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.
World’s End is an unusual project from acclaimed winemaker JP Maltus. More usually associated with St. Emilion, in World’s End he has allowed his creative wings to unfurl, creating unique wines from blends not seen anywhere else in Napa, if not the world. Each of his wines is named for a musical reference, reflecting Maltus’ other passions. The World’s End wines can be hard to find, but are cherished by those that manage to do so.