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Nov 05,


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


Jun 07,


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 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:

Best Writing on a Wine Blog:

Best Overall Wine Blog:

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.


Apr 26,


A Fresh New Look

Tasting Room Remodel

Spring is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts and that’s exactly what has happened in our tasting room.  It has been more than 20 years since we have made any significant changes to the design and layout.  Added in 1989, our tasting room has always been a convivial spot – an area we have gathered countless times for meetings, events and tastings (lots of tastings!).  Changing the look and feel after all these years can be a bit overwhelming, but all of us Dry Creekers felt it was time to change things up and bring in a few modern touches.

For starters, the entire space received a beautiful new paint job.  The tasting room bar (the heart and soul of the TR) got a nice sanding and dark stain.  Dave Stare’s famous wood box collection is now our countertop remains – some things are just too iconic to part with. The lighting, artwork, countertops, sinks, wine racks and more have been either replaced or updated to reflect the new look. It’s been quite a process to get to this day and we are really excited to share the space with our club members, friends and family.

Join us 7 days a week from 10:30am until 4:30pm.


Jan 15,


2011 - Screen Actors Guild Awards®

Dry Creek Vineyard - Official Wines of the SAG Awards

The 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards show is fast approaching.   Held on Sunday, January 30, 2011, the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards can be viewed on TNT and TBS at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm CT, 6 pm MT from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles.

Kim Stare Wallace will once again be on hand to support our family winery, mixing it up with Hollywood’s finest as she works the red carpet with Dry Creek Vineyard wines.  We are also excited to announce a second bottling of the Screen Actors Guild Awards Cuvée.  The 2008 SAG Awards Cuvée, bottled in 1.5L magnums, is an incredible Cabernet-based blend from our finest estate vineyards.  This fine wine will grace each table of the Shrine auditorium during the dinner award show.

It’s an exciting evening as our small family winery takes center stage for one of Hollywood’s most important awards evenings – the only show during the awards season where actors vote for actors.

We encourage you to tune in and enjoy the show with a glass of your favorite Dry Creek Vineyard wine!