The Orin Swift story starts in 1995 when, on a whim, David Swift Phinney understandably took a friend up on an offer to spend a term ‘studying’ in Florence.During that time, he was introduced to wine, how it was made, and got hooked.After graduating in 1997 he took a temporary harvest job at the iconic Robert Mondavi winery.Harvest is not an easy job and David quickly decided that if he was going to work this hard it should eventually be for himself and in 1998 he founded Orin Swift Cellars with two tons of zinfandel, a disruptive approach to labels and marketing and not much else.Today Orin Swift is owned by California icons E&J Gallo, but David remains at the helm, disregarding the traditions of terroir and site-specific bottlings in favour of simply procuring the best grapes to make the most drinkable blends and putting them in bottles that really stand out.
Who doesn’t love a large format bottle? Always perfect for a special occasion or a dinner party, magnums, double magnums (3l), jeroboams (5l) and imperials (6l) are criminally overlooked, being as they are the perfect way to serve your favourite wine.
As well as looking great on a table, the increased volume means that the wine inside ages more slowly and steadily, making for a better drinking experience, especially for those patient enough to put a bottle away for a few years!
Over the years we’ve collected a few large formats of our own, here we’ve pulled them all together in a single section for you to peruse. Next time you have a few friends over, look no further!