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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.

Certificate of Excellence

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.”


Dec 16,


Farewell 2014, Hello 2015!

We always like to spend some time in reflection on the year that was. In the case of 2014, it has certainly been eventful from start to finish.

In January, we hit the ground running with Winter WINEland, an event sponsored by the Russian River Wine Road. We’re participating again in 2015 – 23rd Annual Winter WINEland. It’s a wonderful wintertime event and helps to combat some of those post-holiday blues. In the early spring, we looked forward to one of the wine industry’s premier events, Passport to Dry Creek Valley, held the last weekend of April. Our sailing themed hideaway provided the perfect backdrop as Passport holders enjoyed our wines paired with delectable nibbles, while grooving to the memorable sounds of the Seadogs. In early May, we had a ribbon cutting ceremony with the entire DCV family, opening our new vineyard walk, sustainable garden and bocce court. For those of you who have not yet experienced this wonderful new space in front of the winery, we’d like to invite you to visit us. Take an educational tour or reserve the bocce court for yourself and up to 12 guests for an afternoon of wine and fun!

The summer season was full of activity. Our big public event in June was our signature event of the year. The centerpiece was an incredible Beatles band, the Sun Kings. More than 500 people packed our picnic area to witness a nostalgic rendition of the second side of Abbey Road. Every year, this event is a sellout and this year was no exception. Be sure to mark your calendars now – June 20, 2015!

Heading into harvest, we were all a bit worried about what was happening in the vineyard. The entire winter season was very dry – we had record low rainfall. However, the quality appears very high and it seems we have dodged the weather bullet. For now, we are praying for a rainy winter to help ease the drought concerns heading into 2015.

September brought yet another memorable sail on the San Francisco Bay with our wine club members. The day was filled with wonderful wine, food and friends. We also introduced two exciting new wines to our lineup of Zinfandels – Wallace Ranch and Vogensen Ranch. These delicious new wines express the distinct terroir from our estate (Wallace Ranch), as well as vineyards that rise more than 800 feet off the valley floor at Vogensen Ranch. Both wines are exclusive for our wine club members. Last but not least, we received some incredible and long awaited news – Dry Creek Vineyard is now a California Certified Sustainable winery. For more than 25 years, sustainability has been a priority at the winery and we are thrilled to have the official recognition from the state of California.

October kicked off with a bang when we learned about some terrific new press. The Wine Spectator gave our 2012 Heritage Vines Zinfandel a 90 point score – the second time in the past two vintages. At $20 a bottle, we think our Heritage Vines Zinfandel is one of the best values going in California!

Looking ahead to 2015, the sky’s the limit. Our amazing hospitality team continues to deliver world class service. As the #1 rated winery on Trip Advisor in Healdsburg, we stand ready to take incredible care of our guests. We offer private tastings and tours, blending seminars and other customized experiences for our guests to enjoy. For a complete list, please visit our website.

From our family to yours, we wish you a joyous holiday season and we hope to see you in the New Year!


Nov 07,


An Update from the Cellar

With harvest now over but with plenty left to do, we caught up with Winemaker, Tim Bell in the cellar. Tim gave us his thoughts on the 2014 harvest. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation.

“Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of 2014 wines so far. The weather cooperated nicely for the most part. Harvest kicked off on August 12, making this one of the earliest starts in quite some time. I would say we are 7-10 days ahead of where we usually are, and reached a steady flow of fruit into the winery much earlier than normal. In fact, we expected to start harvest even earlier, but the fact that ripening in Sauvignon Blanc proceeded more slowly than expected in this early season was a clue that crop size was going to be larger than normal. Pre-harvest expectations had been that the drought might lower yields. We did not see this come true in Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc or the Bordeaux red varieties. Only Zinfandel crop size was lower than normal this year. Two interesting observations I made were that flavors in Sauvignon Blanc seemed to be peaking earlier than normal this year, relative to sugar ripening. The other interesting observation was that Cabernet Sauvignon wines took longer in the fermenters to develop the desired depth of body and color this year. I was concerned early on about the quality of Cab, but it turned out that I just needed to be more patient, and to continue working the cap longer into fermentations this year to achieve good color and structure. Harvest came to a close on October 11. This was 7-8 days earlier than the previous two harvests. It was a fast and furious pace this year, and the crew worked hard to keep up. I’m proud of what we did this year!”

Thanks Tim!


Nov 07,


2014 Harvest Interns

We’ve been fortunate. Very fortunate. Our 2014 harvest interns have been incredible. Hailing from South Africa, this tribe of merry souls has worked painfully long hours, helping us with innumerable pump overs, tank shoveling and basically any other kind of grunt labor. We thought it would be fun to introduce them.

Phillip is in his final year of the Agribusiness program at Elsenburg Agricultural Institute in South Africa. Having worked several harvests, including in Australia and South Africa, Phillip has brought his can-do attitude to Dry Creek Vineyard. Always positive and happy, he is quick with a smile and bright wit. Phillip is a great guy to be around. Tian is another wonderful part of the team. Having completed his degree in Cellar Technology and Viticulture in 2013, Tian’s ultimate dream is to travel the world learning winemaking skills and visiting other cultures. One day, he’d like to be a winemaker at home in South Africa. And last but not least is Helienne. Helienne also hails from South Africa and is our lone woman intern for this harvest. She has certainly proven herself, putting in long days and standing toe-to-toe with the guys in the cellar dragging hoses and shoveling tanks. A graduate of Elsenburg Institute, Helienne also has dreams of being a winemaker some day.

We’d like to thank Phillip, Tian and Helienne for their hard work and dedication. We will miss them!