cabernet and Merlot was established.  Then, small percentages of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot were added to enhance the final blend.  The wine was then put back into French oak for an additional 18 months.  This process, coupled with our enhanced vineyard sources, has created a wine with incredible personality and structure.  Certainly, it is a wine that will age for 10 years or more.

The name The Mariner seemed appropriate given our love of the sea.  Like a mariner, a winemaker has to navigate his or her way through a given vintage.  The poem on the front of the Mariner label by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, mirrors the plight of a mariner and a winemaker.

We hope you enjoy The Mariner as much as we do.  It’s an exciting time at Dry Creek Vineyard, and the journey is only just beginning.

Bon Voyage!

 

Jul 01,

2013

Dry Creek Vineyard Announces Sponsorship as Official Supplier of Artemis Racing - Challenger 34th America's Cup

Beginning July 4th with opening ceremonies, the America’s Cup has come to the San Francisco Bay for the first time.  As the official “Wine for Sailors,” we are especially excited by the opportunity to join forces with Artemis Racing as one of their official suppliers.   During both the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup racing season, our wines will be poured at Artemis Racing’s lavish hospitality area at Pier 27 and 28 in San Francisco.  In addition, we are also unveiling an exciting one-of-a-kind wine to help commemorate the occasion.  Named Sailors’ Cuvée, this Bordeaux-blend brings together the winery’s best Dry Creek Valley lots, pairing them with our love of the high seas.

Since the mid 1980s, when we first put sailboats on our wine labels, Dry Creek Vineyard wines have become known as the wine for sailors. The origins of the nautical themed labels are purely personal. We have enjoyed a long love affair with the sport of sailing and have a profound appreciation for America’s nautical heritage.

Combining two passions, we were inspired to use the sailing ship theme on our wine labels. In 1982, when the original idea was unveiled, it was seen as a rather daring and risky move. More than 30 years later, the sailing ships that adorn the wine bottles are easily identifiable and recognized by consumers around the world. Since the beginning, Sonoma County artist Michael Surles has provided the beautiful paintings for the labels. Using a variety of mediums, from water color to richly oiled hues, Surles captures the spirit of the high seas.

 

Feb 02,

2013

Zinfest 2013 is Almost Here!

Enjoy the thrill of creating your own Zinfari at ZAP's Grand Tasting!

Make the quest for your personal Zinfandel flavor destination as you journey through the varietal’s unique growing regions to experience the diversity of America’s Heritage Grape. This expedition takes you through the world’s largest Zinfandel tasting where you can enjoy hundreds of barrel samples, new releases and premier Zinfandel wines. Be sure to stop by the Dry Creek Vineyard table and say hello as we sample several exciting pre-release single vineyard Zinfandels.

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The Concourse – 635 8th Street, San Francisco (8th at Brannan in South Market area) Trade & Media: 10 am – 1 pm Members: 1 pm – 5 pm, Public: 2 pm – 5 pm. For more information visit their website at http://www.zinfandel.org/

 

Jan 11,

2013

Dry Creek Vineyard Earns Best of Class

at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

A new year with new releases has turned to gold for Dry Creek Vineyard, a family-owned winery in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California.

After four days and more than 5,500 wines tasted, Dry Creek Vineyard wines earned one BEST OF CLASS award for the 2009 The Mariner, Dry Creek Valley, along with two DOUBLE GOLD medals for the just released 2010 Heritage Zinfandel, Sonoma County, and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley.

Executive Director of the competition, Bob Fraser, says winning Best of Class and Double Gold awards is something to be very proud of in the United States. Fraser has been producing high quality wines for a long time. There’s definitely a soft spot in his heart. The 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition had 5,500 entries, from over 1,500 wineries and more than 25 states. For a full list of the winners, visit http://winejudging.com or follow on twitter @SFCWineComp.

 

Jan 10,

2013

A Century of Great Zin

Zinfandel is Dry Creek Valley’s Cultural Heritage, Its Signature Wine Grape

Drawn by a terrior, landscape and climate similar to that of their homelands, European immigrants settled in Dry Creek Valley following the 1849 Gold Rush. Twenty years later, the first vineyard, thought to be Zinfandel, was planted by Frenchman, Georges Bloch. By the 1880’s, Zinfandel dominated the 883 acres of vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, and was highly regarded within the California wine industry only a decade later.

By the early 1900’s as the phylloxera pandemic spread across Europe and the U.S. and Prohibition loomed, several Dry Creek Valley growers replanted Zinfandel on resistant St. George rootstock. Many of the vineyards survived through Prohibition and the valley’s subsequent transition to orchard crops like prunes and pears – and, today, still exist, providing the region with one of the densest concentration of Old Vine Zinfandel in the world.

Today, nearly 2,400 acres of Zinfandel are farmed in Dry Creek Valley, the most planted grape in the region. Many of the original families continue to farm the vineyards, with successive generations producing world-class Zinfandel based on the traditions of their fathers and grandfathers.

Dry Creek Valley has set the bar, worldwide, for Zinfandel, underscoring the variety as a premium wine grape capable of producing wines that are food-friendly, cellar-worthy, and appealing to consumers and sommeliers.