As a small child, Kim Stare Wallace was
wielding a shovel at her father’s side when
he broke ground for Dry Creek Vineyard in
1972. She’s been passionate about the wine
industry ever since. Kim has seen the
California wine industry
mature through its ups and downs and is determined that her family
winery will stay in the family. Kim insists upon an unwavering focus on
Kim Stare Wallace
After graduating magna cum laude from San Francisco State University, Kim began a career in the fashion industry and later used her knowledge and expertise with design to help build Dry Creek Vineyard’s dynamic brand. Kim joined the winery in 1986 as Director of Marketing, one of her first achievements was the creation of nautical labels for Dry Creek Vineyard’s wines, an unprecedented move that has indelibly linked the winery to sailboats in consumers’ minds.
In the mid-nineties, Kim took on the increased responsibility of Vice President of the winery, involved in all decisions affecting the quality of the Dry Creek Vineyard experience. Her hands-on approach and desire to succeed meant she did everything from strategic planning, to tasting and ranking multiple barrel samples, reviewing the annual budget, meeting with wine writers, planning promotional events and entertaining key customers.
Today, Kim serves as President of the winery. Her vision for the future of Dry Creek Vineyard is clear – honor the past while striving to produce wines of outstanding distinction that consistently over deliver and provide great enjoyment to wine drinkers.
Quite literally raised in the wine business, Kim cannot recall a time when wines, vines, and vintages were not the focus of daily conversation. Some family traditions never change. Kim and her husband Don live with their teenage son, Spencer (daughter Taylor is off to college) in a home nestled among the vineyards near Dry Creek Vineyard.