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News

For the latest listing of winery news and press coverage of Dyer Vineyards! 

November 01, 2010

2010 Harvest at Dyer

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August 03, 2010

The big picture: wine style

As the wait and watch part of the vintage begins in the vineyard, Bill takes on a couple of sacred cows...
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May 25, 2010

Is May the new February?

It's May 26 and still raining in Napa Valley. Daytime temperatures have been about 15 degrees below normal.
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January 01, 2010

2009 Harvest Reports

Another year another harvest... and no two are ever alike! To follow the 2009 harvest in the Napa Valley, check back here every friday until it's over.
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January 01, 2009

2008 Harvest Reports

The St Helena Star is once again publishing weekly updates for the current harvest. As Dawnine writes the report for the Diamond Mountain District, we thought you might enjoy these summary reports. Check back each Monday for the most recent news from the vineyards in Napa Valley!
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August 19, 2008

Cabernets Like Cabernets Should Be, New York Times

Cabernets as Cabernets Should Be. Eric Asimov writes a thoughtful and compelling treatise on the pendular swing of winemaking styles.
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April 26, 2008

Vinography, Alder Yarrow

In a highly favorable article about a group tasting of wines from Napa Valley's Mayacamas Mountains, Alder finds lots to like- the 2004 Dyer vineyard DMD Cabernet Sauvignon is among his top 3 picks
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October 22, 2007

2007 Harvest Report from Dyer Vineyard and Diamond Mountain District

We harvested Dyer Vineyard on Sunday October 14th. Overall the growing season was quite favorable, with no spring frost, and limited rainfall keep vine vigor quite low...
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September 01, 2007

Decanter, Steven Spurrier, September 07

Decanter, Steven Spurrier, September 07 The famous Paris based wine writer (he organized the momentous Paris tasting of 1976 that catapulted Napa to the top of the wine world) has an article that revisits the comparison of Napa and Bordeaux.
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August 05, 2007

Bill Dyer speaking at Napa Valley Wine Library seminar on Aug 11.

The topic of this years seminar and tasting is Napa Cabernet and Bill will be representing the Diamond Mountain District at the day long seminar preceeding the tasting.
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August 01, 2007

2004 Dyer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Released

While the home turf for Dyer Straits Wine Co. is the Dyer Estate Vineyard in the Diamond Mountain District, in 2003 we became aware of the Meteor Vineyard, a young vineyard just coming into production in the Coombsville/Tulocay region of Napa Valley...
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June 01, 2007

Quarterly Review of Wine, Eleanor & Ray Heald, summer 2007

"..with yeilds of less than two tons per acre, they produce about 400 cases of intense, concentrated wine that is a true reflection of their hillside site... notes of black cherry, cocoa, cedar and anise with a balance of power and finesse"
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November 08, 2006

AppellationAmerica.com, Catherine Fallis, November 8, 2006- 2002 Dyer Vineyard

This Cabernet is polished and elegant, in a very understated style, with cassis, fresh mountain air, cherry, and tar notes.
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November 01, 2006

Featured in the innovative interactive DVD, "Napa Valley"

Featured in the innovative interactive DVD, "Napa Valley", from Bearshead Productions. We've seen a lot of these and this is the real thing!
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August 01, 2006

Selected for inclusion in Great Boutique Wines You Can Buy Online

August 2006- selected for inclusion in Great Boutique Wines You Can Buy Online a new publication from Catherine Fallis, MS and Robert M. Cohen.
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April 28, 2006

2003 Dyer -Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; Vinfolio rating: 92 points

Bill and Dawnine Dyer previewed this wine at Premiere Napa Valley last year, and I thought it was one of the best there...
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January 24, 2006

Taos Winter Wine Festival, Jan 24-26, 2006

For us it was a chance to ski all day in one of the most beautiful ski areas in the US. Great seminars, wine dinners and tastings and none of them will keep you from the slopes!
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November 16, 2005

Vintners' Holiday

A wonderful time was had by all at the Vintners' Holiday at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley
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October 26, 2005

Harvest at Dyer Vineyards... Finally!

Vintage 2005 - the Napa Valley experienced unseasonably warm weather in the early Spring. Temperatures of close to 80 degrees in late February and early March led to speculation of an early harvest...
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October 06, 2005

St Helena Star, Oct 6, 2005. Selected Wine of the Week by Alan Goldfarb.

"... showing wonderful berry aromas with a hint of chocolate. It is mouth-filling, lush, plush and soft."
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June 01, 2005

Food and Wine Magazine, June 2005

About Diamond Mountain she says "Diamond Mountain District is best known for its big structured Cabernets.... Dyer Vineyard turns out a full-bodied Cabernet with a hint of Chocolate".
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June 01, 2005

Wine News, June/July 2005

The whole article is great... about us he says "the winemaking Dyers, Dawnine and Bill, may be the most famous couple on Diamond Mountain".
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May 17, 2005

A first ever public tasting of wines from the Diamond Mountain District!

A first ever public tasting of wines from the Diamond Mountain District! was held at the Butterfly Restaurant on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
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March 12, 2005

Doug Wilder's The Wilder Side of California, March 11, 2005

In this issue Doug publishes his top 20 picks of 2004. Included is 2001 Dyer Vineyard (95pts).
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October 01, 2004

Matt Kramer's New California Wine

We like his revisionism! Here's what he says about us: "Dyer Vineyard – This is the tiny, personal vineyard (and home) of two former winemakers, Dawnine Dyer (former head winemaker of Domaine Chandon) and Bill Dyer (formerly head winemaker of Sterling Vineyards). ..
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September 16, 2004

Wine Spectator Weekly, Online Only, Sept 16, 2004

The issue is devoted to a celebrity red-wine face off featuring the best of Tuscany and California Cabernet. Jim Laube writes about California.
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July 01, 2004

Gismondi on Wine, July 2004, Tony Gismondi,

Gismondi on Wine, July 2004, Tony Gismondi, Canada's top wine writer reviewed the 2000 Dyer Cabernet Sauvignon
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June 01, 2004

Piedmont Post, June 2004, In an article titled "Californina Cabernet- the cream of the crop"

In an article titled "Californina Cabernet- the cream of the crop" singled out Dyer 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the 6 best Cabernets presented at this years prestigious California Cabernet Society Tasting at the Culinary Institute of America in St Helena, CA. "
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January 01, 2003

San Francisco Chronicle Jan 2003

San Francisco Chronicle Jan 2003, Linda Murphy writes "Jewels of Diamond Mountain. Vintners coax world-class Cabernets from rough, rocky Napa Valley soil"
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August 01, 2001

Two River Times, Aug 2001

Two River Times, Aug 2001, Charles Rubinstein "... Dyer wines will be a notable addition to the star-studded galaxy on Diamond Mountain."
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August 01, 2001

"a real gem", Norm Roby writes about Diamond Mountain "

"a real gem", Norm Roby writes about Diamond Mountain ".... No longer a one winery appellation... several high-minded new comers to have added excitement to the area.
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July 01, 2001

Wine Spectator, July 2001

Jim Laube says " Between them, Bill and Dawnine Dyer have a half- century worth of major-league winemaking experience in Napa Valley..."
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June 01, 2001

Napa Register, June 2001

It is already being discovered as a hidden treasure and getting pressure from distributors and restaurants. Dawnine Dyer, who was winemaker at Domaine Chandon for 25 years, and her wineaking consultant husband Bill Dyer have released their first commercial wine...
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