Dave Phinney is No Prisoner to Wine Rules

Aug 3, 2017

(OrangeCoast) - You’d have to be living under a pile of schist to not know winemaker Dave Phinney. He created The Prisoner zinfandel blend about a decade ago and it has since been sold twice to wine business monoliths. In an industry known for standards and tradition, Phinney does things differently. His Orin Swift wines have the spooky labels my kids point out, such as the Mannequin and the sexy Machete. With his Locations wines, Phinney set out to “make the best possible wine from a given country or location.” Sounds like a simple, straight-line goal. Not so much. Phinney breaks the traditional boundaries by blending varietals, vineyards, and vintages.

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