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Sep 12,


President Kim Stare Wallace Nominated For Wine Star Executive Of The Year

Wine Enthusiast

HEALDSBURG, Calif. – SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 – Dry Creek Vineyard is proud to announce the nomination of winery president Kim Stare Wallace as Wine Executive of the Year for Wine Enthusiast’s 2019 Wine Star Awards. The momentous occasion marks the first time that the family-owned and sustainably-farmed winery has been nominated for the prestigious Wine Star Awards.

“I am honored and humbled to be nominated by Wine Enthusiast for this esteemed award,” said Dry Creek Vineyard President Kim Stare Wallace. “It is a privilege to continue the legacy that my father, David Stare, started nearly 50 years ago, while innovating for the future to come. My goal is to ensure that Dry Creek Vineyard will remain one of the last truly private, family-owned, iconic wineries from Sonoma County consistently producing 90-plus point wines.”

Selected in 2018 as a winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s “Women In Business” awards, this savvy businesswoman, mother of two, wife, and second-generation winery owner is firmly committed to a “No Compromises” philosophy, producing appellation-focused, terroir-driven, varietal-defining wines.

“Throughout my childhood, I watched my father pioneer Dry Creek Vineyard, the first new winery to be built in the region following Prohibition, and champion Dry Creek Valley as a world-class wine growing appellation,” said Stare Wallace. “As a teen, I worked in the office, cellar and on the bottling line, as well as accompanying my parents on countless sales trips, business dinners and wine tastings. From this early start, I grew up with an understanding of the wine industry and a dedication that has persisted throughout my life and career. It has been my life’s passion to shepherd our family business thus far, and set up the future generations for success.”

Winners will be announced on October 31, 2019.


Aug 21,


Wines & Vines Packaging Design Award

We are honored to receive a gold medal for “Best Series Design” for our Site Specific Terroir Series from the Wines & Vines Packaging Design Awards. The competition sets out to choose the most outstanding wine packages in the market. A jury of wine industry professionals determined the winners in five categories: Best Classic Format Package Design, Best Alternative Format Package Design, Best Luxury Package Design, Best Package Redesign and Best Package Series Design.

The goal of our design for our Site Specific Terroir Series was to highlight distinct geographical locations in the Dry Creek Valley, and the specific vineyard sites that we have worked with for nearly 50 years. This extremely focused approach of winemaking and label design is the first of its kind in our home appellation and serves as a unique opportunity to engage and educate at the same time. Reflecting the local topography of Dry Creek Valley was extremely important to us, as it illustrates how diverse our small region is.

The hand-drawn illustrations bring the rugged topography of the valley to life in superb detail, from the vineyards that lie on the valley floor to the mountainous region of the western slopes. The decision to highlight individual vineyard sites and the intricacies of the valley on the label is a natural extension of the meticulous nature of sustainable grapegrowing and artisanal winemaking practices that are a part of our family winery.

“From the topographical map on the front label to the information packed on the back, this one sets the bar for informing the consumer while offering a handsome package.” — competition judge, Sarah Schneider.


May 22,


Experience River Belle Inn with a Dry Creek Vineyard Twist

Enjoy the rich history of wine country with today’s luxuries at the River Belle Inn, Healdsburg’s newest boutique inn. Reserve the limited-time offer of a two-night stay to receive an exclusive Dry Creek Vineyard preferred rate along with a delicious gourmet breakfast, happy hour, welcome basket, and a complimentary tasting for two at Dry Creek Vineyard.  The River Belle Inn is located 6 blocks from the downtown Healdsburg square, and is situated right along the beautiful Russian River.

Call 707-955-5724 to reserve your suite today!


May 03,


4 Things To Know About Our Sailboat Labels

1. Our first label with a sailboat was in 1982.

Dating back to the 1982 David S. Stare Reserve Red, sailboat imagery has graced our labels, capturing the spirit of the high seas and our passion for the sport. From the very beginning, we made an intentional effort to choose a class of boat that would fit the nature of the winery. We decided that the J Class yachts would be our inspiration – specifically those boats from 1929 to 1937.  Considered the golden years of yachting, the J’s of the 30s were in a class by themselves. They were extremely dangerous to sail and the complex rigging and lack of a motor made them sailable only for the most experienced skippers.

2. Our roots in the sailing community run deep.

We have been strong supporters of sailing at all levels, from youth programs and collegiate teams to international sailing regattas and as the Official Wine of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Races in Chicago and New York. We are proud to be the “Official Wine for Sailors” and carry on the traditions of the past, while innovating for the future.

3. Yes, we know that sailboats can’t actually sail on a dry creek.

The irony of a winery named “Dry Creek” Vineyard with sailboats on the labels is not lost on us – it certainly captures our family humor, yet it also makes perfect sense. We believe that the art of winemaking and the skill of sailing have a lot in common.  Like winemaking, sailing is fun, adventuresome and romantic.  Like sailing, the art of winemaking demands skill, discipline and plenty of help from Mother Nature.

4. They are all based on real, historical boats.

For over 35 years, we have worked diligently with a local artist, Michael Surles, to create these original pieces of art that have come to express each of our wines. His innate ability to capture the spirit of these boats is uncanny from their shape and color, all the way down to the intricate rigging on the sails. The vessels have their own story to be told, just as our wines do. For example, Lulworth is the boat that graces our Fumé Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc bottles. Built in 1920, Lulworth’s name comes from Lulworth Castle, which belonged to her second owner.  Lulworth was built as a racing boat to compete in the premier yachting league in Europe: the British “Big Class.” Lulworth is modern and sleek yet displays old world charm – much like our Fumé and Sauvignon Blanc wines.

Which is your favorite boat? Tag us in a photo on Instagram or use #drycreekvineyard for a chance to be featured on our Dry Creek Vineyard Instagram page!


Apr 01,


April Fools' Day Matey!

April Fools’ Day from our band of sea dogs!

No, we are not introducing a new pirate-themed line of wines, but we channeled our inner scallywag to run a rig on you!

If the pirate’s life is for you, join us at Passport to Dry Creek Valley on April 27-28 and celebrate the treasures of Dry Creek Vineyard! Navigate your way through the deserted island selfie station and sample the jewels of Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Bordeaux varietals along your quest. Follow the map to where ‘X’ marks the spot to find an incredible tasting experience, hidden treasures, prizes and more! Stay for the weekend and explore over 40 wineries in Dry Creek Valley.


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