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Dave Phinney might not have ever gotten into the wine world if not for a college break trip to Italy. It was then that he had an “aha” moment with wine and food. When the young man returned to the U.S. he changed his major and dove in head first. He got his first wine job at the Robert Mondavi Winery as a cellar rat on the winemaking team. Soon, he was looking to buy grapes for his own private ferments with an eye to launching his own label. With the creation of the Prisoner Red Blend, he came to prominence and established himself as a wine force to be reckoned with.

Phinney has a number of projects and labels bearing his name. His Locations Project was an ambitious and challenging program with the goal of acquiring great fruit from different locations around the world to create high value wine for sales in the U.S. Logistically it’s a bit of a nightmare from the producer’s point of view; trying to make sure 100 moving parts work in concert and get the wine home intact. But Mr. Phinney has had a ball travelling and meeting talented growers and winemakers in many places. So far the results are outstanding. If you are a sommelier and want to talk terrior and regional styles, these are not your wines. But if you are looking for something fun, new and a great value then hit us up. We like them. They are delicious and according to Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate, they are among the best values a traveler can buy.

Cheers,

-Bill the Wine Guy

 


 

CORSE Corsican Vermetino
Locations Corse Bottle Shot
Tank fermented and true to varietal. The profile of the wine is lively and crisp with blossoming floral aromatics jumping out of the glass. Flavors of fresh green apples and bittersweet almond are complemented by undertones of Thai basil. This wine is perfect all year round, as it can be enjoyed with a multitude of cuisines and settings.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru August 4th, 2016

 


 

F France Red Blend
Locations F Bottle Shot An inky, purple color tone is evident suggesting power and finesse. Exotic aromas of plum, cassis, lavender, and hint of garrigue proudly welcome the taster. With a fervent entry, dark fruits are immediately present followed by persuasive flavors of raspberry compote, boysenberry, fresh fig, and a tinge of bitter chocolate. Sweet and polished tannins glide effortlessly to the finish with freshness and vivacity.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru August 4th, 2016

 


 

E Spain Red Blend
Locations E2 Bottle Shot
The wine presents a dark, polished amethyst with aromatic notes of white pepper, tobacco, and black currant emerging from the glass. A silky mouthfeel with a palate of dark plums, black raspberry, and hints of French vanilla closes with subtle tart black cherry and a lengthy, structural finish.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru August 4th, 2016

 


 

I Italy Red Blend
Locations I Bottle Shot A vibrant ruby, coral hue invites the nose and features intense aromas of dark fruits, spices, and wild flowers. On the palate, rich flavors of plums, black cherries and mineral components dominate the entry leading to layered nuances of currants and strawberry jam. The edges are soft, and finishes bright and clean.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru August 4th, 2016

 


 

CA White Blend
Locations_CA_White
This is a beautiful blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and Roussanne from Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa counties. The wine has a rich golden hue with a nose full of tropical fruits including pineapple, and is slightly oily on the palate. The finish is luxurious to say the least.
Regular Price $19.99
Rewards $14.96 750ml
Prices good thru August 4th, 2016

 

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