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Raising the Bar

Edgy wine labels and cult wines



JARED CLEVENGER

If you’re a fan of edgy wine labels and cult wines, then you’re likely familiar with vintner David Phinney, the creator of The Prisoner and Papillon brands. And you won’t want to miss his new downtown St. Helena tasting room, Orin Swift.

Named after Phinney’s parents and open daily, the venue packs a big punch in a small space, with flooring resembling pages from antique books. While the menu is brief—affording two flights of current releases, including Bordeaux and Grenache blends that may change slightly due to availability—it is proof that less can be so much more. 1325 Main St., St. Helena, (707) 967-9179, orinswift.com.

 

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