Sonoma Pioneer David Stare Retires
Founder of Dry Creek Vineyard hands over reins to daughter and son-in-law.
David Stare, the ex-engineer who founded the first winery since Prohibition in
"It's time to let my kids take over," the 65-year-old said. "I'm hanging it up, after 35 years."
Stare, who had engineering degrees from Northwestern and M.I.T., was working for a railroad company in
Dry Creek Vineyard started its life as a 70-acre "run-down prune farm" when Stare purchased it. He bulldozed out the fruit trees and planted the Loire varieties he loved: Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc, making the first wines at Cuvaison, in
Today, the winery is perhaps best known for various bottlings of Sauvignon Blanc, which Stare early on decided to call
Reflecting back on his long career, Stare observes how
Stare's daughter, Kim Stare Wallace, and her husband, Don Wallace, will lead the winery. As for Stare, he says he'll have more time to concentrate on his new passion: painting. "I've become an amateur artist. I'm actually having my first gallery show."
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