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by Fred McMillin
A Big Blanc
Dry Creek Pioneers
October 14,1843—Exactly 156 years ago today Jose German Pina files a petition with the king of Mexico for the lands that later became the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County.
Let's see who was right.
The Rest of the Story
Here's what the experts now think of David's decision. He called his wine Fumé Blanc, and sold the first vintage for $4.25 a bottle.
James Halliday (Cal Wine Atlas)—David Stare has been described as the father of Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc (Fumé Blanc is a synonym.) He was highly successful when he introduced it in the early 1970s and in many ways has set the pace with this variety ever since.
Gerald Asher (Gourmet Magazine)—David Stare says that he believes his Dry Creek Vineyard's Fumé Blanc success developed the consumers' association of the Dry Creek Valley with outstanding Sauvignon Blanc. Gerald describes it as having a "particularly attractive style, with its lively aroma, ripe flavor and good balance."
So David Stare (pictured in 1997), was right. Here's his latest release.
Wine of the Day
1997 Reserve Fumé Blanc, Dry Creek Vineyard
The other photo of David was taken much more recently as the winery reached its 25th anniversary. Looking back, the founder recalled that while he got the Sauvignon Blanc thing right, he missed on another... In 1974 Ernest Gallo visited the winery and David said he hoped some day to sell 20,000 cases a year. Ernest replied, "You won't be able to stop at 20,000. Believe me, we've been there." Sales are now over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND cases!
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