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Kim Stare Wallace Named President of Dry Creek Vineyard

Posted on March 05, 2013

Dry Creek Vineyard, a family-owned winery with more than four decades of grape growing and winemaking heritage announced that Kim Stare Wallace, daughter of founder David Stare, has been elevated to the role of president. The transition of Wallace's role to president comes on the heels of her husband Don’s desire to take time away from the winery to pursue his interests in the environment, land use and water rights. Don will remain a partner in the winery. Commenting on her role, Wallace says, "Don and I have worked tirelessly to bring Dry Creek Vineyard to a whole new level of quality, focusing on site specific, sustainably farmed vineyards that are defined by their appellation. The quality of our wines today is at an all-time high."

In announcing Wallace's role as president, the winery also made another significant organizational change. Bill Smart has been elevated to director of marketing and communications. An industry veteran, Smart has spent the past eight years with Dry Creek Vineyard learning every aspect of the wine industry. "Bill has been a key member of our team, helping us to grow and shape our business. I am confident in his leadership overseeing our marketing, public relations, and direct-to-consumer programs," comments Wallace.

Having just celebrated its 40th anniversary, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter. With winemaker Tim Bell joining the winery in 2011 and the efforts of V2 Wine Group managing the winery’s national sales, the stage has been set for another 40 years of successful family ownership. As Dry Creek Vineyard sets sail in 2013, winery founder David Stare says he is optimistic. "The economy is getting stronger and we have a great team. I’m excited about our future."

About Dry Creek Vineyard

Established in 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard is Dry Creek Valley’s flagship winery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California. As the region’s 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. A pioneer of Bordeaux-style blending, the winery was also the first to use the term Meritage with the 1985 vintage and the first to coin the term “Old Vine” to describe pre-Prohibition era Zinfandel vineyards.

In 2013, this premier, family-owned winery celebrates more than 40 years of winemaking and is led by the second generation. Dave’s daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, serves as President overseeing a successful family winemaking and grape growing business that includes 185 acres of sustainably farmed vineyards. Dry Creek Vineyard proudly produces delicious Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage blends as well as a handful of single vineyard selections.

Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: President/Owner/GM

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