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Jan 24,

2012

18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Our 12th Consecutive Year as Official Wine of the SAG Awards

For the past 12 years, Dry Creek Vineyard has proudly partnered with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, an exclusive A-list Hollywood event that brings together the finest actors in film and television.  During the show, our wines are served at each dinner table along with several tasting bars situated around the Shrine Auditorium.

This year, the featured wine is our finest Cabernet Sauvignon, Endeavour, crafted from our estate vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley.  The 2006 Endeavour will be presented in a beautiful 1.5L magnum for each table during the awards show.  In addition, 2010 Fumé Blanc will be served as the complimentary white wine.  We will also continue our tradition of hosting complimentary tasting bars during the show where guests will be able to sample our 2007 Mariner and 2009 Foggy Oaks Chardonnay, in addition to Fumé Blanc and Endeavour.

The live simulcast of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards can be viewed on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January, 29, 2012 at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm CT, 6 pm MT from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. (Check local listings if watching via satellite or in HD).

 

Nov 24,

2011

Behind the Scenes at Endeavour Vineyard

The story of our estate Endeavour vineyard goes back to the early 90s when Don Wallace, then a young and energetic vineyard manager, was fascinated with how technology and farming were being used to plant new vineyards. Commenting on those early times, Don says there was not a lot of science behind vineyard development. “Back in the early 70s when we first got our start, vineyard development was really done sort of willy-nilly – there wasn’t much rhyme or reason as to why and where grapes were planted. As a young guy coming up in the business, I thought there could be a better way of doing things.”

As the winery continued to grow, a need for more Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sent Don on a chase for a new vineyard site. For almost five years, he scoured the Dry Creek Valley for the ideal location. Using an airplane and topographic maps, Don zeroed in on the Lytton Springs area as a possible locale for a new vineyard. “I saw this area from the air and it just looked perfect. Then, when I actually walked the ground, I knew this was it. The combination of excellent soil conditions, drainage and sun exposure were ideal.” There were other desirable characteristics as well. In looking to create a sustainable vineyard ecosystem, it was obvious that the amphitheater-style setting would allow for rain water sheet flow – essentially creating a natural pond and giving the vineyard its own water source.

The planting of Endeavour vineyard was yet another technology driven effort. Working with Vineyard Manager Duff Bevill, Don and Duff implemented a concept called intermittent vine planting. Using topographic maps and soil quality analysis, they were able to determine which parts of the vineyard had lower soil fertility versus other areas that had higher soil fertility. In planting the vines, areas that were higher in fertility had more spacing and those lower in fertility were planted closer together. The result is a vineyard that maintains a closed loop system – completely sustainable and able to maintain and moderate yields on its own. In other words, at Endeavour vineyard we do very little leaf thinning and drop almost no fruit during the growing season. The vineyard is able to moderate itself throughout the cycle of the season.

Walking through Endeavour vineyard is a real treat. The vineyard is alive with all manner of insects, birds and water fowl. With 30 acres of vines planted, more than half of Endeavour is Cabernet Sauvignon with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot rounding out the acreage. The vineyard is pristine with rolling hillsides that face mostly west in an effort to soak up as much afternoon sun as possible. As Don walks and talks more about his “baby” there is a sense of pride in his voice. “All of the collective vineyard experience and knowledge that I have accumulated went into this vineyard. It’s so rewarding to see our efforts pay off.”

 

Nov 05,

2011

Dry Creek Vineyard President Don Wallace Selected for a 2011 Leadership in Sustainability Award

Saturday, November 5, 2011, at Mary Agatha Furth Center in Windsor, CA, Don Wallace, President of Dry Creek Vineyard, will be presented with a Leadership in Sustainability Award through the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.  Don will be recognized for his role in sustainable agriculture as the head of his family’s winery in the Dry Creek Valley.  Commenting on the award, Wallace was quick to deflect any attention. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by other like-minded leaders in the community.   However, my role was only to light the fire for sustainable agriculture.  As the saying goes, it takes a village and sustainable agriculture only works if everyone is pulling on the same end of the rope.”

For more than 20 years, Don has been actively involved in sustainable agriculture in Sonoma County.   First suggesting sustainable grape growing to the Wine Institute of California, Don’s early adoption of concepts such as cover crops, soil mapping, water emitters and creating a symbiotic, healthy environment for the vineyard, have made him a leader among sustainable grape growers in the wine industry.

The Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy is a Sonoma County non-profit dedicated to ensuring a sustainable future for California’s North Coast.  The Leadership in Sustainability Awards is the North Bay’s premier gathering of sustainability leaders and supporters.  This inspiring event is critical for providing the encouragement and recognition to those who work tirelessly to create an economically, ecologically and equitably sustainable future for our community.  Commenting on Don’s award, Tanya Narath, Executive Director of the Institute said, “We are very pleased to honor Leadership Institute Fellow Don Wallace for his pioneering role in sustainable agriculture.  He has successfully integrated economic and environmental needs to create a strong business. Our economy and environment are healthier because of Don’s leadership.”

The purpose of the Leadership in Sustainability Awards is to recognize community leaders who have displayed remarkable achievement or inspiration in the institute’s goal of creating a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable community. It will highlight locally grown, organic, and sustainable food; the striking awards will feature renewable materials; and the event will support local, sustainable objectives wherever possible.

The Leadership in Sustainability Awards Dinner is open to the public. For more information and tickets to the event, visit www.ecoleader.org

 

Jun 07,

2011

Release of 2010 Fumé Blanc with QR Code Technology

Winery blends history with modern touches in a newly designed package

It’s not often we get to reintroduce our flagship wine.  Since 1972, we have produced Fumé Blanc.  As the first winery in Sonoma County to do so under this moniker, we were also the first winery to plant Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the Dry Creek Valley.  For almost 40 years, we have touted the virtues of our delicious, unoaked Fumé Blanc.  Dave Stare even founded the Society of Blancs (SOB’s) to help promote and educate new world wine drinkers on the incredible versatility of the Sauvignon Blanc variety.

With the release of the 2010 vintage, we are proud to introduce a new package for Fumé Blanc.  Perhaps most striking is the new clear glass bottle – a first for this wine.  Kim has done an excellent job of maintaining our iconic sailing imagery while also incorporating some modern touches and sense of style.  On the back label, you will notice a QR code which scans to a two-minute video of Dave, Don and Kim discussing the new vintage.   The QR code is a terrific technological advancement, which transports consumers to the vineyard and winery to hear directly from the family about the wine.

We’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts.  Fumé Blanc is at our very heart and soul reminding us of the three key elements that bind us together – Family, Heritage and Authenticity.

 

May 23,

2011

2011 American Wine Blog Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2011 American Wine Blog Awards

Help us spread the word about Wilma’s Wine World by nominating Kim Stare Wallace’s blog, Wilma’s Wine World, for a wine blog award!  Please consider nominating Wilma for one of the following awards:

Best Winery Blog: 

http://wineblogawards.org/from-the-organizers/nominate-now-best-winery-blog-2011/

Best Writing on a Wine Blog: 

http://wineblogawards.org/from-the-organizers/nominate-now-best-writing-on-a-wine-blog-2011/

Best Overall Wine Blog: 

http://wineblogawards.org/from-the-organizers/nominate-now-best-overall-wine-blog-2011/

Nominations last for one week and close on May 31, 2011.

Judges will pick five finalists in each of the eight categories, and the public will be able to vote for their favorites from June 1 through June 19, 2011.