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COMMENTARY: The 2021 Dry Creek Vineyard Fum Blanc is precise and pleasingly persistent. TASTING NOTES: This wine excels with aromas and flavors of dried herbs, mineral notes, and tart citrus. Pair it with a dozen or two lemon-accented raw oysters. (Tasted: May 1, 2022, San Francisco, CA)-WW
Since 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard has produced Fum Blanc a wine at the heart and soul of their family winery. Modeled after the classic wines from the Loire Valley in France, their stainless steel fermented Fum Blanc is crisp, balanced, and immediately drinkable. The 50th Anniversary Edition of Fum Blanc emanates the classic Dry Creek Vineyard "house" style of Sauvignon Blanc. Aromatics of lime, lemon, white peach, and grapefruit leap forward from the glass with nuances of honeydew, lemongrass, and white tea. On the palate, the wine is intense and bright with tangerine, passionfruit, and cucumber. Underlying minerality and hints of hibiscus, lemon verbena, and jalapeo contribute to this wines refreshing, crisp finish.-Winemaker Notes
Established in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard is Dry Creek Valleys flagship winery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California. As the regions first new winery following Prohibition, founder David Stare paved the way for a viticultural rebirth in this vibrant winegrowing appellation. Among other industry benchmarks, Dry Creek Vineyard is recognized as the first winery to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley, and was also the first to use the term Meritage with the 1985 vintage.
This premier, family-owned winery is now led by the second generation. Daves daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, serves as President overseeing a successful family winemaking and grape growing business that includes 185 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards. The second generation is dedicated to all aspects of the business, from vine to shelf, with a goal to remain one of the last truly private, family-owned, iconic wineries consistently producing 90+ point wines.
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The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave's vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery, which triggered a viticultural reawakening in northern Sonoma County.
Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, he personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, he headed west to California to start his own family winery.
Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always looking to push the envelope, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest is history.
Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that overdeliver on quality. For 45 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has led to many international awards and accolades. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter.