The wines have won numerous awards, including winning Best of Class for the 2007 California Cabernet Sauvignon at the 2009 Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Awards, as well winning awards for their Merlot and Syrah at the same festival.
Most people start their wine 101 white, sweeter wines like Gewurtztraminer or Riesling and then move into lighter body reds such as Beaujolais or Merlot and then end up with the dryer, bigger styled reds like Syrah or Cabernet.
It's a backwater AOC in France but don't stick one's Gallic nose up at the region, there are good-value wines to be found and this Rosè from Mas Grand Plagniol is one of them, blended from Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault.
Having different glasses for lots of different types of wines is great, but those big bulbous Burgundy stems and those extra-tall Syrah stems quickly eat up your space, assuming you had any to fit them to begin with.
And the valley is not large by other wine regions' standards, still, there are over 40,000 acres of vines planted with Merlot, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Pinot Noir and other lesser varieties.
Since it is still a rather warm climate region for grape-growing, the types of wines that you will find here overall will be the bigger reds like Cabernet, Syrah and maybe Zinfandel (and some great Rosé wines!).
The winery now produces a full line of estate grown Rhône varietals including Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Rosé, Marsanne and Cuvée Le Bec (a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah and Counoise).
Put together a flight of Syrahs, a Hermitage from France's Northern Rhône Valley, a Syrah from California's Santa Ynez Valley, and then a big Shiraz from Australia's Barossa Valley.
The Dry Creek estate winery is known for its Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc varietals that do particularly well in this Pacific maritime-influenced wine region.
If they collect Riedel Vinum series, maybe they don't have the Syrah stems or perhaps the Brandy snifter or Martini glass from Riedel in the Vinum series will be a great addition.