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Jul 01,


Old Vine Zinfandel Redefined

New label and innovative cork closure highlight the winery's revamp of this classic wine.

Never one to rest on its laurels, Dry Creek Vineyard, a pioneering family-owned winery in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, is proud to announce the release of its newest vintage of Old Vine Zinfandel in a striking new package and innovative cork closure. Since 1972, the winery has been a leader in the preservation of historic old vine Zinfandel vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. In fact, the winery was the first to coin the term “Old Vine” with the 1987 vintage.

With the release of the 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, the winery has taken another step in telling the story of these iconic properties with a newly designed package. According to winery President Kim Stare Wallace, the goal was to honor the pre-Prohibition nature of these vines while also innovating for the next generation of wine drinkers. “I wanted the package to connect to the past – hence, the idea of an old ticket, like the one you would get on a steamship crossing the Atlantic. I also wanted to share a bounty of information about the wine. These are incredible historic Zinfandel vineyards so I wanted to connect the dots from the vineyard through to the winemaking. Finally, I like the idea of what is old is new again.”

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The cork closure is another exciting aspect of the bottling. The winery laser printed detailed information about the cork directly onto the closure. Data such as the age of the cork forest, the harvest date of the trees and detailed information about the sustainable habitat these incredible forests provide to the Iberian Lynx and Spanish Imperial Hawk are some of the details that appear on the cork. Commenting on the project, James Herwatt, CEO, Cork Supply USA, Inc. said, “We are honored to partner with Dry Creek Vineyard and their Old Vine Zinfandel cork program. We support the winery’s efforts to increase consumer awareness of the important role the world’s cork forests play in the ongoing challenge to protect the environment. We salute Kim Stare Wallace and her family and look forward to working with the winery on this important campaign.”

Dry Creek Vineyard has a pending patent and copyright application on this innovative new cork concept.


Jun 04,


90 Point Rock Stars

Our lineup of fantastic Zinfandels has certainly been on a roll as of late in the wine press. Our continued commitment to quality in everything we do has had a profound impact across all departments at the winery. As we embrace a “no compromises” philosophy, our mindset is clear: continue to produce delicious wines that reflect our home appellation and over deliver for their quality and price.

Wine Spectator

• 2013 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Heritage Vines Zinfandel, 90 points, Top Wines Under $25
• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 90 points

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

• 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel , 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel , 91 points
• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel , 90 points
• 2012 DCV7 Wallace Ranch Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 90 points

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Year’s Best Zinfandel Issue

• 2012 DCV2 Four Clones Zinfandel, 94 points, Year’s Best U. S. Zin
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 93 points

Robert Parker, Sonoma Report

• 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 Beeson Ranch Zinfandel, 91 points
• 2012 Somers Ranch Zinfandel, 90 points
• 2012 DCV7 Wallace Ranch Zinfandel, 92 points
• 2012 Spencer’s Hill Zinfandel, 93 point


Jun 04,


Dry Creek Vineyard: A Certified California Sustainable Vineyard & Winery

In our ever growing commitment to a sustainable business model, we are excited to announce that all 185 acres of our estate vineyards have now been Certified Sustainable. This news comes on the heels of the winery receiving the same certification in the Fall of 2014. It’s great news for DCV. As a leader in the sustainable movement for more than 25 years, it has been Don Wallace’s ongoing vision for the winery as well as for the wine industry as a whole. The good news is that being Certified Sustainable for both our Winery and Vineyard operations doesn’t end our commitment – in fact, this is just the beginning. Part of having a sustainable business mindset is that we are constantly looking for ways to lower our footprint and improve the overall health and well-being of our employees, community and the world at large. We love and appreciate this holistic approach to life.


Jun 04,


World Class Hospitality

At its most basic level, hospitality is simply “the quality or disposition of treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly and generous way”. Here at Dry Creek Vineyard we wholeheartedly embrace this concept. Our hospitality is geared toward offering you the best wine country experience that we can deliver.
As the flagship winery of the Dry Creek Valley, we pride ourselves in being able to share the story of our family as well as the rich and diverse winemaking history of this valley. From a walk up tasting at our tasting room bar to a reserved Tour & Tasting or Meritage Blending Seminar, you will find a friendly wine educator who will guide you through your tasting experience and send you home with wines and memories that you will never forget.

We pride ourselves in greeting every guest within 10 seconds from the time they walk in our door with a bright smile and a cheerful welcome. Whether you are enjoying a tasting at our bar or quickly popping in to purchase a bottle of Fumé Blanc to go with your picnic lunch, our aim is to be the highlight of your day.
Never stuffy or pompous, our hospitality team is always warm and engaging and happy to share our knowledge and passion with you. We know that wine can be a daunting subject loaded with pitfalls and potential etiquette faux pas that can intimidate the fun right out of you. Our promise is to educate you in a fun and approachable way that makes you feel comfortable in our world. We want all of our guests to walk away knowing what we all do… that a good day is a good day, but a good day at Dry Creek Vineyard is a memory that will last a lifetime.

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Mar 02,


2015 Cellar Update

Much of the focus in January and February has been on bottling several important red wines including our 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. We are particularly excited about the quality of this vintage and the new packaging featuring a redesigned label and glass. The label features detailed winemaking information such as elevation of the vineyards, total acidity and pH, as well as vineyard sources. In addition to bottling, we are also working diligently on many of our 2014 red wines. Projects have included racking those wines off of their lees and returning them to barrel. This keeps the wines fresh and clean and also gives the wines one last bit of air. We are working hard on assembling the next Sailors’ Cuvée blend and also finalizing blends of the 2013 DCV10 Estate Pinot Noir and 2013 DCV Estate Block 10 Chardonnay. Finally, if that wasn’t enough, there are many maintenance projects going on around the winery including refrigeration and some new concrete work that is keeping winery mechanic Mike Gillean on his toes! In the words of winemaker Tim Bell, “It’s not glamorous work, but it is hugely important as we start the cycle of winemaking and eventually harvest again later this year.”