Deja Vu - Words from the Past...

I just came across this article written 23 years ago and simply had to share it with you.  In a world that is ever changing, it's comforting to know that some things stay the same. In this case, it's the heart and soul of our winery. This story sums up everything we're about here at Dry Creek Vineyard.  Please read and know that we are carrying on a great family tradition. Have a great weekend! 


"Sometimes friends ask me, how can I know the wine I buy for dinner will be good?  Well you can't be 100 percent certain... But there are a number of things you can do to increase the odds in your favor.  One of them is to find a winery, in the style you enjoy, then, if you want a sure thing, simply buy that wine.

No experiments tonight, thank you; I'm going for old faithful.  Not that there isn't time for experimenting, but we're talking about sure things here.  And one sure thing I've noticed over the past decade or more is Dry Creek Vineyard in Sonoma County.  Through the years, Dry Creek has produced wines of great consistency, wines stamped with an individual style, and wines that are, for the most part, very drinkable.

I first became attracted to Dry Creek because of its Sauvignon Blanc, which is made in the big, fruity, grassy, herbaceous style.  Then I discovered the Zinfandel - brambly, prickly on the palate, easy to drink yet with a charming style that is very memorable.

In both of these wines - and in the rest of Dry Creek's line - owner and winemaster David Stare seems to be attempting to push the varietal character of the wine as far as he can, yet without twisting the wine out of balance.  Dry Creek wines are a bit like watching a first-rate chef at work.  It all looks so easy and so effortless that one forgets the depth of the art behind it."

Larry Walker,
San Francisco Chronicle
February 4, 1987

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CHUCK JOHNSON Author Profile Page said:
November 19, 2010 4:01 PM

I couldn't agree more with Larry Walker. Dry Creek Vineyard is the best winery in Sonoma!

JohnLopresti Author Profile Page said:
November 20, 2010 10:14 AM

When I was reading Wilma's recent summary of the unevenness of the 2010 harvest, I lamented the report's expressed concerns about the likely reduced zinfandel tonnage this crush. My concepts of DCV's zin also date back to a few media articles, some few years prior to the Chronicle review in the above post. There was quite a contrarian standoff in the late 70s and early 1980s regarding zin clones and adaptations inside the winery in its vinification. DCV had several innovative, vigilant winemakers at that time, and, indeed, as the Chronicle article observed, DCV gained a substantial reputation for superb enologic technique in creating its zinfandel, even though the fume was its first prominent series of wines.

From the Redwood Rancher publication, which I reference above, and personal knowledge, I would dispute some of the Chronicle's characterizations about DCV zin, while overall agreeing with its tenor, that DCV consistently was, and remains, among the best, even in Dry Cr. Valley, where zin has a sort of family tree permanence that supersedes production at one individual winery. Zinfandel, rather, sort of is part of the history of the region III climate of Dry Cr. Valley and its settlers.

I hope DCV has the fortune to produce some 2010 vintage zin. I remember those veraison to-leafthin, or not-to-leafthin images, and am hoping for the best for DCV, and us.

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
November 20, 2010 1:12 PM

Chuck and John,
Maybe I should hire you as DCV spokespeople! Thanks for the continued kind words and support of our winery. It's heartening to know we have such loyal fans. Happy Thanksgiving to you both!

CHUCK JOHNSON Author Profile Page said:
November 22, 2010 8:57 PM

Thanks for the offer Kim. Although flattering, I have a better idea in mind. I'll share it with you at a latter time.

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