Orin Swift Wines

orin_swift_prisoner_20052I had listened to a Wine Insiders podcast a couple of years back when they interviewed Orin Swift wine maker David Phinney who had began making a phenomenal cult Zinfandel blend in Napa Valley. I ended up buying a case for family and have since forgotten about its existence until I revisited the podcast recently and ran into a new wine that he is producing. I picked up the bottle after being drawn to it’s label, not knowing it was an Orin Swift wine until the shop owner mentioned it. 

The wine is one of the newest bottled ventures by Orin Swift is the Veladora label. A Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc dedicated to the migrant workers that help make Orin Swift possible. 100% of the profits go to Puertas Abiertas, a coalition which provides health services without checking for immigration status. The label is an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, repeated in traditional prayer candles. orin_swift_veladora

The Prisoner is the Zin blend that I immediately fell in love with; a decadent, rich, complex wine that immediately sucks you in and plays with your mind. The label is from an 1867 original etching of a bound prisoner by Francisco Goya that was a gift from the wine maker’s parents. orin_swift_prisoner_20051

The wines of Orin Swift convey finesse and complexity, the labels reflect this unmistakably.

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